Country Representative

IREX seeks a strategic, innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative Country Representative to spearhead – out of Kenya – IREX’s efforts to empower youth, cultivate leaders, produce quality information and education, and strengthen communities in East Africa.

A self-starter, the Country Representative will continually assess the competitive environment to identify new opportunities for IREX to advance its mission and strengthen is brand in East Africa. They will spearhead efforts to capture these opportunities in partnership with IREX’s New Business Development Unit and Strategic Partnerships Unit. The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of the development sector in areas that align with IREX’s impact goals, especially youth and education. They will also have proven experience leading strategic thinking processes and approaches and business development activities that lead to partnerships with governmental donors, the private sector and the philanthropic community.

The Country Representative, within IREX’s Strategy and Development Group, is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the IREX strategy for Eastern Africa, with initial emphasis on Kenya and Tanzania. In close coordination with the New Business Development Unit, the Country Representative ensures the development and execution of specific plans for each element of the IREX’s regional strategy, including identifying and shaping opportunities, engaging key audiences, building institutional relationships, developing partnership strategies, promoting the brand of IREX, and designing new programs. The Country Representative also may oversee aspects of the administration of the presence of IREX in Kenya.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills 

3 or more years of progressive experience with strategy development and strategic stakeholder mapping and engagement in country or region of responsibility.
5 or more years of experience with planning, designing, resourcing and implementing business development initiatives. This includes the ability to write proposals, bids, and statements of interest.
7 or more years of progressive experience in international development.
Direct professional experience in youth programming, including pathways to employment, skills development, employability and entrepreneurship, and leadership development.
Advanced experience with programs funded by bilateral donors including but not limited to USAID, the US Department of State, Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Program, Swedish International Development Agency, Global Affairs Canada.
Experience building relationships with private sector companies and foundations, and other major donors in the region.
Strong writing and verbal communications skills
Experience with managing teams and operations strongly preferred.
A master’s degree in a relevant field strongly preferred.
Fluency in Swahili strongly preferred.
Your Daily Tasks

Strategy and development: 

Assess the competitive environment to ensure IREX reflects important trends in its planning, strategy development, and programs
Continually assess national and regional markets for partnership and business opportunities and help prepare plans to capture them
Identify markets, donors, and program areas that are responsive to the objectives of the country strategy, map out a strategy for engaging with or accessing them, and execute that strategy.
Develop local partnership strategies for specific opportunities or initiatives.
Elaborate the tracks of the regional strategy and executing them at the country level and, as assigned, at the regional level.
Maintain aggressive business development pipeline targets and drive the competitiveness of each bid.
Develop a system for tracking, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the country/regional strategy.
Lead, or support with technical writing, strategic advice, teaming ideas, and cost solutions proposals prepared by the NBDU.
Identify local experts for initiatives and proposals and develop databases of expertise.
Ensure effective coordination with the NBDU, the Center for Applied Learning and Impact and the Strategic Partnerships Unit.
Support the creation of a team culture that encourages risk-taking, innovation an ethos of excellence, and a commitment to results.
Representation and Outreach: 

Identify high level external audiences or stakeholders (media, public officials, donors, and key influencers), map out a strategy for reaching out to them, and effectively engage with them to disseminate key messages and facilitate direct relationships between them and IREX. Cultivate intentionally and methodically relationships with key influencers.
Design, oversee, or execute as needed, the organization of special events in country or region of responsibility in coordination with the Strategic Communications Unit.
Proactively develop and curate strategic content and increase audience engagement on IREX’s social media channels in country or region of responsibility.
Draft “thought leadership” products such as op-eds, articles, or essays for placement in external publications.
Represent IREX in meetings with external stakeholders.

Provide strategic support to the Executive Director of the Kenya Office around HR, operations as need.
Liaise with local legal counsel on topics such as registration, tax, and labor law issues
Other duties as assigned.
IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings.

This position is eligible for Telework.

Must demonstrate valid proof of unrestricted authorization to work in the country and region.


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled


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About IREX

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world-where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. We focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. With an annual portfolio of $80 million and 400 staff worldwide, we work with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.