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Kenya: Anchor

Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 23 Mar 2018

Kenya’s +254 ShelterTech Accelerator
March 1, 2018
Recent statistics show that Kenya experiences annual demand for housing, exceeding 250,000 units in
the urban areas against a supply of 50,000. Access to both prime and virgin land for housing provides
a perfect opportunity for investors in the sector, however, the country still experiences housing
challenges especially with the expansive growth of slums and informal settlements, distorted access
to land, high cost of finance, existence of rigid building laws and regulations and the deterioration of
housing stock due to lack of a maintenance framework that has seen the country’s building stock
Rural areas are not spared; the aspirations of many Kenyans to own a decent dwelling of their own;
one that is reasonably presentable; a good roof, a desirable number of rooms, space, a cooking area,
a decent bathroom and toilet, hygienic floor and walls, durable etc; largely remain an unattainable
dream. Many reasons contribute to this ranging from financial difficulties, cost of land, land tenure
issues, high costs of building materials and inadequate or costly labour etc, forcing many to live in
substandard and unhygienic dwellings.
Established in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has a vision of a world where everyone
has a safe and decent place to live. HFHI collaborates with local communities in more than 70 countries
and has supported four million people to gain access to decent shelter through a number of housing
Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS) works with housing market systems by
supporting local firms and expanding innovative and client-responsive services, products and financing
so that households can improve their shelter more effectively and efficiently. The ultimate goal of the
TCIS’s market systems and entrepreneurship program is to increase economic empowerment and
significantly reduce the adequate housing deficit thereby improving the quality of life for low-income
The +254 Shelter Tech Accelerator
TCIS is launching the +254 ShelterTech Accelerator initiative to identify, nurture and accelerate earlystage
companies in Kenya that are bringing shelter solutions to the market in a way that serves lowincome
people. Our experience in promoting low income housing solutions demonstrates that many
well-meaning indigenous Kenyan companies lack the capacity to attract/raise capital to grow their
business and meet the growing demand of the low-income housing segment sustainably.
Entrepreneurs supported by the +254 ShelterTech Accelerator will focus on innovative solutions to
construction, land and property ownership, residential water and sanitation, housing renewable
energy, or other challenges that constrain residential living conditions of low-income people.
Participating entrepreneurs are expected to undertake a 3-6-month journey in the accelerator. The
+254 ShelterTech Accelerator includes the possibility of seed-funding (equity and/or debt) to invest
in those participating early-stage companies that demonstrate promise during the course of this
TCIS seeks an Anchor to work with a Host institution to mobilise and mentor a minimum 30 earlystage
entrepreneurs representing an array of low-income housing solutions through Accelerator.
Purpose and Scope of work
The Anchor will be an organisation or individual with a proven track record of understanding and
facilitating similar accelerator programs. They will have the ability to network with participating
entrepreneurs, mentors, potential investors, and other key stakeholders in the Kenyan context. The
Anchor will be primarily responsible for the overall program management, including program design,
identification and recruitment of early-stage entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, relationship
creation and management including with other entrepreneur networks, government, academia,
media etc.
Interested companies and individuals are required to submit proposals (not exceeding 5 pages1)
covering the following details.
Qualification and experience

  1. Proven record and accomplishment to understand, facilitate and manage the different parts and
    functions of the accelerator including the ability to:
    • mobilize early-stage entrepreneurs;
    • review business documents of the small but growing businesses to gain understanding of the
    businesses and their investment needs to select the highest potential participants; and
    • develop a curriculum, mentor schedule etc to be used for the entrepreneurs over the duration
    of the acceleration.
  2. Proven record in promoting and facilitating investment partnerships between entrepreneurs and
    investors including a demonstrated ability to:
    • understand working with impact investors;
    • analyse potential investors and determine matches with entrepreneurs in The +254
    ShelterTech Accelerator;
    • understand investor needs, investment opportunity identification, deal structuring and
    investment screening;
    • coach and advise entrepreneurs on structuring investments including due diligence of
    investors, developing and refining requisite investment documents including pitch decks and
    financial summaries, and
    • facilitate actual linkages between entrepreneurs, mentors, potential investors, and other
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the Kenyan context related to the economy, low-income housing,
    investment and/or the MSME sector;
  4. Have a BSc or MSc in finance, accounts, economics or related field from a reputable institution for
    the individual or lead consultant from the bidding institution,
  5. Proven report writing skills, and
  6. Provide two recent similar assignments undertaken with reference contacts
    1 Additional documents/testimonials should be attached

