Regional Director

Full Time
Africa, Kenya, Nairobi
Posted 4 weeks ago

About Brooke East Africa

Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of horses, donkeys and mules that support the livelihoods of millions of people in the developing world. Brooke focuses on working in urban areas with young people who use donkeys to transport goods by cart and in semi-arid areas with women donkey owners who use their equines for domestic purposes, as well as with children who interact with donkeys on a daily basis at home or in their communities, to increase their knowledge, awareness and participation in donkey welfare. In addition, Brooke works with communities affected by low rainfall to increase their preparedness and resilience for donkey care during times of drought, and with national governments and intergovernmental organisations to put in place policies that lead to improved animal welfare. Through training and supporting local vets, farriers, harness makers and animal traders to improve standards of care for equines, Brooke works with owners, communities and local governments to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of these animals and the people who rely on them.

Brooke East Africa (BEA), is an affiliate organisation, registered in Kenya, that delivers Brooke programmes in line with an agreed global strategy, plan and budget, across the East Africa region with funding and operational support from Brooke UK.

The Role

Brooke East Africa seeks a dynamic, future-oriented Regional Director to design and deliver a strategic and cost-effective programme impacting on working equines in the East Africa region. The post-holder must interpret the potential of Brooke’s global strategy locally and design and deliver a growing and innovative programme that contributes to the achievement of the organisation’s goals in this strategic period and beyond.

Strategic and inspirational leadership, ability to build and maintain partnerships, manage and learn from knowledge, strong communication skills, and the ability to build coalitions and consensus are key strengths needed – along with the ability to innovate, mobilize resources, manage change, and build a strong organizational team.

In line with Brooke’s global strategy, the excellent leadership and management by the Regional Director will result in:

    • Increased scale through new work reaching more equines and the equine owning communities
    • Increased funding through well-articulated proposals that can be funded
    • Increased quality guided by the Effectiveness Framework and Theory of Change
    • Accurate and timely data demonstrating accountability
    • National and regional advocacy to improve the welfare of equines

The Regional Director will establish and sustain productive relationships with government officials, donors and strategic partners. As a senior leader the Regional Director will contribute to Brooke International’s global strategy, share knowledge and support the generation of evidence to inform Brooke’s global programming. S/he will also be accountable for competent operational and risk management including the proper management, well-being and safety of Brooke East Africa staff and the proper stewardship of Brooke East Africa resources. In carrying out these tasks, the Regional Director will model and ensure systematic practice of Brooke’s core values, identify new ways of working and motivate the teams toward the organizational vision. S/he will encourage on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen team resilience in the face of change. This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant organisation and to play a pivotal role in shaping Brooke’s work to improve the health and welfare of equines that are critical for the livelihoods of their owners.

Main Responsibilities

1. Strategic Leadership of Brooke’s Business in the East Africa Region.

    • Programme based on excellent local analysis that guide management choices, including the identification and fostering of national and regional partners
    • On-going investigation of the potential to expand and grow, both in depth and breadth
    • Programme delivered in accordance with Brooke policies and standards
    • Systems and structures achieve efficiencies
    • Excellent budget and asset management

2. Excellent Programme/Project performance delivering change for working equines.

    • Coverage and uptake impact indicators in line with plans
    • Animal welfare assessments
    • Programme delivery assessments
    • Evidence of innovation and learning that is shaping the programme

3. An energetic, diverse, motivated and skilled team.

    • Evidence and feedback from visits
    • HR metrics and feedback
    • Training and succession management

4. Accurate and effective representation of the programme to others inside and outside Brooke

    • Engagement across the international senior leadership team to promote learning and shared understanding
    • Knowledge by others of the Brooke’s work in the region
    • Be the principle representative for Brooke in the region
    • Point of contact with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

Required Skills and Qualifications

Knowledge and experience

    • 6 – 8 years experience in senior management with significant knowledge of livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment or similar work.
    • Excellent knowledge of the East Africa region as it relates to sustainable development
    • Knowledge of Sphere and other key humanitarian standards including sustainable livelihoods debates
    •  Knowledge of local/ regional accountability frameworks/ legal environment
    • Knowledge of project design, Logframes and MEAL frameworks
    • Knowledge of strategic frameworks and strategy development models
    • Knowledge of standards associated with programming in animal welfare and equine welfare in particular would be an advantage
    • Excellent knowledge of IT programmes (Microsoft Office Suite) and social networking platforms for use in your work preferred
    • Understanding of Risk Assessment and Security Risk Mitigation preferred


    • Leadership of teams to establish strategic direction, resulting in budgeted plans and allocation of work with high performance
    • Proven experience in recruiting, managing and developing an efficient and effective team with the ability to support and devolve responsibility
    • Proven experience in establishing and managing agreements with donors as well as local governmental and nongovernmental partners
    • Ability to establish learning and reflection processes
    • Skilful in managing ambiguity and change
    • Excellent organisational and planning skills and the ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
    • Excellent spoken and written English. Some knowledge of local working languages advantage

Job Features

Job CategoryCharity
LocationNairobi, Kenya
SalaryCompetitive with benefits package
Closing Date27th November 2020

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How to Apply

Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below for more information and then come back to this page to apply.

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button  at the bottom of the page and complete our online application form. Please provide a CV and cover letter in two different documents, which should be prepared before applying as they will be considered in the application process.

The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

The documents should be saved in MS Word in the following format: Your First Name-Your LastName-Document Name-Date (mmyy) e.g., Pat-Jones-CV 1120-Brooke or Pat-Jones- CoverLetter-1120-Brooke.

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Job Features

Job CategoryCharity
LocationNairobi, Kenya
SalaryCompetitive with benefits package
Closing Date27th November 2020

Apply Online

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