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Programme Assistant Job in Nairobi Kenya

European Commission
Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) seeks to recruit a Programme Assistant

To join its Somalia Team based in Nairobi

The European Commission’s Directorate General ECHO, is the 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 natural or man-made disasters.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Programme Assistant (PA) will be based in Nairobi and will mainly assist ECHO’s Technical Assistants and the Head of Office in charge of Somalia programmes to provide quality technical advice and support to ECHO funded projects.

The PA will be required to participate in 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 ECHO funded actions. 

The PA will be required to participate in relevant coordination meetings with partners and other international and local organisations ensuring ECHO is appropriately represented. 

The PA will be required to travel to Somalia, and may be required to carry out field travel in Djibouti and other countries in the region.

Required Qualifications
  • A relevant university degree and minimum of five years relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, including at least 2 years’ operational experience with a humanitarian NGO, donor or national/international organisation; if a university degree is not provided, ten years working experience in the humanitarian sector will be required; outstanding academic qualifications may compensate for lesser experience.
  • Good knowledge of the Somalia context desirable;
  • Experience in proposal writing and reporting to donors;
  • Thorough knowledge of Logical Framework Approach and Project Cycle Management;
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system;
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and standards ;
  • Good knowledge of International NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement working in Somalia is an advantage;
Required Skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English; Somali and other regional language skills are a distinct 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.
The position is open to nationals and other residents of Kenya with a valid working permit. 

The contract is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a probationary period.

Application plus detailed CV of the interested candidate should be sent to the Human Resources by e-mail to (Subject clearly marked: “REF: PA Somalia – ECHO Nairobi’’ latest by noon 27th November 2014.

Candidates who have not been contacted by 22nd December 2014 should consider that they have not been selected.

Applications which do not meet minimum requirements will be automatically rejected

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