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Job Title:
Senior Development Officer - Somalia

KES 5,999,456 gross per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Anticipatory - a pool of successful candidates may be created for other similar positions in either indeterminate, term or emergency contracts. 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:
09-09-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of the Development Counsellor (Head of Cooperation) and working with the team at the High Commission of Canada and at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Headquarters in Ottawa, assists in the identification, development and implementation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Programmes at the mission for Somalia; including identifying, assessing and negotiating new projects; managing and administering humanitarian, bilateral development and multilateral projects; conducting analysis of local needs and context; and performing other duties, including representation of the High Commission and Development Programs at events, conferences and meetings.

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.

• Master’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution

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

• Minimum 5 years of recent* experience involved in the design and implementation of international projects including management of financial aspects.
• Experience in the design, assessment and implementation of international development and/or humanitarian programs and projects in Somalia.
• Minimum 5 years of experience working for an international donor.
• 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 Somalia’s development context and of the Federal Government of Somalia’s plans and strategies;
• Knowledge of Somalia’s humanitarian context, including major trends, stakeholders and implementing partners;
• 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 from a recognized post-secondary institution majoring in a related field e.g. international development; project management and evaluation; public administration/management or any other related area.
• Somali language abilities
• Knowledge of Somali culture, customs, traditional practices and beliefs
• Working knowledge of French

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Occasional overtime, as operationally required
• Occasional domestic and international travel – including travel to Somalia
• 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:
• Candidates are 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.

• 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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