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Program Associate Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Our client, The Rockefeller Foundation, funds a portfolio of interlinked initiatives that are aligned to its goal of achieving the well-being of humanity through smart globalization.

The Foundation is committed to supporting work around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people by spurring entrepreneurship, promoting innovation, building human and institutional capacity, catalyzing the creation of new fields and ensuring that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared.

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking to recruit a Program Associate to be based in the regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Program Associate will be responsible for executing a mix of project management, research, coordination and Foundation-wide responsibilities.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the individual will work on the development and / or execution phase of initiatives and will also support other work of the Foundation.

The Foundation works in a matrix structure, and therefore the Program Associate will be assigned to  any of the Foundation’s initiatives based on initiative cycles and organizational needs.

This position is nationally recruited and offered on a three (3) years renewable contract.

Some of the responsibilities for this position will include:
  • Contributing to the development of assigned Initiatives through researching on relevant information and assisting in the structuring of grants and proposals;
  • Contributing to the learning and shaping of strategy and /or monitoring and evaluation plan of assigned Initiatives;
  • Supporting the Associate Director and Managing Director in monitoring grant making and reviewing grantee deliverables’ time-frames, budgets and reports with the aim of building alignment and effective collaboration between grantees;
  • Preparing documents for the President’s office and the Communications department including briefing reports, articles and papers and ensuring frequent and relevant website updates;
  • Managing the effective day-to-day use of project management tools and systems by ensuring accurate and timely information is being obtained and quality project management intelligence is being generated;
  • Contributing to an effective exit strategy at the end of the Initiative life-cycle, including researching and identifying opportunities to sustain influence and engagement; and
  • Supporting budget development and serving on various internal Foundation committees and / or task forces.

Key qualifications, knowledge and experience required:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role in the development / NGO / Government sector;
  • Strong analytical, research and proposal writing skills;
  • Sound knowledge of and experience in program design, management and review at national, regional and / or international levels;
  • A good command of data management and analysis tools and proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite with the ability to effectively use the internet to obtain data and reference material; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with good interpersonal skills.

For more information on this position, applicants can visit:

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for this role, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, current remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts and quoting the reference number (Ref.: RF / PA / 01-14) on your application letter.

To be considered, your application must be received by 31 January, 2014 addressed to:

The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited

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