Kenya Country Director

Lumos Nairobi Kenya Programmes Not specified
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Company Description


Lumos is an international children’s charity founded in 2005 by the author J.K. Rowling to end the harmful practice of institutionalization of children. Lumos’s mission is to fight for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. Our vision is for all children to grow up in safe and loving families.

Despite clear evidence of the harms of institutionalization, an estimated 5.4 million children worldwide continue to live in institutions. Separated from their families and communities, these children are deprived of the love, attention, and opportunities they need to thrive. Our three-pronged approach is to prevent family separation, to protect children and to promote care reform. We’ve made important progress in closing harmful institutions and reuniting children with their families. And where children are unable to live with their birth families, we promote alternative family-based care, such as kinship care and quality foster care. Thanks to our tireless efforts alongside many other champions of care reform, the harms of institutionalization are now more widely understood. A global movement is underway and the UN, the EU and some large development agencies have joined individual countries in pledging to change how they care for vulnerable children. We are committed to ensuring that global policy commitments are translated into local action, leading to sustainable change for vulnerable children.

Lumos has been active in the Republic of Kenya since 2018. Since its inception in Kenya, Lumos has actively participated and collaborated with the Government and Key partners in the promotion and development of the Care Reform Agenda. Moreover, Lumos’ contribution, alongside the contribution of others, is acknowledged in the National Care reform Strategy for Children.

Additionally, Lumos is one of the core organizations that is now supporting the implementation of the Care Reform Strategy in Kenya. In addition, Lumos serves in different National Technical Working groups that have contributed to the development of care and protection related policies and reform support documents. Currently, Lumos Kenya is supporting the implementation of the care reform strategy in Embu County and has plans to scale up care reform in the Eastern region of the country.

In line with this momentum Lumos is expanding its contribution to the implementation of childcare reform in the Republic of Kenya. In the view of this goal, Lumos is now seeking to hire a Country Director to lead the Kenya country office whilst ensuring that the management and quality of the programme remains at a high standard.

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Job Title: Kenya Country Director

Job Function : Director

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Working Pattern: Full-Time

Reports to: Deputy Director of Programmes


• Demonstrable ability to represent Lumos’ at the highest level, showing a commitment to Lumos’ mission, vision and values

• Implementing child and young person-centred programmes, applying safeguarding and accountability mechanisms

• A wide-ranging knowledge of the principles and practices of child protection and quality care of vulnerable children.

• Excellent organisational management skills

• Highly organised, with strong planning skills and the ability to meet challenging deadlines while working on multiple tasks at the same time

• Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Management, Public Administration, or related fields

• Good knowledge of Kiswahili English, both written and spoken

Other information

A career with Lumos offers so much more on top of earnings potential. In addition to our fulfilling mission, we are proud to offer fantastic benefits, an inclusive culture, and a commitment to your development.

Lumos is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Safeguarding Statement

Lumos recognises that the rights of safety and security are aligned with its core mission of ending institutionalisation. Effective and robust safeguarding sit at the heart of our mission and values, and accordingly, Lumos is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in all its work. We expect all staff, associates and volunteers to share this commitment. Lumos will carefully screen all applicants and any offers of employment are subject to appropriate employment and background checks, as well as suitable references from previous employers.

Lumos is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of children and adults at risk in all of our work. All staff and associates must:

· Carry out all duties with an awareness and understanding of the Safeguarding requirements within their area of responsibility.

· Ensure work complies with all safeguarding policies and procedures that apply to the role.

· Ensure the that their behaviours and actions support the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk as appropriate.

This role will close at 9am on the 25th February 2024.

We would love to answer any questions you might have so please get in touch with the HR team on [email protected]