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Job Title:
Development Officer

KES 3,240,244 gross per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Kenya.



Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date for applications:
25-01-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the First Secretary (Development), the Project Officer participates in the planning and implementation of Canada’s development cooperation program and its projects. The Project Officer provides the First Secretary (Development), the Head of Cooperation and other team members analysis of local circumstances affecting projects and recommendations on courses of action. The Project Officer also contributes to the overall operation of the Development Section and performs other relevant duties.

Essential qualifications:
Essential Qualifications
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in any discipline
* The term accredited means the educational institution must be registered and recognized with an accrediting body within the country where the institution is physically located.

• Fluency in English – (reading, writing, comprehension and speaking)

• Minimum 3 years of recent* experience in working on international development and/or humanitarian assistance, either with an implementing partner or a donor agency in East Africa;
• Experience in the assessment and monitoring of international development and/or humanitarian programs and projects in East Africa;
• Experience writing reports and briefing materials related to international development and/or humanitarian assistance;
• Experience organizing and overseeing visits and events for high-level government officials
*Recent is defined as within the last 10 years.

Rated Requirements
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, references, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

• Knowledge of international development issues in East Africa;
• Knowledge of the humanitarian context in East Africa;
• Fluency with Windows operating environments, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft office software e.g. Word, Excel.

• Demonstrated ability to write reports and briefs, provide analysis and synthesize information in English;
• Effective written and oral communication skills;
• Ability to analyze and evaluate information and make recommendations;
• Ability to work as part of a team;
• Ability to manage workflow, prioritize and meet deadlines;
• Effective interpersonal skills

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
• Master’s Degree;
• University degree focused on international affairs, including international development, political science, project management and evaluation, public administration/management or any other related field;
• Demonstrated experience and familiarity creating content for social media and communications platforms and tools (i.e. Twitter, Facebook etc).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Occasional overtime, as operationally required
• Occasional domestic and international travel
• Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Valid passport
• The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status (RS), which includes criminal and credit background check, covering the entire employment period.
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period. If the employment is indeterminate, the work authorization should be permanent or itself lead to a permanent work authorization.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.

Area of selection:
Open to all external applicants who are legally eligible to work and live in Nairobi, Kenya, and to all mission employees occupying an indeterminate or term position, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Applicants should be resident in the vicinity of Nairobi at the time of hiring. Please note that the High Commission of Canada in Kenya does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly and will not relocate successful candidates. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
How to apply
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being rejected.

ELIGIBILITY INSTRUCTIONS (to be included in cover letter)
• Assessments questions have been included for candidates to complete and include in their cover letters along with the application. In order to be considered for the position, please note that candidates must answer the below questions. Please include the information in paragraph form. Responses must be your original work, and cannot use text from the internet or other sources. Applications using copied text will be disqualified.

** Applications that do not include the Candidate Assessment Questions will not be considered.**

Question #1 (750 words maximum)
Please describe your experience in working on international development and/or humanitarian assistance projects, either with an implementing partner or a donor agency in East Africa.

Question #2 (750 words maximum)
Please give us some examples of reports and briefing materials your produced related to international development and/or humanitarian assistance.

Question #3 (750 words maximum)
Please give us an example of a visit or event you participated in organizing and what elements your role covered.

Important notes
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The High Commission of Canada in Kenya does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada in Kenya, which might arise in the 18 months following the completion of this recruitment process, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term.
• All qualifications are non-compensatory.
• The High Commission of Canada in Kenya is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to:

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