2021 – 2022


KEY is looking for a gregarious, self-disciplined person with a love of learning, adventure and childhood literacy. Does the idea of packing your bags on short notice and immersing yourself in a new culture appeal to you? Are you able to work independently and respond to fluid and frequently shifting priorities with grace and aplomb? Does the idea of helping to make a lasting difference in the lives of underserved children in rural Kenya put a smile on your face? For almost a decade, KEY has been focused on building and helping renovate and improve the quality and accessibility of school libraries in parts of Kenya and Ghana. The selected candidate will work with local librarians, students and teachers and provide services ranging from helping staff and students make the most of their library’s technology, coaching struggling readers, weeding out books that need to be repaired or replaced and helping staff and students find and confidently identify books for assignments and reading for pleasure. As an important representative and point person, you will be supported by KEY’s Kenyan and Canadian team and report to KEY’s founder in Canada through frequent in person and online meetings and email.


  • Internship
  • Volunteer
  • Research fellow
  • Employment position with grant funding


  • $2,500 p/m
  • Flights home every three months provided
  • Free housing in Kenya
  • Free transportation in Kenya
  • Reimbursed out of pocket expenses, including work-related entertainment expenses
  • Free room and board while travelling for work
  • Health and medical evacuation cover provided while in Kenya and travelling for work


  • Flexible in start date and duration, depending on individual’s needs and the Covid situation.


  • Ideal start date August 2021 or soon after
  • Ideal duration minimum three months up to 1 year or more depending on the needs of both parties and performance.


Based in Nairobi but working in schools:

  1. Across Kenya
    1. (10 Primary and Secondary Schools in the environs of Nairobi (e.g. Lenana School)
    2. as well as out of town in the Rift Valley of Kenya (e.g. Kapsabet High School) and other rural locations (e.g. Shella primary in Lamu)
  2. 1 school library in Ghana


  • Must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID and have all the vaccines for travel to Kenya


  • Research experience, skills, online research experience in well-resourced libraries, as well as an interest in education
  • Desire to meet and serve school library communities
  • Help develop new or revised KEY systems and process
  • Exercise initiative and independent judgement
  • Knowledge of computers and available library software
  • Ability to work alone and remotely
  • Sociable, action-oriented, enthusiastic, friendly, and out-going


July-October 2021 Priority

A. Tarkwa, Ghana

  • Project manage renovation and resourcing Grade 1 to 12 (1700 students)

B. Kenya

  • Project manage resourcing 4 of our newly build rural coed primary and 3 rural secondary libraries (1 girls, 1 boys, 1 coed)
  • Project manage resourcing 2 of our newly refurbished high performing and historic academic boys secondary schools: Lenana School and Kapsabet schools

You would be responsible for helping to implement library operations and familiarize librarians, students, teachers and other stakeholders with their school library –

  • Oversee setting up of the libraries from placement of furniture and books on bookshelves to installation of technology to installing their management systems
  • Guide students and teachers in how to locate library materials and how to use their new resources (books, computers, smartboard)
  • Help weed school collections of worn, torn or obsolete books as necessary
  • Promote a love of books, reading and learning through resources and activities
  • Enlist the support of the following groups: parents, Parent-teacher Association, Teachers, School Board and wider community (County leaders and stakeholders)

November 2021-2022 priority

Engage with our other 27 libraries, built over the years in different parts of Kenya (Nairobi, wildlife conservation areas in Lewa and Tsavo, and rural parts of the country in Rift Valley, Central and Coast provinces), to do including but not limited to:

  • Reviewing and evaluating library use and performance (e.g. what functions aren’t optimized by students, teachers, librarians, community)
  • Making suggestions on how to improve the KEY model from concept to booklists
  • Helping libraries support student wellbeing, encourage reading, support struggling readers, support teachers and librarians’ roles in creating readers and reinforcing curriculum learning and reading and digital literacy

To apply for the position, please send a letter of introduction and resume to

Thank you in advance for your interest! Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

Best of luck,
Rita Field-Marsham