Hivos East Africa Programme Development Manager (Green Foods & Productive Landscapes) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos East Africa is seeking qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: Programme Development Manager – Green Foods and Productive Landscapes
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. 

With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. 


Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents. 
With long standing experience in development programmes, the East Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of a Programme Development Manager within the Green Foods and Productive Landscapes portfolio. 
The Programme Development Manager will lead the design of new programmes that will increase the impact of Hivos’ work in East Africa.
Overview of the position: The Programme Development Manager reports to the Regional Director and works with the Programme Manager, Green Foods and Productive Landscapes. 
He/She is responsible for the growth and development of new and/or existing programmes in the region, consistent with Hivos’ vision and standards for sustainable green foods and landscapes. 
He/She will be the main contact between Hivos, donors, and partners in the development of new and /or existing initiatives that provide for strategic and innovative programme expansion for organizational growth. 
The successful candidate will work closely with other Programme Development Managers and Programme staff in the Hivos regional office.
This position is based in Nairobi with regular (70%) travel and visits to donors, partners, and relevant actors in the region. 
This role may involve some international travel.

Specific roles and responsibilities
  • Identifying and prioritizing new areas of innovative programme development and donor needs in relation to Hivos’ priorities and strategies in the green foods and productive landscapes domain.
  • Designing and implementing a strategy to identify, track, and secure suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ evolving work in green foods and productive landscapes. This includes:
  1. Identifying and proactively pursuing grants and fundraising opportunities;
  2. Preparing grant applications, concept notes and proposals to donors;
  3. Coordinating fundraising activities and events;
  4. Seeking in-kind, financial, and/or pro-bono support from relevant partners, companies, governments, and service providers;
  5. Building a solid donor intelligence network/base representing the local, regional, and international donor communities, with a view to expanding Hivos’ green foods and productive landscapes portfolio;
  6. Establishing and participating in formal and informal networks with relevant partners, donors, and actors;
  7. Building strategic and lasting partnerships with investors, donors, governments, development partners and the private sector.
  • Actively participating and contributing to financial forecasting at the project and organizational level to determine necessary funding and resource requirements.
  • Securing suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ operational requirements.
  • Supporting the establishment and implementation of transparent budget monitoring systems and upholding the highest level of organizational governance, including:
  1. Advising management and staff on user-friendly financial management systems, tools and procedures for the successful delivery of projects within budget;
  2. Guiding management on contract negotiations, grant cash-flow requirements, cost recovery requirements and potential funding gaps;
  3. Supporting and participating in internal and external audit requirements;
  4. Supporting the effective tracking of grant income, ensuring that all allocated finances are collected and acquitted in a timely manner;
  5. Preparing and reviewing high quality financial and narrative reports relating to grants and donations.
  • Actively representing the organization’s programme development interests at relevant meetings, events, and within resource mobilization or donor-specific peer networks, as they relate to Hivos’ work.
  • Building internal capacity in program development and within country teams to strengthen their capacity to fundraise; and to independently design innovative, viable and high impact interventions and proposals for target donors.
  • Monitoring, evaluate and disseminate proposal development best practices and quality assurance at country and regional levels.
  • Contribute to programme monitoring and evaluation to ensure concepts and proposals adhere to donor requirements and Hivos’ policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with donor contract requirements and reporting deadlines, as well as effective communication with partners and stakeholders to ensure efficient and effective programme implementation.
  • Provide other programmatic, research, administrative, and logistical support as needed
Minimum Requirements
  • Masters degree in agriculture economics, development or related discipline.
  • Minimum 8 years of post-graduate work experience in nonprofit program development and/or fundraising within the private sector and/or international development organizations.
  • Demonstrated donor network in Kenya (required) and in the region (preferred)
  • Ability to work on short-term assignments with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and pipelines.
  • Ability to work independently, and function effectively as a member of a global team, and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally up to 70% of the time.
  • Work experience and knowledge of the economic, social, environmental, and development context in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Good networking, marketing, proposal development, and IT skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills.
  • High levels of personal integrity and accountability.
How to Apply

If you meet the requirements for the position, please send a cover letter and CV to with the subject as: Programme Development Manager – Green Foods and Productive Landscapes on or before 4th March 2016. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
This position will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be closed when a suitable candidate has been identified.

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