Country Director, Kenya
Nairobi, NA, KEN
4d ago

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Job Summary :

The Country Director leads all aspects of TechnoServe’s country level strategic branding and operations to achieve sustainable economic development in a cost-effective manner.

This position serves as TechnoServe’s legal representative in Kenya and will provide overall management of TechnoServe Kenya, including HR, procurement, finance and operations, ensuring efficient and effective and high quality implementation of programs, compliance with all donor and local legal requirements as well as TechnoServe policies, statutory and organizational laws and regulations.

Program Summary :

TechnoServe has been designing, executing and scaling transformational market-led agricultural and entrepreneurship development programs in Kenya since 1973.

The country team has deep technical and sectoral expertise and is delivering a dynamic, impactful and growing portfolio of programs in coffee, horticulture, food processing / fortification, youth economic empowerment, and micro-retail programs.

In addition to traditional bilateral donors such as USDA, USAID, and Sida, our portfolio includes partnerships with foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, and Citi Foundation.

TechnoServe also collaborates closely with corporate partners to strengthen sectors and drive inclusive growth for poor women and men.

This increasingly important source of funding has included highly successful partnerships with companies such as Nespresso, John Deere, and Syngenta and Coca-Cola.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities :

Accountable for effective, efficient and compliant financial, administrative and operational functions in TechnoServe Kenya, and high quality execution of Kenya’s projects.

  • Leadership : Manage Kenya’s Senior Management Team, currently Program Managers / COPs and leaders of the HR, Finance and Procurement functions.
  • Develop among staff a principled commitment to TechnoServe’s mission and build a working culture that aligns with organizational values of integrity, collegiality;
  • foster a working environment for in-country staff that makes TechnoServe a priority destination for motivated local professionals and develop a team spirit among the staff.

  • Human resources : Execute authority to : (a) Manage personnel subject to TechnoServe’s one-over-one approval process and Human Resources policy, and (b) Hire independent consultants in accordance with TechnoServe’s procurement policy;
  • ensure timely completion of HR-related reports including performance appraisals and annual salary adjustments, among others.

  • Regional Coordination : establish and maintain strong working relationships with divisional, regional and HQ teams; ensure information is shared and flows transparently within the country project team and to the regional program management team.
  • Stakeholder Representation : Establish and maintain strong relationships with relevant stakeholders in Kenya, including government ministries, private sector companies, business associations, and civil society organizations;
  • securing their support as needed; represent TechnoServe Kenya at internal and external functions.

  • Legal Compliance : Represent TechnoServe in all legal matters at the country level, and ensure TechnoServe retains and consults with qualified local legal counsel as needed;
  • ensure that TechnoServe is properly registered in Kenya and complies with all local laws; establish and manage a board of directors if required.

    Execute agreements with local government, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and client groups.

  • Finance : Review and approve expenditures to ensure compliance with country and donor budgets and TechnoServe’s procurement / finance policies;
  • ensure submission of high quality reports and documents to TechnoServe’s HQ on a timely basis in accordance with the corporate calendar, including monthly financial close, annual and mid-year budgets;
  • monitor burn rates on a monthly basis and course correct spending as needed and / or ensure donor and internal budget realignments are requested and approved when required.

  • Kenya Program Oversight : Coach and supervise leaders / managers of Kenya’s programs for successful delivery of results;
  • ensure timely submission of internal reports including PSRs and corporate measurement; ensure timely submission of high quality donor reports with support of the divisional back-stopping team;
  • support country-level adaptation and use of program management tools; work with program staff to identify and address technical assistance needs in Kenya.

  • Program Development : In collaboration with East Africa leadership and program development teams, execute a new business strategy aligned with TechnoServe’s global and regional strategies, maintain strong relationships with a wide range of donors, and develop a robust pipeline of new program opportunities to grow the Kenya platform and scale TechnoServe’s impact.
  • Basic Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international relations business or related field, with a minimum of 12 years of experience;
  • or Master’s degree in economics, international economics, international relations / policy, with a minimum of 10 years of experience.

  • 5 years’ implementation and management experience relating to large-scale projects with responsibility for all aspects of operations.
  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • Preferred Qualifications :

  • East Africa country and program management experience is strongly preferred
  • Significant operations experience, including experience in budget development and management; private sector experience;
  • donor and stakeholder management experience.

    Required Languages Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, including report writing and presentations

    Travel Ability to travel domestically up to 20%, and internationally as necessary

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :

  • Entrepreneurial and inspirational, with a demonstrated ability to build and maintain high-performing team in stressful context.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities Supervises 9 direct reports including program and operations staff.

    We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

    With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV / AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

    We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

    If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at recruitment tns.

    org or call +1 202 785 4515.

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