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Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Programme Coordinator Job in Kenya

Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Mar 5, 2014

Programme Coordinator, Kenya

The Organisation: Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities.

With a total of approximately 450 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 39 offices in 30 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Within Sub-Saharan Africa, SFCG works in sixteen countries: Angola, Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

After several years of media production in partnership with a local production house, SFCG is starting up activities in Kenya, initially focusing on Nairobi, Nakuru, and Mombasa.
Activities in Kenya are part of a regional project that also includes Tanzania and Nigeria that aims to strengthen healthy relationships between the state and civil society.
The project emphasises the use of ICTs, and the Programme Coordinator will have a key role in developing strategies in this area.

Summary of Position
: Search for Common Ground is seeking a dynamic, flexible Programme Coordinator to lead implementation of the regional project’s Kenya component.
The Programme Coordinator will be responsible for implementation of the workplan and budget; supervision of the Programme Assistant; coordination with project stakeholders including USAID, project partners, participating civil society organisations and the Kenyan Government; project reporting, and organisational representation.
The Programme Coordinator will have a key role in supporting start-up of operational activities in the country.
The Programme Coordinator will be supported by the Africa Regional Team as well as HQ staff.
The post-holder reports to the Regional Director-East Africa.


  • Oversee project implementation, including developing and managing the workplan and resources;
  • Liaise with project stakeholders, including USAID, project partners, participating civil society organisations and the Kenyan Government, etc;
  • Supervise the Programme Assistant;
  • Collaborate with other project focal points in the regional programme;
  • Ensure programme implementation reflects Common Ground principles and methodology;
  • Coordinate Monitoring and Evaluation efforts in Kenya, working with project staff and partners and SFCG’s Institutional Learning Team (ILT);
  • Contribute to the programme’s operational start-up, in collaboration with members of the Africa Team and HQ staff;
  • Build relationships with other actors in the peacebuilding and media sectors, with an eye towards coordination and collaboration;
  • Oversee financial management of the grant in Kenya, including transparent and accurate accounting and compliance with SFCG standards and donor requirements;
  • Ensure timely project reporting;
  • Represent SFCG at donor and partners’ meetings as appropriate;
  • Contribute ideas to strategy development and new project design;
  • Maintain regular written and oral reporting to Regional Director-East Africa on the project progress and key issues.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related area, preferably in conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation, peace-building, or communication;
  • At least five years of experience in peace-building, civil society engagement, development and/or related fields;
  • Experience working with government stakeholders;
  • Experience coordinating complex, sensitive projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management including knowledge of USAID policies and procedures;
  • Dynamic leader with creative problem-solving skills, particularly in challenging situations;
  • Flexibility to work in a dynamic and sometimes undefined environment;
  • Excellent communication skills, including both spoken and written;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to build and conduct effective professional working relationships, both internally and externally;
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and Swahili.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and education.
How to apply:

Please note that this is a locally hired position.

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject heading: Programme Coordinator – Kenya.
Please be sure to include minimum salary requirements (in currency figures) or current salary, projected start date, and to mention where you found this posting.
No phone calls please.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.
Please see our web site www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
The application deadline is March 7, 2014.
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