RefuSHE is the only organization in Kenya exclusively designed and dedicated to serve the needs of vulnerable refugee girls, serving both their immediate requirements for safety and security and their longer-term needs of healthcare, education, empowerment, and income generation. Founded in 2008, RefuSHE Inc is a U.S. nonprofit, headquartered in the U.S. and operating in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our mission is to protect, educate, and empower orphaned, unaccompanied, or separated refugee girls and young women and to help them build healthier and more resilient futures for themselves and their children.
RefuSHE is seeking a dynamic and globally fluent leader to serve as the Executive Director of RefuSHE Kenya. The Executive Director will serve as RefuSHE’s country lead in Kenya, overseeing operations and programming. They will report to the Kenya Board of Directors and RefuSHE Inc’s Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Director will also work in partnership with RefuSHE Inc.’s CEO to propel the organization into its second decade of impact.
The ED will be responsible for managing RefuSHE Kenya’s programs, team, and operations, as well as for implementing operations and programming based on the overall strategic goals set by and in partnerships with the CEO of RefuSHE Inc. The ED will be a forward-thinking individual with proven experience in business development, program management, and operations. The ED should have experience in an executive-level operations, finance, or strategic role at a nonprofit or company in the social sector. They should have experience developing and implementing operational excellence with deep experience in finance, HR, and procurement policies and procedures. They should have a strong business background and have experience with start-ups or other microenterprise initiatives. Key responsibilities for success of this role include:
Operational & Financial Management
Drive operational excellence while achieving optimal efficiency
Work in collaboration with the CEO and CFO to develop the Kenya operations
Develop, implement, and enforce action-oriented policies and procedures in finance, HR, procurement, administration, and programs to ensure operational integrity is upheld to the highest standards
Perform risk management and develop mitigation measures for procurement, finance, and HR, ensuring compliance and accurate record-keeping
Lead country operations and programs by maintaining open and clear communication with the team in Kenya and the US office
Ensure that the Kenya Board, US Board, and finance committee, as well as RefuSHE’s CEO and CFO remain updated on the financial and operational health of Kenya operations
Ensure that all fiscal, HR, and reporting policies and procedures are followed and adhered to in Kenya
Oversee the Kenya audit and ensure mitigation strategies are in place for any audit deficiencies
Ensure timely, clear, and succinct communication with the CEO and HQ on all pertinent matters regarding operations, finances, and programmatic issues
Supervise and oversee all Kenya personnel
Strengthen RefuSHE’s presence in Kenya by maintaining and developing strong partnerships with foundations, government agencies, corporations, and individuals
Represent RefuSHE while presenting at conferences, events, and high-profile meetings
Program Quality and Growth
Oversee program implementation and design to deepen RefuSHE’s impact in the field of refugee protection
Lead the program team to develop creative and outcome driven program activities and interventions
Ensure that all programs are developed and implemented with a trauma-informed lens
Strengthen program design to elevate RefuSHE as a strong and desirable contender for funding, partnerships, and recognition for excellent service and outcomes
Ensure program quality through rigorous assessment, design, development, comprehensive data collection and tracking
Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with international, federal, state, and local regulations
Policy and Advocacy
Maintain a strong working knowledge of local, regional, and international policies affecting RefuSHE’s beneficiaries
Keep the US office abreast of any implications of policies that may affect RefuSHE’s operations and programs in Kenya
The ED will embody RefuSHE’s values and mission. They will be a self-starter who is resourceful, entrepreneurial, and team oriented. The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics:
Required and desired experience
A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a MA is preferred
The ability to work and live in Kenya
Strong business acumen, with evidence of their ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability, and allocate resources to ensure results
A strong data and analysis orientation and a proven ability to use metrics to drive decisions and achieve strategic objectives
Demonstrated understanding of how to run a financially sound organization
An engaging and supportive leader, the ED will have a track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork and of leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals
As the external face and voice of Kenyan operations, the ED will possess excellent oral and written communication skills and must be a confident public speaker
A high level of emotional intelligence with a demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility with people quickly
salary & benefits
Salary is competitive and based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The benefits package includes medical healthcare coverage and pension.
To express your interest in this role please submit your resume and cover letter to RefuSHE’s Director of US Operations & Partnerships Ariana Erickson aerickson (a) refushe.org. Please note applications without a thoughtful Cover Letter will be considered incomplete.
Closing date for applications is October 21, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
RefuSHE is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.