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Project Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya - EA

Evidence Action is now accepting applications for a full-time, Project Manager - Evidence Action Beta position based in Nairobi with flexibility of being based in Washington DC and an expected commitment of at least two years.

The Organization:  Evidence Action scales proven development solutions to benefit millions of people around the world.

We fill the gap between knowing 'what works' and having impact at scale. We implement cost-effective interventions whose efficacy is backed by substantial rigorous evidence.

We identify innovative, appropriate financing mechanisms and build best-practice operational models.

We voraciously self-evaluate, learn, and improve our models for scaling with a commitment to transparency on progress, impact, and value for money.  

Our two flagship programs reached over 300 million people this year. And one of them was again selected by GiveWell as one of only four Top Charities worldwide.

We invite you to learn more about Evidence Action

The Position:
 This position is with the Beta Team that identifies, pressure-tests, and builds potential Evidence Action programs. 

We are looking for a motivated individual who is passionate about international development and interested in building a viable ‘path to scale’ for promising evidence-based interventions. 

A successful candidate will work with the senior leadership of the Beta team to ensure the success of multiple Beta programs in Africa and Asia.

Responsibilities are expected to include:
  • Manage and coordinate the ‘path-to-scale’ for multiple Beta programs; including designing programs and pressure-testing potential for large scale impact
  • Build and maintain relationships with Beta program partners including government, NGOs, social enterprises and academics
  • Develop and iteratively improve on the theory of change, business model and monitoring plan for potential programs in order to successfully transition programs to full-scale
  • Coordinate the research and analysis for ‘scale-potential' and 'cost-effectiveness' of programs in the Beta portfolio
  • Lead the process of learning lessons from Beta programs and documenting and communicating about them internally
  • Support the communication team with the development of external communication material including; proposal, reports, presentations and write-ups for various audiences
  • Prepare work plans and budgets for Beta programs under various scenarios to facilitate quality project management and decision making in an ambiguous environment
  • Ensure timely reporting and communication with donors
As Evidence Action is a dynamic organization, perform other duties as assigned.

  • MBA/Master’s degree in public policy, social sciences or related field
  • Experience with business and/or private sector prefered but not required
  • Excellent work planning, project and budget management skills
  • Ability to collaborate across teams within and outside Evidence Action and experience with managing people directly and indirectly
  • Good understanding of research, data collection and analytics and ability to interpret research for program design and implementation
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Willingness to travel to project implementation geographies and spend approx. 25% of the time on field work in Africa and Asia
  • Adaptable, self-motivated, inquisitive and a team player who is interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing and diverse team with a start-up atmosphere.
  • Detail oriented with demonstrated ability to multitask and meet short deadlines
  • A sense of humor rated at least a 7.52 out of 10
Benefits: Evidence Action offers competitive compensation packages for the nonprofit field, including comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching, commuter benefits, four weeks of vacation, and more.

How to Apply:  

 Interested applicants need to apply online in the link provided. Please provide your resume, a cover letter clearly addressing the stated qualifications, and at least one short recent writing sample.

For a candidate based in Nairobi, Evidence Action will apply for a work visa from the Kenyan authorities if necessary. Should the candidate prefer to be based in Washington DC, they must be authorized to work in the U.S. We unfortunately will not be able to sponsor work visas to the US.

Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), adhering to the laws that prohibit discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment. 

The Evidence Action EOE policy provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, veteran status, disability (including HIV/AIDS), or any other status protected by applicable law.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

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