Communication and Grants Officer

Columbia Global Centers| Nairobi (CGC Nairobi) is associated with Columbia University’s global network of 9 Centers with a presence in Europe, South-Asia, Africa and South-America.  The Nairobi Center provides a platform to facilitate research, scholarship and education within the Business Empowerment, Creative and Liberal Arts; Health Initiatives; Education and Knowledge; and Refugees and Immigration studies thematic areas. The Center aims to enhance understanding, address global challenges and participate in the advancing and exchange of knowledge.

Overview of the Role

The Communications and Grants Officer will support CGC Nairobi to develop and implement an external communications strategy. The officer will be primarily responsible for the generation of all communication and development content, including annual reports, web pages, socio-media platforms, grant writing and funding appeals.  This position reports to the Director of CGC-Nairobi

Communications (50%)

  • Lead the development and implementation of CGC Nairobi’s external communications strategy, ensuring effective communication across actors including, but not limited to donors and relevant partners.
  • Edit and maintain the CGC Nairobi website.
  • Design and produce both print and online CGC Nairobi’s promotional and communication materials.
  • Manage CGC Nairobi’s various social networks 
  • Engage with national and international media, through journalist visits, articles, press releases, etc. in liaison with the Director CGC Nairobi.
  • Ensure CGC Nairobi and if applicable donor visibility on all print and online communications outputs, on banners, and other items.
  • Supports all CGC Nairobi meetings including developing and distributing agendas, calendar reminders and scheduling, recording meeting minutes.
  • Develop and manage communication budget lines and ensure effective use of funds.

Grant Management (50%)

  • Research new donor prospects and identify viable foundations, corporations, governments, INGOs, UN Agencies, bilateral donors and other institutional prospects funding opportunities.
  • Working closely with the Director and Programme Officers, prepare letters of inquiry, proposals, grant applications and funder reports, ensuring that all data is completed accurately and on time.
  • Work with Programs staff and the Finance & Administration Manager to develop strong proposal budgets.
  • With the support of the Programme Officers ensure that regular grant management meetings are held, with minutes and relevant documents disseminated, and action points followed upon.
  • Ensure that donation section is a strong representation of our brand and our fundraising messaging.
  • Develop and maintain tracking and reporting system for grant awards, submittals and prospects.
  • Monitor completed grant proposals and administration process to ensure timely application submission.
  • And, any other duties as assigned by the Director.

Person specification

  • Master’s degree qualification ideally with a specialisation in development, research, communication, education, marketing, social sciences or another relevant field
  • At least a C+ in KCSE or equivalent.
  • Minimum three years of grant proposal writing and research experience (including log frames and budgets) and donor reporting, preferably with an International NGO.
  • Ability to develop strategic communications content and excellent web communications skills
  • Excellent verbal, writing, analytical, and research skills required to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner.
  • IT skills, especially in Word, PowerPoint and Excel with ability to analyse data and interpret statistical information and multiline telephone systems.
  • Knowledge of donor mechanisms such as AfDB, USAID, DFID and EU
  • Ability to work under pressure, and prioritize workload according to the changing needs
  • Good interpersonal skills and must be able to work independently with limited supervision


To apply, please send 1) detailed CV 2) cover letter 3) salary requirements 4) certified copies of certificates 5) three references and 6) a writing sample to and reference Communication and Grants Officer in the subject line of your email. Deadline Sept 17th, 2018

Internship - Programs Assistant

Overview of the Center

Columbia Global Centers|Nairobi is part of Columbia University global network of 9 Centers.  We have a presence in Europe, South-Asia, Africa and South-America.  Together we aim to create opportunities in research, scholarship and teaching around the world and to expand Columbia University’s mission of becoming a global institution.  Each Center serves as a regional hub for Columbia University in achieving these goals, by securing a global presence and in linking the continent to Columbia's scientific rigor, technological innovation and academic leadership.  The Center supports local collaborative efforts by faculty, students and alumni.  Each Center operates under the platform of Research and Education. It’s on this base that Center specific thematic areas are classified and that mirror their uniqueness based on our areas of operation.  The Nairobi Center thematic areas are Business Empowerment, Creative and Liberal Arts, Health Initiatives, Education and Knowledge and Refugees and Immigration. Ultimately our aim is to enhance understanding, address global challenges and participate in the advancing and exchange of knowledge.

Overview of the Role

Columbia Global Centers Nairobi is seeking a passionate, motivated, dedicated paid intern to support our Programs office with day to day activities for a renewable period of 6 months.  The person is expected to be proactive, organized, flexible and keen to detail.  Good computer and writing skills will be of vital importance to this role.  A key component of this job involves public and partner engagement meaning a lot of interaction with different people, therefore the person will be required to have excellent people skills and social etiquette. 

The person will learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network both internally – within the Global Centers Network - and externally with Non-Governmental, Private and Public Institutions.   The person will also learn valuable lessons in logistics and events planning, partner engagement and relationship building skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in researching and reaching out to partners in relation to specific projects
  • Working on a variety of tasks as assigned by the Programs Officer
  • Keeping the mailing lists updated; both on excel and on mail chimp
  • Tracking and keeping programming data up to date as directed by the Programs Officer
  • Ensuring proper record keeping in keeping track of visitors to the Center as well as attendees to Center events and consequently updating records.
  • Assisting in updating pictures on the Center’s social media platforms

The Intern should be:

  • Results oriented and possesses strong communication and social skills
  • Creative and flexible
  • Proactive and agile
  • Working towards a degree or has equivalent work experience
  • Have social media managing skills
  • Have great people skills
  • Willing to work after hours/weekends when required


  • A bachelor’s degree earned in the past 5 years
  • Grade C+ and above in KCSE

To apply:

Submit your resume and cover letter by August 25th, 2018 through this email:

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