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Engagement Director

  • Post-graduate education
  • Business, strategic management
  • Executive (director)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

Engagement Directors are the primary leaders in the projects division at Busara, responsible for leading the planning, strategy, and trajectory of Busara engagements. Engagement Directors have two primary responsibilities at Busara -- structuring and supervising an active portfolio of projects, and developing partnerships to design and develop new engagements for their portfolio.


  1. Manage and coordinate a portfolio of projects across multiple client bases (researchers, private sector, government etc. ).
  2. Structure, design, and deliver external and internal engagements to client’s satisfaction
  3. Manage, motivate, and coach a team of associates and analysts to execute projects in your portfolio.
  4. Strategically assemble teams on projects that maximize the probability of success, but also develop new skills and competencies among Busara’s talent pool and supporting divisions.
  5. Stay current on the latest research in qualitative and quantitative methods, behavioral science, psychology, economics, and development to provide creative direction for engagements.
  6. Responsible for final quality backstop on all work products produced and drafted for engagements by giving regular feedback to project teams, but also occasionally contributing to content.
  7. Serve as the primary relationship manager for clients and partners. Understand and preempt needs of stakeholders through proactive communication and troubleshooting.
  8. Structure successful project on boarding and off boarding exercises to support knowledge management between projects.
  9. Design proposals, concept notes and pitch decks for new business opportunities and knowledge sharing. Present at conferences, networking events, or client meetings.
  10. Contribute to the design, execution, and dissemination of Busara internal research projects.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Business, strategic management
Seniority: Executive (director)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required skills: Project management; Stakeholder communication; Human resource and personnel development; Business strategy; Training program planning; Research planning; Qualitative methods
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Busara Center

Consulting, business support, auditingCompany size: 50-100 people

Busara operates globally and has offices in the United States, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. In addition, we have state-of-the-art labs in Kenya and the United States, and are able to roll out mobile labs for our international operations. The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is an advisory and research organization focused on evaluation and implementation of behavioral interventions in understudied countries and populations. Busara's mission is to work with researchers and organizations to advance and apply behavioral science in pursuit of poverty alleviation. This involves the application of research and rigorous methods to enable partners to improve program design, evaluate existing programs, and optimize internal processes. To this end, Busara has worked with a variety of organizations in an advisory capacity to apply behavioral insights, build analytical models, and develop new products. In addition, in its research center capacity, Busara operates a Nairobi-based lab capable of implementing advanced experiments in psychology, behavioral economics and other academic disciplines.

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