Kenya: DEPP Lab Project Director – Kenya

Organization: Adeso
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 22 Jun 2017

Vacancy Announcement: DEPP Lab Project Director

Organization: Adeso – African Development Solutions, ( and the AIM-DEPP Lab Consortium

Position Title: DEPP Lab Project Director – Kenya

Reporting To: Head of Programs

Working With: DEPP Lab Project Team

Program/Duty Station: Nairobi, With Frequent Visits to DEPP Lab Sites in Garissa and Marsabit

Duration: One (1) Year (Renewable)

Starting Date: Immediately



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Together with communities, humanitarians, donors, government and local authorities, we work towards our vision to bring positive change to the way in which aid is delivered. By listening to communities and responding to the needs that they value the most, Adeso works alongside African communities to co-create programs that develop sustainable outcomes and lasting change at the grassroots level.

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We are able to convene a community around the issues of disaster, emergency preparedness and innovation. We continuously invigorate a vibrant community of innovators and entrepreneurs able to build globally competitive companies, while solving the myriad of problems present in Africa and across the developing world. We develop people by providing an environment that allows them to visibly grow in their technical and non-technical skills, and critically, act as a connector, allowing world captains in business and technology to meet with aspiring entrepreneurs fresh from high school.


The DEPP Lab project is a 22 months project being implemented by the AIM-DEPP Lab Consortium whose objective is to increase preparedness and resilience of disaster-prone communities in Garissa and Marsabit counties of Kenya by drawing on their deep knowledge of pastoralist.

The Consortium will undertake activities to meet the objective by utilizing the Consortium members’ in house experience in managing labs and proven innovation methodology as well as experience in disaster management. The project will build up communities’ capacities to identify and evaluate the risks related to natural disasters and innovative mitigation measures to address these gaps.

The Consortium will identify and reinforce existing disaster coping mechanisms and refine new contingency measures emerging from the target communities. The Consortium will also ensure participation of rural communities at the village level rather than focus on urban issues, as an innovation labs need to.


In the context of organizational growth, the DEPP Project Director will be expected to take the DEPP Project Consortium from the project output level to the overall program output level through a results framework process of impact determination. The DEPP Project Director will have overall leadership and management responsibility for the DEPP Project being implemented in Marsabit and Garissa counties in Kenya.

This position requires the demonstrated ability to oversee the project and develop new programming areas/projects through practical, appropriate and innovative systems and methodologies.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual to contribute to and be part of an innovative program of very vibrant humanitarian, Fintech and information management agencies that offers real and sustainable solutions to vulnerable communities and which seeks to reach out to more Kenyans.


The position is based in Nairobi, and reports directly to the Head of Programs at the Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Program Responsibilities include:-

· Leadership and project strategy development

· DEPP Lab programmatic and technical management

· Budgeting and resource Planning

· External relations and new business development

· Projects human resource management


· Lead on the implementation of the DEPP Lab in Garissa and Marsabit counties;

· Overall establishment and management of the DEPP Lab Project including recruitment of field staff where ever necessary.

· Responsible for ensuring efficient and smooth running of the offices and coordination between sub-offices, HQ and other projects;

· Responsible for the appropriate management, use and security of all assets**;**

· Responsible for ensuring strict compliance of HR, Finance and operation policies, procedures and relevant donor regulations;

· Oversee the DEPP Lab project budget and monitoring expenditure;

· Oversee the daily activities of the project in all locations and ensure proper monitoring for informed reports and improved quality of programming;

· Report on DEPP projects monthly activities undertaken and prepare donor reports as per contract;

· Work collaboratively with DEPP project staff and stakeholders to strengthen program components;

· Any other duties as required within the level and authority of this position**.**


· Post graduate degree in Social Sciences, International development, Project Management, and/or Public Administration – essential.

· A minimum of five (5) years’ senior management experience managing multiple projects and programs in emergency and development environments – essential.

· Experience in managing a program(s) of not less than $5 million – essential.

· Strong organizational skills, with experience in Project Management tools and methodologies.

· Strong Monitoring and Evaluation skills required, in particular for the development and analysis of baseline information, assessments and monitoring tools.

· Relevant overseas experience in development and humanitarian context is required.

· Experience of Human Resources management at a field level including distance management.

· Must be experienced in representing organizations, speaking publicly and expressing him/herself well.

· Experience in budget management and knowledge of financial procedures required.

· Must have excellent written and analytical skills in English, including presentation generation and delivery as well as financial and other analysis techniques.

· Must have experience in understanding donor requirements, writing reports and preparing program proposals.

· Knowledge of working with or handling innovation labs will be an asset.

· Must have the ability to network with relevant stakeholders

· Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations.

· Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point, etc.

How to apply:

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. If you would like to join this dynamic team, please submit your application to, quoting DEPP Lab Project Director – Kenya**”** in the email subject matter, by 22nd June, 2017.

Each application should be addressed to HR Manager and include the following:

· An updated CV with updated contact details: Phone No., Email Address and Skype ID; and

· An application letter which should include cover letter, previous remuneration history and expected remuneration and contact information for three work-related referees.


Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Adeso is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on one’s background, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.