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Programme Officer Job in Kenya

The European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is seeking a

Programme Officer

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-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 Officer - Nutrition (PO) will be based in the ECHO Regional Support Office in Nairobi and will report to the Head of Office.

The PO serves the nutrition sector by undertaking the following responsibilities:

  • Assess nutritional aspects of humanitarian situations in the region and provide recommendations on appropriate response ,
  • Provide advice and support ECHO Field Offices and HQ Desk Officers at operational, programmatic and strategic levels,
  • Contribute to the internal Food Assistance, Health and Nutrition technical working groups for the development of nutrition specific guideline/guidance internal policy work, and
  • Follow up the application of best practices amongst DG-ECHO partners.
The PO is required to travel to carry out regular missions to identify and assess humanitarian needs and to monitor programmes in the Central, Eastern and Southern Africa countries as well as other countries of ECHO’s engagement if required.

Required Qualifications
  • A degree in Nutrition or Public Health or equivalent experience of minimum10 years
  • A minimum of five years work experience in the humanitarian sector; good knowledge of international NGOs and UN aid agencies is an advantage
  • Work experience outside Kenya in an international setting is an advantage;
  • Very good understanding of nutrition and public health technical guidelines;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government nutrition policies, rules and procedures relating to grants and Project Cycle Management.
Required Skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English are required. Understanding of French language 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 Officer _ Nutrition
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),
P.O. Box 49991- 00100,

Latest by noon 06/03/2012 in a sealed envelope indicating the position applied for on the envelope: PO Nutrition.

Candidates who have not been contacted by 21/03/2012 should consider that they have not been selected.

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