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Special Advisor Job in Nairobi Kenya

The Rockefeller Foundation
Special Advisor to the Managing Director, Africa Regional Office
All times are in Eastern African Time.

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As Special Advisor to the Managing Director (SAMD) you will play a major role in building the capacity of the Africa Regional Office (ARO) by ensuring it is appropriately setting, prioritizing, and following through on its goals.  

Serving as a critical member of the ARO team, the SAMD supports the Managing Director (MD) across all of his responsibilities and ensures that the entire team is aligned and executing on a prioritized agenda.  

You will help manage ARO external stakeholder relationships and take the lead on various projects.

The SAMD role offers the rare opportunity to work closely with the MD to drive real impact on a complex problem with a high level of strategic influence.  

While drawing on an established project planning and management skillset, you are eager to support the work through continuous innovation.  

The work will be fast-paced, often ambiguous, and spread across multiple, diverse projects simultaneously.  

You are right for this role if you are deeply entrepreneurial and have significant experience providing strategic, advisory leadership and project management support to prioritize and advance an agenda.   

This role is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is a fixed term three year contract.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support to Managing Director
  • Working in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant, Associate Directors (ADs)/ and Regional Finance and Administrative Manager (RFAM), as needed, supervise the MD’s calendar of appointments, advising on essential and important engagements, both internally and externally.
  • As the first point-of-contact for queries to the MD, provide both effective communication about our work and apply judgment to triage new contacts and manage competing demands.
  • Serve as the MD’s proxy, develop and manage strategic oversight of the MD’s activities, and ensure appropriate follow through.
Managing internal processes
  • Support a formal management system with ADs/RFAM and initiative teams.
  • Manage the logistics of program team and all ARO staff meetings by setting agenda with MD and ensure parties are prepared.
  • Support MD by preparing him for all senior level internal meetings, assuring strategic advice and follow up.
External representation and influence agenda
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to manage the MD’s thought leadership plan and external representation.
  • Manage relationships with critical stakeholders with prepared briefs for important meetings and coordinated follow up with relevant external and internal staff.
  • Working with Regional Communications and Information Officer, assist in preparing documents for communications and the VPIS and/or President’s Office (briefing reports, talking points, input into speeches, articles, blogs, op-eds, etc.).
Projects coordination / management
  • Drive special high-priority projects/initiatives as needed, includingDesign, coordinate and support special projects such as ARO CRM.
  • Event coordination, both logistics and content.
  • Support the initiative team members in follow-up and follow-through on project management.
  • Communication: Excellent interpersonal abilities; good listening skills; strong writing and verbal skills; assertiveness in presenting ideas
  • Decision-Making: Ability to work independently while evaluating risks and opportunities; uses analytical and problem-solving skills; takes initiative and drives for results; able to prioritize
  • Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented
  • Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally; demonstrates inclusiveness, collaboration
  • Leadership: Thinks innovatively and creatively; displays negotiation skills
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building
  • Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates innovative approach to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan
Desired Skills and Experiences:

Education, Training and Experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs/Development, Public Policy, Management, Social Sciences
  • Minimum of five years work experience in multiple sectors, preferably with project and planning experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments
  • Track record in delivering results on time
  • Experience in managing multiple large projects concurrently
  • Working knowledge of French language desired
Compensation: The Rockefeller Foundation offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

The Foundation provides a very generous package of benefits.
About The Rockefeller Foundation:

Organization Overview:
 For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. 

Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.

To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. 

Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations that create unlikely partnerships that span sectors.

The Foundation currently maintains offices in New York, a study and conference center in Bellagio, Italy, and regional offices in Bangkok and Nairobi.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

How to Apply

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The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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