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Job Level
Senior level
Years Experience
10 years
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Nairobi CBD Nairobi

Are you a creative, strategic and committed leader? Are you cut out to energise a team engaged in developing creative solutions for inclusive development in East Africa? Do you thrive in developing new programmes and mobilising funds for them? If yes, then apply to this position at Aga Khan Foundation, East Africa (AKF) to be based in Nairobi. This position will report to the Regional Chief Executive Officer and will lead a team of Technical advisors, consultants and leads on special initiatives.

For nearly 50 years, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been partnering with communities, governments and private sector to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. AKDN makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the Foundation implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based on decades of experience, learning and evaluation.

Overall Objective:

The Regional Head of Strategy and Innovation will be responsible for ensuring the alignment of programs and initiatives within the region to the regional and global strategies through promoting the focus on priority initiatives and funding opportunities. S/he will promote innovative, creative thinking within AKF, strengthen AKF’s design processes, both systemic and human-centered, with the aim of increasing quality, scale, depth of impact and resources. Ensure programs are built on and responsive to contextually derived evidence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Challenge and guide the regional and country offices to identify, develop and prioritize resource mobilization for strategically aligned initiatives and programs.
  • Lead on and provide support on high priority resource mobilization initiatives.
  • Promote new or innovative approaches.
  • Work with the Global Innovation Unit to develop a strong cadre of design facilitators within the country offices.
  • Ensure programming excellence and quality through people-centred, systems thinking, and evidence-based approaches to design and implementation.
  • Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) unit to develop systems and modalities of evidence generation that drive innovation and form the basis of program design.
  • Establish measurable accountability that will drive new and iterative approaches.
  • Support program teams to develop initiatives and engagements with new funding sources that ramp-up programming for scale and depth of impact.
  • Increase the depth and breadth of technical expertise at the country level, including learning and knowledge and thought leadership in our priority technical themes.
  • Support the development of technical, contextually specific theories of change and strategies aligned with the global program strategy.
  • Establish and lead new projects and initiatives that are regionally and/or thematically cross-cutting.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or equivalent in international development or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum 10 years senior management experience in managing multisectoral teams, preferably in programme design, learning and quality assurance at the country or regional level
  • Experience in leading and facilitating program design processes, management, leadership and mentoring staff with the willingness to visit programmes in the field
  • Experience in working with Governments and development partners to influence policies and practices.
  • Exceptional English communication skills, able to make strong presentations and produce high quality written reports
  • Experience of working in East Africa and knowledge of local cultures will be an added advantage

How to apply:

Interested and qualified applicants in this exciting career opportunity should send their cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of 3 professional referees to the following email address:, with Regional Head of Strategy and Innovation”* in the subject line, addressed to the Regional Human Resources Manager**, Aga Khan Foundation East Africa by **31 st August 2018*.*

NB:Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (

Responsible for ensuring the alignment of programs and initiatives within the region to the regional and global strategies through promoting the focus on priority initiatives and funding opportunities.

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