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ECHO Programme Assistant Job in Kenya

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) seeks to recruit Programme Assistant to join its Somalia Country Office based in Nairobi

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), is the European Commission Department responsible for financing humanitarian assistance.

ECHO finances a range of partners, which include NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross Movement, to provide assistance to people affected by both natural and manmade disaster.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant (PA) will be based in Nairobi and will assist the ECHO Technical Assistant in-charge of the Somalia country office to provide quality technical advice and support to DG ECHO’s funded projects in this country.

The PA will be required to participate in the contextual analysis aimed at determining the strategy for humanitarian interventions in Somalia; examining partner’s grant proposals and reports; and closely monitoring the implementation of DG ECHO funded operations.

The PA shall be required to take a pro-active role in relevant coordination meetings with implementing partners and other international and local organisations ensuring DG ECHO is appropriately represented.

The PA may be required to travel throughout Somalia.

Required Qualifications
  • A relevant university degree;
  • A minimum of five years work experience in the humanitarian sector; good knowledge of international and Somali NGOs and UN aid agencies is an advantage;
  • Work experience outside Kenya/Somalia in an international setting is an advantage;
  • Good understanding of humanitarian issues in Somalia;
  • Thorough knowledge of Logical Framework Approach and Project Cycle Management.
Required Skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English are required. Spoken Somali is an advantage;
  • Personal initiative; ability to work both independently and in a team, with ability to set priorities, and to work to tight deadlines;
  • Commitment, determination, reliability and a high degree of personal integrity & discretion;
  • Ability to analyse and process information;
  • Ability to clearly and concisely convey information to others.
Applications which do not meet minimum requirements will be automatically rejected.

If you meet the above requirements a prerequisite is to fill the standard CV template available on the following link (
 – A Standard CV Template ECHO).

Also apply in writing with CV, copies of the work certificates of previous employments, a recent passport photograph and daytime telephone contact to

The Regional Administrative Coordinator,
Position: Programme Assistant Somalia,
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),
P.O. Box 49991- 00100,

Latest by noon 10/12/2010 in a sealed envelope indicating the position applied for on the envelope: PA Somalia.

Candidates who have not been contacted by 07/01/2011 should consider that they have not been selected.
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