Director, East Africa Hub at Habitat for Humanity International April, 2020

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking an experienced and driven leader to fill the key role of Director, East Africa Hub. This exciting and groundbreaking role builds out and operates HFHI’s first regional hub, a critical feature of the overall operating model driving HFHI’s Global Impact 2025 initiative. As the first hub, East Africa plays a particularly formative role in the way that this model is ultimately realized in our operations.

This leadership role guides the overall vision for the hub and its growth in the region we shift the working relationships with Habitat for Humanity national organizations and build a stronger brand regionally. The hub serves as the managing body for operations across the East African market, including national organizations and branches in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Malawi.

This job is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with expected international travel between 30-40%.

About Hub Operations

The function of a hub is to augment capacity in Habitat for Humanity national organizations by:

  • Driving the development and implementation of a regional strategy for impact and growth
  • Coordinating and building stronger networks and brand recognition among local governments, partner organizations and institutional donors in the region
  • Developing deployable capacity to support better business development and program design at national levels
  • Developing deployable capacity for project-based operations, to help national organizations surge when launching new programs

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the installation and establishment of hub operations in East Africa, in line with the model developed through HFHI’s Global Impact 2025 initiative
  • Develop and drive a regional strategy for expanding Habitat’s impact in collaboration with national programs, global technical advisors, global fundraising and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) area leadership
  • Develop and grow relationships with institutional donors operating in the region
  • Contribute to the overall leadership and management of Habitat’s operations in EMEA as a member of the Area Management Team
  • Manage relationships with and build capacity in local Boards of Directors in Habitat entities in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi
  • Build and manage a team of professionals in line with the vision of the hub
  • Cross-functional supervision of staff reporting to global teams but co-located within the hub
  • General leadership and representation of Habitat’s brand in East Africa


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Policy, Urban Planning, or related field
  • 10+ years of related experience, including regional experience in East Africa
  • 5+ years of experience in management
  • Experience with institutional donors such as USAID, European Commission and DFID, with a proven record of both winning and executing projects
  • Management of teams and experience operating in a matrix structure
  • Fluency in English
  • Travel between 30-40% internationally
  • Active support of HFHI values and commitments:
  • Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
  • Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
  • Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission
  • Safeguarding – HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Technical background in urban planning, housing policy, international development or related field
  • Experience operating within a federated network
  • Experience on NGO Boards of Directors

Closing Date : 29 May, 2020


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