Kenya Program Director, Nanyuki, Kenya

Position Description

Position Title:              Kenya Program Director

Dept/Location:            Nanyuki, Kenya

Reports To:                   East Africa Regional Director

Supervises:                 KLMS Project Manager, Regional Managers – Marsabit and Samburu, Livelihoods Manager and Training Manager

Position Summary:

The Kenya Program Director (KPD) has primary responsibility for the overall success and implementation of BOMA’s projects in Kenya. S/he will provide leadership and management oversight of BOMA’s Kenya projects and engage in high-level representation, coordination and relationship management with key stakeholders. S/he will work closely with the M&E team to ensure high quality and timely delivery of BOMA’s projects in Kenya. The KPD will report to the Regional Director and will contribute towards achieving BOMA’s strategic milestones in Kenya as described in the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan.


Technical Direction and Program Quality

  • Provide direction and oversight to the Regional Managers and the KLMS Project Manager specifically in Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, and via our technical assistance to Mercy Corps in Turkana, Wajir and Garissa Counties.
  • Set program team direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve project goals and targets that contribute to BOMA’s overall impact goal.
  • Oversee project team implementation of all phases of REAP including business village mentor (BVM) and BOMA location committee (BLC) identification, selection, training and monitoring; targeting and selection of REAP participants; business skills training sessions for REAP participants together with the BVMs; follow-through and mentoring of the REAP participants in coordination with the BVMs and Field Officers.
  • Train, mentor and supervise regional and project managers and graduation advisors on technical elements of REAP as well as overall commitments in all funding awards.
  • Oversee the work of the Livelihoods Manager to develop livelihood strategies that will enhance the impact of REAP.
  • Oversee and ensure quality and consistency of training BOMA provides via direct implementation and technical assistance programs.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with community, local government and non-government stakeholders, especially in support of ongoing program activities.
  • Periodically conduct quality control visits to the field offices and BOMA locations to identify areas for potential changes or course corrections; share out key findings with MEL, program and leadership teams.

Team Management

  • Develop the capacity of the project and regional managers, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
  • Assist project and regional managers with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where project and regional managers strive to achieve excellence.

Planning and Reporting

  • In coordination with the Leadership Team prepare and manage the implementation of project work plans in fulfillment of project management plans and BOMA’s strategic objectives and goals.
  • Coordinate development of timely required reporting and monitoring documents that meet donor requirements to the Regional Director and fundraising team.

Project Monitoring

  • Use project scorecards to capture program successes and challenges via the project management practice monthly check-in’s that will inform internal learning, potentially innovations, and major institutional donor reports and analysis.
  • Support the M&E Manager and Regional Managers to put in place and consistently implement strong monitoring and evaluations procedures that are well-coordinated with donors and strategic partners, aligned with BOMA’s Performance Insights system.
  • Oversee the organization, collection, and tracking of all required program reports (via mobile technology) including but not limited to business applications, business and savings group progress reports, spot checks, participant selection surveys, mentor performance.

Program Learning

  • In support of BOMA’s commitment as a learning organization, role model and promote a culture of collaboration, learning and adaptation across the organization
  • Proactively identify and share real-time learning from project implementation to inform potential changes in project design and support the influencing agenda

Program Management

  • Ensure project team compliance with BOMA and donor rules and regulations particularly with respect to fiscal management and procurement
  • Ensure effective and transparent use of resources aligned with BOMA and donor rules
  • Develop and manage program budgets and ensure timely disbursement requests for each award in collaboration with regional and US-based finance staff. This includes monthly budget vs actuals reviews, regular communication re potential revisions needed to achieve optimal project outcomes.
  • Establish strong working relationships with the field staff to maintain high levels of motivation and facilitate the completion of program tasks in a timely manner, within the allocated budget, in ways that maximize project impact
  • Provide ongoing management and mentorship to program staff, including regular feedback, performance appraisals, staff development and other management issues.
  • In coordination with the HR and Administration Manager assist in the development of job descriptions, identification, recruitment, hiring and technical onboarding of program staff.
  • Assist in program development for BOMA by identifying additional technical needs and contributing to the development of project proposals.

Program Development

  • Support the development of new projects by participating in project design workshops, and providing key inputs such as writing technical sections and supporting budget development.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Technical Advisor on design of projects related to strategic partnerships and government adoption


  • Represent BOMA with local government, program stakeholders, communities and donors as required.
  • Deputize for the Regional Director in his/her absence as required.
  • Any other duties as required

Key Performance Metrics include:

  • Timely, innovative and high-quality implementation of BOMA projects in Kenya to achieve project outcomes
  • Effective collaboration with Kenya finance manager and CFO on funding award management and compliance with funder requirements (programmatic and financial)
  • Regular documentation of and communication with DPI and other leaders on proposed project changes
  • Leadership and commitment to a culture of accountability and learning within the program team
  • Adherence to BOMA’s project management processes
  • Team members become increasingly effective and efficient implementers as a result of mentoring and coaching, driving impact and scale.
  • BOMA becomes and increasingly significant player in the global graduation space as a result of innovative and effective implementation on the ground.

