Economic Empowerment Portfolio Coordinator Job in Kenya

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Economic Empowerment Portfolio Coordinator Job in Kenya

Sightsavers implements projects in over 30 countries in Africa and South Asia working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. We are looking for a Portfolio Coordinator – Economic Empowerment – a new role within our expanding Economic Empowerment team to help us upscale our economic empowerment (EE) portfolio across 13 countries 

Salary (UK): £26,779 – £31,505 

Other locations: Local terms and conditions apply 

Location: Sightsavers Country Office in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe

Contract: Due to local terms and conditions in some locations, this role may be a two year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension 

About the role 

Sightsavers believes that it is vital for people with disabilities to be empowered and financially independent. We help people with disabilities gain independence by providing vocational training and skills. We are looking for a Portfolio Coordinator – Economic Empowerment to support our transition from the current ‘project approach’ to an acknowledged model of economic empowerment as inclusive development through coordinating the sufficient knowledge and evidence (gathering, collating, and disseminating) to support this. This new role comes at an exciting time as we accelerate our work supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in economic empowerment programmes. Key duties will include: 

  • Supporting EE portfolio management oversight through establishing and coordinating country project governance meetings to share programme implementation progress, escalation of risks and challenges, and interim reporting updates to guide decision making and programme adaptations 
  • Working with the country governance leads to better understand EE project management and technical capacity building needs. Managing a process to track any residual gaps and associated risks through a capacity/capability plan to bring in guidance and support from relevant internal stakeholders   
  • Curating and extend the current EE (SharePoint) document repository and populating a knowledge repository of all pathways, tools and approaches employed within EE programming 
  • Coordinating and chairing an EE community of practise, open to all staff and partners through monthly meetings to exchange practical programming knowledge and experiences 
  • Communicating updates to the knowledge repository and cross-country learning exchange 
  • Working with colleagues to track progress towards answering strategic learning questions 

About you 

This is an ideal opportunity to build on your existing project management/ project coordination experience and ability to initiate, innovate and translate ideas into effective action plans. To succeed in this role, you will need: 

  • Knowledge of current issues and best practice in economic empowerment and international development 
  • Analytical thinking and the ability to plan strategically from an organisational perspective 
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain knowledge bases and newsletters 
  • Ability to build strong working relationships across different departments and work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional teams 
  • Experience in project management and/or project coordination 
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to multi-task 
  • Proven ability to initiate, innovate and translate ideas into effective action plans 
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills 
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English 
  • French or Portuguese language skills an advantage 
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities 
  • Able to travel for up to 4 weeks a year (regional and international) 

How to Apply


Closing Date: 27 November 2022