Job Summary

As a Programme Manager based in Kenya, you will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of projects in country that work towards achieving ETP’s mission of a thriving tea sector that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.

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

Job Description/Requirements


Role type

Contractor (37.5 hours/week).

Kenya, preferably based in Nairobi (with frequent travel to tea estates in the West and East part of Kenya).

Contract duration
One year, with a possibility of extension based on performance.

Competitive (based on skills and experience).

Rest days
ETP has a Rest Days Policy that relates to additional time off work over and above the weekly rest periods built into a contractor’s week-by-week work. This is viewed as essential for the health and wellbeing of contractors.

Equal opportunities
ETP is committed to equal opportunities, and diversity and this commitment extends to our contractors. Women, people from minority or diverse backgrounds, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Ethical Tea Partnership
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a membership organisation working with tea companies, development organisations and governments to improve the lives of tea workers, farmers and the environment in which they live and work.

Much of the world’s tea is grown in places that face significant sustainability challenges. ETP’s programmes are focused on driving forward long-term systemic changes across three pillars – economics, equality and environment. These programmes aim to improve the progress that is being made towards attaining the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in tea-growing regions.

With the support of its 50 members, including the biggest multinational companies in the tea sector, ETP’s programmes to date have reached over one million people. As well as supporting communities on the ground, the organisation leads the sustainability agenda through business innovation and influencing.

ETP holds a strong track record in driving and delivering change in tea-growing regions through a range of partnerships; these span national tea boards and tea research institutes, producer associations, local and international NGOs, UN agencies such as the FAO and UNICEF, institutional donors such as IDH – Sustainable Trade Initiative, GIZ and others.
The organisation is made up of a small, but dedicated, expert teams across most tea growing regions, including Africa and Asia, as well as a London-based secretariat.

The role
This is an exciting time to be joining ETP as we are developing several new projects and partnerships to support our new strategy, whilst being challenged by the impact of COVID-19. As a Programme Manager based in Kenya, you will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of projects in country that work towards achieving ETP’s mission of a thriving tea sector that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.

These projects work across a range of issues, such as building economic resilience in tea communities, ensuring safety and opportunities for women, ensuing tea farmers are resilient to climate change and tea producers are taking action to reduce carbon emissions. You will support developing new proposals, and work closely with implementing partners to ensure delivery of high-impact programmes to agreed plans, budgets and timelines.
We are looking for someone who can effectively manage a portfolio of projects/pilots, ensuring results and value for money, and who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. As we work with a range of partners, the preferred candidate will be a natural collaborator and to believe in the power of partnerships. At the same time, they will need to be able, and willing, to work independently.

What you will do
• Support the development of new projects and funding proposals that align with ETP’s strategy in Kenya.
• Support the selection of local implementing partners, including due diligence.
• Effective engagement with implementing partners to ensure projects are delivered against agreed timelines and, where necessary, approaches are adapted to achieve the best possible, and sustainable, outcomes.
• Budget management, financial compliance and reporting of projects.
• Manage the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of ETP’s projects in Kenya, in line with ETP’s overall MEL framework and donor requirements.
• Support the ETP Communications team to communicate the impact of ETP’s work in Kenya.

What you bring to the role
• Minimum five years’ experience in project management, preferably in the fields of social development, sustainability, climate change or responsible supply chain management.
• Excellent understanding of stakeholder and donor management, and of using Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks.
• Outstanding communication skills, including written and verbal English.
• Ability and enthusiasm to develop new programmes and funding proposals, from concept to final impact analysis.
• Understanding of complex development challenges.
• Understanding of the tea sector and/or ETP’s thematic focus areas (Equality, Environment and Equality) is an advantage, but not necessary.

How to apply
To apply, please send a CV and a one-page cover letter, explaining your suitability for the role and what you can bring to ETP by Monday 20 September 2021.
Please send your application with the subject line ‘Kenya Programme Manager’.

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