UN Jobs in Kenya,Humanitarian Specialist:Salary over Ksh 200,000

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline : 14-Jul-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 3d 0h 41m
Type of Contract : FTA Local
Post Level : NO-C
Languages Required : English
Starting Date :
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Duration of Initial Contract : One Year

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO) has focused on building capacity of the Regional country offices working on peace and security and humanitarian action to enhance effective and results based programming on women’s rights in peace and conflict situations; this has also included the support to develop a conducive environment for gender mainstreaming in UN humanitarian response through the development of tools for gender needs assessments in humanitarian settings, institutional gender needs assessments and trainings for relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian response; and supporting initiatives on women’s effective participation in peace building and conflict resolution through technical and advisory support to country offices and women’s peace networks.

Reporting to the Regional Advisor Governance, Women, Peace & Security, the Humanitarian Specialist will oversee the development of Humanitarian programmes, provide capacity building to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products on humanitarian initiatives


Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the development of programmes on Humanitarian to Country Office/ Multi Country Office/ Programme Presence teams:

  • Manage the development of regional programme documents on humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from country offices/ multi country offices;
  • Provide advice on contextualizing/ localizing programme documents, country strategies, and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate proper monitoring and reporting for humanitarian action in collaboration with programme teams.

Provide capacity building support to Country Office/ Multi Country Office/Programme Presence teams and partners:

  • Provide technical and policy support to country office, multi-country office programme presence programme teams in developing and strengthening projects/ programmes;
  • Implement and monitor capacity building initiatives;
  • Provide technical support to partners on implementation of humanitarian action.

Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners:

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of humanitarian action;
  • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards humanitarian action, as delegated;
  • Contribute inputs to updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women HQ.

Manage the resource mobilization strategy for humanitarian action in the region:

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on humanitarian action in the region;
  • Provide technical support to field based presences in the region in mobilizing resources for the implementation of humanitarian action;
  • Research and analyze information on donors.

Manage the design of humanitarian action in the region and the development of relevant knowledge products:

  • Provide inputs to policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on humanitarian action;
  • Research and develop analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on humanitarian action;
  • Identify promising practices, technical expertise in humanitarian action.

Manage the advocacy of humanitarian action through inter-agency coordination:

  • Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to humanitarian action;
  • Participate and contribute inputs to the regional Humanitarian Protection Cluster, and Regional Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG)
  • Coordinate specific efforts in mainstreaming gender and protection in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts of other clusters and relevant working groups;
  • Advocate for the engagement and participation of local organizations and civil society networks in humanitarian coordination mechanisms.

Manage advocacy and communication efforts of humanitarian action:

  • During emergency response, develop and implement communication and advocacy messages and contribute inputs to strategies on key gender and protection concerns;
  • Develop information, education and communication (IEC) materials, press releases, situation reports, alerts and contribute gender and protection-related inputs to documents prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Manage knowledge building and sharing for humanitarian action:

  • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with country offices;
  • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among MCO/ COs.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support;
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • Contributions to resource mobilization;
  • Timely and quality knowledge products.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example


Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender equality, protection and humanitarian action, including humanitarian coordination;
  • Strong knowledge of the region;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results based management and reporting.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, gender, international relations, international development, international law or other social science fields is required.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing and managing humanitarian programmes, with a particular focus on gender and protection in emergencies;
  • Technical experience in inter-agency coordination, preferably protection cluster coordination, and/or ProCap/GenCap in a natural disaster setting;
  • Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset;
  • Experience working in the region is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of French is an asset.

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