Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Shining Hope for Communities

Nairobi, Kenya   |   November 18, 2020

About Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is building a grassroots platform for Kenya’s urban slum dwellers to combat the systemic challenges that perpetuate urban poverty. Working to disrupt survival mode and build a promising future, the organisation focuses its efforts on vulnerable women and youths as the key to community transformation. SHOFCO currently serves more than 350,000 urban slum dwellers in 10 slums across the three largest cities in Kenya and is the largest employer in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.

In 2018, SHOFCO became the youngest-ever organisation to receive the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest humanitarian prize awarded to nonprofits that have made extraordinary contributions to alleviate human suffering. Over the next 5-10 years, SHOFCO will work towards the goal of mobilising 1 million slum dwellers to drive a community-led agenda for change, demonstrating a scaled model for successful slum transformation that can be replicated around the globe.

SHOFCO’s co-founder and CEO, Kennedy Odede, is one of Africa’s best-known community organisers and social entrepreneurs. He grew up in Kenya’s Kibera slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty firsthand. At age ten he became a street child. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. In 2004, he had a job in a factory earning $1 for ten hours of work. He saved 20 cents and used this to buy a soccer ball and start SHOFCO. Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship and was named to FORBES “30 under 30 list” for top Social Entrepreneurs in 2014. He is a New York Times best-selling author of Find Me Unafraid: Love, Hope, and Loss in an African Slum, co-written with his wife and partner, Jessica Posner Odede. Kennedy has published opinion articles on urban poverty in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, and Project Syndicate. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a UBS Global Visionary.

The Opportunity

Working in partnership with Bridgespan, SHOFCO has developed an ambitious strategic plan that the successful candidate will be leading and driving forward. The COO provides a broad range of leadership experience, oversight and execution of enterprise-wide performance, execution and delivery of the organisation’s strategy, expansion of the model, strategic recommendations, and implementation of the overall growth and change management plan for overall effectiveness and efficiency. The COO will work with the other members of the senior leadership team to ensure there is:

  • High-level support for and communications with the CEO in the pursuit of overall execution and implementation of the operating output, strategic growth plan, outcomes and impact of the organisation;
  • Strategic support for potential funding opportunities and ensuring there is a robust pipeline of fundraising opportunities with high conversion rates with top potential funders, and that funding opportunities align with strategic and opportunistic program deliverables – integrating revenue opportunities with on-the-ground delivery;
  • Strong financial leadership to ensure effective resource allocation and efficiency;
  • Requisite enterprise-level processes and procedures for effective and consistent operational practice;
  • Timely, consistent and accurate preparation and communication to the board of required governance documentation.
Expressing Interest

Koya Leadership Partners, part of Diversified Search Group, has been engaged by SHOFCO to advise on this pivotal COO leadership hire. Leading the search is Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice.

Should this be of interest to you personally, please submit your expression of interest and application here. Your completed application will include both a compelling cover letter (addressing motivation and suitability per the role specifications). Only completed applications will be presented to the client.

SHOFCO is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To view the Position Profile, Click HERE.