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Programme Assistant Job in Kenya

Programme Assistant

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

To join its Regional Support Office in Nairobi

The European Commission’s Directorate General ECHO, is the European Commission Department responsible for financing humanitarian assistance and civil protection. 

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 man-made disasters.

The ECHO Office in Nairobi is a dynamic, multinational hub, providing technical support to ECHO’s operations in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. This position is a national staff position.

1. Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant (PA) will work in the Regional Support Office for East, Central and Southern Africa, and will assist  ECHO to provide high quality technical advice and support to ECHO’s field offices throughout the region, with a particular focus on ECHO’s disaster risk reduction assistance activities.

The PA will be required to assist in assessing; analysing & following up ECHO funded projects; gathering & consolidating  technical information; as well as contributing to strategy and programming.

The PA position may require significant travel throughout the region.

2. Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of five years work experience in the humanitarian sector, a relevant university degree would be an asset;
  • Relevant professional and technical experience in disaster risk management;
  • Good knowledge of international NGOs and UN aid agencies is an advantage;
  • Work experience outside Kenya in an international setting is an advantage;
  • Good understanding of humanitarian issues in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa;
  • Thorough knowledge of Logical Framework Approach and Project Cycle Management.
3. Required Skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken - English is required. A working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Personal initiative; ability to work both independently and in a team, with ability to set priorities, and to work to tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated analytical capacity, and drafting ability;
  • 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 http:

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,
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),
P.O. Box 49991- 00100,

Latest by noon Friday 28th September, 2012 in a sealed envelope indicating the position applied for on the envelope: PA DRR.

Candidates who have not been contacted by 1st December 2012 should consider that they have not been selected.

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