UN Programme Officer Job in Kenya


Title:Programme Officer

Job ID:11162

Practice Area – Job Family


Vacancy End Date:(Midnight New York, USA) 30/07/2017

Duty Station:Nairobi, Kenya

Education & Work Experience:G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience

Languages Required:



Vacancy Type:National Regular UN Volunteer

Posting Type:External

Bureau :United Nations Volunteers

Contract Duration:5 Months

This recruitment will be handled by UNV Nairobi Kenya.  A candidate could be deployed to other locations outside Nairobi.  This position is open for Kenyan nationals only as well as legal residents in the country or territory with the status of refugee/status of being stateless


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis 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.

Organizational Context/Project

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), brings together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations.


UNAIDS is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic


Living Conditions


Family: – Housing available on demand;

Health conditions in area of work-site, access to basic commodities, safe drinking water, sanitation and medical facilities: – Conducive conditions and readily available access to commodities, safe drinking water, sanitation and medical facilities;

Availability to basic goods and services, and to markets at the place of assignment :- Readily available access;

Availability to public transport, telecommunication and banking services :- Readily available access;

Quality and cost of the existing educational facilities (primary and secondary) for dependents available in the specific place of assignment, or those closest to this area :- Reasonable and modest, Language of instruction – English;

Socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in (main economic activities, religious groups, special customs and events, etc.):- National and International community of diverse backgrounds;

Prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment: – Modest security;

Topographic and climatic features of the assignment location: – Highland cool and warm tropical climate.


Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers


A 5- month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.


Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of 76,779 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Social Mobilization and Partnership Adviserthe national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks

Support processes to develop and strengthen strategic partnerships and alliances for an expanded response in the country.

Support the active engagement of civil society – especially those most affected and vulnerable and including labour organizations and the private sector – for social dialogue, policy development and activity implementation.

In line with the 90-90-90 targets, support delivery of the Fast Track to ending AIDS by 2030 under the Joint Team on HIV&AIDS in Kenya

Support activities around accelerating access to HIV testing services for marginalized and at risk populations

Provide support to the national World AIDS Campaign

Participate in relevant  meetings and help to document where necessary

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);

Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output

The Programme Officer (PO) is expected to provide programme support services ensuring high quality of work, accuracy, timely and properly recorded/documented delivery as per key deliverable areas.

The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the Secretariat Team (UNAIDS) and exchange information and support programme delivery. The PO is also expected to work in close collaboration with NACC counterparts and other partners to support the national response to HIV in the areas assigned.

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.



Demonstrates commitment to UNAIDS mission, vision, values and code of conduct.

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Displays academic and professional aptitude to facts, scientific knowledge, evidence and is willing to use them for the common good and the benefit of the national response to HIV and AIDS in Kenya.

Displays self discipline, integrity, confidentiality, truthfulness and dependability.

Displays willingness to be a positive and strong team player, supportive attitude and collegiality with all staff members and counterparts.

Fluency in English, knowledge of local language (Kiswahili) desirable

Required Skills and Experience

University degree in social sciences, development planning, international relations, or a relevant combination of academic preparation and experience.

Certificate or demonstrated experience in using basic computer software packages  such as Micro-Soft Word, Excel and Power Point


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.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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