Programme Officer

at Government of Switzerland
Published November 13, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


For the management of its food systems portfolio in Somalia, North-Eastern Kenya (ASAL counties) and South-Eastern Ethiopia (Somali Region), the IC team of the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi is looking for a Programme Officer.

Main Tasks

Support the IC team in ensuring the quality and result orientation of a climate-smart regional food systems portfolio with a particular focus on resilience building of (agro-)pastoral communities in the drylands of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Ensure, in accordance with SDC principles and quality standards, a sound operational and financial management of SDC-supported food systems programmes, including planning, risk assessments, preparation of required documentation for approval, contractual compliance, implementation, M&E, financial/operational audits (Project Cycle Management, PCM), and contribute to internal annual reporting and planning.
Organize periodical joint field visits with the IC food systems team / SDC Global Programme Food Security in Addis Ababa to plan, monitor and evaluate SDC-funded projects and programmes and to foster Switzerland’s regional food systems portfolio.
Convene, organize and facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and joint learning with implementing partners and within the Embassy, continuously analyses and document information about the humanitarian, development and security relevant context and translate it into conclusions for the Swiss programming, including identification and analysis of potentially new food security engagements in the region. To inform context analysis, policy dialogue and programming, a broad network of relevant stakeholders, especially in Somalia/Kenya, is required (government, civil society, private sector).
Represent SDC in donor coordination fora relevant to the RPHoA, help defining and shaping programmatic and policy dialogue with relevant government authorities at county (i.e. Frontier Counties Development Council, FCDC) and national level / multilateral partner agencies (UN, World Bank) and support the Deputy/Head of International Cooperation in their dialogues with food system-relevant partners, including with private sector actors.
In a volatile and fragile context, ensure an effective conflict-, risk- and gender-sensitive programming approach of implementing partners, including effective reporting, and promote the integration of climate, environment and disaster risk reduction as crosscutting themes.
Willingness to take up additional tasks and duties related to the food systems portfolio on request and after consultation with the direct superior.

Required Skills

Highly motivated, committed and team minded.
Ability to deal effectively and in a diplomatic manner at all levels.
Ability to multitask, capable of learning fast, adaptive.
Motivated to learn.
Good diplomatic communication skills and friendly attitude.
Precise, dynamic, high level of integrity and loyalty.
Strong service and customer orientation.


Master’s Degree in a field relevant to development cooperation and/or humanitarian aid


A minimum of 5 years post-qualification work experience in development cooperation and/or humanitarian aid in the field of rural development, food security/food systems/livestock and/or resilience building, climate change and natural resource management in the HoA (incl. Somalia), preferably with an international NGO, UN agency or similar organizations. Experience in collaborating with national/local government authorities, multilateral agencies and other development relevant stakeholders (UN, IFI’s, IGAD, etc.)

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