Job Summary

The City Coordinator under the direction of the City Manager will coordinate city collective action work in Nairobi, Kenya including consistent communication between city stakeholders and citiesRISE management, and coordinating project budgets, activities, and deliverables.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Reports to: City Manager

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About citiesRISE

citiesRISE is a new multi-stakeholder initiative formed as a response to the concern that, despite the existence of effective models, existing fragmented and small-scale efforts fail to address the rising tide of mental health problems globally. The mission of citiesRISE is to mobilize leadership, resources and practical action by scaling evidence-based approaches and promising models through a network of cities to achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health, especially among young people within underserved populations, through proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach. citiesRISE was founded in 2016 and is now positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to bring meaningful and sustainable progress to communities across the world. citiesRISE has established substantive partnerships to catalyze collective actions across sectors to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world. The significance of citiesRISE was recently featured at the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn more at

Position Summary

The City Coordinator under the direction of the City Manager will coordinate city collective action work in Nairobi, Kenya including consistent communication between city stakeholders and citiesRISE management, and coordinating project budgets, activities, and deliverables. Key to this position will be a person who can work autonomously, once given direction and who can manage within an evolving organization and environment. This position requires a high level of organization, attention to detail, analytical thinking, and strong relationship management.

Position Responsibilities

The City Coordinator will play a crucial role in overseeing the coordination and mapping of the city collective action stakeholder committee and the design and implementation of the city-specific action plan. This role is ideal for the candidate who can work with various city stakeholders and develop the collaboration that will develop and deliver the big bold vision for the field and overall citiesRISE platform.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the city collective action process for Nairobi under the direction of the City Manager.
  • Liaison with other city coordinators, both in the US and globally to ensure operations in Nairobi are consistent with other citiesRISE city programs.
  • Ensuring a strong tracking system is in place in Nairobi covering key activities, outcomes, and deliverables as well as budget tracking and monitoring.
  • Writing and submitting reports for both city stakeholders and citiesRISE, including channeling results and information to the M&E team for impact reporting.
  • Identifying new and improved ways to capture and report activities in the city in innovative ways.
  • Supporting data, analytical and administrative needs of the city collective action stakeholder group and of the City Manager as needed.
  • Serving as a facilitator, diplomat and ambassador with key stakeholders at a city and youth level to ensure collaborative communication and coordination of effort.
  • Building and cultivating relationships with city stakeholders and building relationships with a multitude of actors: this includes continuous involvement with community engagement efforts and projects both locally and globally
  • Supporting the City Manager in overseeing donor diligence, reporting, and evaluation efforts.
  • Ensuring compliance with funding agreements, including the use of analytical tools and visuals.


citiesRISE is looking for a candidate who demonstrates a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate who has proven experience in mobilizing partnerships and can showcase successful implementation. This is a unique opportunity for someone who can shape the role and contribute to the success of the overall initiative.

Qualifications and experience include:

  • 5+ years of professional experience, including a minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in working with local community organizations, including the development and implementation of strategic plans and the implementation of programs is preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of building healthy communities and a passion for the work of citiesRISE.
  • Experience in one or more relevant fields such as global mental health, urban development, collective action, systems change, youth engagement, youth leadership, health system strengthening, technology innovation, post-conflict settings, poverty, and vulnerability.
  • Proven strategic thinker with experience coordinating multiple projects and deadlines is required.
  • Strong ability to drive progress, have the vision, promote innovation, and display ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions.
  • Exceptional presentation, communication and organizational skills with the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Exceptional relationship skills for a role that will be able to harness the support of young people, senior leaders along with a range of local stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

To Apply

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Compensation and Benefits

  • This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. citiesRISE provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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