Full-Time

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  • Nairobi Kenya

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Description

Generation is a global independent non-profit organization with the mission to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. Founded by McKinsey & Company in 2014, Generation empowers people to build thriving, sustainable careers and provide employers the highly-skilled, motivated talent they need. To date, nearly 39,000 young adults have graduated from the Generation program, which prepares young adults for careers in more than 140 cities and 350 locations across thirteen countries (USA, Mexico, Kenya, Spain, Kenya, Italy, UK, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia). Generation works with more than 3,200 employer partners, a wide range of implementation partners and funders, and employs over 400 staff around the world. Generation Programme Kenya is the local affiliate of Generation (“Generation Global”), based in Kenya. It started its operations in 2015 and has supported nearly 20,000 learners to date across 28 cities and towns in Kenya, placing 89% graduates within 90 days after graduation. Generation Kenya is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to join its leadership team.

 

As the new CEO, you will occupy a full-time role responsible for leading and scaling up Generation Kenya’s operations, providing strategic direction to the organization, and managing key stakeholder relationships. You will report directly to the Generation Kenya Board and be the primary point of contact for senior leadership at Generation Global. As the ideal candidate you will be an experienced leader who embodies Generation's values; understands the future challenges and opportunities for the organization; can drive the organization and its people to success; and last but not least, is passionate about creating impact in Kenya’s education to employment ecosystem.

 

 

Role Responsibilities:

 

  • Define the short- and long-term strategy for Generation in Kenya, and provide continuity to efforts of the organization
  • Ensure adequate funding availability for Generation Kenya, through fundraising from private sector, government, and foundation sources, with an emphasis on sustainability
  • Ensure appropriate organization and staffing and manage the operational team as required to maintain high quality program outcomes, in line with the Generation methodology
  • Be the external interface for Generation Kenya with various government entities, private sector organizations, Foundations, and represent Generation in relevant forums
  • Accelerate the growth of Generation across cities and roles, by identifying and securing new opportunities for impactful programs
  • Identify areas of risk and take steps to reduce vulnerabilities
  • Grow and develop internal talent, and cultivate a strong, values-driven team culture
  • Be a credible representative of the efforts of Generation Kenya to current and potential partners, as well as the skill development scene in Kenya

 

 

Key activities:

 

  • Develop strategy and ensure execution
    • Set the vision and overall strategy for Generation Kenya, ensuring alignment across all relevant stakeholders, including the Generation Kenya Board, Generation Global leadership, and Generation SAMEA COO
    • Set and deliver against realistic goals, agreed in consultation with the internal leadership team and Board
    • Expand Generation Kenya’s presence and programs in the ICT/tech and health sectors, and deepen Generation Kenya’s engagement with public sector institutions
    • Oversee the design and implementation of strategic initiatives and experiments
    • Ensure consistent communication with larger Generation organization, including ensuring updates and leading regular alignment calls
  • Build and manage external relationships
    • Build and manage relationships with multiple implementation partners, and ensure their adherence to Generation methodology, practices, and standards
    • Ensure targets and timelines for expansion and scale up are met
    • Manage relationships with employer partners, funders and other partners providing resources to Generation in the form of vacancies and/or funding
    • Build relationship with corporate, charitable trusts, international and national grant-giving bodies, chambers of commerce etc., with a view to maintaining a reputable public image and creating new opportunities for partnerships/fundraising
    • Represent Generation Kenya, and its programs, in all public forums
  • Drive funding and sustainability
    • Develop funding strategy, and value proposition for potential funding partnerships and collaboration
    • Execute funding strategy in line with revenue targets, by cultivating and securing new funding lines from government, private sector donors, and foundations
    • Ensure Generation Kenya delivers against commitments and conditions associated with all funding sources
    • Drive fund appropriation to the right projects, and be accountable for funds and usage
    • Ensure timely reporting and due diligence as per expectations of partners, especially funding partners, to ensure positive outcomes and sustained relationships
  • Team building and coaching
    • Build, manage and develop leadership team to achieve ambitious revenue and growth targets
    • Promote a healthy, inclusive, equitable, and performance-oriented organizational culture that enables exceptional results and engaged staff
    • Support HR to attract, retain, and develop talent that will drive organisational performance. Foster a culture of growth, accountability, and collaboration in line with organisational values.
    • Manage Senior Management Team Members directly, supporting their growth and cohesion
    • Build a culture of continuous learning and development within the organization
  • Manage operations and finances
    • Support COO to oversee and manage plans for operations and ongoing performance management and review of projects, outcomes, and impact
    • Monitor results against performance, operational, and financial goals and take appropriate action when necessary
    • Drive financial sustainability for the organization by growing revenues from employers, government, and other long-term funders and ensuring a diversity of funding sources
    • Provide regular reports to the Board, Generation Global and Generation SAMEA COO Compensation and benefits package competitive with Kenyan NGO industry standards

Criteria

  • Strong track record and minimum 10 years of business work experience with 5+ years of direct leadership experience
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, preference for graduate-level degree in a relevant field
  • Leadership in executing strategy for growth-stage organizations (particularly those with multiple sites or projects simultaneously) and experience holding accountability for large scale operations
  • Experience in building close, trust-based working relationships with CXO-level positions within corporates, foundations, government, etc
  • Experience of sustaining /running an education/training/talent-related organization or tech- related start-up, and knowledge of the non-profit landscape is preferable and but not required
  • Experience in private and/or public sector fundraising, preferable across the skills/education sector
  • Demonstrated passion for Generation's mission and vision
  • Ability to drive a people-first culture and lead, develop and manage a diverse team
  • Entrepreneurial, creative, innovative, proactive mindset required for start-ups that demands taking ownership of targets and seeking opportunities for continuous improvement / growth
  • Positive, solutions and impact-oriented attitude, drive for excellence, self-reflective and open to frequent feedback from multiple stakeholders
  • Data-driven approach in presenting/influencing and informing decisions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to tailor messaging to a variety of audiences, including written and spoken English
  • Integrity, mission-driven, and self-directed work ethic with commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals
  • Experience with financial planning and ability to manage budgets efficiently
     

Benefits

  • Globally competitive salary and benefits package

About Generation Kenya

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed and there are 375 million workers of all ages who need to learn new skills by 2030. Generation is working to transform education to employment systems to help both workers and employers thrive in the face of these challenges. 

 

Generation is a global independent non-profit organization with the mission to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. Founded by McKinsey & Company in 2014, Generation empowers people to build thriving, sustainable careers and to provide employers the highly skilled, motivated talent they need. To date, nearly 39,000 young adults have graduated from the Generation program, which prepares young adults for careers in more than 140 cities and 350 locations across thirteen countries (USA, Mexico, Kenya, Spain, Kenya, Italy, UK, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia). Generation works with more than 3,200 employer partners, a wide range of implementation partners and funders, and employs over 400 staff around the world.

 

We have a methodology that we believe can serve hundreds of thousands—and eventually millions—of people who are unemployed, underemployed, or need to learn new skills. Our program creates real business value for employers and lasting career impact for participants.