Friday, 6 January 2012

Zoe Alexander - Project Director - Nairobi, Kenya

Job Title: Project Director

Using Mobile Technology to save 5 million lives

The What: Zoe Alexander Ltd is implementing a project in Kenya to pilot the use of mobile technology and social networks to proliferate the sharing of life saving information amongst young mothers living in low resource settings. The project will be run in partnership with Grand Challenges Canada.

The Who: We are perfectionists. Idealists. We believe that all lives have equal value. And we are looking to use mobile technology to positively impact the lives of the poorest women. A job with us will require a lot of you, but the rewards will be massive.

What we are looking for: You are an Idealistic social dreamer. You are highly experienced and exhibit top-notch analytical and negotiation skills, are able to think strategically and tactically, have the flexibility to adapt, have excellent communication skills, and have a strong track record leading and recruiting teams. You believe you can change the world.

At Zoe Alexander , innovation and creativity keeps our projects changing and improving. Our consistency comes from our team– smart, amazing people who foster an environment of collaboration fun , whilst working towards positive social change.Job Title: Project Director

Responsible to: Director of Operations

Responsible for: Project Officers, Volunteers

Location: Nairobi, with project work in Rural Kenya (will be required to temporarily relocate)

Travel: Required (local and international)

Date of Joining: February 2012


Zoe Alexander Ltd is currently implementing a project on community-based healthcare with the support of Grand Challenges Canada and it is seeking to appoint a Project Director.

The goal of the project is to improve maternal and child health indicators in Kenya and will specifically increase access to health services for pregnant women and children, raise awareness on health issues and create linkages with public and private sector.


The Project Director will:
  • Oversee all project activities and be the main contact point for the donor and the field staff
  • Ensure project activities comply with the policies and regulations of the donor organization.
  • Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of project deliverables, lead project planning, budgeting, action plans and monitoring processes.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate performance monitoring systems to enable Zoe Alexander Ltd to produce evidence of its operational achievements against intended outcomes; advise management of remedial action required in case of potential contractual breaches and/or under-performance
  • Responsible for submitting activity reports, meeting minutes and financial reports on regular basis to the donor.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and sending of new funding requests.
  • Effective management and development of personnel (staff and volunteers) associated with the project in line with Zoe Alexander Ltd’s policies and procedures including establishing and monitoring individual work plans and targets consistent with meeting the overall deliverables of the project
  • Lead and motivate the project team and monitor project activities and project expenditure and coordinate work with consultants and volunteers in the project
  • Ensures close collaboration and coordination with cooperating partners to guarantee smooth implementation of activities and achievement of results as specified in grant agreements.
  • Employs resourcefulness in project design, implementation and monitoring. Trouble shoots project problems. Identifies and implements creative solutions
  • Keep up to date with new trends and developments within the sector including potential funding and PR opportunities for this project and future work
  • Provide support for other Zoe Alexander projects as and when directed by management.
Selection Criteria

Qualifications - Essential: Educated to degree level or equivalent

Experience - Essential
  • Substantial experience of developing and managing projects (5 to 8 years)
  • Experience with Maternal and Child Health issues in Kenya
  • Experience of recruiting and managing staff
  • Proven assessment, planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment skills
  • Experience of working on donor-funded projects, grant compliance and management
Experience - Desirable
  • Experience working with local community health workers, Ministry of Health officials.
Skills - Essential
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili (written and spoken)
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to network and establish links and partnerships with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation and administrative abilities.
  • Proven finance management skills
Knowledge - Essential
  • Thorough understanding of Maternal Health issues
  • Understanding of international development issues ,NGOs and other bodies
  • Knowledge of the main policy developments and initiatives in the field of the organisation nationally and internationally
Ability - Essential
  • Willingness to travel throughout Kenya and internationally
  • Willingness to sometimes work out of hours (i.e. evenings and weekends)
Ability - Desirable: Ability to drive with clean license

  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Zoe Alexander Ltd
If you think you have what it takes, please send your application to

All applications must be received by January 18th 2012.

Amaze Yourself. Save 5 million lives.


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