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Position: Date Posted 28 May 2008
Representative - Nairobi, Kenya Application Deadline 18 August 2008
Location Nairobi, Kenya

Summary Description

The Representative directs the Foundation’s activities in Eastern Africa, providing overall leadership to the Foundation’s grant-making programs, managing the office in Nairobi, and representing the Foundation to various organizations and to members of the public having an interest in the Foundation’s work. Specifically, the Representative assesses political, social, cultural and economic developments in the region for their implications for the Foundation’s programming and grant-making priorities. He/she supervises and works closely with program staff in developing, monitoring and evaluating grants and projects within the office’s major fields of programmatic concern. The Representative prepares and manages the office’s $15.2 million grant and management budgets, oversees all legal matters, and supervises local administrative staff. The Representative maintains effective ties with local leaders, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations and other donors. The Representative also manages a modest grants portfolio of his/her own and may, at times, direct an area of the Foundation’s work across geographical boundaries. The Representative collaborates with the Foundation’s other representatives in developing strategies and with program staff from around the world in helping shape various aspects of the Foundation’s work globally.



  • Demonstrated leadership, planning, management and analytical skills; substantial previous leadership experience in Eastern Africa; expertise in one or more areas of the Foundation’s current program interests; knowledge of the region’s history and cultures; and in-depth understanding of development and social change processes are required. Fluency in English and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required. An appropriate graduate degree and familiarity with philanthropy are highly desirable.

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