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Practical Action Head of Infrastructure Programme Job in Kenya

Practical Action is an international development agency working with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives today and in generations to come.

We are seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented and proactive team player to Head our Access to Infrastructure Services Programme. The position is based in Nairobi but involves considerable travel to field sites.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of strategic leadership in the international development sector; good understanding of the infrastructure sector; proven capacity to develop fundable project proposals; ability to network and build key relationships with potential donors and partners; experience in working with poor communities in a participatory way.

In addition, s/he will have excellent analytical skills with capacity to draw lessons and examples from previous work and documents and communicate them to varying audiences; ability to lead and motivate a team, delegate tasks effectively and set clear performance targets.

Also required are a good understanding of national policies in the water, sanitation and energy sectors, in devolved governance and a proven track record in financial management and the management of complex programmes.

The Head of Infrastructure Programme will be required to ensure achievement of Practical Action’s strategic objectives and delivery of outputs as per donor requirements and timelines.

S/he will also be responsible for developing new project ideas and funding proposals; managing and mentoring programme staff and managing the financial resources of the programme.

S/he will also ensure the production of monthly work plans for each project and ensure timeliness and quality of project implementation.


The successful candidate should hold a Masters degree in any relevant technology or social science discipline and a post-graduate diploma in programme management; must have at least seven (7) years relevant work experience (of which at least 3 years at senior management level); must have experience working in an NGO; must have working experience in the infrastructure sector; excellent mastery of development issues and ability to work at policy level.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit an application together with a CV and names of three professional referees to Practical Action by email to: to be received no later than 1st September 2010.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Practical Action is an “equal opportunities” employer.

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