Executive Director Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya - Gold Star Kenya

Position Title: Executive Director

Goldstar Kenya (GS Kenya) was established in 2010 as a local Non-Governmental Organization; GS Kenya was born out of the success of the Goldstar Network, a social franchise program initiative established in 2006 to promote comprehensive quality HIV care amongst a network of private health providers in Kenya. GS Kenya implements health-related projects across Kenya and is to fill the position of Executive Director to be based in Nairobi

Working Here

We value our employees and we believe our organization offers a friendly working environment and a balanced work culture that inspires self-growth and professional excellence where individuals are inspired to live and driven by our core values:

  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Community engagements
  • Quality
  • Innovation

Where we work

Driven by our mission of empowering communities to achieve better health our current team is spread across Kenya.


Position Title: Managing/Executive Director

Reports to: GSK Board of Director

Location: Nairobi

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Managing Officer will provide overall leadership in support of GSK’s strategic plan, mission, values, goals and objectives. S/he will provide leadership and management oversight and direction for the GSK program; oversee operations and, FI projects in the Fserves as the primary GSK representative, ensure strong collaboration between GSK partners and stakeholders including the government, donors and sponsors. S/he will lead GSK sustainability efforts in the country. S/he is responsible for program planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the interventions implemented by GSK and its partners. S/he is accountable for judicious use of all resources entrusted to GSK and protection of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements.

Essential Job Responsibilities:


  1. Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board fulfill its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members.
  2. With the Board Chair, focuses Board attention on long-range strategic issues.
  3. Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  4. Manages the Board’s due diligence process to assure timely attention to core issues.
  5. Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees; and, facilitates discussion and deliberation.
  6. Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making. Recommends policy positions.

Management and administration

  1. Provides general oversight of all GSK activities and manages the day-to-day operations.
  2. Assures program quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
  3. Ensures that relevant systems and institutional capacity are in place to assure the quality and sustainability of deliverables.
  4. Ensures a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff. Assures process and systems for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating staff.
  5. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

Resource mobilization and Finance management

  1. Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, auditing, financial analysis and reporting, capital asset and property management, procurement, grants management and payroll administration in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  2. Promotes programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality.
  3. Works with Board to ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals.
  4. Assures an effective fund development program by designing, implementing and monitoring a viable fundraising plan, policies and procedures for quality decision-making.
  5. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.

Stakeholder relations

  1. Serves as the chief advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to GSK, its programs and services.
  2. Serves as chief spokesperson for GSK, assuring proper representation of GSK to stakeholders.
  3. Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key stakeholders to promote the mandate of GSK.
  4. Assures the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.

Program Management

  1. Liaises as appropriate with: USAID, Country Mission, and other donor institutions; international organizations; government counterparts; and implementing agencies in coordinating their participation in project development and implementation.
  2. Coordinates partner efforts in program implementation; ensures appropriate program monitoring and reporting.
  3. Ensures appropriate technical, programmatic, financial and resource development support to programs.
  4. Ensures program quality according to set standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  5. Responsible for all reporting requirements by funding sources or the Board of Directors. Such reports include, but are not limited to, programmatic reports and quality assurance reports.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  1. Demonstrated expertise in building effective relationship with key internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Proven skills in management, supervision and leadership; demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management.
  3. Knowledge in the following areas is required: human resource management, finance, operations, strategic planning and evaluation, and governance.
  4. Considerable experience in designing and implementing HIV/AIDS care and support projects in developing countries.
  5. Sound knowledge of ongoing and emerging issues in relation to HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support, as well as HIV prevention
  6. Familiarity with the scientific literature on HIV/AIDS and with research on public health issues.
  7. Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infection.
  8. Well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Qualifications and Requirements:

MBChB​/MD/PHD or similar degree with 10 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes at least 6 years of relevant management experience at the executive level. Or MBChB with MPH preferred, and a minimum of 11 years relevant experience with international development programs, which includes 6 years relevant management experience, providing line management to senior technical team members. Familiarity with Kenyan public sector health systems, international donor organization regulations, NGOs and CBOs is required. Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is required. Demonstrated management and oversight of finances, organizational budgets and resource utilization. Evidence of risk management and continual risk identification and mitigation.

How to apply

Gold Star Kenya has a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply via email to: gskenya-hr@goldstarkenya.org. Please quote the Job Title provided on the subject line while sending your application, CV/resume including salary requirements, to be received by 16 July 2023 at 1700hrs EAT.

Kindly note that only shortlisted persons will be contacted.