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Program Funding Officer - East Africa & Ethiopia: Christian Aid Jobs

Christian Aid is striving for wholesale change to rules that keep people poor. We work wherever the need is greatest, giving people strength to find their own solutions to the problems they face, irrespective of their religion.

So if you’re passionate about helping others, and want to help us drive positive change across the world, join us.

Program Funding Officer - East Africa & Ethiopia
Job Reference: PFD/031/JG

In this role, your main focus will be to support the work of Christian Aid, its international partners and alliances, in securing and managing programme funding from institutional donors and large foundations, and to develop Christian Aid’s partners’ and country offices’ programme funding capacity.

The role will be based in Nairobi and working across the Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Occasional travel is required in the role.

You will have strong background knowledge of institutional donors, particularly the EU, ECHO, DFID policies funding modalities and rules.

You will need to have good understanding of international development issues, financial controls and procedures and project cycle management. Able to work independently you will have strong communication and relationship building skills to ensure you are able to contribute to the delivery of information, ideas and opinions within a workgroup.

This role requires a university degree or equivalent qualification; in-depth knowledge of institutional funding mechanisms including a successful track of fund raising; at least two years experience in designing, managing and evaluating emergency and development projects; knowledge of humanitarian standards and policies; and, strong communication and representation skills.

Fluency in English and strong IT skills are mandatory.

Please show your suitability for this post by giving answers to the following questions:

Using the guidance notes in our pack may help you formulate your answers.

1. Effectiveness and accountability
  • Describe a specific project or activity in which you had to identify tasks and set priorities for others? (Describe the project or activity. How did you assign tasks and set priorities? What factors did you take into account in assigning tasks? In setting timelines? What was the outcome?)
2. Writing Skills
  • There are many different kinds of situations when we have to adapt our writing to the reader.
  • Please describe a time when you had to adapt your writing, for example your content, approach, tone, style, to respond to the needs of an audience. (Describe the type of information you were trying to convey.
  • Who was the audience?
  • What did you do to adapt your writing to the audience? Why? How did things work out?)
3. Innovation and Creativity
  • What is the most innovative idea or solution that you have ever come up with? (What was the issue you were addressing?
  • How was the idea / solution different from any other you considered?
  • How did others react to your idea? How was it implemented?
  • What improvement did the idea offer? What was the outcome?)
4. Communication and interaction
  • Describe a time when you have built strong collaborative relationships with people outside your immediate workgroup
Salary range for this position: Kes 3,057,828 p.a to 3,460,860/- p.a.

We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation, so you can expect a range of rewards and benefits that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

To apply for this post, please visit our website to download an application pack and email your application to nairobi @

The closing date for application is 20th April 2010.

Interviews will be on the week commencing 25th April 2010.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please note, CVs will not be accepted.

Preference will be given to applicants who are Kenyan nationals or those who are eligible to work in Kenya.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce.

We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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