Program Director at Neema Girls Project

Job Description

Neema provides skills training, counseling, and discipleship to vulnerable young women in rural Kenya. The young women at Neema come from extreme poverty and inequality, and many have experienced prostitution, trafficking, indentured servitude, and other forms of abuse.


Working together with the Executive Director, the Program Director (PD) provides day-to-day organizational, financial and spiritual leadership of Neema Girls Project in Kenya to advance its mission. The PD provides oversight and serves on the Neema Kenya leadership team to deliver high impact program outcomes in line with Neema’s objectives and strategic plan. The PD works with the Executive Director to manage the in-country budget to sustain and grow the organization’s in-country revenues. This position reports directly to the Executive Director who is based in the US.


As Program Director, your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, and may vary as needs arise:

Strategy, Program Quality and Growth

  • Participate in the development of Neema program objectives and ensure the successful implementation of program activities in line with the approved work plans and budgets.
  • Provide programmatic support and advice to the Neema staff team in planning, monitoring, and evaluating the work.
  • Work closely with program staff to increase accountability to program quality standards.
  • Lead in the assessments and reporting of progress against program action plans.
  • Prepare and present reports on the progress of the implementation of Neema program activities.

Financial, Operational, & Risk Management

  • Maintain the financial integrity of the organization and manage the in-country program budget with leadership and finance team.
  • In consultation with the Neema Executive Director, develop and manage a cost-effective program budget and ensure compliance with all financial policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director on security incident management and reporting.

Team Leadership & Development

  • Supervise, develop and empower Neema staff to care for, equip, and empower the girls vocationally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Implement the mission, vision, and values of Neema along with the Executive Director and uphold Neema core values and code of conduct.
  • Create a safe and nurturing working environment for employees and deal with conflict resolution in a Christian manner.
  • Manage, mentor, give feedback to and coach staff members, inspiring and modeling healthy, collaborative working relationships.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with staff, students, guardians, community members, and alumni.
  • Coordinate setting of Neema work plans and facilitate necessary meetings (weekly staff meetings, weekly meetings with ED, quarterly meetings with US team, board meetings, etc.)
  • Maintain organizational files and program calendar.
  • Maintain staff discipline and ensure effective handling of staff grievances in consultation with the Executive Director.
  • Coordinate and participate in the student intake process and Parent/Guardian meetings.
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, onboarding and training of staff members.
  • Execute consistent performance management, providing specific actionable feedback about job task proficiency, responsibilities and professional behaviors; identify performance that doesn’t meet standards and support performance improvement; support professional development of team members.

Representation, Influence, and Partnership

  • Identify and pursue strategic collaborations and partnerships (community leaders, church, government, community groups, organizations, donor/development partners) that will help advance Neema’s interests and goals.
  • Engage with relevant international and national stakeholders on issues of interests and priorities.
  • Lead, coordinate fundraising and income generation activities in Kenya.
  • Participate in fundraising initiatives led by the US.


  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in relevant management positions in organizations that work with extreme vulnerable populations.
  • An advanced university degree in a relevant discipline is required.
  • Program management experience, including direct “hands-on” skills in new business
  • development, strategic planning, project implementation and grants management.
  • Proven strong financial and operational analysis and management skills, including project management.
  • Proven leader of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Prior experience working within organizational structures in leadership transition preferred.
  • Significant achievements in seeking and securing new donors; superior ability to build personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the organization.
  • Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and grant/contract management and the implications for program management.
  • High degree of proficiency in managing relationships with key constituencies, including staff, government representatives, funders, corporate sponsors, not-for-profit and for-profit entities, and civil society organizations.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion and the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Receptive and collaborative leadership approach that contributes to a positive team environment, builds and maintains strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures and viewpoints.
  • Ability to work flexible hours or across time zones, as needed.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili required.

Salary commensurate with experience. Expected Start date: early January 2022.


This is a full-time position. Work is performed at the Neema Girls Project in Waitaluk (Kitale, Kenya). Applicants must live in Kitale/Waitaluk or within commuting distance of Neema Girls Project.

How to Apply

Submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to
Use Neema Program Director Application as the subject of the email

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