Join Our Team as a Program Coordinator!

Join Our Team as a Program Coordinator!

We are seeking a dynamic, proactive, organized, and dedicated Program Coordinator to join our team and help us empower grassroots organizations in East Africa to increase their impact and become sustainable.

About Lightup Impact

Lightup Impact is an online community of 150 early-stage grassroots organizations in gender and health in East Africa. We empower our grassroots members through peer-to-peer support, networking, trust-based partnerships, skills and capacity development, guidance, and governance to amplify their impact. As we apply a bottom-up approach to development, we co-create and co-implement solutions together with our community of founders. We offer a collaborative, international work environment, professional growth opportunities, and the chance to make a difference through your work.



We are a start-up NGO, only two years old. In the vibrant world of social change, the rhythm is fast paced and exciting, driven by our collective mission to tackle real-world challenges head-on. Working here isn’t just a job—it’s a heartfelt journey of purpose, where every action fuels our passion to make a difference that truly matters. Are you ready to take up this challenge? Then read below for more information.


The position

As a Program Coordinator at Lightup Impact, you’ll be responsible for coordinating the Skills Development and Innovation for Impact Program and Impact Badge). You’ll collaborate with team members and our partners and stakeholders to plan and ensure the successful implementation and execution of these programs. You’ll also play a vital role in facilitating meaningful engagement with stakeholders.

Responsibilities and main tasks

Program planning and development:

  • Work closely with our director and team members to develop program goals, objectives, and work plans aligned with organizational priorities and objectives.
  • Assist in the design and development of program materials, resources, and activities to support our Skills Development and Innovation for Impact and Impact Badge Programs, and our community building and event management activities.
  • Conduct research and gather information to inform program development and decision-making processes.

Program implementation and coordination:

  • Coordinate logistics and administrative tasks related to program implementation, including scheduling meetings; booking venues; arranging travel; and procuring materials, supplies, and services.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective communication, coordination, and collaboration throughout the program lifecycle.

Stakeholder engagement and partnerships:

  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with program participants, partners, donors, and other stakeholders through regular communication, engagement, and feedback mechanisms.
  • Support the recruitment, orientation, and engagement of volunteers, interns, community members, and other staff to contribute to program activities and initiatives.
  • Represent the organization at meetings, events, and networking opportunities to promote program objectives and foster partnerships within the community and with other stakeholders.

Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting:

  • Assist in the collection, analysis, and reporting of program data and performance indicators to assess progress, measure outcomes, and identify areas for improvement.
  • Work closely with the monitoring and evaluation and finance officers to monitor program activities and progress against targets, track expenditures, and maintain accurate records to support reporting and accountability requirements.
  • Work closely with the communications team, providing content and performance data for monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.

Your profile

  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in a relevant field such as International Development, Social Sciences, Community Development, Gender Studies, or a related discipline.
  • At least 1-2 years of proven experience working in program coordination, project management, or related roles, preferably within the nonprofit sector or community development context is highly desirable.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, deadlines, and priorities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and build positive relationships.
  • Available to travel up to 5 days/month (3-4 times a year) to lead workshops, meet stakeholders, attend networking events, or document visits with NGOs in Kenya and Uganda.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite, and other relevant software applications.
  • Experience in working with a remote team and with digital program/project management software (e.g., Asana) is an advantage
  • Experience with capacity building programs for CSOs and NGOs is an advantage
  • Commitment to our organization’s mission, values, and principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

How to apply

Joining our organization as a Program Coordinator offers a unique opportunity to drive positive change and make a meaningful impact in community development, networking, and capacity-building initiatives. Be part of a passionate team dedicated to empowering communities, fostering collaboration, and creating lasting social change.



Please send us your CV, including up to three reference contacts, a cover letter, and any other supportive documents (e.g., program reports you have authored, event planning tools and materials, samples of program materials or resources you’ve created) to: Please use the following subject in your email: Lightup Impact Job Application – Program Coordinator



Please send us your application by 1 April. Candidates will be notified about the outcome within 2 weeks of the application deadline. 


The hiring process is detailed below.

Hiring process at Lightup Impact

Shortlisted candidates for the position will undergo background checks, which may include verification of educational qualifications, employment history, references, and criminal records. 


P.S. We do not expect you to meet 100% of the job description. If you meet 80% of the requirements, we kindly ask you to apply for this position.


At Lightup Impact, we are proud to foster a welcoming and diverse working environment.


If you have any questions, please contact the hiring manager Valeria Santoro on LinkedIn or via email:


We look forward to receiving your application!


The Lightup Impact Team


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