October 14, 2022

Head of Partnerships

  • Deadline: 25/11/2022
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Organization: Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)
  • Salary: USD $ 4,000
Full Time

We are hiring a Head of Partnerships


TICAH is a feminist organization that works to promote health, equitable relationships, and community action. We dream of safe and just societies where barriers to equitable health and social outcomes are removed including for the most marginalized populations, where rights are realized, holistic health is attained and where the beauty of culture and diversity is celebrated.

Our definition of health recognises the links between health, values and culture, the role of art in communication and the elevation of marginalised voices and ideas, that there is much to be gained by engaging with our traditional cultures, that access to quality health information & services is critical and the power of nutrition and herbs in overall wellness cannot be overlooked.

We work toward communities driving and owning all implementation through our tried and tested methodologies: Listening and Co-Creation of interventions with communities, Creation of Safe Spaces for Values Clarification and Training of Trainers; Advocacy, where we raise our voices to advocate for better laws, policies and practices to protect rights, access to holistic health services, freedom of expression and sexual & reproductive health & rights. We celebrate the beauty and diversity of ideas, ethnicities, religions, sexuality, music, art, genders, indigenous cultures, and traditions as expressions of a healthy society.

Our priority areas are Gender Justice, Climate Justice and Holistic Health. TICAH’s 4 programs are:

Art for Connection & Healing: Working with artists and through arts practices to build community, activate and revitalize public spaces, raise marginalized voices and find healing and wellness.
Healthy Households working with households to stay healthy and prevent illness by incorporating practical, affordable, and sustainable practices by focusing on food and herbal remedies.
Indigenous Knowledge and Culture Working closely with cultural practitioners and elders to bring positive indigenous knowledge and culture into holistic health and solving community challenges.
Our Bodies, Our Choices, a SRH program encouraging more honest and healthy approaches to sexual life through curricula, trainings, peer discussions and a hotline. With like-minded organizations we advocate for comprehensive sexuality education, and access to safe legal abortion.
With a team of 18, TICAH’s work has impacted over 120,000 people in increasing knowledge, agency and access to health services and fundamental rights and coordinates National and Regional networks.

This is an exciting time in TICAH’s journey! After 19 years of impact we have just finalized our new 5-year strategic plan. It emphasizes our mission of amplifying community action towards holistic health and fundamental rights and affirms an intersectional and multidisciplinary programming approach. We are committed to impact 500,000 people by the year 2026.

To support successful implementation of our Strategic Goals and Plan, we are building out our team and networks, internal systems and capacities and creating new senior leadership roles to take TICAH to greater heights. More details on our new strategy plan here and here.

Learn more: https://www.ticahealth.org/


About the role

The Head of Partnerships works to diversify, drive and streamline TICAH’s fundraising activities, ensuring sustainable funding to meet the ambitious growth of each program and the overall organization.

You will work closely with the various programs teams to ensure we grow relationships with new and existing donors and submit winning proposals. This role is ideal for a passionate, collaborative and organized social impact leader with a strong fundraising and proposal writing track record, excited to drive resource mobilization at an organizational level.

This is a new role at TICAH, and together with the ED, Head of Programs and Head of Finance & Operations forms the leadership team. You will chair the Fundraising Committee, participate in the Communications and Programs Committees and supervise the work of the Communications Manager towards strong positioning of our brand, work and impact.


Your responsibilities will include the following:

Provide Organization & Department Leadership (20%)

This role is part of the Leadership Team and plays a key role in providing strategic direction to TICAH and ensuring the Strategic Plan is implemented.
Contribute to the annual reviews of the Strategic Plan. Ensure the fundraising and communication strategies, processes and systems align to the Strategic Plan and its revisions.
Spearhead, lead and facilitate regular reviews of the fundraising strategy, aligning our programming and core organizational funding needs with the donor landscape. Ensure strategic positioning of TICAH’s vision and work, while iterating the packaging of our programs in line with changes and trends in the funding space.
Actively participate in the Programs Committee, to ensure our fundraising work and messaging is informed by a deep understanding of our programs, methodologies and approaches. Contribute insights about the funding landscape to program decision making where relevant.

