Programme Manager at Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN)

The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) was formed in 1994 and registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in 2001. It was established following a workshop in Accra, Ghana which focused on creating country-based networks that intersect law, ethics, human rights, and HIV. While originally created to protect and promote HIV-related human rights, our scope has expanded to also include: Our goal is to advocate for a holistic and rights-based system of service delivery in health and for the full enjoyment of the right to health by all, including the vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded populations in these four thematic areas. We do this by: Advocating for the integration of constitutional and other human rights in policies, laws and operational frameworks/regulations relating to the right to health and the application of the constitutional values and principles and the rights based approaches in the implementation of health services. Developing the capacities of PBOs and CBOs working on health and human rights issues.

Job Description/Requirements

KELIN is looking to hire a Programme Manager for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) thematic area.

The position will be based in our Nairobi Office. The Manager will be tasked with the growth and strategic direction of the thematic area, and shall work collaboratively with other thematic area managers to ensure inter-thematic synergies and the growth of the organisation. This post requires an experienced, proactive and results oriented person, networker and advocate, to guide the implementation of the existing projects, capacity and systems strengthening, growth, engagement with existing and new partners and resource mobilisation within the thematic area. The candidate must be a strategic thinker with the ability to work through an analytical and logical framework. In addition, the candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, community organisational and mobilisation prowess and the ability to facilitate high level consultative processes and mobilise joint actions with other likeminded civil society organizations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the conceptualisation of Programs in the SRHR thematic area in line with the Strategic Plan.
  • Provide technical and operational guidance and oversight on the implementation and coordination of all the programmes under the SRHR thematic area.
  • Analyse laws, bills, regulations, polices and operational frameworks at the International, regional, national, and county levels to identify gaps, and ensure they integrate human rights principles and rights-based approaches.
  • Keep abreast with legal developments relevant to the SRHR thematic area.
  • Work with the Strategic Litigation Team to undertake public interest litigation to influence policy and provide long term redress on human rights violations relating to SRHR.
  • Initiate and participate in different strategic partnerships at the community, county, national, regional and global levels to enhance the respect and protection of SRHR.
  • Work with the Deputy Executive Director and other programme Managers to ensure close collaboration with other thematic areas and departments within the organisation. Research and write components of larger research being undertaken as it relates to the SRHR thematic area.
  • Publish at least one peer-reviewed article per annum on issues of SRHR.
  • Fundraise and mobilise resources for the organisation in line with the organisational policy framework.
  • Ensure timely submission of progress reports to donors and partners under the SRHR thematic area and any other assigned projects.
  • Establish and strengthen a research unit in liaison with the Executive Director.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director on conceptualization of various programs areas in line with the strategic plan.


  • Monitor the optimum and appropriate use of programme resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) within the SRHR thematic area and verify compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Monitor compliance with organisational polices, frameworks and practice within the SRHR thematic area.
  • Work with the Deputy Executive Director in regularly monitoring the program budget and ensure that resources are allocated appropriately.
  • Manage and mentor all programme staff under the SRHR thematic area by providing practical and innovative ideas on research, writing, advocacy, communications, outreach, and program implementation.
  • Work with the Deputy Executive Director and other programme managers in creating and maintaining a healthy work environment at KELIN.

Institutional strengthening

  • Prepare, present, and submit quality and timely weekly plans, quarterly and annual reports of the work relating your area of assignment.
  • Participate in weekly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual planning & review meetings as organized by KELIN.
  • To read, understand, and abide by the KELIN institutional policies.
  • To read, understand, and ensure application of the key resource materials for KELIN staff as relates to the thematic areas of KELIN.
  • To uphold and ensure compliance with the KELIN core values in the dealings with staff and partners.
  • Assist with the recruitment, of programme officers, programme assistants, fellows, interns, volunteers, and pro bono lawyers in line with the thematic area.

Key Competencies and Requirements

  • A degree in Law with admission to the Bar in Kenya (preferable). A Master’s Degree in law, public health or social sciences will be an added advantage;
  • At least three years post graduate experience in designing, managing and implementation of sexual and reproductive health rights programmes. Youth targeted programmes and human rights programmes will be an added advantage;
  • At least two years’ experience in the management of projects, programmes and persons within the civic space;
  • Advanced knowledge on the legal environment on sexual and reproductive health and rights and a well-informed understanding of the linkages between health and human rights;
  • Experience in conceptualisation, design, and implementation of sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes;
  • Knowledge and appreciation of devolution processes is an advantage;
  • Previous experience in implementing similar projects is also an advantage;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to think and operate strategically;
  • Ability to provide leadership and work independently, and as part of a team;
  • Strong analytical, organisational, planning, and problem-solving skills;
  • Self-motivated and dynamic;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment; and
  • Keen sense of professionalism, ethics, integrity and commitment to KELIN’s mandate

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