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The Head of Programs leads, develops, and manages the entire program team at TISA. The individual drives the implementation of the four pillars of the strategic plan.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

Our client, The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) is a national civil society organization committed to the realization of sound policy and good governance in Kenya. Its current strategic pillars are; (i) Public Accountability, (ii) Inclusive People Economies, (iii) Communication, Information & Innovation Management, and (iv) Institutional Development and Sustainability. (Website: https://tisa.co.ke/).

TISA is recruiting Head of Programs, who reports to the Executive Director and is a key member of the TISA Senior Management Team. The Head of Programs leads, develops, and manages the entire program team at TISA. The individual drives the implementation of the four pillars of the strategic plan. They also lead program implementation that focus on; leadership and good governance at national and county governments, implementation of Kenya Constitution 2010 and related legislation, devolution in Kenya, human rights, public finance management, public engagement and active citizenship, trade justice, and right to food.

Head of Programs is designated Deputy Executive Director by virtue of driving the core business and largest portfolio at TISA and a member of Senior Management Team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• Designated Deputy to the Executive Director; Support the Executive Director in overall leadership and day to day management of the organization, building and maintaining strategic partnerships and ensuring effective representation.

• Lead, coordinate and provide oversight in implementation of TISA’s strategic plan.

• Ensure program strategies incorporate thematic areas; Public Accountability and Inclusive People Economies, and program activities respond to TISA’s program focus areas.

• Spearhead development and oversee implementation of programs activities ensuring vision, mission, values, thematic areas and approaches are incorporated and practiced.

• Lead and manage fundraising and resource mobilization, while ensuring proper management and use of resources allocated for Program.

• Ensure development and implementation of internal protocol, standards, policies and procedures that support programme work.

• Lead and support program teams in developing results-based program and management, monthly budgets, implementation and work plans, targets, activities, performance measures and reporting, and ensure delivery of desired results.

• Ensure TISA effectively participates in advocacy, lobbying and policy influencing forums with like-minded actors.

• As the budget holder for programs, responsible for financial performance of the Program team and ensures development and implementation of annual budgets and management of monthly budget execution, monitoring, control and reporting.

• Oversee and coordinate program team in timely preparation and submission of reports.

• Ensure development and use of monitoring systems to enhance program results and provide oversight on baselines, studies, surveys, assessments, evaluations and monitoring activities.

• Ensure implementation of MEL findings and recommendations to improve program performance, while ensuring relevance and quality.

• Ensure documentation and dissemination of appropriate case studies, experiences, best practices and lessons to promote TISA programs.

• Ensure compliance with terms and conditions of any agreements and contracts entered into with donors and partners.

• Build and maintain productive relationships with strategic stakeholders and ensure TISA is represented in relevant meetings and forums to facilitate positive cooperation and partnerships.

• Provide capacity building, supervision, coaching, mentoring, and motivation of management and staff.


• A Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Political Science, Law, Economics, International Trade, Public Policy, Public Finance, Governance or a related humanities field.

• A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience in a reputed organization, preferably in the NGO sector, three (3) years of which should be in senior management positions.

• Proven experience in managing program teams, fundraising, advocacy, and operational management in a way that inspires people to deliver.

• Strong leadership and management skills.

• Demonstrate knowledge and command of key macroeconomic and public finance management issues as well as devolution in Kenya.

• Sound knowledge of Human Rights, Public Finance, International Trade Justice, Social Accountability, Governance, Feminism and Inclusion Mainstreaming.

Interested candidates should send their application letter indicating a brief statement why you qualify for the job should be accompanied with a detailed CV and names of at least three (3) professional referees, daytime telephone contact, and current and expected remuneration (gross monthly salary) to reach the address below before the close of business on Friday, 12th April 2024. (Do not attach certificates and testimonials at this point).

(Only short listed candidates will be contacted)

TISA is an equal opportunity employer. TISA is also committed to safeguarding and

promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers, and

partners to share this commitment.

Applications will be processed as they are received

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