British High Commission Jobs in Kenya


Grade: A2/A2L (SAIC)
Division: DFID Somalia (Africa Division)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: Thursday 15 July 2016

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the government’s UK Aid Strategy.
Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat of terrorism and global climate change.

This is an exciting and challenging post within the Humanitarian and Resilience Team to monitor and manage the existing multi-year humanitarian programme in Somalia (notably our nutrition and resilience investments), provide advice on the contracting and implementation of new projects and oversee the rolling out of DFID’s humanitarian policy and post World Humanitarian Summit commitments.

This appointment will be graded at A2/A2L level (depending on the skills and experience of applicants). The appointment will be under local terms and conditions and subject to security clearance. The salary is for A2 level Kshs Kshs 643,212 or A2/L Kshs 469,298 per month before tax.
The ideal start date is: October 2016


Duties After more than two decades of conflict, Somalia is one of the world’s poorest and most fragile states and one of the most challenging operating environments in which we work. It is on the road to recovery, but the future remains uncertain. It sits at the bottom of most development league tables, with widespread poverty and inequality, very low human development indicators, endemic gender violence and discrimination, a persistent humanitarian crisis.

Humanitarian Advisor Job Responsibilities

  • The Humanitarian Advisor role is responsible for the day-to-day design, management and monitoring of elements of the Somalia humanitarian portfolio.
  • The jobholder will be line managed by the A1 Humanitarian and Resilience Team Leader.
  • Contribute and in some cases lead on the provision of technical advisory support regarding DFID Somalia’s programming and influencing activities
  • Contribute to ongoing humanitarian assessment and analysis;
  • Support, when required to the development of a humanitarian strategy and plan to respond to identified priority needs;
  • Provide advisory input and where necessary lead the design and production of necessary business case documentation to support the implementation of strategy;
  • Support the humanitarian team in ensuring the successful delivery of the existing and future humanitarian programmes in accordance with DFID requirements and as defined in programme objectives and indicators;
  • Work with the programme team to strengthen DFID programme management, most notably on monitoring, evaluation and results and lead on advisory inputs for selected partners
  • Contribute to the engagement with other DFID teams and UK departments active in Somalia, DFID partners, other donors and the wider system to strengthen humanitarian performance and accountability;
  • Provide advisory input and where necessary lead on producing briefing on key policy issues for management in DFID or the British High Commission;
  • Work with the senior programme officer to ensure quality of drafts of relevant Parliamentary Questions, correspondence, press lines and other briefings.
  • Play a constructive and participative role in DFID Somalia
  • Backstop the other humanitarian advisor on Somalia issues
  • Contribute to DFID Somalia corporate exercises as necessary

Skills & Knowledge Technical Competencies for the post

See Annex for DFID’s core humanitarian advisor technical competencies (grade descriptors at A2 / A2L level), but essential are:

  • Planning and managing relief operations
  • Humanitarian theory and architecture
  • International humanitarian law and principles
  • Disaster Resilience and disaster risk reduction

Desirable Experience for Humanitarian Adviser Job

  • Experience of working with NGO consortia and / or UN agencies, pooled funding mechanisms, and working with a range of international donors on seeking system wide-improvements;
  • Experience of DFID reporting on results and financial tracking an advantage;
  • Experience of nutrition, food security, risk finance, refugee / migration issues.
  • Civil Service Competencies for the post

Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate the following generalist competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

   How to Apply

   The candidate must request the application form from [email protected] The completed application form with a copy of their most recent CV must be sent to the same email address. Please quote the following reference number when applying “KEN/001”. Failure to do so may result in your application not being viewed, The closing date for the vacancy is 12:00 pm on 15 July 2016.  If you have not received a response by end July 2016 consider your application as unsuccessful Click here to apply