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Programme Assistant Job in Kenya

Programme Assistant

Learning, Evaluation and Achievement Programme (LEAP)

Search Closes: June 4, 2012

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We seek a dynamic, creative and committed programme assistant to provide logistic, administrative and program assistance to the LEAP programme. 

The position reports to the LEAP Director.

Being open to learning is a critical factor to interpret developments and consider new ways to carry out work. 

LEAP is a crosscutting programme to prioritize continuous inquiry, learning and knowledge sharing within the organization and to promote consistent standards of excellence across programs.

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa promotes vibrant, tolerant democracies in the region by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse leaders and groups.

  • Logistic Support: Schedule meeting requests; photocopy, answer e-mail and phone inquiries; schedule travel arrangements; take minutes for meetings; draft correspondence; and organize conference calls
  • Finance: Track program spending. Process bills, monthly credit card reports, and reimbursement requests; assist to prepare consultancy contracts, process consultants’ expense reports, and coordinate consultants’ travel needs
  • Assist in the preparations of meetings and seminars as well as the implementation of special projects or emerging initiatives
  • Support OSIEA programmes regarding their interventions to maximize results and impact
  • Grants Management: finalize and track grant applications, manage and update database on grantees; respond to unsolicited funding requests; send out grant decline emails; maintain working relationships with grantees and respond to needs in consultation with programme director
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights in the East African region
  • Minimum five years prior experience in an administrative/coordination role. With experience in proposal writing and review preferred
  • Extensive computer skills (expertise with Microsoft Word, Excel and databases required) and ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential
  • Willingness to travel as needed
At OSIEA, all staff are expected to work at integrating the organizational values into the performance of their duties and tasks on a daily basis and by participating in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication.

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Compensation: Competitive salary, with good benefits package

No phone calls, please. 
Only successful candidates will be contacted

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