    Expected Deliverables

  7. Mobilize and on-board a minimum 30 low-income housing oriented early-stage entrepreneurs
    in the accelerator;

  8. Firm a working relationship with the Host for the accelerator; and

  9. Run the accelerator program for entrepreneurs meeting agreed criteria and milestones with
    Proposal Evaluation Criteria
    Proposals will be evaluated based on their technical soundness and financial viability. The criteria will

  10. Alignment with TCIS goals for the program: support early-stage entrepreneurs that have solutions
    to issues that constrain housing for low-income households and help improve their quality of life;

  11. Proposed design and strategy for the accelerator;

  12. Ability to attract viable accelerator candidates;

  13. Ability to attract shelter venture investors;

  14. Quality of personnel assigned to run this program;

  15. Previous experience in successfully running similar programs;

  16. Project schedule & work breakdown structure, that identifies timelines, key milestones, project
    phases, or other project plan information;

  17. Relationship management and communication plan;

  18. Budget/breakdown of costs related to the program2

  19. Companies applying should additionally include formal company registration and proof of
    statutory compliance
    Project Schedule
    Milestones Deadline
    Detailed RFP delivered to applicants March 2nd, 2018
    RFP Q&A period closes March 9th, 2018
    RFP submission date by applicants March 23rd, 2018
    Proposal evaluation and negotiations April 6th, 2018
    Award contract to successful applicant April 11th, 2018
    This project schedule is based on our current timelines and might be subject to change

How to apply:

Interested candidates (companies and individuals) should send their questions (during the Q&A
window ending March 9th 2018) and final applications (by March 23rd 2018) via
procurement@hfhkenya.org with a copy to LVallusova@habitat.org

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Amref Health Africa Advocacy Communications Manager Job in Nairobi

Amref Health Africa is the continent’s Leading health development organisation, founded and headquartered in Kenya. 

Our vision is lasting health change in Africa. As we celebrate 60 years of progress with the Launch of our new five-year growth strategy, we are seeking an experienced and ambitious Advocacy Communications Manager, Youth Advocacy Project.

Amref Health Africa began 60 years ago as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical medical assistance to remote communities in East Africa. 


Today, Amref Health Africa works with the most vulnerable African communities through its country programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and its Southern and West Africa regional hubs. 

With its Laboratory, clinical outreach and training programmes, Amref Health Africa reaches more than 35 countries across the continent. 

The organisation’s work is supported by 11 offices in North America and Europe.

Job Title: Advocacy Communications Manager, Youth Advocacy Project

Department: Amref Institute of Capacity Development

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Main Purpose of the Job: The Youth Advocacy Project is a two-year initiative of Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator to support increased capacity and action by youth across Kenya to advocate for their gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) priorities to be reflected in government policies and actions. 

The project is seeking a hands-on Advocacy Communications Manager to deliver the advocacy communications capacity-strengthening and communications functions of the Youth Advocacy Project. 

The Advocacy Communications Manager  will report to the Project Director and will partner closely with the Advocacy Accelerator and other internal partners to carry out his or her responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities

Advocacy communications capacity strengthening

  • Identify cutting-edge training content, tools and publications on advocacy communications
  • Develop youth-friendly advocacy communications curriculum and training suite for the youth
  • Lead the dissemination and uptake of training modules by youth advocates on the Youth sub-site hosted by Advocacy Accelerator, and hold related webinars
  • Provide direct support to youth advocates in developing and implementing their advocacy and communication campaigns in line with project priorities (Gender & SRHR)
  • Lead the development and review of supporting policy advocacy and communication materials including blogs, key messages, issue briefs, etc.

Project Communications

  • Develop guidelines to manage communication with internal and external partners such as the youth networks, media
  • Serve as a connector and facilitator of partner engagement with media at the county and national levels
  • Manage and coordinate consultancy services relating to communication activities.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the project’s communications strategy.
  • Ensure relevant project content is captured and shared on appropriate internal / external platforms and channels to enhance the visibility of the project and youth organizations.
  • Co-ordinate the communications working group consisting of various technical leads/units within Amref (Amref Communications, LEAP, Enterprise, developers, and the public relations agency)

Digital and Social Media Management

  • Support the development of the Advocacy Accelerator youth sub-site
  • Implement an online outreach strategy that will ensure the participation of the youth in the Youth sub-site hosted by the Advocacy Accelerator
  • Use Advocacy Accelerator and Amref Health Africa online and social media outlets to reach youth advocates with resources and remote trainings
  • Assist in the management of youth grantee profiles on the youth sub-site
  • Manage (edit) and coordinate posting of relevant data of youth on the youth sub-site

Event management 

  • Develop strategy and guidelines of events for the project
  • Provide technical support in planning, participation and visibility of the project in key events.
  • Organize country-wide national youth mobilization day in Nairobi


  • Develop and implement documentation plan for the project

Knowledge Management

  • Manage the distribution and dissemination of relevant knowledge products during events including launch campaigns.
  • Produce/update briefing notes, concept notes, issue notes, fast facts, toolkits and other advocacy products to strengthen the community of learning and practice on gender and SRHR issues.
  • Develop and maintain mailing lists and/or database of contacts related to the project.
  • Facilitate creative strategies that will encourage sharing and learning amongst youth advocates on best practices and experiences.