As a member of the leadership team: (5% of total LOE)

  • Support organizational decision-making to reflect BOMA’s mission and values.
  • Support BOMA’s effort to continuously drive impact through strong programming and evaluation strategies
  • Support BOMA’s strategic planning processes and regular performance assessments with a focus on programs.
  • Drive BOMA’s effort to deliver on its annual program impact and milestone goals in the field.

Internal Relationships:

The Kenya Program Director reports to the Regional Director for East Africa and collaborates with the Regional Technical Advisor, and the MEL Manager.

The Kenya Program Director supervises the Samburu and Marsabit Regional Managers, the KLMS Program Manager, and the Livelihoods Manager

The Kenya Program Director works closely with the Finance Manager, and the HR/Administration Manager.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a high performing leadership team and willingness to deal with challenges
  • Demonstrated track record of strong donor relationships, specifically DFID or USAID
  • Demonstrated ability to manage programs to achieve impacts, on time, and comply with donor requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a culture of collaborative learning and adaptation within a program team.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English,
  • Ability to work as part of a team (multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency)
  • Ability to travel and to work independently, even in harsh environments
  • Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Highly organized team player, pro-active and with demonstrated strong personal initiative and decision-making ability.
  • Commitment to proactively sharing out project learnings, areas for potential course corrections to optimize project impact.
  • Proven solid analytical and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or aptitude for project management practice.
  • Experience with program implementation and familiarity with the unique socio-economic and cultural context of the ASALs
  • Knowledge of the Somali, Rendille, Samburu, Gabbra or Borana languages a plus

Education and Experience:

  • Relevant university degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Economics, Commerce or any other relevant field.
  • Familiarity with or aptitude for collaboration, learning and adaptation practices.
  • Minimum of 6 years of mid to senior level experience implementing gender, poverty alleviation, food security and/or livelihoods programs.
  • Experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple project partners.
  • Proven experience in program design and management, including budgeting, financial management, donor relations, project design and proposal development, staff development and management, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting.


Motivation letters and detailed CVs clearly demonstrating suitability for this position should be sent to with the job title in the subject line. Due to the high volume of response to this posting, only applicants who meet the minimum threshold of requirements will be contacted.



Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning November 2018

About the BOMA Project:

The BOMA Project (BOMA) is a US nonprofit and Kenyan NGO with a proven track record, measurable results, and a transformative approach to alleviating poverty and building resiliency in the drylands of Africa (40% of the continent).  BOMA implements a high-impact, data-driven poverty graduation program in the arid and semi-arid lands of Eastern Africa that provides ultra-poor women with seed capital and financial and life skills training, enabling them to start a business and establish savings to pay for food and school fees and obtain medical care for their families.

BOMA is working to solve one of Africa’s toughest problems in an extraordinarily challenging region and is demonstrating significant impact through measurable results. BOMA is a leader in the development of digital platforms for monitoring and evaluation of program impacts and organizational performance.

To date, we have impacted more than 118,000 women and children, helping them break the generational cycle of extreme poverty and achieve a sustainable pathway to increased household resilience. Our goal is to reach 500,000 women and children by 2020 and 1,000,000 by 2022. We are poised for significant expansion in scale and impact, and are seeking a dynamic, skilled, and passionate Director for Research, Evaluation and Learning to help us achieve our goals.

What we do

Our REAP program replaces aid with sustainable income and helps women to “graduate” from extreme poverty by giving them the tools they need to start small businesses in their communities. With this new and diversified source of income, they can feed their families, pay for school fees and medical care, accumulate savings for long-term stability, survive drought, and adapt to a changing climate.

REAP helps women to build a pathway out of extreme poverty by addressing three elements that contribute to the cycle of aid dependency in the arid lands of Africa: low incomes, inconsistent cash flows, and inadequate financial services for the rural poor. Profits from each REAP business provide a diversified income, while BOMA savings associations help women to manage cash flow (for daily needs), plan for future expenses (such as school fees and medical care) and respond to shocks (such as drought or family emergencies).

We are now scaling our proven model by replication with NGO partners and via government adoption.

