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About DAI: DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability.

Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries.

Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change.

Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Objective of the Programme: DAI is preparing for an anticipated DFID and the Nike Foundation funded Programme; Assets to Adolescent Girls. The Programme will aim to address constraints to the economic empowerment of adolescent girls in developing countries.

It will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and operate across Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Grantees of the Programme will receive financial and non-financial support to develop their products and business models.

Business Growth Specialist in Kenya - Assets to Adolescent Girls

Scope of Work: We are seeking applications from highly experienced technical experts for the role of Business Growth Specialist.

The successful candidate will work directly with the grantees and facilitate access to partners and technical assistance to identify, support and scale businesses that have products and services that benefit girls.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.   

Requirements:
  • Minimum of 10 years’ working at the cutting edge of development, product and business development, and/or social enterprise
  • Experience in management of teams
  • Strong working knowledge of the private sector
  • Strong local network of private sector and business leaders, development experts, mentors, investors, development programs and NGOs, etc.
  • Experience working with innovative social enterprises and SME’s to grow and scale
  • Understanding of Human Centred Design (HCD), prototyping, business and financial modelling, investment and venture capital, distribution and marketing, and other elements critical to scaling successful products and businesses
  • Project management skills and ability to manage consultants and resource partners
  • Ability to identify challenges and match expertise to problems for solutions
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Proven experience developing and managing networks of local and international organisations from the public, private and third sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South and South East Asia is highly desirable

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration:  Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

*Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.*

How to Apply:



Communications Expert - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: The Communications Expert will be responsible for the overall design, development and management of the programme’s communications strategy and the external outreach and visibility initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Implement an effective communications strategy to attract a diverse and sufficiently large volume of local and internal applications for the grantee programme
  • Manage the project’s public annual events such as; launch events, investor events, alumni events and policy relevant seminars
  • Make sure the programme’s digital platform is maintained and kept up to date 
  • Lead effective external outreach campaigns, ensuring visibility of the Assets to Adolescent Girls programme with relevant audiences
  • Update and modify the project’s communications strategy to reflect evolving communications priorities and changes in the project structure
  • Manage innovative communications interventions in the region that contribute to the overall programme’s objectives
  • Implement innovative communications tools and programs to build knowledge and awareness of the grantee programme (i.e. mobile, radio, etc.)
  • Develop press releases to local media; video/documentaries for television and/or distribution
  • Monitor and communicate results

Requirements:
  • 10 years of relevant experience
  • Experience working with international donor-funded projects preferably DFID, international non-governmental organisations on relevant programs in increasing economic growth, market development, employment and incomes
  • Strong knowledge of Africa and South Asia would be an advantage
  • Ability to effectively represent Assets to Adolescent Girls to the community and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with staff, donors, government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in team environment
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, strong facilitation, training, and writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential

Education: Advanced Degree in Communications/Media or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

How to Apply:


Team Leader – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: We are seeking applications from highly experienced technical and managerial experts for the role of Team Leader.

The Team Leader will be responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of all Programme outputs, as well as overall management of the Programme staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide overall strategic direction to the programme, hold responsibility for meeting programme objectives to identify, strengthen and scale local products and services that benefit girls empowerment
  • Cultivate a spirit of innovation in project staff, subcontractors, grantees and partners
  • Provide overall programme management across the focus countries from a central base in Nairobi
  • Act as spokesperson for the Programme, representing and advocating its work on global platforms
  • Serve as primary liaison between DFID, Nike Foundation and DAI working with all to implement a cutting-edge approach to development and girls empowerment
  • Using broad communications and targeted relationships, develop a pipeline of viable products and services that benefit girls for the project to support to scale
  • Ensure a focus on girls remains central to the project strategy, activities and implementation
  • Oversee Grants and Finance Managers in grantee management including financial disbursement, technical assistance and programme implementation
  • Supervise the work of all long and short-term staff and subcontractors
  • Liaise with other active donors and relevant programmes within the region
  • Oversee key staff to ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the overall programme and timely submission of reports
  • Develop and implement the programme strategy, business plan and budget, while ensuring value for money and delivery of results

