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Job vacancy: National Coordinator, Kenya Fight Inequality Alliance

Fight Inequality

03 September, 2021

Job Title: 

National Coordinator, Kenya Fight Inequality Alliance

Start date:

As soon as possible 

Contract Type:

Full time, fixed term contract through Wangu Kanja Foundation (our fiscal host organisation), extendable by mutual agreement.

Salary:

A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with skills and experience

Location:

Nairobi. Note that the post holder must have pre-existing legal right to work in Kenya; the post holder must be willing to work from the office of one alliance member, as well as from home. 

Who is the Fight Inequality Alliance?

The Fight Inequality Alliance is comprised of leading national and international social movements, NGOs, women’s rights groups and trade unions across the world. We are deeply concerned about the impact of current shocking levels of inequality and inspired by people’s collective struggles to build a just, equal, and sustainable world. Rising inequality is hurting us all - holding up poverty reduction, harming the environment, hurting communities, destabilising society, and undermining democracy.

Experts and international institutions now recognise that inequality must be tackled. And every government has pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries. But in practice not much progress is happening and in many countries we are even going backwards. When it comes to action they are still reaching for the same old failed solutions.

Only when people join together from the grassroots up, mobilising and organising to build power and demand accountability and greater equality, will things change. Together we are helping to build up people’s power and connect across organisations and borders to enable a more equal world. We are helping to build up the Kenyan Fight Inequality Alliance to bring change at country level and connecting groups internationally for action, solidarity, learning and support.

The Alliance is going through an exciting period of growth from its beginnings in 2017. The Kenya National Coordinator will coordinate the work of the alliance in Kenya. They will report to the Pan Africa Coordinator functionally, with programmatic reporting to the national steering group. They will lead the organizing efforts at national level in a range of ways as we grow our impact further over the coming years, as well as connecting to the wider alliance across the world. 

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted via email to info@fightinequality.org with ‘Application for position of Kenya National Coordinator’ in the subject line.

Applications must include only:

  1. A motivation letter of no more than 2 sides that indicates: a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about fighting inequality; and b) aspects of your background that demonstrate the required competence for this role;
  2. A detailed CV with three references; and
  3. Two examples of your past work that best show your suitability for the role (for example articles, videos, campaigning material, speeches, media work, etc).

Please ensure that your application, as a whole, speaks to the required experience, person specification and key roles and responsibilities. Please do not apply if you do not meet the required experience.

Closing Date: 18 September

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Role Overview:

Leads the national organising work for the Fight Inequality Alliance in Kenya - including coordinating the Global Week of Action each January, coordinating the “Usawa Budget” mobilisations and organising/coordinating other key campaigns/events/actions, producing campaign materials, and organising the gatherings and trainings of the alliance. Builds the membership, profile, connections and credibility of the alliance with civil society organisations in Kenya and beyond. Leads fundraising efforts. Serves as a key representative (with a range of external actors such as campaign targets and media) and planner for the national alliance where required. Leads with drive and inspiration and with humility and collaboration. 

Key responsibilities:

-Provide leadership to Fight Inequality Alliance Kenya’s work alongside the National Steering Group, and translate that vision into specific strategies and concrete actions to achieve targets and towards alliance strengthening and growth.

-Design and coordinate the key activities and mobilisations of the alliance alongside members.

-Act as a key change agent, responsible for translating a strategic change agenda into plans and operational delivery. Oversee project teams composed of networks of people across the alliance. 

-Mobilises new members and capacity in support of the alliance and make best possible use of member expertise and potential.  

-Builds the profile, connections and credibility of the alliance with civil society organisations and other stakeholders including political targets and the media. 

-Hosts and guides the meetings and ongoing functioning of the Kenya alliance

-Capture lessons and best practices for wider sharing and to inform planning. Coordinate monitoring and reporting; including organising reflection and learning activities. 

-Builds and maintains relationships with existing and potential funders. Manages and reports on grants.

-Ensure financial performance of the national alliance including the delivery of agreed targets. Draw up budget, monitor, forecast and report on the budget, including justifying variances. 

-Support Kenya’s participation in the regional and global alliance. 

-From time to time carry out any other duties that are within the scope of the job, and as reasonably required by Line Manager.

Person specification:

Essential

A commitment to the Alliance’s values, including:

Strong feminist understanding, analysis, commitment and behaviour. Committed to battling all forms of discrimination and to standing with the most oppressed.

Strong commitment to develop, promote and practice Fight Inequality Alliance’s goals and values, as well as adhering to and upholding our Common Principles. Commitment to grassroots organising and leadership.

Be open to learn/ follow the lead/be accountable to those who experience oppression based on gender, race/ethnicity, disability, socio-class, LGBTQIA, geography, etc.

Strong experience in organising and movement building from local to national level in Kenya

At least 5 year’s experience working in Kenyan civil society – ideally working in alliance with social movements, NGOs and unions.  

Able to thrive in an emergent space, in a “start-up” organisation without all the systems, processes and support of a big NGO. Able to thrive in a new role from the beginning.

Fundraising and grant management experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures  

Ability to make strategic decisions and the ambition to want to grow an exciting alliance to become a major player in Kenya  

Proven negotiation and influencing skills, with the credibility and management experience to broker agreement. Respected by key constituencies of the alliance. 

Dynamic and empowering leader able to exert influence and drive change without line management authority or hard power, and to lead in a way that builds other’s leadership. 

Excellent analytical skills underpinned by a good understanding of inequality issues and debates in Kenya, as well as the political institutions and processes.

Strong organisation and time management skills. 

Willing to travel as required without creature comforts. 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Completely fluent and strong in English and Kiswahili.

Desirable

Lived experiences with intersecting systems of oppression, with knowledge and experience of how power and privilege play out in the contexts we organise in

SAFER RECRUITMENT: FIA is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour in the movement including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. FIA expects all staff to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. Offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks.

 

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