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Team Leader, African Cities

  • Post-graduate education
  • Project, program management
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

RTI's Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development (LEED) Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote technical innovation and operational excellence in energy, environment and adult learning research and technical assistance. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government.

The LEED Division is currently accepting applications for Team Leader for an anticipated DFID-funded African Cities Research Programme in Africa. The research programme proposed will look across sectors and policy areas in any city to enable multi-sectoral understanding, planning, and disaster and risk management. The African Cities research programme aims to move away from research in specialised sector areas to looking at cities as concentrated, complicated and integrated systems. A key feature of the research in a city will be how the “political settlement”- ie the balance or distribution of power between contending social or interest groups within a city or even beyond - applies to linked problems within and across sectors. The overall goal of the programme is to generate robust new evidence on African “cities as systems” to influence policies and programmes aimed at more effective economic development and poverty reduction.

The Team Leader will be responsible for overall leadership and management of all aspects of the project’s performance, providing technical direction to the entire program, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. She/he will ensure an integrated vision among different components and actors. This is a full-time position with residency in Africa – city to be determined.


  1. Responsible for leading the strategic planning for the programme; ensure close coordination with DFID, and programme partners and stakeholders including government entities within the chosen African cities.
  2. Responsible for ensuring quality control and overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the programme, including harmonization and effective coordination across components.
  3. Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts and the sector stakeholders.
  4. Serve as primary liaison with DFID, government counterparts, and RTI home office. Confer with DFID on administrative and technical matters; adjust programme operations to ensure flexibility and responsiveness with technical direction.
  5. Oversee project management, technical work, scheduling, and deadlines associated with the project.  Ability to assign specific tasks and duties as necessary to fulfil deliverables.
  6. Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters. Identify issues and risks to implementation in a timely manner; recommend appropriate course corrections and solutions.
  7. Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program deliverables and reports in accordance with DFID guidelines.
  8. Responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the project.
  9. Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Project management; Stakeholder communication; Vision and strategy; Research and development; Leadership skills; Quality control and supervision; Project implementation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

RTI International

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RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development..

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