Impact Manager / Director

Wholeness of life in Lwala and Beyond

Impact Manager / Director

Lwala Community Alliance
Title: Impact Manager / Director 

Reports to: Ash Rogers, Executive Director
Location: Willingness to live in Kenya or travel there periodically


Organizational Background

Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting. Lwala village, a small community in rural western Kenya, founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant morality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their area’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, we are now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 30,000. The work extends far beyond the original hospital as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a community-led strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change. Right now, we are in an all-out effort to expand our community-led health model to influence the how 1 million people in Migori County, Kenya access health care and drastically reduce maternal and child mortality.

The Director of Impact would drive this growth strategy by building the financial systems, cost analysis, and research agenda necessary for scale. As a growing organization with ambitious growth targets, we require someone who can manage multiple staff areas in more than one office. It is essential that this person be a self-starter with the ability to manage a cross-cultural team. Our ideal candidate has a strong understanding of research design, data systems, and financial systems. Additional, the candidate has at least five years of experience in a management position, possesses excellent writing and financial skills, confidence in leading a growing team, communicates clearly, and has energy and passion for our mission. To succeed in this leadership role, the candidate must be comfortable working in Kenya and enthusiastic about periodic travel.


Key Responsibilities 

Financial Oversight

  • Oversee organization-wide budgeting, including annual development and implementation of budgets, monitor progress, report variance, and present operational metrics both internally and externally
  • Review monthly wire requests including previous month actuals, updated forecasts, and adherence to budget
  • Build capacity within the Kenya finance team, ensuring career development and increased ownership of financial oversight
  • Manage creation of restricted grant budgets and allocation of donor funds, ensuring faithful funding allocation as well as budget and mission adherence
  • Coordinate all audit activities including the Kenya filings and the US combined audit
  • Ensure tax and legal compliance in US and Kenya
  • Conduct organization-wide risk assessments, making recommendations for revisions or additions to insurance policies or other mitigating strategies
  • Responsible for internal control policies and procedures related to accounting and financial matters
  • Oversee accounting structure to ensure budgets and accounting aligns across offices
  • Maintain and prepare financial reports, financial analysis, projections, cost identification, and revenue/expense analysis for board meetings, donors, and senior staff
  • Partner with organizational leadership to align financial management with short and long-term program goals and metrics
  • Serve as a liaison to the board finance committee
  • Manage banking relationships and outsources bookkeeping firm

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Manage and build capacity within the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team, providing high-level guidance and ensuring adherence to workplans
  • In collaboration with the M&E Manager, oversee two American M&E Fellows based in Kenya
  • Support program teams as they develop annual workplans, indicators, and targets
  • Support the Engagement Team in developing outcomes and targets for grant proposals
  • Refine and improve impact framework to align with 2020 Strategy and expansion plan
  • Ensure/delegate monthly data review, analysis and programmatic feedback in line with impact framework
  • Ensure data quality throughout the organization
  • Build and support a culture of use of data for decision-making across the organization
  • Lead strategy to integrate data/ data systems across the organization (scorecards, electronic medical records, Salesforce database, Comcare mobile tool, etc)
  • Lead strategic design and liaise with developer on the build out of Lwala’s CHW-facing mobile application

Research Strategy

  • In partnership with organization leadership, develop and implement a research agenda aimed at furthering the organization’s growth strategy
  • Coordinate with academics (in the US and Kenya) on research design and implementation, including program evaluation and costing study
  • Oversee the analysis of the household survey dataset, including academic projects or manuscripts, ensuring these efforts further the organization’s mission
  • Liaise with Vanderbilt graduate students as they identify and execute thesis and practicum research projects 

Other duties as assigned 


Position Requirements

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in relevant field required, Masters degree preferred
  • Experience working in East Africa
  • At least 5 years in a management position
  • Experience building systems, processes and people to profitably grow an organization
  • Financial fluency gained through direct financial and accounting management/oversight
  • Research or monitoring and evaluation experience in a global health or international development context
  • Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency with databases and Excel
  • Exposure to management, implementation and/or oversight of institutional grant funding
  • Proven success in developing highly engaged and productive teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with diverse cultures and constituencies

Critical Qualities

  • Willingness to live in Kenya or travel there periodically
  • Optimistic, ambitious, and high-energy
  • Generous with time and enjoys flexibility
  • Attention to detail and high levels of organization
  • High level of patience, with ability to quickly react to unexpected priorities
  • Demonstrated interest or background in international development, global health or social justice issues
  • Ability to think strategically while executing tactically
  • Entrepreneurial spirit in identifying opportunities and converting ideas into outcomes
  • Sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude
  • Resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving skills


To Apply

Please send the following to Helen Chalmers at

•  Current CV/resume

•  Letter of Interest detailing related skills and experience

•  3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship to the applicant