Marie Stopes Kenya Senior Youth Coordinator Job in Nairobi

Job Title: Senior Coordinator, Youth
Location: Nairobi   
Reporting to: Director of Programme Operations
Probationary Period: 3 months

Marie Stopes Kenya is implementing a major donor funded project to deliver access to Family Planning services (with a focus on long acting, reversible methods) to young women under the age of 19. 
This project is a high profile, global flagship program for Marie Stopes International and MSK is seeking an extremely dynamic, charismatic, passionate Senior Coordinator to take strategic leadership in this area of our work. 

They will operate at the strategic level, inputting into activity design, on the programmatic level with problem solving and at the strategic level by managing donor relationships and representing the initiative externally.   
Marie Stopes Kenya (MSK) is a marketing-focused, results-oriented social enterprise, which uses modern management and marketing techniques to provide family planning and reproductive healthcare. 
MSK is part of the global network that is Marie Stopes International (MSI).  
MSK subscribes to the MSI goal and mission, which is to prevent unwanted births and to ensure the individual’s right to Children by Choice not Chance.
It is a role requirement that the job holder must fully comply with, promote and live MSI Core Values: mission driven, customer focused, results orientated, pioneering, sustainable and people centered

Key Responsibilities and Measures

1. Manage the Choice 4 Change Project
  • Lead MSK’s delivery of a major, multimillion GBP youth programme across all of its service channels
  • Provide key strategic leadership in the design of programme interventions and in the delivery of interventions as per the work-plan
  • Interface with consortium partners and advocate for MSK’s priorities
  • Work with Donor Compliance Advisor to produce high quality donor reports
  • Manage external consultants, design agencies and subcontractors as needed
  • Interface with donor as needed and prepare for donor visits
  • Participate in review of Budget Variance Reports and in financial forecasting exercises
  • Present regularly to the Country Management Team on progress against targets and activity plans
  • Regularly problem solve and re-strategize around issues arising
  • Represent the consortium and MSK externally, including in government meetings and internationally as required 
  • Supervise the project administrator 


  • Project targets achieved
  • Workplan approved and delivered on time
  • 2016 budget fully spent
  • Positive donor feedback 
  • Donor reports submitted on time and of high quality
2. Integrate Innovative Youth Work across MSK
  • Maintain up to date knowledge about developments in the sector, especially pertaining to youth SRH
  • Work with channel leads to implement innovative initiatives to improve MSK’s service to young populations
  • Advocate for youth and adolescent SRH at external forums, nationally and internationally
  • Critically evaluate interventions for youth friendly-ness, utilising MSK’s internal data and external literature
  • Review study protocols, project documents and proposals to integrate the needs of youth
  • Participate in New Business Development to mobilize resources for youth focused initiatives 


  • MSK reaches its targets on High Impact CYPs and clients under age 19
  • MSK’s policy priorities advanced
  • Additional resources mobilized for Youth programming
Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution.
  • Post Graduate degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage
  • Experience in directly managing large donor grants or a multimillion dollar grant portfolio, as a Grant Manager or Compliance Manager
  • Experience in designing and implementing youth activities 
  • Experience in dynamic, fast paced problem solving and turning around struggling initiatives
  • Experience managing external contractors and consultants
  • Experience as an advocate on youth issues, either at a policy level or within an organization 
  • Experience as a line manager including performance management (desirable)
  • Experience in financial forecasting and management
  • Experience in writing donor reports for large grants, including narrative and results matrices
  • Experience in Marie Stopes Systems and processes (desirable)
  • Experience in reproductive health programming (desirable)
  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office package
  • Ability to design, implement and monitor effective project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation best practice
  • Experience in a leadership position
  • Forceful, resilient personality
  • Confident presenter to high level fora 
  • Analytical ability and a creative thinker
  • Understanding of, and ability to write and edit donor proposals and reports
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English, with exceptional writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment
  • Ability to manage a very heavy and fluctuating workload 
Attitude / Motivation:
  • Demonstrates MSK team member behaviours.
  • Pro MSI philosophy of social enterprise and cost recovery
  • Prochoice
How to Apply

Applications quoting the position title with detailed CV, with contact details of 3 referees including their email addresses (1 of which should be your immediate supervisor, 1 former supervisor and 1 any other but not a relative) should be submitted to  on or before 15th March 2016. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

NB: Please clearly indicate in the subject line as “Senior Coordinator, Youth”

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