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APSP Executive Director Job in Kenya

About APSP

APSP was established in September 2008 as a response to the growing demand for "voice" and more active engagement of African civil society in the shaping of Social Protection policies, programmes, and practices in Africa.

It is a network of individuals and organizations operating at sub-national, national and regional levels, with a commitment to promoting and strengthening the social contract between states and citizens. APSP is now active in 25 countries in Africa.
The Role

The position of Executive Director is newly created and will become the focal point in the development of an Africa-wide network of civil society organisations (CSOs) working to promote effective social protection policies in African countries.

Working closely with the Platform's Chair and the Board of directors representing CSOs, the ED will oversee the initial phase (October 2010 - December 2013) of the development of the 5-year project. The ED will play a key role in liaising with the project's Regional representatives as well as the organisations involved in the project at country level. He/She will manage the team at the APSP secretariat.
The Role's Purpose

The holder will represent the interests of APSP internationally, manage and develop APSP's programmes in line with regional and global strategies.

To support and promote the development of APSP's national level platform members, to strengthen the organizational capacity and participation as a focal point for joint advocacy that articulates the voice of African CSOs on social protection policies and programmes.
Person Specifications

The ideal candidate will have:-

  • At least 10 years of international development work, seven of which should be at the executive management level and five of them in Africa.
  • At least five years experience of organisational development and fundraising work with NGOs and CBOs.
  • Experience of advocacy/lobbying on regional, international and national issues
  • Experience working closely with regional bodies, especially the AU
  • An in-depth understanding and experience of issues pertaining to Social Protection
  • Experience in strategic planning and budgeting
  • Knowledge and experience of capacity building and training
  • A background that includes working at the highest levels with national governments. This includes experience working with a variety of organisations such as CBOs, FBO's, CSO's, and international agencies such as the UN
  • Experience of running and supporting a continental or international Network, including building organisations
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to build strong working relationships and foster open communication.
  • Strong project planning skills, with proven ability to organise and prioritise tasks and manage own time efficiently
  • Ability to understand and manage project finances;
  • Proven ability to motivate and inspire others;
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Internet, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Willing to travel to countries involved in the project.
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong Resource mobilisation and management skills
Desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of social protection policies and programmes;
  • Working knowledge of French
Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications on e-mail to: recruit@idp-ea.com together with the latest copy of CV, day time telephone number and details of their current remuneration on or before Friday 29th October 2010.

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