Head of Business Development, Communications and Quality Assurance - East Africa

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Practical Action have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Business Development, Communications and Quality Assurance. Reporting to the Regional Director the role plays a leadership role within the Regional Management Team (RMT) and will be accountable for leading and managing business development, communications, M&E and programme quality in the East Africa Regional Office.

The Head of Business Development, Communications and Quality Assurance oversees three core areas of our work:

  • Generating income that will enable the achievement of the East Africa change ambitions whether through programs or through consultancies. The post-holder will oversee donor and market intelligence, consortium building and proposal development processes, ensuring the delivery of high quality proposals that bring out the best of our offer, meet donor/client requirements and cover costs.
  • Building quality directly into the design phase of programmes and projects by ensuring appropriate MEL frameworks, integrating gender, supporting MEL throughout the implementation process and coordinating reporting.
  • Strengthening our profile through a range of actions including the roll out of the new Practical Action brand proposition and communications, including social media.

The post-holder will be required to nurture and manage a number of relations, both internal and external. Importantly, s/he will need to work with portfolio leads, the Head of technical and consulting and with finance and HR both in proposal development and in implementation. Equally, they will need to work with business development leads and communications in the UK and, potentially in other countries. S/he will manage relationships with donors, partners, governments and other stakeholders in support of business development process. As a member of the Senior Management Team, s/he will collaborate closely with colleagues to ensure integration of approaches across the Change Ambitions within the East Africa region and as required globally.    

We are looking for someone with excellent knowledge of development issues affecting East Africa, have a proven track record of leading high quality, competitive proposals and strong understanding of the requirements of key donors as well as corporates and foundations. In addition, you will have excellent knowledge of MEL principles and approaches as well as strong knowledge, understanding and experience of current trends in communications, including the use of digital media/social media. This exciting and influential role will cover the entire Eastern Africa region and will be expected to have excellent knowledge of development issues affecting Kenya, Rwanda, and/or East Africa economic, social and political development.

In return, Practical Action offers a flexible and friendly working culture and an opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide. In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Work week of 35 hours
  • The opportunity to work remotely
  • 25 days annual leave, in addition to public holidays.
  • A pension scheme that new employees join immediately on employment - employer contributes 12.5% of gross salary. Employee contribution is voluntary
  • Life assurance (5x annual salary).

Practical Action is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage. We are a registered charity. Improving harvests through planet-friendly farming innovations. Transforming lives through affordable, renewable energy. Reducing vulnerability created by climate change or disaster. Demonstrating sustainable ways to improve clean water access and sanitation. Unlocking economic opportunities that allow whole communities to thrive. Just a few of the ways we help people unleash their potential and protect our world for future generations.

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

Date of expiry23rd Nov
LocationNairobi, Kenya
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
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Interested candidates are invited to submit their application letter and CV to recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke with subject line “Head - Business Development, Communications and Quality Assurance” so as to reach Practical Action on or before 1600 Hrs on Friday 23rd November 2018

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