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Country Manager at FFI

Recours 4 Kenya
Full Time
General Management

Organization Name: FFI

Job Title: Country Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Job Category: General Management

  • Specific Duties:Programme Development and Fundraising
  • Under the direction of the Director of Operations, Africa and Senior Programme Manager Eastern Africa, lead and facilitate strategic planning for the Kenya programme, in line with FFI’s business plan and strategy
  • Keep the Senior Programme Manager Eastern Africa apprised of conservation issues and strategic priorities for FFI in KenyaIn collaboration with the Senior Programme Manager Eastern Africa ensure that the Kenya programme and all projects are well resourced, meet business need and have credible future pipeline options, including but not limited to:
  • Developing and inputting to project concepts and proposals, in line with approved strategic plans
  • Identifying and developing opportunities to raise funds for projects with partners
  • Engaging with the Finance Business Partner, Africa to ensure proposals reflect staff and overhead cost recovery
  • Promote FFI’s work in Kenya to external donors, diplomatic and development agencies, NGOs, corporate for-profit entities and all other relevant bodiesPartnership Development
  • In line with agreed strategies, proactively develop and manage key relationships and partnerships in Kenya, subject to satisfactory due diligence where relevant, in order to maintain and enhance the local programme of work and to maximise the effective delivery of FFI’s Kenya strategy
  • Support the building of organisational and technical capacity of in-country partners to implement the elements of their institutional mission that overlap with FFI’s strategic plansProgramme Management
  • Supervise the Finance & Administration Manager, Kenya, and maintain oversight of, and accountability for required legal and financial administration processes, registrations and insurances to ensure the legal compliance of FFI’s operations in Kenya
  • Act as the legal representative of FFI in Kenya as appropriateEnsure effective administration of FFI’s operations in Kenya, including:
  • Development and implementation of in-country systems, policies and procedures, that accord, to the extent possible, with FFI institutional systems, policies and procedures and Delegation of Authorities
  • Compliance with national and institutional Health & Safety policies and procedures
  • Supervise the Kenya team and in collaboration with the Finance Business Partner, Africa, maintain oversight of, and where relevant, lead on accurate financial management of all FFI Kenya projectsProject and Grant Management
  • Provide active management of Kenya Programme Managers for implementation of projects across the Kenya programme, maintaining oversight of, and where relevant leading on compliance to donor and institutional policies, work planning and completion of donor and institutional progress and financial reporting as required
  • Lead on the annual budgeting and reforecasting process for the Kenya programmeHuman Resources
  • Provide strong and motivational line management to FFI staff in Kenya to ensure efficient and effective delivery of FFI’s conservation programme, through objective setting, continuous performance management, annual appraisal, training provision and personal development planningTechnical Project Support
  • Provide targeted technical input and backstopping towards the design, development, management and monitoring of FFI projects in Kenya, ensuring input from relevant technical and cross-cutting team members to address any gaps and ensure a holistic approach is consideredCommunications
  • Ensure regular and effective communication and coordination with team members in Kenya and Cambridge
  • In collaboration with relevant Africa Programme and wider FFI staff, support the development of communications and fundraising materials (e.g. web pages, profiles, articles) to support the development of FFI’s Kenya programme
  • Handle incoming requests for support and information on FFI projects and prospects in KenyaGeneral
  • Work as an active member of the Africa team, attend Africa team meetings and participate

    in Africa regional programme planning and monitoring, communicating frequently with the regional team to facilitate efficient management and collaboration

  • Provide input, where appropriate, on other technical work undertaken by the Africa programmePerson Specification:


  • Excellent project management skills with proven experience in project design, development, implementation and evaluation
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills, with ability to motivate and performance manage individuals to achieve results
  • Proven ability to develop, maintain and leverage partnerships for work at scale, including governments, national and local NGOs, community groups and businesses
  • Excellent financial management and numeracy skills, including budgeting and reforecasting
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with ability to present, negotiate and persuade at all levels with confidence and credibility
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili (spoken and written)
  • Exceptional prioritisation and time management skills, with ability to work to multiple deadlines
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, including Outlook and ExcelKnowledge and Experience
  • MSc degree in a related field (e.g. conservation, marine ecology, rural development, project management) and at least 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Substantial professional experience in conservation programme development and management
  • Experience managing teams to deliver complex projects, including non-direct line management relationships i.e. partners
  • Proven fundraising record, with experience nurturing and managing donor relationships
  • Proven grant management experience
  • Experience working with Kenyan institutions in management/conservation of natural resource
  • Understanding of the statutory and regulatory frameworks within which to operate
  • Experience working with government agencies, communities and community-based organisations, partner NGOs and for-profit entities
  • Familiar with current macro-level development projects in the Lamu area, for example the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) programme (Desirable)
  • Experience in institutional development and capacity building (Desirable)Behavioural Qualities
  • Commitment to FFI’s mission and vision
  • Commitment to organisational and legal compliance and responsible management of donor funds
  • Rigorous and diligent approach to work
  • Demonstrated willingness to think creatively, to problem-solve, and to try new approaches
  • Ability to represent FFI in politically sensitive or unsettled contexts
  • Team player, demonstrating ability to seek out and harness the views and contributions of others
  • Ability to build positive personal and organisational relationships
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural environmentOther
  • Entitlement to live and work in Kenya (without employee sponsorship)
  • Available to travel domestically and/or internationally, and work occasional evening and weekend hoursHow to Apply
  • Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to
  • Please mark your application ‘Country Manager, Kenya’ and indicate in your application where you saw this position advertised.
  • The closing date for applications is Sunday, 21 June 2020, with interviews likely to take place during the week commencing Monday, 6 July 2020.Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

    Applicants with Disabilities

  • FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application, please contact Jade Bedwell, HR Officer, on Tel: +44 (0)1223 749044 or Email: values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity


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