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Head of Programmes

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-16

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Are you aiming to work for an organization where it is worthwile investing your personality, your skills and your time? Are you looking for a job that is exciting and has clear goals? Welcome to Welthungerhilfe!

We are one of the largest and most respected private organisations for development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. As a politically and confessionally independent organisation, our value-oriented actions are always based on ethical principles. Our vision is clear: "Zero Hunger by 2030" - If you want to become part of this joint mission and support us in the fight against hunger worldwide, we look forward to receiving your application as:

Head of Programmes*

in Nairobi 

The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration of two years. There are very good prospects for an extension. Employment location will be Nairobi, Kenya.

As Head of Programmes you will work on the development of the multiannual country programme under the supervision of the Country Director and contribute to its implementation and monitoring in order to maximise Welthungerhilfe's impact on the basis of Welthungerhilfe's strategy and quality standards. In addition, you will represent Welthungerhilfe in the country in agreement with the Country Director.

Your responsibilities

  • Monitor the implementation of projects and programmes according to Welthungerhilfe quality standards, including the setup of an effective and participatory M&E system
  • Identify, examine and assess (pre-select) new project ideas on the basis of the intervention strategy, the concept papers and the orientation framework of the Country Programme
  • Maintain and help to strategize the development of a country programme and ensure coordination with various stakeholders on behalf of Welthungerhilfe
  • Help to develop relationships with current donors (e.g. EU, USAID/OFDA, ECHO, WFP, GIZ) and potential donors while providing guidance in the assessment and formulation of concept notes and proposals for donor funding opportunities
  • Networking and participation in relevant coordination meetings with UN agencies, donors, research institutions and national NGOs
  • Support the development of in-country expertise in each sector as well as a national staff capacity building agenda
  • Development of proposal budgets in collaboration with the Financial Manager, ensuring appropriate resources are built into the budget process
  • Monitor the humanitarian situation in-country and the evolution of possible crises through early warning indicators
  • Ensure reporting (status and financial reports) occurs correctly and in due time to Welthungerhilfe Head Office and to donors
  • Represent Welthungerhilfe vis-à-vis other national and international, governmental and non-governmental bodies as well as relief and development organizations

Your profile

  • A university or polytechnic degree in humanitarian/development studies or an equivalent degree related to the position
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant working and leadership experience (regional working experience would be an asset)
  • Good knowledge of planning and survey methods (incl. M&E)
  • Proven reporting and organizational skills, with proficiency in writing for different audiences
  • Coordination and organisational skills, including ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in an insecure environment and commit to strict security regulations
  • Excellent spoken and written English, ability to communicate in German would be an advantage

Our offer

We offer you the opportunity to work in a responsible and interesting field as part of an extremely dedicated team. Welthungerhilfe attaches great importance to the personal and professional development of its employees and the balance of their work and private life. This includes flexible working hours as well as working from home. Remuneration is based on our gender-independent salary scale. In addition, Welthungerhilfe offers numerous other benefits, which are listed under "Our benefits".

Please send your application via our online recruiting system by November 27, 2019. Your contact person is Carolin Moellenbeck.

*We welcome applications from all people, regardless of gender, confession, or origin. In case of equal qualification, people with disabilities will be given preferential consideration.

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