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About ActionAid International Kenya (AAIK)

ActionAid International Kenya (AAIK) is a member of the ActionAid Federation, an international non-governmental organization that works in over 43 countries worldwide. AAIK is dedicated to tackling poverty and the denial of human rights at local, national, and global levels. We work in solidarity with women and people living in poverty and exclusion, amplifying their voices, sharing ideas, spreading inspiration, campaigning, advocating, and influencing public policy to eradicate poverty and ensure social justice. AAIK has a presence in 22 counties across Kenya, including Mombasa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kakamega, Homabay, West Pokot, Baringo, Migori, Isiolo, Garissa, Kajiado, Nairobi, Kisumu, Makueni, Embu, Laikipia, Turkana, Siaya, Kitui, Nakuru, Muranga, and Meru.

Job Summary: Programme Manager – Women’s Rights and Governance

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: Kshs. 266,234 per month
Contract Duration: Three (3) Years
Posted: 11 hours ago

Main Purpose

The Programme Manager for Women’s Rights and Governance will provide strategic direction, growth, and coordination of AAIK’s engagement with national social movements and coalitions for policy influencing on women’s rights issues. This role will ensure that the Women’s Rights and Governance programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding, and contributes to AAIK’s strategic objectives, national/global learning, and advocacy.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Management

  • Lead the strategic direction and growth of the Women’s Rights and Governance programmes.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with national social movements and coalitions.
  • Ensure that programmes are aligned with AAIK’s strategic objectives and global policies.

Programme Quality and Development

  • Ensure high technical quality of Women’s Rights and Governance programming.
  • Oversee programme implementation and project management to ensure timely delivery of objectives.
  • Develop and manage donor relationships to secure funding.

Advocacy and Campaigns

  • Lead advocacy and campaigns on women’s rights and governance issues.
  • Collaborate with influential coalitions and networks to drive policy change.
  • Represent AAIK in national and global forums to advocate for women’s rights.

Capacity Building and Learning

  • Facilitate capacity building for staff and partners on women’s rights and governance issues.
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Contribute to national and global learning and advocacy on women’s rights and governance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, policy development, or a related field from a recognized university.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of post-academic experience in women’s rights and governance programming.
  • Demonstrable experience working within influential coalitions and networks.
  • Proven experience in advocacy and campaigns related to women’s rights and governance.
  • Experience in programme implementation and project management is highly desirable.

Why Join AAIK?

Competitive Compensation

  • A monthly salary of Kshs. 266,234.
  • Comprehensive health insurance and pension scheme.
  • Generous paid time off (PTO).

Professional Development

  • Opportunities for continuous learning and career growth.
  • Access to international networks and forums.
  • Mentorship and coaching from experienced leaders in the field.

Work-Life Balance

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Options for remote work where applicable.
  • Supportive work environment focused on employee well-being.

Impactful Work

  • Direct involvement in meaningful advocacy and policy influence.
  • Opportunity to work on the frontline of women’s rights and governance.
  • A chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of women and marginalized communities.

About Working at AAIK

At AAIK, we foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Our team is passionate about social justice and committed to driving positive change. We believe in empowering our employees to bring their best selves to work and supporting them in achieving their professional and personal goals. Join us in our mission to create a fairer and more just world.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV and cover letter, detailing how they meet the criteria for this role, to by close of business on 5th June 2024. Please ensure your application is written in English.

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[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]
[Email Address]
[Today’s Date]

Human Resources Manager
ActionAid International Kenya
[Office Address]
Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Programme Manager – Women’s Rights and Governance position at ActionAid International Kenya. With a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and over six years of experience in women’s rights and governance programming, I am confident in my ability to contribute to your team.

My experience in advocacy, campaign management, and coalition building has equipped me with the skills necessary to lead strategic initiatives and drive policy change. I have a proven track record of developing and managing high-quality programmes and securing significant donor funding. My dedication to social justice and my ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders align perfectly with AAIK’s mission.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my background, skills, and enthusiasm can contribute to the impactful work being done at ActionAid International Kenya.


[Your Name]

How to Be a Successful Applicant for the Programme Manager Position

  1. Understand the Role: Research AAIK and understand the responsibilities and expectations for the Programme Manager position.
  2. Tailor Your Application: Customize your CV and cover letter to highlight relevant experience and skills.
  3. Showcase Achievements: Emphasize your accomplishments in women’s rights and governance programming.
  4. Demonstrate Leadership: Highlight your leadership and strategic planning experience.
  5. Emphasize Advocacy Skills: Show your ability to lead effective advocacy and campaigns.
  6. Highlight Collaboration: Provide examples of working with coalitions and networks.
  7. Prepare for Interviews: Be ready to discuss your experience and how it aligns with AAIK’s goals.
  8. Be Authentic: Show your passion for social justice and commitment to women’s rights.
  9. Provide References: Include references who can speak to your professional achievements.
  10. Follow Instructions: Ensure your application is complete and submitted by the deadline.

Possible Programme Manager Interview Questions With Answers

  1. What motivates you to work in women’s rights and governance?

    Answer: My motivation stems from a deep commitment to social justice and the belief that empowering women leads to broader societal benefits. My work with various NGOs has shown me the transformative impact of focused advocacy and policy change on women’s lives.

  2. Can you describe a successful campaign you led?

    Answer: I led a campaign focused on increasing women’s political participation in local governance. We partnered with community leaders and used a combination of grassroots mobilization and media outreach, resulting in a 20% increase in women candidates in the local elections.

  3. How do you manage partnerships with coalitions?

    Answer: I prioritize clear communication and shared goals. By regularly engaging with coalition partners, we ensure alignment and address any challenges collaboratively. This approach has strengthened our collective impact and advocacy efforts.

  4. What strategies do you use to secure donor funding?

    Answer: I focus on building strong relationships with donors and clearly articulating the impact of our programmes. By providing detailed reports and success stories, I have successfully secured funding from multiple international donors.

  5. How do you ensure programme quality and accountability?

    Answer: I implement robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks and regularly review programme outcomes against set objectives. This ensures continuous improvement and accountability to our stakeholders.

  6. Describe a time you had to navigate a challenging advocacy environment.

    Answer: In one project, we faced significant opposition from local authorities. By leveraging our coalition’s network and engaging in persistent dialogue, we were able to address concerns and gain the necessary support to advance our advocacy goals.

  7. How do you handle project management under tight deadlines?

    Answer: I use project management tools to organize tasks and set realistic timelines. By prioritizing critical activities and delegating effectively, I ensure projects are completed on time and to a high standard.

  8. What role does data play in your advocacy work?

    Answer: Data is crucial for evidence-based advocacy. I rely on comprehensive data collection and analysis to inform our strategies and measure our impact, making our campaigns more persuasive and effective.

  9. How do you stay updated on women’s rights issues?

    Answer: I stay informed through continuous learning, attending relevant conferences, and engaging with academic and policy publications. Networking with other professionals in the field also helps me stay current on emerging trends and best practices.

  10. What makes you a good fit for this role at AAIK?

    Answer: My extensive experience in women’s rights advocacy, combined with my strategic leadership skills and passion for social justice, aligns perfectly with AAIK’s mission. I am committed to driving impactful programmes and fostering meaningful change.

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