Provide consistent and effective leadership on fundraising across the organization and program portfolio (60%)

As the only person fully dedicated to fundraising at TICAH, you will directly work to mobilize funding towards our mission. At the same time, your strategies, guidance and systems will ensure that everyone in the organization plays an active role to meet our fundraising goals. This includes chairing the Fundraising Committee. We envision this duality of the role as follows:

Manage and guide the donor research, scouting, evaluation and prioritization process. You will both, personally look for and bring in new highly strategic opportunities and oversee the committee’s work.
Oversee our pipeline development: Ensure we have effective donor stewardship/engagement plans in place (for new and existing relationships) and responsibilities assigned for each relationship. Support the team to deliver on these plans through individual check-ins. Ensure proper documentation of all donor touchpoints in our CRM.
You will personally manage a good number of donor relationships, both for programs with pipeline challenges and for organization-wide unrestricted funding.
Oversee the proposal writing process: Ensure that each identified opportunity has a timeline and team set up to flesh out the concept and write the proposal. Advise the team and engage in regular feedback loops, leading to the submission of high-quality, compliant proposals that effectively communicate our work and unique approach in alignment with the donor’s specific interests.
Personally take lead in concept development and proposal writing for large-scale, multidisciplinary and core organizational funding opportunities.
Lead the fundraising committee, ensuring strong ownership and participation of all employees in our fundraising strategy and activities.
Evaluate the Implementation of the Fundraising Strategy on a quarterly basis, analyzing the performance of our fundraising efforts against goals, highlighting changes, trends and opportunities to pursue.
Evaluate our Processes, Procedures and Systems and put in place nimble, effective ways to streamline and improve our fundraising activities and workflows.
Build fundraising capacities across the organization. Work closely with the Head of Programs and Program Managers to ensure all 4 programs meet their specific fundraising objectives, by providing support, guidance, training and coaching as needed.
Take lead on new strategic initiatives, e.g. hosting donor round tables, annual appeal, etc.
Upon securing funding, ensure effective hand over to the program and operations teams for grant implementation and donor relationship.
Ensure TICAH is represented in different fora relevant for funding growth by leading research and prioritization of opportunities, identifying the best person to attend and supporting their preparations as needed. This will include personally attending events as well.

Supervise Internal and External Communications (20%)

Closely partner with the Communications Manager on the design and regular review of the Communications Strategy, ensuring streamlined and strategic approaches to
internal communications (staff, board, etc)
external communications (brand positioning, impact reporting, media engagement, raising institutional profile, communications channels, pitch decks, donor updates, etc)
capacity building the team on external communications
Note: Setting objectives, strategies and work plans for Program specific communications (materials, advocacy/influencing, our communities, etc) will be the responsibility of the Communications Manager under guidance of the Head of Programs.
Provide supervision and line management to the Communications Manager in the implementation of the Communications Strategy. This includes ensuring they have clear objectives and work plans and appraisal of the same. (The Head of Partnerships does not necessarily need to be a communications expert, but provides strategic guidance and general managerial support to the Communications Manager.)
Active participation in the Communications Committee, led by the Communications Manager. Represent the interests, needs and preferences of various funder types, so that our materials and messaging resonate with them, ultimately ensuring our Communications supports our Fundraising goals.
In collaboration with the Communications Manager imagine and strategize how we will tell our impact stories powerfully, leveraging insights and data from MELS that can support our fundraising work. Ensure these are included in our external communications strategically.

Who we are looking for:

