VIVA Programme Director

Nairobi, Kenya


With co-funding from the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs (through a grant from the KfW, the German Development Bank) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) Triggerise will be implementing the Vijana Vuka Na Afya (VIVA) programme in collaboration with DSW Kenya. VIVA is an ambitious initiative whose objective is to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes as well as the social and economic wellbeing of Kenyan youth aged 15-24 years residing in targeted informal settlements in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi. The programme is scheduled to be implemented over 3 years from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2022. Triggerise seeks an experienced Project Director to provide overall day to day leadership and technical direction for VIVA ensuring achievement of programme goals and contracted deliverables. The Project Director will be the primarily liaison with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs (MoPSYGA), the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and KfW and will collaborate closely with DSW (a key implementing partner) to ensure that programme targets and deliverables are met, proper reporting, financial management and compliance. 

Qualifications and experience

    • We are looking for a combination of educational and work experience that clearly demonstrates an ability to provide effective overall technical leadership and oversight
    • Master’s degree or higher in international development, public health, social sciences, or another relevant field;
    • 5-7 years or more of progressively responsible technical and supervisory work experience involving direct leadership of professional and support staff, oversight and evaluation of staff performance and deliverables, and contract management 
    • Strong representational skills for building and maintaining partnerships with government
      representatives at both national and county level, donors and other key stakeholders
    • Experience implementing activities of similar scope, complexity and implementation arrangements
    • Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering partnerships; effective partnerships and coordination with consortium members, county and national government institutions
    • Proven technical leadership in sexual and reproductive health or vocational education and training 
    • Strong understanding of financial statements, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL)
    • Strong communication skill and the ability to oversee the quality and timeliness of project reporting efforts
    • Previous experience successfully working as a Team Leader/ Project Director is highly desirable
    • Proven leadership demeanor: calm under pressure, diplomatic, politically savvy and decisive
    • Fluency in writing and speaking English and Swahili required.

Overall Project Supervision

    • Maintain effective and regular communication with MoPSYGA, CIFF, DSW and national and county government stakeholders
    • Provide leadership in mitigating, monitoring and escalating implementation bottlenecks to assure resolution of all operational, context/exogenous and performance risks
    • Oversee the development, implementation and regular review and revision of the VIVA programme’s Monitoring and evaluation plan
    • Ensure effective integration of other GoK/donor funded investments into the programme in order to leverage these investments and ensure maximum impact

Stakeholder Management

    • Represent the VIVA programme to MoPSYGA, CIFF, KfW, county governments and other stakeholders
    • Participate and effectively engage in quarterly VIVA programme technical advisory meetings and as when called upon to do so in VIVA steering committee meetings
    • Build the reputation and recognition of the VIVA programme among key stakeholders including county governments in the 3 countries in which VIVA will operate and other potential donors with the aim of crowding in additional resources (including non-financial) that support the achievement of the programme’s objectives

 Programme Leadership

    • Cultivate a culture of collaboration and teamwork with MoPSYGA and DSW to ensure that that programme interdependencies are adequately managed and that collective programme goals, agreed targets and deliverables are met 
    • Oversee the preparation and submission of quality programme financial and narrative reports, grant budgets and work plans 
    • Oversee the development, execution and regular review and revision of the VIVA programme’s risk management plan
    • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified VIVA programme management staff 

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education

Required relevant work experience: 7 years

Required languages: Swahili (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)