Job Summary

Our client, an Embassy is looking for a Program Officer to support the Head of Cooperation in the management and administration of all programmes funded through the Embassy’s Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget, including monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

  • Minimum Qualification: Postgrad
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

One Year Contract Renewable

Key Responsibilities

•         Identify programmes and partners for support which will contribute to the achievement of the Embassy Business Plan and that are aligned to A Better World, International Development Policy (including key sector and thematic areas of focus: agriculture, gender, education, climate action, governance and economic development);

•         Support implementation of the Kenya Agri-food Strategy (IKAFS) and specific programmes under three value chains including regular liaison with implementing NGOs, reviewing budgets and workplans, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of impact;

•         Support the Head of Cooperation in ensuring the successful roll-out of the innovation initiative including liaison with stakeholders and sponsors, communications and media outreach, and documentation;

•         Provide technical inputs and support monitoring of development and humanitarian activities in the countries of accreditation – Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea, including coordination with NGO and UN partners, the EU and other Missions and Missionaries and the relevant line Ministries within these countries;

•         Work closely with the Embassy’s staff to support the implementation of the Catalytic Fund for agribusinesses, including reporting and documentation;

•         Organize and participate in field visits to monitor programmes and contribute to performance management monitoring. Travel outside of Kenya as required;

•         Contribute to the planning/delivery of Ministerial and other high level visits to Kenya which include a focus on development and humanitarian programmes;

•         Support administration of the Embassy’s micro-projects fund including an appraisal of applications, disbursement of funding, monitoring and reporting on results;

•         Support the Embassy’s Fellowships scholarship programme including administering the application and the selection process, appraisal of applications and liaison with HQ;

•         Contribute to the Mission’s reporting requirements and Mission Strategy in relation to development and humanitarian context and achievements;

•         Support Embassy communications on development and humanitarian activities, including via social media.


Key skills and competencies required

•                     Postgraduate education in international development/public policy or a related field;

•                     Minimum of 3-5 years’ demonstrated experience working in international development, preferably with an NGO or public sector institution; ideally with expertise in agriculture, gender, education, climate action, governance and/or economic development;

•                     Experience and recognition of the importance of instituting and maintaining good management systems;

•                     Understanding of the complexities of international cooperation in Kenya and the countries of accreditation (Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea);

•                     Excellent communication, writing and reporting skills;

•                     Strong networking and advocacy skills, including the ability to build rapport and engage effectively with individuals and organizations from a diversity of backgrounds and contexts;

•                     Flexibility and good team working;

•                     Self-motivation and a capacity for creative thinking.


Salary and conditions

Commensurate based on skills and experience. 

The candidate will be employed on a (renewable) one year contract, with an initial probationary period for 6 months.


Deadline: 30th August 2019


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