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Food for Education is a social enterprise in Kenya that uses technology, smart operations, and logistics to deliver low-cost, nutritious meals, targeting Africa’s 250 million urban and peri-urban low income, public school students. They provide subsidised nutritious meals to primary school children to improve nutrition education outcomes. By sourcing food from local smallholder farmers, and utilising a model which prioritises efficient supply chain management and production, Food for Education lowers the cost of school meals. Parents contribute to these affordable and nutritious meals through a mobile money system linked to NFC wristbands, which their children wear and ‘Tap2Eat’ in under 5 seconds to access their lunch. To date, Food for Education has served over 6,000,000 meals and is scaling to serve 72,000,000 meals in the next two years. Their goal is to reach 1,000,000 public school students by 2025.


Food for Education has been recognised through the University of South Australia Alumni Award, Builders of Africa Award 2018, Top 40 under 40 in Kenya, Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize 2018 presented by Cisco, the United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.



The Opportunity:

Food for Education is seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Development Manager to work closely with the Executive Director to build on their strong momentum and help execute the fundraising growth plan. The Senior Development Manager will play a key role in collaborating with senior leaders across the organisation to accelerate momentum and help secure the funds ($8+million annually) that Food for Education needs to continue to expand across Kenya and Africa.


The Senior Development Manager will leverage his/her experience to drive fundraising activities and secure a sustainable financial future for Food for Education. This is a dynamic and exciting opportunity if you are motivated and passionate about international development, education, nutrition, and have a strong global philanthropic awareness. You will work closely with the Executive Director to design and implement a fundraising strategy, secure funds from new and existing donors, establish and maintain strong relationships with donors to ensure multi-year funding commitments. You must be comfortable with and, or motivated by the challenge of securing $8+million in funding annually. 



The successful candidate can be based in Nairobi, Kenya, or work remotely from any location globally. If based outside of Kenya, you must be willing to travel to Kenya regularly (every few months).

Additional Requirements:

Please note that you will be required to share a writing sample as part of the application process



Role Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and development team to organize and support the organization’s fundraising efforts including but not limited to: prospecting, pitch development, proposal submission, grant reporting, and renewal.
  • Develop and maintain grants calendar with key deadlines and action plans
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with existing donors through regular correspondence, quarterly reports to ensure multi-year commitments
  • Run and own regular team meetings to provide updates and ensure progress toward fundraising goals
  • Drive internal project management for the development team to determine the strategic fit and best strategy to approach potential prospects to build aligned partnerships
  • Identify opportunities and develop materials for process improvement, coordinating with the development team to implement creative solutions
  • Strengthen systems around processing and acknowledging gifts and long-term stewardship of donor relationships
  • Generate content that outlines Food for Education’s vision in a compelling way
  • Conduct meetings independently with new prospective funders and attend conferences/ invitations to meet potential donors, as needed
  • Host donor visits with an ability to combine program knowledge, hospitality, and active listening to ensure a good experience and appropriate follow up


  • A passionate individual committed to Food for Education’s vision and values
  • Strong writing, analytical, organisational skills and striking attention to detail
  • 7+ years fundraising experience in the nonprofit or private sector
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Thoughtful, confident and charismatic individual who easily builds rapport and develops long term relationships.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate passionately and strongly to stakeholders about Food for Education’s story and impact
  • Ability to work in a diverse team.
  • Ability to meet deadlines without compromising attention to details
  • Ability to work under limited supervision
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and G-suite
  • Ability to host donors, talk to funders and lead strategic projects


  • Make the world a better place: Every member of our Food for Education team believes that nutrition and education are the key to unlocking the potential of over 250M African children who are the future of the world
  • Be at the forefront of redesigning how school meals are designed and delivered: Food for Education is at the forefront of creating models of efficiency towards sustainable school lunch delivery for millions of kids
  • Join a diverse, energetic team of individuals: Our team is locally rooted with a strong culture of delivery and excellence
  • Be part of a rapidly scaling organization: We have provided over 6,000,000 meals since inception and are on track to provide 10,000,000 more this year alone
  • Build an exciting career and get significant exposure: As part of the development team  in a growing organization, there will be ample opportunity for growth and new experiences for someone who is eager and shows the ability to take on more

About Food for Education

Food for Education is a social enterprise in Kenya that uses technology, smart operations, and logistics to deliver low cost, nutritious meals targeting Africa’s 250 million urban and peri-urban low income, public school students. From sourcing food from local small holder farmers, our model through efficient supply chain management and production lowers the cost of school meals providing affordable and nutritious meals. Parents contribute for each meal through mobile money linked to NFC wristbands that children wear and ‘Tap2Eat’ in under 5 seconds to access their lunch.