JOB TITLE: Programme and Operations Manager, Too Young to Wed


LOCATION (Country): Samburu County, Kenya 

DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled 


Too Young to Wed (TYTW) is a US-based nonprofit organization which envisions a world where every girl can decide for herself, if, when and whom to marry; where adolescent girls are free to be children and teens with access to healthcare and all levels of education; and where all girls are free to determine the course of their own lives. To this end, TYTW’s mission is to empower girls and end child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) globally. Through powerful storytelling, TYTW provides visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls, amplifies their courageous voices, builds a global community dedicated to ending child, early and forced marriage, and inspires the global community to act. Through groundbreaking Tehani Photo Workshops and scholarships, TYTW transforms influential advocacy into tangible action in the communities where the girls in our images live.

TYTW’s innovative field programs include multi-year leadership scholarships, photo / empowerment workshops for child marriage survivors, school breakfasts, rehabilitative recreation, girls' groups and mentoring, safe housing, community reconciliation of survivors, original reporting, educational and vocational assistance for survivors, and emergency humanitarian assistance. TYTW runs field relief programs in areas where child marriage is most egregious and underreported, including in Afghanistan, Nepal, Yemen, Nigeria, and Kenya, in addition to our U.S.-based program, Resilient Girls.

TYTW’s Kenya office is looking to scale our Samburu programs, which require the support and guidance of an experienced Programme and Operations Manager who is highly familiar with pastoralist localities, to manage all aspects of program operations, design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation; partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including local officials, civil society and international organizations; and administrative operations. This position reports to the Kenya Program Director, based in Nairobi. 


Targets Oversee Efficient Program Operations

  • Understanding of and adherence to the highest standards of financial accountability. This includes tracking all expenditures; submission of accurate and timely documentation, including invoices and receipts; and attention to detail, prudence and transparency in managing financial resources.
  • Experience in managing the full range of operational and administrative tasks associated with a field office. This includes overseeing security protocols, ordering office supplies, maintaining office and IT equipment and ensuring compliance with relevant TYTW policies and procedures. 
  • Guide and support our local Program & Operations Officer and Administrative & Operations Assistant, ensuring appropriate pacing of daily activities and progress toward targets.
  • Participate in the development of strategic and quarterly planning for Kenya programs. 
  • Drafting and submitting informative, concise written reports on deadline. 


Ensure Implementation of Impact-Driven, Best Practices in Programming

  • Develop, manage and implement programs with a consistent and clear focus on impact and changing the lives of vulnerable and at risk girls. 
  • Manage team to ensure implementation of program management best practices and to foster high team performance, including but not limited to areas such as:
  • development and implementation of a robust monitoring & evaluation framework 
  • ensuring consistent protection and care of beneficiaries 
  • providing relevant program documentation and developing a system of information management 
  • adhering to best practices of program financial management in line with global accounting standards, budgeting & forecasting 
  • strengthening partnership management with key stakeholders groups in the public, private and NGO sector. 
  • Develop and/or strengthen key programmatic resources, including: program handbook(s); tailored curriculum; budgeting and tracking tools; monitoring and evaluation plans. 
  • Foster a culture of commitment, team work and innovation. 
  • Coordinate regularly with global Communications specialists to ensure effective use of social media, newsletters, and other communications channels to promote TYTW Kenya successes and stories. 
  • Coordinate regularly with the global Fundraising team to highlight programmatic achievements and impact. 

Safe Spaces Program Planning and Oversight

  • Oversee all aspects of the planning, preparation, scaling, and management of TYTW's Safe Spaces / Girls’ Groups program in Kenya. 
  • Foster and grow relationships with stakeholders throughout Samburu County. This includes community leaders, government officials, business leaders and civil society. 
  • Ensure successful planning and implementation of all TYTW events, including logistics, monitoring and evaluation, scheduling, attendance, safety management and risk mitigation, and reporting.  
  • Develop and strengthen relevant policies and procedures to protect vulnerable and at risk girls. 
  • Submit timely and informative program reports. 
  • Coordinate with the Communications team to publicize program events and achievements. 
  • Coordinate with the Fundraising team to provide accurate and timely information to potential donors about program impact. 

Strategic Growth and Development in Kenya

  • Identify and act on opportunities toward continuously growing the reach of the TYTW Kenya office locally, through exploration of Public-Private partnerships, prospective funder research /outreach, new partnership development, and participation in local networks and community groups.



University Degree; a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field (public health, social science, humanities, project management)


At least 5-8 years of work experience (internships included) in the NGO/UN/social development sector, and/or in organizational management. Personnel management experience is highly desired. This is a hands on, mid-level management position with opportunities for professional growth for the right candidate, and with the scale-up of the TYTW Kenya office. 

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Strong experience in operations management and working in a field office
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Outstanding planning skills, able to troubleshoot problems in a challenging operating environment
  • Ability to advocate for girls in a manner that is perceived as caring and respectful
  • Solid analytical and report-writing skills, including and an ability to assess program impact and course correct in a timely manner 
  • Experience developing advocacy messages and managing timely social media
  • Demonstrated knowledge of challenges for young and adolescent girls; Knowledge of such challenges in the Kenyan education system an added advantage.
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • An innovative mindset 
  • Flexibility to travel on short notice, including in Samburu and other localities
  • Positive team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations
  • Strong work ethic, reliable and responsible
  • Experience in, grants management, grant reporting, fundraising, proposal development and/or donor engagement is a plus
  • Passion and commitment to TYTW’s mission
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, Teams) and other programme management software
  • Strong experience working with community channels or structures, with knowledge of county-specific contexts and networks
  • Ability to use technology to connect, share, exchange, update team members, and develop project documents
  • Experience with supportive supervision, monitoring field activities, data capture, timely project reporting, and generating success stories


Fluent in Swahili and English and working knowledge of local languages spoken in Samburu.


Interested parties, please submit a cover letter and CV (in English) in PDF format  to