Programs / Kenya

Head of Programmes


Career Opportunity

The Head of Programmes will be responsible for the design and management of GPK’s portfolio of programmes. This will be a challenging and highly rewarding leadership and management role. Working closely with the CEO, the Head of Programmes will operationalise GPK’s 5-year strategy. This will involve both strategic planning, programme design to establish an innovative portfolio that will likely include partnerships with both governments and global corporations.

To apply

INTERESTED candidates please submit your applications to genkcareers@generation.org attaching your resume and a motivational statement (maximum 1500 words) explaining why you are a suitable fit for the position. Kindly indicate in the subject: Head of Programmes. Shortlisting / Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled.


To be successful you'll need:

Knowledge, Qualifications And Experience

  • University Degree (BA, BSc) – essential
  • MBA or Master’s in Development Studies or related field — is desirable.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of programme management in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Experience in leading and managing small teams.
  • Setting up new projects and programmes.
  • Experience working with senior officials in both the public and private sector — is desirable.
  • Understanding of and working with monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Embody values and understand the future challenges and opportunities for youth empowerment and is passionate about creating an impact in Kenya’s employment ecosystem.
  • Charities/INGO experience — is desirable.
  • Using technology to address development challenges — is desirable.

Skills And Abilities

  • Excellent oral/presentation skills.
  • Excellent written skills in English, especially report writing.
  • Strong teamwork orientation, with an ability to lead and work effectively with a range of partners and colleagues.
  • Strategic and innovative with the ability to sell the vision of Generation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft suite (Excel, PowerPoint, MS project, etc.).

Personal Qualities

  • Delivering Results: Dynamic self-starter and able to work independently within a dynamic team.
  • Strategic Thinking and Planning: Experience in organisational strategic planning and programme design.
  • Collaborative: Able to work closely with geographically distributed team members.
  • Communicating and Influencing: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Adaptable and sensitive to work in different cultural contexts.
  • Time Management: Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Leadership and Management: Leading by example, setting direction and supporting colleagues.
  • Integrity: Demonstrate high levels of integrity and alignment with Generation vision, mission, and values.

Other requirements

  • Ability to travel frequently within Kenya, and potential occasional travel in the region and internationally.

What you'll do:

Specifically, you will have responsibility for:

  • Overall responsibility for programme development, implementation, reporting and programme risk management.
  • Integrating and ongoing management of effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks into programme design.
  • Exploring innovative solutions and thinking creatively to identify solutions that will maximise our impact on the ground.
  • Ensuring programme coordination and coherence across GPK’s growing portfolio.
  • Publicly representing GPK to support the CEO and Head of Fundraising with communicating our work, results and advocating for our objectives.
  • Taking part as a member of the Senior Management Team with a reporting role at Board meetings.
  • Contributing to GPK’s strategic planning and organisational decisions.

Equality and diversity: Generation is committed both to promoting equality and diversity within the organization and to equal opportunities in employment. We believe in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are made entirely on merit. Generation does not ask for payment from people that apply for jobs with Generation at any stage of the hiring process. If you have any specific queries, please feel free to contact us at genkcareers@generation.org

To report instances of fraud or unethical business practices by any of our staff, vendors or mobilisers please reach out on this link for our Ethics hotline and / or the Senior Management Team (SMT) on kenyasmt@generation.org.


About Generation

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.

Today, Generation is active in fourteen countries with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.