Partnership & Program Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Millennium Water Alliance 

Position Title: Partnership & Program Officer

Department: MWA Global Hub (Nairobi Office)

Reports to: MWA Deputy Director (Global Office). Dotted line to Executive Director; and regular engagement with MWA Country Directors in Ethiopia and Kenya

Job Purpose

Support the identification and development of funding opportunities, globally, regionally, and by country, and new member recruiting and partnerships, to advance the MWA value proposition. The role will support both the MWA global hub and MWA field offices.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Business development: provide business development support and execution for the global hub and field offices
    • Support development of a business development strategy for MWA
    • Map, identify, and track funding opportunities for MWA and members
    • Global: support the development of direct funding for the MWA value proposition, especially knowledge management and advocacy.
    • Field: support identifying funding opportunities and supporting field offices in developing relationships and writing concept notes and proposals when assigned. Support opportunities and funding to expand MWA’s operational footprint to additional countries.
  2. Support the growth of MWA’s network
    • New member recruiting: identify and cultivate new members to the alliance
    • Support MWA’s goal of cultivating connections to non-traditional stakeholders relevant to WASH goals that will be valuable to MWA and its members (ie business, technology, research, finance entities).
  3. Strengthen strong and effective connections between MWA members
    • Support the design of and facilitate Networking and Learning Events for MWA members in MWA’s current countries of operation and priority countries.
    • Proactively engage individual member offices.
    • Create ways to effectively and efficiently make connections and create opportunities between members globally and regionally.

Key Skills & Experience

  • University degree or higher required.
  • Proven track record of leading successful resource development efforts from opportunity identification to concept note and proposal writing: USAID, other bilaterals, private foundations, corporates.
  • Proven experience writing proposals that have been funded.
  • Communication skills: excellent written, verbal and presentation skills, including creating and delivering relevant content.
  • Networking: strong network across the WASH and climate sectors and proven skills in cultivating relationships with leaders. Highly relational. Proven understanding of the value of complex partnerships to sustainably deliver WASH results.
  • Collaborative: experience developing inter-organizational collaborations and strong belief in the value of partnerships.
  • Flexible, adaptable, self-driven.
  • Creative, innovative.
  • Proven ability to meet strict timelines and due dates
  • Previous experience in a similar role will be considered an asset.
  • 2-4 years’ experience in a similar or senior role
  • Experience using Microsoft 365, Zoom, MS teams, SharePoint.
  • Experience working with International NGOs.
  • Right to work in Kenya.

Millennium Water Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit applications via email to with the email subject as Partnership & Program Officer by 15th March 2024. The application should include a cover letter and a detailed CV with three references.