Requirements:
  • At least 15 years of experience working in private sector or development, at least ten of which focusing on product design, market development, SME development, and/or business systems, ideally with a focus on women and girls in the developing context
  • Experience working with DFID, USAID and/or other large international donors, strong understanding of donor requirements
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of working in Africa and South Asia
  • Experience working towards the development of women and girls
  • Proven track-record of successfully delivering complex multi-component donor-funded programmes, including major grant components
  • Proven experience building high-level partnerships with technical experts and private sector
  • Strong team leadership, communication and management experience
  • Understand key approaches to M&E, including use of logical frameworks
  • Excellent reporting skills together with financial management
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation, networking and facilitation skills
  • Experience ensuring Value for Money (VfM) as per DFID guidelines
  • Extensive experience delivering against defined milestones and targets

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

How to Apply:


Operations and Finance Manager - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: The Director of Operations and Finance, based in Nairobi, Kenya, will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance/operations as well as coordinating the programme’s grants component. 

They will develop and implement programme policies and practices ensuring organisational effectiveness by providing leadership on the programme’s financial and administrative functions. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the Team Leader in managing supervisory programme staff in completing timely activity budgets and work plans, as well as ensure regular reporting on all activities and advisory services provided under the Assets to Adolescent Girls Programme
  • Work directly with Finance Officer and Grants Manager on personnel, finance, procurement, and grants policies and issues as they arise
  • Work with technical component leaders to ensure that all targets and deadlines are achieved according to workplans
  • Ensure programme finances and management practices are in compliance with DAI and DFID contractual rules and regulations
  • Finalise Terms of Reference (TORs) for all Short-Term Technical Assistance – both national and international – and work to ensure compliance with agreed budgets
  • Deputise on all aspects of operational management of the programme
  • Serve as the Team Leader’s advisor on all contractual and financial matters with DFID, Partners, and Subcontractors and play a key role in the preparation of budgets
  • Regular drafting and compilation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports, as indicated by the Team Leader
  • Represent DAI– along with the Team Leader – at Client meetings and otherwise as required
  • Work directly with DAI Head Office on programme, implementation, personnel, and budget issues
  • Provide operational advice and guidance to the Team Leader on an on-going basis

Requirements:
  • Strong knowledge of donor reporting systems
  • Experience working on grants management programmes
  • Experience in setting up grants funds would be a distinct advantage
  • Experience in working and living in Africa and South Asia countries
  • Strong skill set in reporting, finance and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience working with donors such as DFID, UNDP or World Bank
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification is desirable

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

*Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.*

How to Apply:


Monitoring and Evaluation Expert - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: The Monitoring and Evaluation Expert will be responsible for the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation systems for the Assets to Adolescent Girls Programme.

The role will work closely with the independent M&E contractor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement gender sensitive M&E systems and processes
  • Ensure baseline data collection is conducted at the start of the programme and that data is collected regularly against indicators
  • Work with the grantees to establish effective business relevant monitoring and learning systems
  • Develop and drive a sound project performance monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation reports. Monitor overall initiative on a monthly basis to inform six monthly recommendations for programme improvements and adaptations
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy so lessons learned are incorporated into activities to achieve greater impact. Produce six monthly summaries of lessons learned from all aspects of the programme to package and disseminate results
  • Develop sound performance management indicators

Requirements:
  • 7 - 10 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong understanding of key approaches to monitoring and evaluation and the delivery of value for money
  • Experience working on donor funded projects, ideally with DFID
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating Grant Fund/ Challenge Fund Projects
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Experience working in Africa and South Asia is preferred 
  • Good people and communications skills

Education: Advanced Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

How to Apply:


Knowledge Management Expert - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: The Knowledge Management Expert will be responsible for ensuring that knowledge management is an integral part of the Assets to Adolescent Girls Programme.

The role will be responsible for the monitoring and communicating of programme results, lessons learned and success stories.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Through an M&E framework, establish effective knowledge management processes across the programme, ensuring efficient consolidation of results, success stories and other programme updates across all team members, implementing partners and DFID representatives, working closely with the M&E Expert, Country Relationship Managers and the grantees
  • Produce and distribute lessons learned, case studies and evaluation reports are disseminated to stakeholders in governments, NGO’s, donor organisations, foundations, the private sector, academic and research institutions in and beyond the target countries
  • Conduct regular “failure” sessions to enable programme staff and grantees to share their lessons from failure and opportunities for development
  • Support compilation of quarterly and annual reports on the project’s progress
  • Direct the regular production of project marketing materials such as success stories, presentations, and two-page briefs, in collaboration with office and technical staff
  • Ensure timely reporting on progress against agreed results to DFID

Requirements:
  • 7 years of experience working with knowledge management
  • Experience working with international donor-funded projects preferably DFID, international non-governmental organisations on relevant programs in increasing economic growth, market development, employment and incomes
  • Strong skill set in reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong knowledge of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the rest of the target countries would be an advantage
  • Ability to effectively represent the programme with the community and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with staff, donors, government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in team environment
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, strong facilitation, training, and writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential

Education: Advanced Degree in Communications/Media or other related field preferred.

