Kurui Zenah Jerotich, Dr. Samson Nyang’au Paul,Ph.D


Over the years, donor funding has played a significant role in supporting programs and projects in Kenya. Despite the significance of donor-funded infrastructure projects contributing to 11% of theGDP, there exist implementation problems. Despite the existing problems facing successful implementation of donor funded projects, few studies have focused on the topic. Due to the existing conceptual and contextual research gap, this study sought to examine the influence of project managers' soft skills on implementation of donor funded infrastructure projects in Kiambu County, Kenya. The study specifically sought to determine the influence of project managers’ leadership skills and project managers’ problem-solving skills on implementation of donor funded infrastructure projects in Kiambu County, Kenya. The study adopted cross-sectional research design. The study used purposive sampling procedure to select all the 42 project managers and simple random sampling to select 10% of the targeted project beneficiaries to arrive at 230 project beneficiaries. This study used both primary and secondary data, which was collected using a structured questionnaire and desktop reviews. Quantitative data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics techniques. Multiple regression models were fitted to the data in order to determine how the independent variables influence the dependent variable. The findings were presented in tables. From the findings, it was established that project managers’ leadership skills and project managers’ problem-solving skills have a direct effect on implementation of donor funded infrastructure projects. The study recommended that project managers should coach and mentor team members. Project managers should focus on effective prioritization to maintain order within their projects, strategize and employ problem-solving tools to address issues efficiently. Finally, there is need for the policy makers to incorporate soft skills into the academic curriculum as they form a fundamental component in making prospective employees to perform better in their project work.

Keywords: Leadership Skills, Problem-Solving Skills, Implementation of Donor Funded Projects


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