Country Director, Kenya (open to Kenya nationals only)

National Position based in Nairobi, Kenya

2 years’ contract (Renewable)

HelpAge International's vision is one of a world where older people fulfill their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. We are an international network, bringing together more than 114 affiliates and 200 partners working with older people in over 50 countries. The Africa Regional Office works with a range of partners across Africa to deliver programming, advocacy and policy influencing, to promote older people’s access to income security and health and care in both humanitarian and non-humanitarian contexts.

In Kenya as one of the four operational countries for the Africa region, HelpAge has been working closely with various ministries of the Government of Kenya and organisations of older people to influence the development of policy frameworks on social protection while providing direct support to communities affected by drought and food insecurity.  Since 2008 HelpAge has been implementing the rights and accountability components of the Hunger Safety Net Programmes, funded by DFID and coordinated by the Government of Kenya, that targets cash transfer to vulnerable individuals in 4 counties- Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, and Mandera  (http://www.hsnp.or.ke/index.php/as/governance-structure).

HelpAge International is supporting the development of a national network of organisations of older people working in different parts of the country to support the visibility and amplify the voices of older men and women in its work.

The Country Director will have an overall responsibility for strategic management, programme development, leadership on policy and advocacy, fundraising, finance, security, and operations management of the Kenya Country Programme.

S/he will have a Masters Degree in social sciences or related field, significant experience in country programme management in a national or international INGO, experience in strategic planning, programme development, management of complex multi-sector interventions and networking with public and private institutions.  Ability to negotiate and influence a wide range of people and organizations at different levels as well as ability to undertake in-country travel is essential to this role.  

To apply, send your CV and cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for this position to jobs.africa@helpage.org by 15 January 2018.

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