[kictanet] Formal candidate search for DOT Kenya IBM CSC PM

alice alice at apc.org
Wed Jun 2 19:43:21 EAT 2010

Applications and enquiries should be submitted to Heather Marshall, DOT
Global, by email: HMarshall at dotrust.org


Digital Opportunity Trust Kenya*

Experienced Program Manager

IBM Corporate Service Corps Program – Nairobi

Closing Date: 16 June 2010

IBM has developed a new employee leadership initiative called the Corporate
Service Corps. The Corporate Service Corps Program is designed to
help enhance global economic opportunity, provide more access to education
resources and to work on environmental issues. IBM's Corporate Service
Corps will gather teams of IBM Leaders with a diversity of skills, drawn 
different countries and business units and place them in emerging markets to
tackle important social and economic issues in collaboration with NGO
partners from around the world.
The IBM Leaders will work on projects of significant value in developing
countries, in four-week assignments. These teams will tackle real societal,
educational and economic challenges, while at the same time experiencing a
diverse cultural perspective and enhancing their skills and leadership

Under the Corporate Service Corps, IBM will deploy IBM Leaders in teams of
8-10 people for a four-week in-country, on-the-ground experience. The onthe-
ground experience will be extended by a period of pre-work to familiarize
the volunteer with the local culture and language of their destination 
as well as the content of the project on which they have been assigned to
work. The experience will be followed by a post-work period intended for
sharing the experience inside and possibly outside of the company.
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) has been selected by IBM as a Global
Implementation Partner for IBM’s new Corporate Service Corps (CSC)
Program. DOT is already implementing the CSC program in Turkey, China
and Egypt.

DOT began operations in Kenya in 2005 and has been registered as a local
non-profit organization since 2007, with head offices in Nairobi. DOT 
Kenya is
part of an international network of DOT country programs that report to DOT
global headquarters based in Ottawa, Canada (http://dotrust.org/). Through
its core economic programs DOT Kenya works with Community Based
Organizations and education institutions to build ICT and business skills
capacity of vulnerable groups (women, youth, unemployed) and micro and
small enterprises in selected communities to increase their employment and
income-generation opportunities.

DOT Kenya is a young, agile and rapidly growing organization with a proven
track record and community of local partners. The next few years will be a
period of both dynamic growth and institutional and program innovation.
To contribute to the management of this continuing growth, DOT Kenya is
now seeking to hire an experienced program manager to join its small but
committed team in Nairobi.

The Position*
The Project Manager will assume a key role within the management
team for IBM CSC program.
The Project Manager will provide leadership and assume responsibility in the
following areas:
1) Leading the planned expansion of IBM’s new Corporate Service Corps
(CSC) Program in Kenya (implemented by DOT)
2) Ensuring Operational Impact of projects and Monitoring and Evaluation
3) Facilitating knowledge sharing and coordination within the IBM and
DOT international networks and regional/international program

*Duty Station & Reporting

*o Duty Station: DOT Kenya Office in Nairobi
o Reporting: The Project Manager will have a reporting relationship with
DOT Vice-President, Istanbul, Turkey.

Duties and Responsibilities

*The key responsibilities of the Project Manager will include:
1. IBM’s new Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Program in Kenya:
a. Manages overall operations and in-country implementation of IBM
Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Program in Kenya. Specific
responsibilities include: selection of cities for program deployments,
management of relationships with host partner organizations in
selected cities, development of detailed Statements of Work for IBM
assignments, management of briefing, logistics and socio-cultural
program and overall promotion and execution in-country CSC program
experience in Kenya.

b. Active team member in DOT’s liaison with senior IBM CSC executive
managers in London (UK) and Washington (USA) re planning and
contribution to the CSC Program Pre-Service and Post-Service work
experiences for each of the CSC team deployments.
c. Active team member in planning and coordinating DOT input into IBM
communications, knowledge sharing and security strategies for the
IBM CSC program.
d. Builds and manages relationships with key IBM CSC program
stakeholders (both at regional/national level)
e. Develops a Communications and Public Relations strategy for DOT (in
consultation with IBM) to raise awareness of the program in Kenya
2. Operational Impact and Monitoring & Evaluation
a. Responsible for operational impact of projects (i.e. CSC program,
Identifies budget, personnel and risk issues as they arise and provides
recommendations to DOT Regional Executive to address operational
b. Ensure project plans and targets are met (CSC Program,) ensures
successful delivery of projects; reviews progress frequently and
prepares required progress reports for DOT
c. Regularly communicates to DOT Regional Executive to provide
program updates, as well as act as a point of contact for project
3. Knowledge Sharing and Coordination
a. Participate in monthly DOT international management team knowledge
sharing and coordination meetings (as Kenya country lead)
b. Participate in DOT regional or international knowledge sharing events
and workshops (contingent on available funding)
c. Develop options for deepening and expanding the project partnership
in Kenya and potentially globally

Preferred skills, qualifications, experience, and language

• Degree in business, economics, international development,
international relations or another relevant field, with strong academic
• Preferably Master’s degree in business, social sciences and/or
computer science or related field
• At least five successful years experience formally managing projects or
• Trained in project management methodologies
• Has managed teams of ten or larger on projects longer than one year
• Background includes detailed budget management & measurement
• Ability to broker and convene productive coalitions between business,
government and development partners, experience in building
strategic relationships and networks (in Kenya and internationally)
• Sound understanding of economic and business development situation
in Kenya
• Fluent in English

*• The following would be strong assets:*
o on-the-ground experience related to issues of economic
development and entrepreneurship
o highly motivated, strong work ethic and desire/ability to develop
new programs
o good coach, skills transfer, detailed, dedicated, problem solver,
risk manager, prioritization, interested in Flexible work
o interest/desire to collaborate with other countries/programs

*Personal Characteristics*
• Possess a strong spirit for community service and share DOT Kenya’s
passion to contribute to a better Kenya;
• Have a preference for an entrepreneurial and agile work environment.
Flexible, comfortable with ambiguity and receptive to new ideas;
• Be results driven. Motivated by a high sense of personal performance
expectations and have a sense of urgency. Be a role model whose
personal performance inspires others;

• Be strategic. Able to translate opportunity into program strategy;
• Have excellent interpersonal and communications skills. A comfortable
leader and consensus builder, a team player;
• A knowledgeable promoter of the role of technology in modern
economic development and formal and informal education;
• Have highest personal ethics. A person who demonstrates integrity
and is a model of ethical values and behavior at all times.
Duration of Contract*
• 12 months
• Start: immediate

DOT Kenya is a non-profit organization that recognizes that change is driven
by involving the best people. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
For More Information
Closing date: 16 June 2010.
*Applications and enquiries should be submitted *to Heather Marshall, DOT
Global, by email: HMarshall at dotrust.org.
Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and the
names and coordinates of three references. References will not be contacted
without prior consent.
DOT Kenya will contact only those candidates who are invited for interview.
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