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Georgetown University Initiative
Vacancy: Program Director for the Zusha! road safety campaign

About gui2de-East Africa: The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation’s research office in Nairobi, Kenya - gui2de-East Africa - administers a broad variety of research projects, in areas as diverse as road safety, mobile money and financial inclusion, education reform, agricultural finance, and maternal health. 

The office attracts funding from partners such as the US Agency for International Development, the UK’s Department for International Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, as well as other sources. 

The office is immediately hiring a Program Director for the Zusha! road safety campaign, a road safety awareness intervention based on data generated from two previous research trials undertaken and evaluated by Georgetown University professors James Habyarimana and William Jack.

 In that work, stickers with messages empowering passengers of public service vehicles to demand, and receive, better service, were found to reduce accidents between 25-50% as measured through insurance claims data. 

Based on the positive results of this simple and cost-effective intervention, USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) granted an award to gui2de to facilitate a scale-up of the intervention in Kenya, and experimental trails in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. 

The campaign has reached nearly all public service vehicles in Kenya through the USAID grant, and efforts are now underway to transition to a sustainable, locally-owned campaign.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Zusha! Program Director will oversee the implementation of the national campaign in cooperation with the local government and private partners. 

The Director will work closely with the gui2de-East Africa Office Director and staff to develop and execute a sustainable business plan for the campaign. 

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Manage relations with key local stakeholders, including the National Transportation Safety Authority, the National Road Safety Trust, and other partners and sponsors;
  • Identify channels through which the campaign could be sustainably transitioned to local partners;
  • Supervise all Zusha! activities in Kenya, including the design, printing, financing, and distribution of the sticker intervention to all public sector vehicles across the country;
  • Manage and oversee data collection;
  • Create and manage relationships/partnerships/collaborations with government officials and local partners to adopt ownership of the campaign;
  • Develop and design new elements of the campaign;
  • Travel to project sites and regional stakeholder meetings as needed;
  • Manage and implement capacity building strategies for local staff across all project locations;
  • Report weekly to the gui2de leadership in DC.
  • Master’s degree;
  • Minimum of five years of project management experience;
  • Excellent analytical, team management, and communications (verbal, written and interpersonal) skills;
  • Ability to effectively interact with public, private, and civil society leaders;
  • Ability to engage local government and private partners in business development and change management;
  • Familiarity with social and behavioral science research, particularly Randomized Controlled Trial methods.
Interested applicants should send a CV and statement of interest to Whitney Tate at
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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