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Governance Specialist Job in Kenya - Embassy of Finland in Nairobi

The Embassy of Finland in Nairobi is seeking to recruit a

Governance Specialist

to be first appointed for a one year contract, with the possibility of an extension.

The Governance Specialist will participate in the political reporting of the embassy and work towards the improvement of the good governance outcomes which are fundamental for the broader development goals.

The Specialist will provide advice and guidance to programs operating as part of the Finnish development aid in Kenya.

Main Tasks:
  • To work closely with the Embassy team on political reporting on the situation in Kenya as well as the region.
  • To monitor and analyse the state of democratic governance, gender equality and human rights in Kenya as well as the Kenyan Governments’ efforts, including the reform agenda, in these fields.
  • Report regularly on these subjects and prepare special briefs when required.
  • Follow specific programmes in the governance sector that Finland is supporting through development cooperation which includes identification, preparation, implementation and monitoring of such programmes.
  • Participate, on behalf of the Embassy, in Development Partners’ coordination and cooperation in the fields of governance, democracy and human rights.
  • Make recommendations of support to Kenyan national actors, including CSOs, in good governance, democracy and human rights.
  • To participate in the monitoring of such support and report thereof.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Head of Mission.

The successful candidate should have:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. law, political science, development studies).
  • Minimum 5 years working experience related to political analysis, governance, democracy and human rights.
  • Good understanding of development issues and international development cooperation.
  • Knowledge on governance issues in Kenya and their relevance to poverty reduction and MDGs.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Results orientation and ability to work in a team
  • Ability to plan and organize one’s work effectively.
  • Ability to adjust in an international working environment.
The Embassy is an Equal Opportunities employer, and encourages applications from both male and female candidates, all parts of community. Selection will be based on merit.

The closing date for applications is 18.7.2011.

Candidates are invited to submit their completed applications with CVs to:

Embassy of Finland,
P.O.Box 30379
00100 Nairobi,

or by email to:

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