Job vacancies at Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)

Job vacancies at Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)

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Job Title: Planning Coordinator (Full Time)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Project Locations: Kenya and International
Closing date: Friday 20th December 2019

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization that was founded in 2006. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities. KDI works with community members to improve social, economic and physical conditions in diverse settings. Formed in 2006 in Nairobi, KDI now also has offices in California and Stockholm. 

Our Nairobi based team is looking for a Planning Coordinator with a background in Urban Planning, Built Environment, Environmental Planning, or Disaster Risk Management. Skills and interest in approaches to planning in the context of informal settlements, and in applied-research, including data collection and analysis techniques, mapping skills, and report production are required. 

This an exciting position in a growing department of KDI Kenya. As a Planning Coordinator, you would lead and support ongoing and future projects that involve research, planning, and project implementation. Our approach to planning is to involve residents and community partners in both the design and delivery of research, and to emphasize participation and action based on the findings. Whether we are designing action-research to develop a small Productive Public Space project, or a citywide advocacy campaign, collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in residents’ experience are at the centre of the process.

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Job Description  

Tasks and responsibilities as follows: 

  • Providing technical planning inputs to community and design related work.
  • Providing spatial planning and spatial data analysis support, GIS Mapping (skills in ArcGIS or QGIS preferred).
  • Supporting and contributing to the production of high-quality outputs such as map-work, graphics, publications and conference inputs.
  • Supporting survey design and delivery as well as data management and analysis.
  • Designing, facilitating and creating engaging community workshops, focus group discussions and training related to planning and research projects.
  • Supporting project adherence to research and planning protocols including design, data management, protocols, ethics and overall timelines and deadlines.
  • Preparing various written outputs e.g. sections of reports, analysis, presentations.
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation of for community workshops including taking detailed minutes, report writing, photo documentation, etc.
  • Representing the organization in public settings, disseminating project findings and outcomes, supporting KDI Kenya business development, and managing client and donor relationships.
  • Participating in regional and international travel as required.
  • Close collaboration across Research, Design, and Community teams in Kenya. Collaborating with US and Sweden offices as required.

Desired Profile 

Ideal candidates will have the following skills and qualifications: 

  • Masters’ level education with first professional experience touching on one or more of the following sectors required: Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Disaster Risk Management, Built Environment.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating delivery on multiple projects.
  • Experience with budgeting and project finance management.
  • Significant experience in designing and facilitating collaborative workshops, surveys, and data collection.
  • Substantial experience in mapping, especially with GIS software (Q or Arc).
  • Experience in conducting community surveys, data management, and meeting facilitation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, facilitation, and training.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • A commitment to community and field work. 
  • Background working with a community development or non-governmental organization preferable.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse populations.    
  • Strong team player and active collaborator.
  • Good spoken and written Kiswahili preferred.


  • Competitive salary
  • Private health insurance coverage
  • Personal annual budget for training and support for professional development and accreditation
  • Kenyan leave entitlement, plus 7 days study leave.

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Application Procedure

  • A detailed cover letter explaining your qualifications, why you are a good fit, and what attracts you to apply for this position at KDI
  • Your current Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your previous work (these will be contacted only following your expressed permission)
  • Samples of previous work (e.g. excerpts of writing, project reports or portfolio) in PDF format.

Please note that we will only accept electronic submissions and will only contact the most qualified applicants to schedule a formal interview. 

Please submit application materials electronically to Sabrina Ohler and Vera Bukachi at the following email address: kenyajobs@kounkuey.org and write “Planning Coordinator” in the Subject Line. 

Deadline for Applications: Friday 20th December 2019

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