Organization: Government of Switzerland
Country: Kenya, Somalia
Closing date: 30 Apr 2018
International Cooperation Division, Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi
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 food security portfolio in Somalia and North-Eastern Kenya, the International Cooperation Division of the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi is looking for a Programme Officer.
· Support the International Cooperation Division in ensuring the quality and result orientation of its food security portfolio (programme cycle management) with a particular focus on resilience building of (agro-) pastoral communities in the dry lands of the Horn of Africa.
· Represent the Embassy in the dialogue with and coordination among international donors, government authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the food security sector at national and regional level (including Pillar Working Groups in Somalia, Somalia Joint UN Resilience Strategy, IGAD Drought Resilience Platform etc.).
· Convene, organise and facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and joint learning with implementing partners and within the Embassy and continuously analyze and document information about the humanitarian, development and security relevant context and translate it into conclusions for the Swiss programming. For this, a broad network of relevant food security stakeholders especially in Somalia needs to be maintained (government, civil society, private sector).
· As an active member of the Embassy food security team, contribute to the annual planning and reporting processes.
Required Experience and Competencies
· University degree in studies related to development (or similar education) and 5 years’ work experience in areas related to food security preferably in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Somalia).
· Experience in the management of development and humanitarian food security 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 and other development relevant stakeholders (UN, IFI’s, IGAD etc.).
· Good understanding of the social, economic and political context of Somalia and North-Eastern Kenya, notably the humanitarian and development challenges affecting local communities, and ability to capture political and social dimensions of (agro-)pastoralism.
· 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, project approval documents etc.). Fluent in Somali.
· Ability to work independently and to deliver quality work on time.
How to apply:
Modalities of employment and application
· Foreseen duty station is Nairobi with frequent travels to Somalia and North-Eastern Kenya (applicant must be in possession of a valid working permit for Kenya). Duty station in Mogadishu may be considered.
· Application deadline is April 30th 2018. Applications 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 email@example.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted (within 3 weeks after receipt of application).
· Start date: at the earliest convenience.
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