Position Summary:

The Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning (DREL) provides dynamic leadership and expertise to develop and ensure best in class Research, Evaluation and Learning practice at the BOMA Project. The DREL is an active member of the Leadership Team and coordinates closely with the Deputy Director, Director of Strategic Partnerships, the East Africa Regional Director and the Manager of Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) in Kenya, to promote BOMA’s mission and strategic goals. While BOMA is based in Manchester, Vermont (VT), working remotely from another location is possible. The position requires periodic travel to VT in addition to quarterly travel to Kenya. Key responsibilities include:

Research, Evaluation and Learning:

  • Refine vision and lead BOMA’s program research and learning strategy to include defining resourcing needs (staff, funding) for the research function to execute on the program and learning strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop concept papers and proposals to fundraise for the research function (to support cost recovery for the position and the research team) and for research partnerships
  • Design and manage a research and learning hub – commission research and other learning-related activities, prioritized in the learning agenda, to incubate and test scalable models/innovations for streamlining of graduation program components and cost reduction through innovations such as digitalization; share lessons with relevant stakeholders.
  • Gather evidence from programs worldwide and produce lessons learned critical to the adaptation of the approach for new segments, contexts, incorporation of graduation into government social protection, and the provision and implementation of technical assistance to inform policy and practice.
  • Work with the MEL Manager in Kenya and BOMA leadership in the collaborative development of BOMA’s learning agenda and lead efforts to produce and disseminate knowledge, both internally and externally.
  • Design pilot projects that provide operational guidance on how best to integrate graduation into existing government systems, document good practices and lessons on operationalization at scale.
  • Develop a research and learning products repository from literature and in-house in collaboration with research- and practice-focused learning communities, synthesize existing research and practice, distill best practices, and disseminate related work through webinars, papers, blog post, conference presentations etc.
  • Lead in development and provide oversight of research/evaluation/surveys, protocols, SOPs, tools and coordinate implementation of these activities including synthesizing evidence and producing high quality research outputs/reports/products.
  • Design research projects, their methodology and metrics, and learning initiatives to fill knowledge gaps in BOMA’s approach and in the field.
  • Develop and deepen long-term partnerships with academics and researchers and research institutions.
  • Ensure all ethical considerations are adhered to and necessary approvals are received from both local and international ethical review committees for research studies.
  • Analysis of existing database (PI 1.0) that informs advocacy efforts for last-mile, extreme poverty solutions.
  •  In collaboration with MEL Manager and BOMA Leadership, ensure learning improves program design and implementation and feeds into adaptive management of BOMA’s Direct Implementation, Strategic Partnerships and Government Adoption work to support scaling.
  • Lead ongoing efforts to build research and learning capacities of key staff to support BOMA program delivery via direct implementation, as well as technical assistance strategic partnerships and government adoption.
  • Serve as Principle Investigator or liaison for randomized controlled trials and other studies, including the one underway in partnership with the University of California Davis and the International Livestock Research Institute.
  • Analyze primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data using software such as Stata.
  • Produce clear, compelling, and methodologically robust reports, journal articles and policy briefs.
  • Support donor reporting and deliverables as relevant to research studies, learning agenda and knowledge products.
  • Build capacity of BOMA staff in research and ethics.

Program Design, Program Development, Advocacy and Partnerships

  • Identify policy issues in model adoption, undertake research to develop position papers/ policy briefs on issues to support BOMA’s advocacy for government adoption of poverty graduation.
  • Lead or support the development of BOMA’s theory of change.
  • Organize opportunities for BOMA to establish, moderate and participate on panels at international conferences.
  • Represent BOMA with strategic partners, governments, and in relevant networks including the World Bank Graduation group, the Gates Foundation’s Women and Girls at the Center of Development learning cluster and Mercy Corps.
  • Lead the creation and dissemination of organizational research and learning through publications, knowledge products, policy briefs and conference presentations.

Key Performance Metrics include:

  • Organizational learning agenda in place
  • Number and performance of active research projects
  • Number and quality of research, learning and knowledge products produced
  • Improvements in research capacity
  • Number and quality of publications and presentation opportunities identified and secured for self and relevant BOMA staff

Internal Relationships:

  • DREL will report to the Deputy Director.
  • DREL will coordinate and collaborate extensively with the East Africa Regional Director, Kenya Program Manager, Regional Technical Advisor and MEL Manager (all based in Kenya) and the Director of Strategic Partnerships (based in Vermont), and the Deputy Director (based in Washington, DC).

Candidate Profile:

  • Value commitment to the mission of The BOMA Project.
  • A in Economics or relevant field.
  • Strong foundation in poverty reduction, economic development, international development or related field.
  • Strong foundation in experimental design, statistical methods, qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Proven experience in leading the design, writing and implementation of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations and operational research
  • Proven experience leading design and execution of qualitative evaluations, including analysis and report writing.
  • Strong data analysis skills with experience in at least one statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA).
  • Proven strong writing skills, prior experience producing research reports, knowledge products.
  • Prior experience managing, mentoring and coaching a team in research skills.
  • Prior experience supporting change management in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work and lead in a globally distributed, multi-cultural environment.
  • Willingness to travel to remote and difficult contexts in Kenya, East Africa and other developing countries.
  • Ability to work remotely and with others who work remotely.
  • Preferred: ability to identify, assess and engage on policy issues to support advocacy with a broad range of stakeholders.

Please send CV and cover letter to with the position title in the message line. No phone calls please. Due to the volume of responses, we cannot respond to each applicant. Applicants who meet the minimum threshold will be contacted.