Partnerships Manager Vacancy in Kenya

Shining Hope For Communities 

Position Title: Partnerships Manager

SHOFCO is a grassroots organization that unlocks the potential of urban slum dwellers to lead hopeful and fulfilling lives. SHOFCO disrupts survival mode by providing critical services including health care, clean water, education, and economic empowerment; and links these efforts to a community-led advocacy platform. Over the next 5-10 years, SHOFCO aims to become a national platform for urban slum transformation across Kenya, demonstrating a scalable and replicable model that can be used around the world.

SHOFCO’s 5-year Strategic Plan Objective number 3 is about Partnerships. These partnerships are intended to be with Government (both National and County), Civil Society organizations (INGOs. LNGOs, CBOs, FBOs), the Private Sector, Academic institutions, individuals, etc. SHOFCO is in search of someone who will focus on nurturing these relations, maintain and update a database with contacts of such partners, areas of mutual interest, and their key contact persons, regularly report on this, and demonstrate the value being derived from this.

The job holder will be responsible for growing SHOFCO’s strategic and operational partners, building partners and staff competencies in the management of partnerships; and ensuring risks in partnership relationships are reduced to the barest minimum. This will include representing SHOFCO in meetings of interest, nurturing partnerships and securing MOUs with different government entities, the private sector, INGOs, LNGOs, etc. and ensuring the efficient implementation and tracking of such MOUs.

The post holder will contribute to managing and nurturing relationships supporting the SHOFCO’s multi-sectoral initiatives and resource utilization.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a Partnership Strategy/Framework and Annual Plan that contributes to the attainment of SHOFCO’s Vision and Mission.
  • Organize and manage events for local partners for dialogue and learning exchanges
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with existing partners and where relevant, leverages those relationships to greater collective impact.
  • Participate as an active member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) that oversees the general management of the projects/programs executed in partnership with other organizations.
  • Regularly communicate to the SHOFCO leadership on organizational partnership priorities and key decisions as a member of the SMT.
  • Represent SHOFCO with external stakeholders, by attending meetings, making presentations, and providing advice where necessary.
  • Coordinate with all other programs as may be required for the support necessary to advance the work for partnership development with relevant stakeholders
  • Identify best practices and incorporate new ideas for partnership building.
  • Ensure proper stewardship of SHOFCO’s resources, and adherence to government and donor policies and regulations.
  • Ensure the integration of stakeholders voices into program planning and the development of innovative projects by governments and other key partners.
  • Support the overall management of relationships with Development Partners including planning and reporting.
  • Continually carry out partner mapping, facilitate the identification of potential partners, and conduct mutual appraisal and risk assignment with them.
  • Facilitate effective negotiation, development, and appropriate management of partnership agreements for partners and SHOFCO
  • In collaboration with the SHOFCO Leadership, support and carry out annual partnership reviews for improved relationships and effective attainment of the partnership objectives.
  • Support program teams to identify appropriate and realistic entry points for work with partners on the ground, and ensure that the teams have the support to carry this out effectively and sensitively.
  • Ensure learning from partners is fed into SHOFCO program planning.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge:

  • A degree in the social sciences, business, or any relevant field.
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience working in partnership roles in the NGO sector, including field and management experience.
  • Advanced experience in partnership development and management
  • Strong knowledge of safeguarding issues and justice.
  • Strong evidence of influencing decisions and policymakers, and brokering cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of leadership within a development organization
  • Compelling influencer and communicator – able to inspire, build consensus and bring people together around a common agenda.
  • Experience with a diverse set of stakeholders at all levels of an organization.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate.
  • Experience of managing budgets and planning and reporting protocols.

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

  • Strives for quality in all they do, respecting deadlines, and working continuously to improve performance.
  • Takes responsibility for own actions, and learns from success and failures.
  • Uses resources for purposes as intended
  • Encourages young people, partners and colleagues to be meaningfully involved in decisions that affect them.
  • Listens to and understands the views of colleagues and partners.
  • Team-orientated, versatile, personable and flexible.
  • Ability to work and deliver under pressure.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in execution of duties.

How to apply

SHOFCO is an equal opportunity employer anddoes not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. We, therefore, advise the general public to exercise due diligence when applying for employment.

Interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed Cover letter and CV to stating their current and expected salaries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications should reach us no later than 10th March 2023.