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Director of Programmes

Mawazo Institute
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

  • Advanced degree in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and/or the social sciences (MA required, PhD preferred).
  • At least five years of experience working in a substantively similar role in a relevant professional context such as a non-profit/NGO, research institution, development agency, consultancy, or think tank.
  • Experience working in African research or academic settings, including universities, research institutes, think tanks, consulting, international organisations, etc.
  • Demonstrated competence in programme management, budgeting and financial management, and people management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and proven ability in science communication, across a variety of audiences.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Curious individual with ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to seek assistance with projects as required
  • An interest in continual learning and professional growth
  • The ability to thrive in a role with a great deal of autonomy in an environment that is highly collaborative, communicative, and team-oriented.
  • Commitment to the Mawazo Institute’s mission and values.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Oversee the continued development of Mawazo’s programmes, and its institutional presence within Africa, and beyond.
• Provide leadership, direction, and technical support to programme managers.
• Help identify future training and recruiting needs for a high performing team.
• Develop programme budgets in liaison with the various programme leads and oversee the monitoring of account expenditures.
• Cultivate productive partnerships, and build support for Mawazo’s programmes amongst key stakeholders including; academic institutions, research organisations, regional and national bodies, think tanks, civic organisations, government decision makers, and funders.
• Provide formal and informal mentorship to Mawazo beneficiaries who are young, African women in research and academia
• Develop management reports and share programme updates with the relevant internal and external stakeholders.
• Work closely with Communications teams to translate data, evidence and learning from Mawazo programmes into compelling narratives and action points that are shared with key stakeholders and the public.
• Work closely with the M&E team to review and analyse implementation and progress of the various programmes to ensure that Mawazo’s standards of excellence are maintained as well as to enable continued adaptive management.
• Work with the CEO and Fundraising Working Group to support fundraising and other resource mobilisation activities.
• Represent Mawazo at conferences and meetings with other NGOs, funders, experts, and consultants; ensure follow-up, as needed. This may include international or domestic travel.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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