Head of Programmes, Africa (open to international and national candidates)

  • Open to national and international candidates.

  • Based in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel within the region.

HelpAge International is the secretariat to the HelpAge global network, which brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals working to promote the rights and meet the needs of older women and men.

Our long-term vision is to establish a global movement of strong connected age focused and older people led platforms in every country in the world. Only by collaborating together can we achieve a world in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.  We aim to extend the reach and influence of the HelpAge Global Network to all those in a position to help bring about our vision for older people– including Governments, regional institutions, policy makers, development partners, the private sector, UN organisations and academic institutions.

In Africa region we will deliver this through a combination of programme, policy and communications work focused on our core themes of social protection, health and care.  HelpAge International is therefore going through a period of exciting organisational change, looking at positioning itself robustly as an organisation that works with and influences through a strong network of organisations. Through much of 2017, the Africa team will work together to shape the network of partners on the issue of ageing as well as review and reposition engagements (as necessary) in order to effectively deliver the organisational theory of change. 

Consequently, HelpAge seeks to hire a Head of Programmes for the Africa Region whose critical roles will be to ensure effective management of country offices, delivery of HelpAge’s Africa regional strategy, strategic long-term fundraising sustain and grow regional impact, manage programmes team, offer high quality technical support and institutionalize evidence gathering and learning by country teams and the network.

The successful candidate should have experience in designing and implementing programme delivery strategies at country and regional level, experience in humanitarian work and international development, demonstrable skills in social development issues, fundraising, donor engagement and proven ability to develop networks and partnerships.  Strong leadership and management skills, influencing, communication, representation and negotiation skills are essential to this role.

To apply for this role, submit a ‘Competency Statement’ and curriculum vitae outlining your suitability in line the job description to jobs.ewca@helpage.org. Deadline for submission - 30th November, 2016

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