Royal Danish Embassy Programme Officer (Peace and Stabilisation) Job in Kenya

Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer, Peace and Stabilisation

Our client the Royal Danish Embassy (RDE) seeks to hire a proactive Programme Officer for the Peace and Stabilisation work of the Embassy.

The team plays an active role and contribute to peace and stability at the Horn of Africa under the Danish Embassies in Nairobi and in Addis Ababa and integrates development, defence and justice sector instruments.

The Programme Officer will support the implementation of Denmark’s regional Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa (PSP HOA).  Denmark is among the most active long-term stabilisation partners in the region.

The Programme Officer will be part of a dedicated and agile Somalia team at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi and will primarily work under the supervision of the Embassy’s Stabilisation Coordinator and Defence Attaché, as well as collaborate with the Danish Embassy in Addis Ababa the and Whole-of-Government Secretariat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Copenhagen.

Background: The Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi is currently employing more than 50 people, thus making it the largest Danish Embassy in Africa. The Embassy is an integral part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and therefore shares the same overall objectives and the same visions, mission and values as the rest of the organization.

The Embassy is accredited to represent Denmark in the areas of foreign policy and foreign economic and commercial relations as regards to the Republic of Kenya. The embassy also has the responsibility for overseeing relations in Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea.

Reporting: The Programme Officer will report to the Coordinator for the Peace and stabilisation cluster.

Key responsibilities include:

  • The Programme Officer will coordinate, manage and oversee implementation of engagements under the PSP HOA, including support stabilisation, countering violent extremism, conflict mitigation, Rule of Law and prisons in Somalia and the Horn of Africa
  • Undertake daily substantive and financial management of engagements as well as monitoring and regular reporting on programme performance.
  • Coordinate and be in dialogue with implementing partners, other international partners and government institutions relating to PSP HOA engagements.
  • Assist in the preparation, planning and organisation of appraisals, reviews, visits, missions, meetings and conferences and other relevant events.
  • Represent the Danish Embassy in relevant meetings, working groups and coordination forums of direct relevance to the PSP HOA.
  • Report on relevant developments relating to PSP HOA, including contributing to the Embassy’s regular political, stabilisation and security reporting.
  • Contribute to Danish government policy papers, strategies, plans and programmes relevant to PSP HOA.


We are looking for a proactive and positive team player who is also skilled at working independently and often with short deadlines.

The applicant is talented in navigating changing environments and independently drive agendas forward that are important to Denmark.

The applicant must have:

  • A relevant university degree (e.g. political, social sciences or similar).
  • A minimum of 5 years professional working experience in the field of stabilisation and development programming, including experience with programme monitoring, substantive and financial management and risk management.
  • Proven track record as an efficient Programme Officer in the area of development and stabilisation in conflict and fragile affected situations.
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills are a requirement.
  • Knowledge and working experience from the Horn of Africa and Somalia.
  • Experience from working with political organizations/governments.
  • Experience from a bilateral international partner is an advantage.
  • Understanding the dynamics in relation to international development cooperation both bilateral and multilateral and coordination is an advantage.

We can offer:

  • Remuneration based on the level of experience. Employment is on a local contract and based on the relevant legally binding local labour market rules of Kenya.
  • An attractive, professional and conducive working environment, great team spirit, competence development, and remuneration as Programme Officer.

The work of the Programme Officer will be based in Nairobi but is expected to make regular duty travels to Somalia and Somaliland under due consideration of the Embassy’s security regulations.

Participation in the MFA Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) course or the UN Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) course is a requirement.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in the position are invited to forward a 1-page letter of motivation and a detailed CV, including 3 references to  not later than Friday, 11 June 2018. The email subject should be “PROGRAMME OFFICER, PEACE AND STABILISATION.

Interviews will take place in week 24 (starting with 14 June). 

The candidate is expected to start as soon as possible hereafter.

The Embassy of Denmark encourages all relevant applicants to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion/belief, disability, sexual orientation and personal background etc. The applicant must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance prior to appointment.

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Updated: June 5, 2018 — 8:15 pm