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Deputy Director Job Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

The Open Society Foundations work worldwide to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

OSIEA implements initiatives to advance justice, free speech, public health, and independent media in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan.

 Deputy Director is a key member of the senior management team responsible for providing program and administrative management and for ensuring that office operations are conducted effectively and efficiently in support of OSIEA programs.

Based in Nairobi, the position works with the entire team and reports to the Executive Director to ensure performance standards are met.


Program Management and Staff Supervision
  • Provide strategic vision, guidance and leadership on matters relating to OSIEA’s programming, strategy, management, governance, and budget
  • Supervise and provide substantive guidance, feedback and support to designated program staff in refining the overall strategic direction of OSIEA’s focus areas, in establishing program priorities, and in designing and carrying out projects
  • Put into place a process to oversee the preparation of the annual program strategy and budget plans with the director, program staff and board, including an annual staff retreat
  • Assist the director in overseeing the production of OSIEA communications and publications, including by writing and editing documents.
  • Develop and apply learning, monitoring and evaluation criteria to better measure the effectiveness and outcomes of OSIEA projects
  • As required, represent the director at meetings within the OSF network and externally
  • Develop and coordinate special projects as requested by the director
Office Management and Administration
  • Oversee the daily operations of the organization, supervise staff, and stand in for the director as needed
  • Oversee planning for and preparation of OSIEA board meetings, including the grant approval process.
  • Develop and oversee mechanisms for regular staff communication, including monthly conference calls and regular meetings/calls between relevant colleagues as well as the board.
  • Put into place oversight mechanisms to ensure compliance with internal policy and legal requirements
  • Serve as the primary contact for financial oversight throughout the year
  • Oversee security procedures to ensure the safety of OSI staff traveling in the region
  • Advanced degree and at least ten years work experience
  • Substantive knowledge of the Eastern African region
  • Five years experience as a manager with an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the effective management of a complex institution. Must enjoy management.
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights and knowledge of the East African region
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential
  • Willingness to travel as needed
At OSIEA, all staff are expected to work at integrating the organizational values into the performance of their duties and tasks on a daily basis and by participating in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication.

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 Competitive salary, with good benefits package

No phone calls, please. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Search closes:
 October 6, 2011

To Apply:
 Send resume and cover letter to

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