Programme Officer (Governance / Migration) Job at The Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi

Programme Officer (Governance / Migration) Job at The Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi

Job Vacancy: Programme Officer (Governance / Migration) – 6 Months Maternity Cover (100%)

The Swiss Government supported Regional Programme Horn of Africa (RPHoA) focuses on Somalia and the arid and semi-arid lands of South-Eastern Ethiopia and North-Eastern Kenya.

In the frame of its Cooperation Strategy 2018-2021, the programme supports projects in the four sectors food security, health, governance and migration /protection.

The overall aim of the strategy is to contribute to the reduction of poverty, improve human security and stability and address migration challenges.

The programme is designed as a whole of government approach, in which different departments of the Swiss Government are closely collaborating.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, through the International Cooperation Division of the Swiss Embassies in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, is in charge of the RPHoA supported development and humanitarian projects.

These projects are implemented through a variety of partners (e.g. IGAD, UN agencies, international and national NGOs, government institutions), using different instruments (humanitarian aid, development cooperation, policy dialogue) and intervention modalities (bilateral and multilateral mandates or contributions, pooled funds, deployment of experts etc.).

Policy dialogue at national and regional level, donor coordination, aid effectiveness principles in fragile and conflict affected contexts (New Deal and OECD principles on engagement in fragile contexts), as well as humanitarian principles and protection of civilians are systematically promoted.

For the management of its governance/migration portfolio in Somalia on a fixed term basis, the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi is looking for a Programme Officer for six months period between February 2020 and July 2020.

Main Tasks:

  • Support of the International Cooperation Division and the Political Affairs Division in ensuring the quality and result orientation of its governance portfolio (programme cycle management) with a particular focus on the inclusive politics agenda in Somalia (constitutional reform process, parliamentary support, federalism).
  • Support of the International Cooperation Division in ensuring the quality and result orientation of its migration portfolio with a particular focus on durable solutions.
  • Represent the Embassy in the dialogue with and coordination among international donors, government authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the governance sector of Somalia (including Pillar Working Groups, particularly Pillar Working Group 1 on Inclusive Politics).
  • Convene, organize and facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and joint learning with Swiss supported
    implementing partners and within the Embassy and continuously analyze and document information about the political, development and security relevant context (incl. political economy analysis) and translate it into conclusions for the Swiss programming. For this, a broad network of relevant governance sector stakeholders in Somalia needs to be maintained (government, civil society, private sector).

    Required Education and Competencies:

  • University degree in studies related to development (or similar education) and 5 years’ work experience in areas related to governance, preferably in Somalia.
  • Good understanding of the social, economic and political context of Somalia.
  • Experience in the management of governance development programmes and a good understanding of the principles, approaches and practices applied.
  • Experience with project cycle management (operational and financial planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects), CSPM, gender sensitive programming and engagement in fragile states.
  • Experience in the collaboration with national/local government authorities, multilateral agencies, donors and other development relevant stakeholders (UNDP, UN-Habitat, IOM, local and international think tanks, local NGOs)
  • Strong analytical capacity to synthesize and communicate conclusions, recommendations, and ability to credibly represent Swiss positions in the stakeholder and policy dialogue.
  • Ability to establish trusted partnerships with Swiss supported implementing partners and excellent ability to network and to work in a team.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (both spoken and in writing reports).
  • Knowledge of Somali language desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and to deliver quality work on time.

    Required Skills:

  • Highly motivated, committed and team minded
  • Ability to deal effectively and in a diplomatic manner at all levels
  • Ability to multitask, capable of learning fast, adaptive
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure and with a minimum of supervision
  • Motivated to learn
  • Good communication skills and friendly
  • Precise, dynamic, high level of integrity and loyalty
  • Strong service and customer orientation
    Modalities of employment and application:

    Duty station is Nairobi with regular travels to Somalia (applicant must be in possession of a valid working permit for Kenya).

    Application deadline is 3rd November 2019.
    Applicants should include a letter of motivation (maximum 1 page), a CV (maximum 3 pages) and 2 references related to previous work experience.

    Applications have to be sent to:
    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
    Start date: 1st February 2020.

    Note: Please be advised that the Embassy of Switzerland does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment, nor has it engaged a third party to facilitate this hire.

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