Entry Level

Community Associates

Food for Education

Murang'a County, Nairobi County

Overview


Vacancy Description

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Reporting to: Community Manager
Location: Mombasa & Murang’a
No of positions: 3

About Food for Education

Food for Education is a African-led, women-led social enterprise that uses technology, smart operations, and logistics to deliver low-cost, nutritious meals, to improve nutrition and education outcomes.

We currently serve primary school students every day across Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisumu, Muranga and Mombasa counties. Parents pay for these meals through a mobile money system linked to Near Field Communication (NFC) wristbands, which the children wear and ‘Tap2Eat’ in under 5 seconds to access their meals.

Our mission is to scale a model that prioritizes efficient supply chain management and sustainable sourcing, so we can continue lowering the cost of school meals. Food for Education has served over 31,000,000 meals since 2012, and is expanding to reach at least 1,000,000 public school students in Kenya by 2027.

Our Values

At Food for Education, our values are guiding principles that provide us with purpose and direction and set the tone for our interactions with all stakeholders:

Build with excellence and curiosity – We’re not afraid to try new things and iterate as much as we can to find the best and most efficient way to get results;
Be the change you seek – We acknowledge that continuous improvement is a shared responsibility;
We do what we say; and say what we do – We embrace an ownership mentality;
Ask why; and commit – Share openly and question respectfully and commit fully. When we understand the why, we are able to work with a purpose.

About the Role

F4E is expanding rapidly to reach more schools across Kenya. The Community Associate is a key role to create and sustain demand for F4E in new partner schools, whilst leading our entry into new counties/sub-counties through relationships with headteachers and Boards of Management.

The Community Associate is responsible for overseeing day-to-day relationships with key County and Sub-county level government officials who are crucial to our operations, growth, and regulatory compliance.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

1. Outward Growth and Demand Generation

  • Own relationships with head teachers, Board of Management (BoM) members and relevant sub-county stakeholders for F4E to begin working in a new school.
  • Work closely with the operations team to allocate spare kitchen capacity to new schools, building a pipeline of new schools to be served once kitchen capacity opens up

2. Local Government Relations

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key government officials at the County and Sub-county levels across Mombasa and Muranga and Counties to increase support for and understanding of F4E
  • Support the overall delivery of the Policy & Partnerships local government relations strategy in new and existing sub-counties.
  • Support new market surveys to understand high potential growth in Counties and Sub-counties.
  • Support and followup on county payments and contracts renewals in the respective county.

Desired Candidate Profile

  • An undergraduate degree in any relevant field or a Diploma with at least 2 years of experience in community development programs, filed work and stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office and G-Suite.
  • Experience building relations with local government officials, with a clear understanding of government processes that are critical to school feeding, and good knowledge of how local government in Kenya operates.
  • Very good communication skills, both written and verbal, in English and Kiswahili.
  • Strong external relationship management skills including negotiation skills and rapport building.
  • Project management skills to deliver the local government relations strategy and increase the feeding student numbers across existing and future counties.
  • Analytical thinker with tactical skills and an ability to anticipate potential risks.
  • Ability to make clear, actionable recommendations to team members and line managers.
  • Have great interpersonal skills and is comfortable working with people of different seniority levels.

Career Growth and Development

We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You will have weekly check-ins with your manager, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You will have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding,
long-term career.


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We aim to contact all our applicants, but due to high volumes of applications only shortlisted candidates are contacted. If you do not hear from us within two weeks your application has not been successful on this occasion. This does not mean you will not be considered for future roles so please keep an eye on our job board and apply for positions that match your skills and experience.


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