Job Title

Programme Officer - Governance & Philanthropy

Direct Supervisor:

Programme Coordinator

Staff Directly Supervised:


Relationships Internally:

Departments; Finance, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL), Communications.

Relationships Externally:

Donors (Local & International), GoK Officials, Grantees (Funded Organizations), Key Networks (Local & International) that KCDF Works With.

Contract Duration

Two Years (Inclusive of Probation Period)

Expected Start Date

On or Before 1st April 2022


This Position is Based in Nairobi with Frequent In-Country Travel


About Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF)

Since its establishment in 1997, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) has built a strong basis for community-driven development approaches and is unique in Kenya as a pioneer of community philanthropy and sustainable development. KCDF works through strategic and carefully selected partnerships in Kenya, both at the national and community level and strongly believes in the ability of communities to identify and prioritize their needs and leverage on any available external support, pursue their own solutions to these needs. KCDF also recognizes that pro-poor policies are critical to be able to address some of the systemic challenges faced by vulnerable groups.

Overall Job Purpose

Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) is seeking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated individual to the position of Programme Officer - Governance & Philanthropy. Reporting to the Programme Coordinator - Governance & Philanthropy, this position will play a central role in:

  1. Advancing KCDF’s push for a vibrant, credible, and sustainable civil society sector while promoting stronger community voices.
  2. Building responsive and accountable governance structures and processes at the national and Counties level.
  3. Promoting KCDF’s policy in advocacy and influencing, efficiently linking, and collaborating with key departments to support capacity building in this area.
  4. Strengthening KCDF ‘s work in promoting local organized giving/philanthropy, enhancing grassroots-led policy, and other national civic engagement initiatives.

The Programme Officer - Governance & Philanthropy, will be responsible for supporting in the designing, coordinating, and implementing governance and community philanthropy activities at the Counties level in collaboration with individual County-based civil society organizations (CSOs), and County-based civil society organizations (CSO) networks (Communities of Practice).

Key Responsibilities

  1. Work with other like-minded stakeholders at the County level in building vibrant grassroots organization networks (Communities of Practice).
  2. Participate in different County and national networks to learn, share and advocate KCDF’s collective agenda in promoting philanthropy while strengthening grassroots and national philanthropy infrastructure.
  3. Coordinate capacity development-related activities for KCDF’s implementing partners and other local actors in diverse areas of organizational development (e.g., programme management, implementation, resource mobilization, communications, and sustainability planning etc.)
  4. Support the planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of KCDF’s Change the Game Academy (CtGA) trainings in the country.
  5. Support monitoring and evaluation activities for KCDF’s Power of Voices programme, research, and advocacy work.
  6. Support in the management and coordination of events and functions related to the governance and philanthropy docket.

Key Qualifications Required

  1. A minimum of a university degree in Development Studies or any other relevant area of specialization.
  2. At least five years progressive experience in programme development and implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  3. Demonstrable experience in facilitating adult learning (for civil society organizations leaders) through training and coaching. Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, facilitation and presentation skills.
  4. Knowledge and familiarity with the Kenyan CSO sector, its growth, challenges, opportunities and legal frameworks that govern its operations.
  5. Excellent analytical and policy articulation skills, communication, writing, public speaking, influencing and collaboration skills.
  6. Good understanding of Kenya’s devolved system of government, its challenges and opportunities in the context of advancing sustained community development.
  7. Strong teamwork skills with demonstrated experience in working with and growing teams.
  8. Ability to work in a team environment and be flexible, versatile, and open-minded in contributing to other relevant organizational goals and objectives.

How to Submit Your Application

  • Applications by qualified candidates should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Remember to quote the position “Programme Officer - Governance & Philanthropy” on the email subject.
  • Attach your cover letter, current CV including contacts of three referees. In your cover letter, indicate your monthly salary expectations (gross salary).
  • The deadline for submitting your application is 5:00 pm, 28th January 2022.


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