You hold a deep belief that communities own their challenges, solutions and decisions and you have dedicated your career to driving programming that strengthens communities’ self-determination through a facilitative approach. You believe in the individual’s right to choose and self-determine when it comes to their health, e.g. sexual and reproductive health rights, alternative treatments.
You share our passion for holistic health and fundamental human rights and are dedicated to addressing the intersections of the climate crisis, health and inequalities in Kenya. The multidisciplinary opportunities between our 4 program areas ignite your creativity and curiosity.
You have a vision for positioning TICAH and our work to raise our corporate profile and attract like-minded funding partners to meet our fundraising and growth goals.
Excited to co-lead an organization through a growth and change journey. Ideally you have contributed to cross-cutting discussions on organizational strategy and management.
A passionate and experienced fundraiser:
You have 10+ years of progressive experience in this field. Previous roles have given you a deep understanding of community realities and programming/models. You have a track record building strategic collaborations with key funding partners and networks, as well as leveraging existing and new donor funding opportunities
You have excellent proposal writing and editing skills. You know how to bring out the unique angle, approach and impact of a program to make the proposal stand out – and you love this part of the job!
Strong demonstrated relationship building skills and extensive experience in stewarding new donors relationships, from research and first contact to identifying joint objectives and submitting proposals. You relish the external side of fundraising and are energized by digging into a new issue/sector to look for funders and build relationships from scratch.
Track record in leading teams to identify and manage successful funding proposal processes.
Track record of raising funds of 500,000 USD upwards a year incl. both, programmatic and unrestricted funding.
You have worked in a busy environment before with a track record of moving multiple proposal processes forward at the same time and ability to deliver under pressure when deadlines near.
You have experience in fundraising from a range of funder types, especially from foundations, embassies, corporates and institutional donors, and understand their varying requirements and know how to adjust your fundraising approach.
Added advantage: Experience developing proposals for rights-based programming for marginalized groups or programming that addresses systemic barriers to access and equity in health.
Added advantage: Existing networks and experience in fundraising for programs in indigenous culture and traditional knowledge, art/artivism, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, NCDs or climate justice.
A collaborative, empowering and organized leader
Track record of using highly collaborative and inclusive approaches when creating (or improving existing) processes and workflows
Strong coordination skills and ability to keep everyone on track in a time-bound project or activity
You know how to keep colleagues accountable while helping them grow their skills with kindness.
You are highly organized, systematic and detail oriented.
Previous results in streamlining organizational processes for efficiency and effectiveness in fundraising, programming or communications. You will enjoy building the fundraising engine and processes that will churn out strategic and strong proposals.
You are happy to play a supportive, behind-the-scenes role and put in the effort even if your name does not appear on each proposal and you are not the main speaker in all donor calls or events.
For the Communications aspect of the role:
You have previously been involved in the design and implementation of communications strategies in the non-profit context, e.g. for fundraising, programming and partnership building.
You know how to tease out impact stories and tell them in a way that influences various stakeholders.
Your immersion in social impact spaces in Kenya, regionally and globally allows you to see opportunities to boost TICAH’s external communication and messaging.
Technical communications experience/training is not required.
You are highly strategic and analytical: You keep the big picture in mind and prioritize well.
You are organized and able to bring efficiency and structure into organizations WHILE being comfortable with uncertainty, multiple urgent arising priorities and change.
You hold at least a relevant bachelor’s degree.

You have the cultural fit to work with the team at TICAH if

You are genuinely interested and comfortable conversing on diverse ideas and opinions. You continuously challenge your own assumptions and beliefs
You love or are interested in exploring the African indigenous culture
You don’t judge people for their life choices but genuinely want to support them!
You think out of the box, and work hard to see your crazy ideas come to life
You are humble and comfortable in varying social and professional settings, alternating between interacting with grassroots community members, and high-level stakeholders
You walk your talk, your words and actions mirror your personal and professional beliefs. You are self driven and genuinely are excited to be contributing to positive change in the world
You genuinely listen to understand, and believe that those closest to the problem are best placed to find solutions to the problem.

Why work with us

You will be part of growing our impact with a vast exciting network and pool of partnerships that we have built over the past 19 years
Opportunity to shape a multidisciplinary approach to fundamental rights and holistic health in communities
An opportunity to dream of all possible solutions and make them come true
We are a committed team and we treat each other like family
Our team works hard and also realizes the importance of having fun in and out of work
We walk our talk. We are brave and bold in everything we do
We are an egalitarian organization – if equality and fair access to opportunity excites you, join us!
Other information

Anticipated start date is January 2023 or earlier. The role will be based in our Karen office with occasional home office option. We are looking for candidates who are excited to make a long-term commitment.

There will be a six-month probationary period and we will agree on performance and learning objectives.


How to apply

Read this guide with tips on our selection process: http://bit.ly/CandidatesGuide
If you are interested in the role and have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to ticah@edgeperformance.co.ke
Apply by filling out the application survey below
You will be asked to upload your CV as part of the application form. Make sure it is tailored towards the role, no longer than 3 pages and in PDF format.
The recruitment is carried out in collaboration with edge. All communication regarding this role will come only from email addresses in the domains @edgeperformance.co.ke and @ticahealth.org

How to apply:

The recruitment is carried out in collaboration with edge. All communication regarding this role will come only from email addresses in the domains @edgeperformance.co.ke and @ticahealth.org