Program Manager Job in Kenya

Job Title: Program Manager

Hiring Organization: Open Society
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/27/2024

Role Purpose

The aim of opportunities is to dynamically organize staff, strategies, and budgets around the demands of each opportunity. It balances the need for sustained attention to complex problems and demands rigorous planning and evaluation, while also providing leaders with the autonomy to pursue radical ideas and approaches.
The Program Manager will be responsible for day-to-day liaison and coordination with grantee and partner organisations. The Program Manager will play a critical role with implementing the opportunity, which may use a variety of OSF’s strategic capabilities, including advocacy, impact investing, strategic litigation, in addition to grant making. The expectation is that the Program Manager is a subject matter expert in the specific opportunity.

Key Responsibilities

As Program Manager, you will:

Support the Director of Programs to deliver on the opportunity’s outcomes with professionalism

Deliver on day-to-day liaison with grantees to ensure the opportunity is designed, launched, implemented, and exited according to the outcomes defined

Work collaboratively with other members within the opportunity team and with colleagues across OSF to ensure the opportunity is effectively leveraging OSF’s capabilities to reach the agreed outcome

Effectively manage the grant-making process by communicating with grantees for proposal submission, assisting in grant record preparation, grants processing, payments, reporting, and other related processes

Build a strong understanding of the field and partnerships, in developing and designing the grant selection processes

Manage relationships with partners, in close coordination with Geographic Policy Groups as relevant, and work with them to achieve OSF’s strategic objective through the opportunity

Work collaboratively in developing, assessing, and revising program strategies

Work with leadership to maintain grant-making practice aligned with OSF’s approach to grant-making and in compliance with organizational and external standards and regulations

Assist in the construction, maintenance, and assessment of grant making portfolio(s), sharing responsibility for strategy design with manager

Contribute to larger opportunity strategy

Process and oversee progress of consultant contracts

Monitor progress implementation, project risks, and other relevant status updates and communicate to Director, Programs regularly


Post-graduate education relevant to the types of Opportunities that Open Society Foundations will invest in Experience


Multiple years’ experience (in one or multiple organisations) where proficiency in the specific field or subject area has been comprehensively developed

Demonstrable expertise in Women’s Economic Empowerment and Political Participation in Africa

Extensive expertise in the specific topic area as set out in the “Opportunity Description” above

Prior working experience of operating within the non-profit community (for example multi-lateral, NGO, foundation or ambassadorial working environments)

Fluent in local language where the role is based

Relevant expertise in topic area (thematic and/or geographic) specific to the opportunity

Functional Competencies

Conceives, designs and manages cross-department, cross-program or similarly complex projects; expected to effectively manage time, budget and stakeholders and network-wide or similarly complex coordination

Able to generate, capture and organize information and knowledge to deliver prescribed outcomes

Ability to conduct research to drive decision making by management

Skilled in drawing out patterns

Experience in budgeting, strategic analysis and planning

Working well with a variety of public, private and NGO stakeholders

Building and maintaining networks of stakeholders

Promote strategic cooperation with governmental and other sectors

Knowledge of grant making best practices and the field of philanthropy

Ability to build synergies, strengthen movements, and identify and fill capacity gaps across fields

Demonstrate care and concern about partner organizations and the people who work in them

Personal Competencies

Able to build consensus with diverse audiences/stakeholders

Possesses cultural sensitivity to work respectfully and effectively in different settings

Ability to work independently and being self-motivated

Demonstrates commitment to OSF’s core values of humility, commitment, collaboration, respect, inclusivity and integrity

Proven experience in collaborating with multi-country stakeholders

Willingness to adjust working hours to include calls and discussions with colleagues and vendors located in various geographic regions

Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice


An excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of French

Knowledge of other languages would be an asset

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