Chief operating officer

September 5th, 2022

Established in early 2005, FSD Kenya supports the development of more inclusive financial markets as a means to reduce poverty.  Our ambition is to help the financial services industry create better financial solutions for lower income households and smaller scale enterprises. We seek to tackle the systemic constraints to financial inclusion in order to bring about sustainable change.  FSD works through partnerships across the public and private sectors, the latter including commercial players and non-profits.  The operational nature of these partnerships varies significantly and may involve FSD financing substantial programmes of activity, offering technical assistance, commissioning relevant research or FSD’s technical team simply collaborating where there are shared interests.

We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to drive FSD Kenya’s operational effectiveness across our programme.  Working directly with FSD’s CEO, the COO will have full managerial responsibility within the team for all aspects of FSD’s operations.  As part of the programme management team, this role will be at the sharp end of ensuring that FSD delivers against its plan.

 Who we need

Expertise in operational and financial management is vital for this position.  A background in the development field would be advantageous but more important will be your track record in managing resources, creating and driving business systems and processes to deliver against strategic goals.  The COO will have lead responsibility for the application of technology across the organisation, demanding capacity in managing appropriate system developments. This is a key leadership position and will involve working effectively about a range of cross-functional teams.   To succeed you will need to be agile in thought and action, highly motivated, eager to take responsibility and deliver on a demanding set of outputs.  At a minimum you will have:

  • Management experience in an operational role (at least 10 years’ experience)
  • Relevant professional qualification (minimum of master’s degree or professional equivalent)
  • Strong knowledge of managing and reporting donor resources
  • Strong finance and risk management skills
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) ability


If you think this is the right role for you please use this link to see the Job description and apply for the position. Candidates should apply no later than 30th September 2022.

FSD Kenya is an equal opportunity employer.



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