How to Apply: 


Investor Relations Expert in Kenya - Assets to Adolescent Girls

Scope of Work: The Investor Relations Expert will work to source corporate sponsors, potential impact investors and will work with the grantees to become investment ready.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.   

Requirements:
  • Minimum of 10 years’ working at the cutting edge of development
  • Strong working knowledge of the private sector
  • Experience working with corporate sponsors and investors
  • Experience working with venture capital, private equity or impact investors
  • Strong local network of private sector and business leaders, development experts, mentors, investors, development programs and NGOs, etc.
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Proven experience developing and managing networks of local and international organisations from the public, private and third sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South  and South East Asia is highly desirable

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

*Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.*

How to Apply:


Human Centred Design Specialist - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Scope of Work: The role will provide on-going advice to the grantees around their product development. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but will require travel.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work directly with the grantees to provide access to safe spaces to prototype their products on an on-going basis
  • Deliver on-going advice to grantees on product development and make recommendations and connections for future support and technical assistance
  • Work with grantees to develop ideas and improve the design of their products
  • Work with grantees to prototype their product and ultimately become investment ready
  • Coordinating closely with the Country Relationship Managers, ensure all business models developed are women focused
  • Continuously assess the impact that any intervention or development would have the girls themselves

Requirements:
  • Minimum of 7 years’ working at the cutting edge of development, product and business development, and/or social enterprise
  • Knowledge and experience working with women and girl entrepreneurs
  • Strong working knowledge of the private sector
  • Experience in Human Centred Design (HCD), prototyping and business and financial modelling
  • Experience working with innovative social enterprises and SME’s to grow and scale
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South East Asia is highly desirable

Education: Advanced Degree in Business or other related field preferred.

How to Apply:


Grants Manager - Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Establish robust and transparent grants procedures in line with donor guidelines
  • Manage day-to-day operations of Grant Funds
  • Ensure wide publication of proposal/bidding calls and targeting publicity to ensure the best possible submissions are received
  • Overall financial management of the funds
  • Assess financial and administrative capacity of grantees and training and coaching grantees to enhance their capacity in these areas
  • Contribute to efforts in meeting donor reporting requirements as well as reporting to London home office
  • Track and document fund disbursement and estimated future spending
  • Lead a fraud mitigation strategy

Requirements:
  • 7 or more years of experience working in private sector development, with at least 4 years’ experience of managing grant funds
  • Experience in managing challenge funds or grants programmes
  • Experience in fraud management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong understanding of key approaches to monitoring and evaluation and the delivery of value for money for donor clients
  • Experience working in Kenya or East Africa
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) is essential
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification is desirable

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

How to Apply:


Country Relationship Managers in Kenya or Uganda - Assets to Adolescent Girls

Scope of Work: We are seeking applications from highly experienced technical and managerial experts for the role of Country Relationship Manager based in Kenya or Uganda.

This critical role will work directly with grantees and facilitate access to partners and technical assistance to identify, support and scale businesses that have products and services that benefit girls.

Requirements:
  • Minimum of 6 years’ working at the cutting edge of development, product and business development, and/or social enterprise
  • Experience working with innovative social enterprises and SME’s to grow and scale
  • Understanding of Human Centred Design (HCD), prototyping, business and financial modelling, investment and venture capital, distribution and marketing, and other elements critical to scaling successful products and businesses
  • Strong local network of private sector and business leaders, development experts, mentors, investors, development programs and NGOs, etc.
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Ability to identify challenges and match expertise to problems for solutions
  • Proven experience developing and managing networks of local and international organisations from the public, private and third sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential,
  • Experience working in either Kenya or Uganda is essential

Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

Project Duration: Four to five years

Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

How to Apply:



*Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.*

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