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Program Development Officer Job in Kenya

Jitegemee is a grassroots organization based in Machakos Kenya that empowers street children and youth with formal and vocational education.  

Position Title:  
Program Development Officer 

Reports To: 
Program Director

Works with: the Board and staff

Location: Machakos, Kenya

Job Summary:
  • Helps board members, the program director, staff and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
  • Stays informed of grant opportunities in Kenya and plays a lead role in developing proposals.
  • Develops and maintains a grants calendar that keeps track of deadlines for grants and reports.
  • Draws up periodic reports for well-wishers and donors that communicate the results of monitoring and evaluation, including an annual report.
  • Works with staff to ensure the smooth use of monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Updates Jitegemee’s Twitter and Facebook with photos and stories about the children in the program. Prepares updates for the website.
  • Assists the staff and board to implement fundraising campaigns through Mpesa.
  • Assists the program director in scheduling meetings with the local board and supporting the local board in their duties.
  • Assists the program director in responding to requests for information, photographs and written reports about the program.
The ideal candidate must be:
  • A team-player who promotes participatory decision-making
  • Able to motivate board members, volunteers and staff members to give their best
  • Able to plan ahead and meet deadlines
  • Able to maintain a flexible work schedule
  • Based in Machakos, with frequent visits to Nairobi
  • A person who meets the highest ethnical standards in management, governance, and fund development
  • Able to convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and the not-for-profit sector
  • Able to avoids conflicts of interest
  • Passionate about providing disadvantaged youth opportunities to succeed
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • A bachelors degree
  • Minimum of 3 years nonprofit management experience
  • Fundraising experience in a professional position preferred
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money
  • Familiarity with computer systems
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with an enthusiasm for writing
  • Ability to effectively utilize social media, including Twitter and Facebook
  • Fluency in English and Swahili. Kikamba is preferred.
  • Membership in a professional fundraising association is strongly recommended.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, a writing sample done in your line of work and 3 references to by December 30th, 2015. 

Please write: Program Development Officer in the subject line of the email. 

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