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Experienced Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya - NGO

Experienced Advisor for Accountability in Emergencies for ActionAid Kenya 
ActionAid Kenya seeks an Advisor with significant experience with accountability in relation to emergency work. 

ActionAid has profound experience with emergency and resilience work across the globe and accountability has become an integral part of our approach to emergency work. 

AA Kenya  in particular has been testing innovative approaches to citizen led accountability in emergencies and is currently heading a multi-country working group in the ActionAid federation, which aims at building wider capacity within accountability and emergencies as well as promoting shared learning in ActionAid.  

AA Kenya now seeks an Advisor, who can support the national accountability work in Kenya, by building the capacity of ActionAid staff and local partners as well as playing a strong supporting role in the international multi-country initiative on accountability in emergency work.

More specifically the Advisor will:
  • Train ActionAid staff and partners on key humanitarian standards, frameworks and charters
  • Support the development and operationalization of the accountability in emergencies curriculum and manuals
  • Support countries involved in the multi-country project to assess their disaster responses through the lens of women-led accountability and quality, using the CHS standard as the primary tool, and provide support in addressing gaps.
  • Provide advice to countries within the ActionAid Federation  regarding integration of humanitarian accountability into the design, development and delivery of programs
  • Offering briefings, training, support and follow up in action planning on specific issues identified by countries
  • Developing accountability tools and materials  for wider applicability as required. 
  • Coordinate/support AAI representation in global accountability to disaster affected communities forums such as the IASC taskforce, CHS Alliance.
  • Support IHART and ILT in compilation and submission of compliance reports to CHS.
  • Conduct information and learning on accountability capture and share perspectives of affected populations  especially women regarding their experience of the humanitarian response.
Qualifications and competencies  required:
  • Relevant MA degree in social science related to emergency or disaster preparedness
  • Extensive hands-on field experience including implementation of projects and programs.
  • Detailed knowledge of the content and application of key international standards relating to emergency work and humanitarian accountability.
  • Significant experience in monitoring and evaluating programs.
  • Work experience from developing countries
  • Proven ability to develop learning/ case study materials and develop simple practical tools for field application.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to facilitate rather than leading processes.
  • Strong training and mentoring skills
  • Strong networking and influencing skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and ability to respect and navigate within an organizational hierarchy.
  • English proficiency
  • Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Innovative  self-starter, who is also a strong team player
We strongly encourage interested candidates to download the attached job description for more detailed information on job tasks, salary level as well as the qualifications required for this position.

The Accountability in Emergency Advisor is placed through the People4Change program, which is a people-to-people programme providing development support to ActionAid and her partner organisations. 

As People4Change is a cross-national programme, aiming at promoting tolerance, solidarity and expertise across cultures and borders, this position is not available for permanent residents of Kenya. 

If you are a permanent resident of Kenya and find this job interesting, please note that similar Advisor placements in other countries are regularly advertised at:

Application deadline and procedures

Applications must include a letter of motivation and an updated CV. 

Applications should be forwarded by email to  addressed to ActionAid Kenya and with the subject line: Application for ActionAid Kenya Accountability in Emergency Advisor.

Deadline for submission is: January 6th 2016.

Contract start is subject to approval of work and residence permit, which can be a lengthy process for Kenya. 

Therefore, selected candidates should be prepared to start their contract, while residing in their country of residence, with frequent travels to Kenya. 

Once a work permit has been obtained, the Advisor will be expected to relocate to Nairobi. While being based at the country of residence, special rules applies in terms of housing allowance.

Estimated recruitment process:
  • January 11-12 th: Shortlisted candidates are contacted
  • January 13-15th: 1st round of interviews with shortlisted candidates (via SKYPE)
  • January  25th to 27th: 2nd round of interviews – with preceding personality assessments
  • Expected contract start: March 1st 2016 – preferably sooner
Due to the large number of applications received for these positions, it is not possible to provide feedback for all applications. 

Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

If you have not received any reply to your application by January 27th, then you have unfortunately not been taken into consideration for this position.

More Information

All interested candidates are strongly recommended to go through the detailed job description HERE before applying. 

For more information on the People4Change programme, please visit the ActionAid Denmark website: 

For information on ActionAid or ActionAid Kenya, please visit:

For further questions, please contact:

Please, note that it is holiday season and therefore delays in mail feedback should be expected!

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