Required Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Strong understanding of Kenyan context, with a focus on advocacy communications with and for youth.
  • Understanding of advocacy communications skill and resources for engaging with policymakers to bring about policy change.
  • Experience working on advocacy communications capacity building.
  • Fluency in Kiswahili

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or post graduate degree in communications, public relations, or other field relevant to advocacy communications.
  • Experience in advocacy communications to support policy change on topics including gender and/or SRHR.
  • Experience training youth in communications for advocacy.
  • Priority will be given to youth applicants


  • At least 5 years of experience in advocacy communications in Kenya.
  • At least 4 years of experience working with youth.


  • Proven written and verbal communications skills
  • Be hands-on on both managerial and operational tasks
  • Training and capacity strengthening skills
  • Ability to work with a range of different partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with diverse groups of people
  • Public relations skills
  • Problem solving


  • Passionate about youth in all their diversity.
  • Strong and passionate commitment to advocacy communications in the Africa region with a specific focus on youth.
  • Ability to work and report to multiple partners.
  • Understanding of political contexts internally and externally.
  • Tactical and strategic abilities.

Environmental Conditions

Corporate Policies, Systems, Procedures and Methods

  • Knowledge of organisation policy

Work Environment

  • An office space in Nairobi within Amref Health Africa headquarters
  • Ability to travel at least 30% time.

How to apply: 

Please include the name of the vacancy in the subject line

Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017 

Kenya: Project Associate – Marketplace for Nutritious Foods

Organization: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 10 Apr 2016

To facilitate networking and information sharing amongst COP members on regular basis and where possible link with other service providers for TA or financial support

· To maintain the CoP membership database, Marketplace Technical service provider database and ensure that these are equipped to support the delivery of activities across the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods

· Identify suitable members from business and supporting institutions like government, donors, academia, etc. and invite them to join the Community of Practice (CoP) in collaboration with the Project Manager, Marketplace for Nutritious foods

· Design training programs in collaboration with the Project Manager, Marketplace for Nutritious Foods

· Engage relevant, high caliber speakers and relevant experts for training

· Set up and manage training/ speaking events, etc.

· Actively exchange knowledge and experience with the other project officers in the other Marketplace countries

· Actively contribute to knowledge management in the Kenya team as well as the whole of GAIN

· Seek input from CoP members regarding their training/ experience sharing ideas and needs and integrate these into the CoP program where relevant, make continuous improvements

· To maintain the Marketplace visibility plan, identify new opportunities for raising visibility around the Marketplace and

increasing CoP membership. This will include developing regular project newsletters, updating the members business

directory and ensuring that key media contacts are aware of Marketplace activities and cover these accordingly to provide visibility to both GAIN and the donor

· Identify, design and package relevant pieces of information for the members of the community of practice and the other stakeholders of the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods incl. GAIN, USAID, etc.

· Manage and update the Networking platforms of the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods: Facebook page, SMS platform, project website etc. and actively work on increasing the number of followers/ members, etc.

· Design and oversee GAIN/Marketplace presence in local events, such as agribusiness fairs and trade shows.

· Contribute with stories to the global GAIN homepage/ other publications where relevant in collaboration with the GAIN communications team

· In collaboration with the GAIN communications team and the Project Manager, Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, achieve outreach for GAIN and the Marketplace by providing information, stories, press releases, etc. to the media · In collaboration with the GAIN communications team, design Marketplace promotional materials (brochures, flyers)

Compile photographs of CoP events and Innovation Accelerator candidates/grantees, and project activities

· Oversee communications on Innovation Accelerator, where applicable. For example: Announcement of call for proposals, communications with candidates, etc.

· Track and document Community of Practice activities in accordance with GAIN and donor reporting.

· Other tasks related to the implementation of the Marketplace as required by the GAIN Kenya Marketplace lead.

  • · Identify and equip TAC with relevant information for decision making in each call

How to apply:

To apply please visit