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Programme Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job title: Programme Officer – Interpeace Somali Programme
Duty station: Based in Nairobi (Kenya) with extensive travel throughout the Somali region

General Background: The Programme Officer (PO) is a member of the Somali Programme Team (SPT) in Interpeace's Regional Office for Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). 

The PO is recruited specifically to, under the guidance of the Somali Programme Director (SPD) and in close collaboration with the rest of the Interpeace Somali Programme Team (SPT), provide programmatic and operational support to Interpeace’s Somali partners in the field with a particular focus on the Pillars of Peace programme and closely related projects like the Mobile Audio-Visual Unit (MAVU). 

Support may also be provided to the Democratization programme as needed.

This includes working closely with the partners by supporting their development of work and activity plans, closely monitoring the implementation of the programme, ensuring that results and achievements are captured and reporting requirements met. 

In this capacity, s/he will also be the focal point for coordinating the Somali programme’s communication efforts in conjunction with the ECA Communication Officer by facilitating key programme events, important programme outcomes and success stories to be shared and communicated to donors and other relevant stakeholders as well as through the Interpeace website.

While s/he will report to the Somali Programme Director (SPD), a strong collaborative and horizontal approach to programme delivery and reporting will be maintained between the SPD, PO and the rest of the SPT.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with Interpeace Somali partner organizations;
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the overall Pillars of Peace Programme (PoP), including coordination efforts of the three pillars, adherence to institutional development/capacity building plans and M&E requirements;
  • Provide programmatic and operational support for field activities by Interpeace Somali partner organizations, with a special responsibility for PoP-related programmes, the Mobile AVU and other spin-off programmes;
  • Play a supporting role in the development of strategy, work and activity plans for all field components of the programmes;
  • Closely monitor programme implementation, ensuring that results and achievements are captured and donor reporting requirements met;
  • Support the technical development of the Somali partners in the areas of methodology, report and proposal writing and communications;
  • In collaboration with the SPT review written products of the Somali partners and provide quality control through a mentoring approach to ensure the development of written capacities within the local partners;
  • In collaboration with the SPT and the assistance of the Reports and Information Officer, write regular and specific programme reports according to the requirements of the specific grant agreements;
  • In collaboration with the rest of the Interpeace SPT and the partners ensure that gender mainstreaming is a key feature throughout the programmes;
  • Develop and maintain relationships at field level with other international organisations implementing relevant programmes;
  • In collaboration with the ECA Communications Officer and the rest of the Interpeace Somali team develop communication strategies for the dissemination of Somali programme publications, reports and AV publications to a wider audience;
  • Coordinate the Somali Programme's communication efforts of key events, results, achievements and success stories to Interpeace Headquarters, donors and other stakeholders through the dissemination of publications, reports and AV material and the use of the Interpeace website;
  • In collaboration with the SPT oversee the printing and publishing of Somali Programme documents and publications.
Other Specific Duties
  • Support the development and production of the Interpeace ECA Annual Calendar by the Communications Officer in collaboration with the Reports and Information Officer;
  • Liaise with the NGO Safety Programme to ensure that all Interpeace Somalia Programme staff, including partners, have gone through the HEIST security course;
  • Coordinate the Interpeace archiving efforts of programme related documents with the support of the ECA IT specialist and the SPT;
  • Provide additional support to the Interpeace regional office and other programmes as required.
Qualifications and Experience
Education: Master’s degree in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields;
Work experience: At least four years of field experience in peacebuilding, political and/or developmental work.

Key Competencies
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Somali Region
  • English language proficiency
  • Creative and flexible team player with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Commitment to inclusiveness, participation and consensus building
  • Confident and tactful, with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritize and follow up
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution/peacebuilding, external relations, proposal writing, and training
  • Strong communication and writing skills: ability to write in clear, concise manner and to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office applications
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Ability to work well in a team and contribute towards team spirit, agreement and achievements of common goals while also being able to work individually, meeting individual targets and deadlines
  • Strong commitment to supporting local peacebuilding initiatives and to the values and working principles of Interpeace
How to Apply
Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the Administrative Officer at: 

Please indicate “PO – Somali Region" in the subject line. 

Applications will be received until qualified candidates have been identified and the position has been filled. 

Please note that due to the high volume of applications

Only short­listed candidates will be contacted.

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