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Project Manager, Tech for Development

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

  • With experience in business operations, technology, consulting or advisory functions;
  • With a minimum of 5 years’ experience in management consulting or government advisory;
  • With some prior experience in emerging markets, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • With some experience in public affairs or government relations;
  • With an in-depth understanding of the tech policy and regulatory environment in practise;
  • Who commits to business objectives and pulls out the stops to make sure they are always met;
  • With the ability to work under pressure, and to coordinate with teams and multi-disciplinary advisors;
  • With strong communication and project management skills;
  • Who can work flexibly and be adaptable, open to changing approaches in response to changing situations on the ground;
  • With proven understanding of the policy context, how to influence policy and the discretion and judgment needed to navigate a complex political environment;
  • With a bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience;
  • Prior work with the Government of Kenya is highly desirable; and,
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Swahili an advantage


  • Tech for development programme managed to deliver expected results, such as deployment of solutions ranging from the current pandemic response and digital health offer, to proximate use cases such as digital payments, digital ID;
  • Supporting effective and trusted relationships with senior politicians and bureaucrats in government, in service of project delivery and sustainability; and
  • Expenditure in line with budget.
Key Responsibilities
  • Planning: Working closely with Head of Tech for Development, design, maintain and continually improve country project plans and tools to roll out our initiative from one tech domain to another, with one ministry or more, across government and in country with other stakeholders.
  • Execution and Monitoring: Under the direction of the Head of Tech for Development, review and maintain project goals, plans, proof points and KPIs. Report to and engage with Country Head for Kenya, and our Global Director Tech for Development, and his/her team to drive delivery, ideate, troubleshoot and manage roll-out. Where relevant, ensure expenditure is utilised in line with budget with robust management accounts and accountability established. Ensure all necessary risk, legal and financial compliance and processes are followed. 
  • Government Relations: Support the Head of Tech for Development to maintain effective and trusted relationships in government in line with the country project strategy and positioning, and in service of the overall TBI mission to support political leaders to achieve results that benefit the people of the country and our tech for development initiative.
  • People: Support the recruitment and management of team staff, as required. The post holder will be expected to develop strong working relationships.
  • External Relations (non-governmental): Support the Head of Tech for Development to engage with relevant external stakeholders such as tech hubs/incubators, investors, other not for profit organisations, media, suppliers and agencies as directed.
  • One TBI: The post holder will formally report into Head of Tech for Development Kenya and will work closely with the Country Head, Kenya, and the wider tech for development teams in London and other countries.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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