Executive Director Africa - CIFF

  • Job posted by The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive



Application Deadline



United Kingdom


The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and New Delhi, and a presence in Ethiopia. We work with a wide range of partners seeking to transform and empower the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of solving seemingly intractable challenges to ensure all children and adolescents have the chance to survive and thrive.  


Our areas of work include empowering girls and boys to control their sexual and reproductive health to avoid unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and HIV/AIDS; improving children and mothers' health and nutrition; preventing low birthweight babies; eliminating deaths from severe acute malnutrition, nested within a more integrated approach to childhood development; and deworming efforts to break transmission for good. CIFF's child protection work focuses on ending child labour and sexual exploitation by enabling an environment that reduces vulnerability of communities and increases protection of children. Finally, our climate portfolio is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today's children and future generations that also bear the benefits of cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs.   


Executive Director Africa  

Addis Ababa or Nairobi  

Competitive Package  

The Executive Director Africa will lead CIFF's Africa team in Kenya and Ethiopia, ensuring the development and implementation of high impact, large-scale and evidence-based grant programmes that deliver transformational change across CIFF's priority geographies in Africa.   


Key responsibilities include:  

- Take full and collective responsibility for developing and implementing strategies and plans that deliver the CIFF Board's vision, meeting the highest standards of financial stewardship and good governance.  

- Provide clear, compelling and consistent leadership to all staff, building a culture of accountability and high performance.  

- Provide advice and guidance to the CIFF Board and Executive Team in support of Foundation wide priorities, including political and geographical context that will shape the development and implementation of investments in Africa.  

- Being an ambassador for CIFF, build our reputation as a highly professional, visionary and collaborative organisation, and build relationships with governments and other stakeholders across sectors.  


Key requirements are:  

 - In-depth knowledge of international development, including programme development and implementation, as well as of charity governance and decision making processes.  

- Highly developed people and organisation leadership skills, and the ability to develop, motivate and hold to account a team of dedicated professionals.  

- Highly developed financial acumen is critical, and you can evidence strategic thinking and strong analytical abilities.  

- A proven track record of building high level partnerships.   

- Excellent communications skills, including high level written and oral English will be required, and Amharic, Swahili or French is desirable.  

- Finally, you enjoy working effectively and collaboratively as a senior leader, contributing to CIFF's success globally.  

Level of Language Proficiency

- Excellent communications skills, including high level written and oral English will be required, and Amharic, Swahili or French is desirable.  

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


To learn more about this outstanding opportunity to play a key leadership role in impact philanthropy in Africa and globally, and to find out how to apply, please read the Appointment Brief on the Prospectus website which can be reached at this address- 




Closing date: September 10 midnight UK time  

Preliminary interviews with Prospectus: September 21 - October 4  

Interviews with CIFF:    October 17 and 31