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Programme Manager


Reporting to the Senior Manager – Foundations’ Programmes, the position holder will be responsible for: 

  • Overall programmes/projects life cycle management 
  • Smooth execution of programmes and projects 
  • Management of programme budgets 
  • Development and nurturing strategic partnerships. 
  • Due diligence for project/programme development 
  • Manage programmatic reporting and reviews by partners. 
  • Build and manage relationships with external partners
  • Resource mobilisation/fundraising 
  • Programme/projects continuous improvement. 
  • Management of regional engagement initiatives 
  • Continuous programme/project improvement 
  • Adherence to ISO 26000 on CSR 


Project/programme Management 

  • Develop and implement programme/projects to achieve the Foundations’ strategy.
  • Conduct due diligence of all programmes/projects 
  • Manage partners’ work plans to ensure alignment with financial disbursements – reviews, reporting, dashboards.
  • Develop and implement knowledge sharing culture among the Foundations’ partners in the Foundations’ strategic areas of focus related to national, regional, and international priorities. 
  • Lead the delivery of the respective region’s CSI engagement for impactful projects/programmes.
  • Conduct routine programme/project progress reviews 
  • Identify and pursue funding/resource mobilisation opportunities to sustain and expand programme initiatives.
  • Conduct and share contextual research on topical areas related to the Foundations’ strategies to ensure that investments remain aligned to local and global priorities.  
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment and maximize program impact.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage technology to improve programme efficiency, impact and scale 
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and best practices in philanthropy. 


  • Masters/bachelor’s degree in development studies, social sciences or related field 
  • Proven competencies in programme/project management
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Prove communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competences to build and nurture relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of resource mobilisation/fundraising strategies and grant writing
  • Experience in data analysis and presentation 
  • Attention to detail and competences to manage multiple projects simultaneously


  • Program/project management.
  • Budget management 
  • Stakeholder management 
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Fundraising/resource mobilisation 
  • Grant/proposal writing.
  • Data analysis and presentation 
  • Application of technology in programme/project management

M-Pesa Africa – Strategy & Partnerships Manager

About the Role

The Strategy and Partnerships Manager will manage the development and execution of strategy and key partnerships that drive growth and enhance our delivery to the markets that we serve. This role involves rigorous analysis, strategic planning, and cross-functional collaboration. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with a strong analytical background and a passion for fintech


  • Manage the development of 3-5year strategy for M-Pesa Africa;
  • Develop competitor intelligence insights for M-Pesa Africa Board strategy sessions, Steerco Strategy sessions and Vodacom Board sessions;
  • Provide ecosystem and competitor insight to the M-Pesa product management and technology teams during product design and delivery;
  • Ensure strategic alignment and execution across various departments, including Product, Marketing, Finance, and Operations;
  • Track strategic plans, including long-term goals and objectives, business plans, and growth strategies;
  • Develop and maintain financial models to evaluate business opportunities and support the decision-making processes;
  • Identify and assess potential partnerships, acquisitions, and new business opportunities. Prepare detailed reports and presentations for senior leadership;
  • Monitor and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the progress of strategic initiatives and ensure alignment with business goals;
  • Manage and execute strategic projects, ensuring timely delivery and alignment with MPA’s objectives;
  • Deal vetting, pipeline reporting and preparation of investment proposals and documentation including proposal analysis, due diligence etc;
  • Work closely with investment teams as required in interventions to support potential investments.
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  • Bachelor’s degree in a Business or relevant area required
  • 5+ years of experience in Strategy preferably in Consulting or a Technology business
  • Master’s degree in business field is preferred (e.g. Finance, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship)
  • Proven experience in management consulting, partnership development, business development, or innovation management
  • Contagious passion for, and commitment to driving mobile money growth and innovation.


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