United Nations Volunteers Budget and Programming Specialist Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Volunteers Budget and Programming Specialist Jobs in Kenya

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.

Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer.

UNV contributes to peace
and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply
embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities.

In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers
promote volunteerism through their action and conduct.

Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community.

This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.


Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania.


The coast is hot with an average daytime temperature of 27-31 degrees centigrade whilst the average daytime temperature in Nairobi is 21- 26 degrees centigrade.

Nairobi can become cold enough for coats
and fleece; July and August mark Your Guide to Your Stay in Kenya the Kenyan winter.

Temperatures elsewhere depend on altitude. Typically, January-February is dry, March-May is wet, June September is dry, October -December is wet.


Agriculture employs 80% of the population, contributes 20% to GDP and accounts for 50% of export earnings.

Tourism is the largest source of income. The industrial base contributes around 18% of GDP.
Population 33.9 million (2005 est.), 42.5% of whom are under 14 years old, with a growth rate of 2.56%, one of the highest in the world. It is estimated that 50% of the population live below the poverty line.

Ethnic makeup

There are over 40 tribal groups distinguished by two major language groups: Bantu and Nilotic.

The largest tribes of the Bantu are the Kikuyu, Meru, Gusii, Embu, Akamba, Luyha and Mijikenda.

The largest tribes of the Nilotic are the Maasai, Turkana, Samburu, Pokot, Luo and Kalenjin. A third group made up of Cushitic speaking peoples includes the El-Molo, Somali, Rendille and Galla.

The coastal region is the home of the Swahili people.


Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and traditional beliefs.


  • English (official), Kiswahili (national), multiple ethnic languages (Bantu, Cushitic and Nilotic language groups).
  • Literacy: 85% of population over age 15 can read and write.


    Kenya is an independent republic with a democratically elected parliament. The President is the chief of state and head of government.

    Currency exchange and banking

  • Most hotels offer forex facilities, though sometimes at disadvantageous rates.
  • Forex facilities remain open at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport daily from 7am to midnight.
  • Foreign currency can be changed at
    banks, foreign currency bureaux or hotels. Banks in major centres are open from 09.00 to 15.00 Mon-Fri. 09.00 to 11.00 on the first and last Saturday of each month.
  • Banks in coastal towns open and close half an
    hour earlier.
  • ATMs and Credit cards
  • ATM s are available country wide with 24-hour access.
  • Most accept international VISA cards. All major international cards are accepted. Credit card fraud occurs in Kenya,
    as in most other parts of the world, and the usual precautions should be taken.

    Shopping centres

    Nairobi has a number of large shopping malls, which are recommended for visitors since they offer optimum security.

    Those listed below offer: supermarkets, retail outlets, banks, forex bureaus, restaurants
    and bars.

    Mobil Plaza, Muthaiga T el: (020) 3766418 Sarit Centre, Westlands T el: (020) 3740329 (Cinema,
    Health Club) The Junction, Lavington T el: (020) 3872881 (Cinema) The YaYa Centre, Tel: (020) 2713360 Hurlingham The Warwick T el: (020) 7120876 Centre (immediately adjacent to UNON) Village Market T el:
    (020) 7122488 (5 minutes from UNON, Cinema)

    Qualifications and Requirements

  • Good knowledge of Excel is essential
    Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications and
    email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
    Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN

    Language Skills
  • English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
  • Area of Expertise
  • Finance, accounting and audit Mandatory
  • Logistics and supply management Optional
  • Area of Expertise Requirement

    Competencies & Values
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Working in Teams
  • Conditions of Service and other information

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 12th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Volunteers Budget and Programming Specialist Jobs in Kenya
  • Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at
    https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call(assignment) to which you would like to apply.
  • Candidates may apply to a maximum of three (3) special calls (assignments) per advertisement.
  • Your order of preference may be specified in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment.
  • Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host
    Entity between 5 and 25 June. Usually these interviews are competency-based.
  • The selected candidate will be invited to attend a training prior to deployment. The training will take place in Helsinki from 5-7 September.


  • United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals.
  • We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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