Emergency programme officer, East Africa

ID : 28 - Advertised : 2011-08-16 - Closing Date : 2011-08-23
Company Name :
  Approximate Salary: $  1.00 / Not Mentioned
Location : Nairobi,Kenya   Country : Kenya
Industry :   Position Type : Project Based
Experience Level : More than 5 years   Education Level : Not Mentioned

Emergency programme officer, East Africa
Fixed term contract for two years
Salary: KES 3,130,666 - KES 3,565,729 pa, National contract
Based: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 19 August 2011

Emergency programme officer, East Africa
Fixed term contract for two years
Salary: KES 3,130,666 - KES 3,565,729 pa, National contract
Entry level: Start step
Based: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 19 August 2011

Emergency programme officer, East Africa

The Country Emergency Programme Officer is part of the country team but also works closely with the Humanitarian Division. The role works across the country programme with a specific focus on the delivery of the work identified in the East Africa and DEC emergency appeals. The role will support learning and experience from country emergency response and DRR work and ensure that it is shared across all Christian Aid country programmes. The post holder works closely with other country based staff especially the secure livelihoods, climate change and emergency officer and the Resilience officer to ensure the effective implementation and reporting of the Emergency and DRR programmes developing new initiatives where possible. The post holder will actively participate in corporate discussions about best practice in emergency response and DRR work. The role will be based in Nairobi. Regular travel to remote and insecure places for long periods will be required.

You will manage the East Africa Emergency Appeal and DEC Appeal funded programmes in Kenya and Somalia in line with the agreed country programme strategy. You will primarily focus on the delivery of the DEC and Christian Aid Appeal funded programmes but will also play a key role working with the secure livelihoods, climate change and emergency programme officer and the resilience projects officer in the implementation of high quality emergency response, DRR and resilience programmes across the two countries. You will maintain project financial records and financial and narrative reports to DEC and Christian Aid, keep partners and country colleagues informed about contract and compliance procedures, provide support to partners based on frameworks agreed with the country team, present case studies of work undertaken to a variety of audiences, represent Christian Aid externally with partners, donors, other NGOs, and other agencies. You will appraise, monitor and review programmes in line with CA and external requirements, develop new initiatives and recommend actions to be taken to further emergency response work in the country. You will also liaise with relevant stake holders to improve accountability, participation in decision making, and information sharing. You will actively seek back donor funding to build on the work funded by the two appeals.

You will have a good understanding of emergency relief, preparedness and humanitarian aid and their link to development work, as well as experience of disaster risk reduction work. You will have a good understanding of programme cycle management approaches and tools, including Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment, and Planning. You will be familiar with issues of governance, power and rights, financial controls and procedures. You will also be able to work independently, have a good knowledge of approaches to livelihoods and resilience,direct experience of programme appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and of developing partners’ capacity, understanding of advocacy, campaigning and lobbying. You will have experience of facilitation and training and project reporting to major institutional donors preferably on a large scale. You will also need skills in network and alliance building,understanding of partnership approach to international development, gender and exclusion. You will have a good working knowledge of institutional donors, particularly DFID, EU, ECHO policies and funding modalities and rules.

This role requires a university degree in development studies, social work/sociology or similar; and experience in emergency response, DRR, monitoring and evaluation, understanding of financial controls and procedures.

Please show your suitability for this post by giving answers to the following questions: Using the guidance notes may help you formulate your answers.

Innovation and creativity

Please describe an event that demonstrates your ability to make important decisions, balancing the need for quality with delivery within tight deadlines.

What was the decision you needed to take?
How did you ensure quality?
How did you keep to deadlines?

Effectiveness and accountability

Describe a situation where you assigned tasks and priorities and then monitored the progress of others.

What project/task was involved?
What factors did you consider in assigning tasks and setting priorities?
How did you monitor progress?
Did you need to deal with any missed deadlines or unacceptable work?
Was the project completed on time?
Was the objective met?

Communication and interaction

Describe a time when you had to adjust your communication for a diverse audience to produce the desired effect.

What was the purpose of your communication?
In what way(s) was the audience diverse?
How did you try to tailor your communication to achieve its purpose?
How did you ensure that people had gotten the information they were looking for?
What was the outcome?


Describe how you dealt with an unusual heavy workload in the past.

Why did you have such an unusual workload?
What work did you have to do?
How was your work prioritised?
How did you ensure that the work was completed on time?

We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation, so you can expect a range of rewards and benefits that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

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To apply for this post, please download an application pack and email your completed International application form to:  nairobi@christian-aid.org  quoting the reference number below.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted and that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

You will require current and valid permission to work in Kenya.

Job reference: EAP/044/JG

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 19 August 2011

Interview date: To be confirmed

Christian Aid values diversity and aspires to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.


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