Programme Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Diakonia Sweden 

Position Title: Programme Officer  

Diakonia is a Swedish international development organization with the overall goal of changing unfair political, economic, social, and cultural structures that generate poverty, inequality, oppression, and violence. Diakonia works with the most vulnerable people, local partners, and other strategic actors for the fulfilment of the right of all people to live a life in dignity - irrespective of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political conviction, religion, or sexual orientation and identity. Diakonia works with about 400 partner organizations in 25 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Diakonia has country offices in Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali, and Burkina Faso, with the Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

In Kenya, Diakonia works with civil society organizations to promote democracy and human rights, gender equality and climate change. Diakonia Kenya Country Office is looking for an outstanding, dynamic, results-oriented, and self-driven individual to fill the position of a Programme Officer to support the Democracy and Human Rights work.

The Programme Officer will provide key support in planning, formulating and implementing the operations of the assigned programme work plan and budget, monitor expenditures, as well as provide technical and management oversight on programme activities implemented by partner organizations to ensure compliance with funding and Global Diakonia requirements. We are looking for an action-oriented person who understands the democratic and human rights situation and civil society context in Africa.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Programme Planning & Development

  • Support in research for the design and development of the programme operational plan in compliance with global and regional strategic priorities
  • Support in research and preparation of concept notes and proposals to support in implementation of the resource mobilization plan
  • Participate in planning and developing the country office work plan and budget based on the approved programmatic approach by translating priorities into local interventions
  • Assessment of partners and partner proposals
  • Coordinate organizations’ capacity aimed at identifying gaps and the development of capacity strengthening plans
  • Preparation of partner organizations’ funding agreements in compliance with policy guidelines and procedures
  • Provide technical support in the development of partner work plan, budget and payment schedule
  • Provide input in the preparation and of programme guidelines and manuals to guide partner organizations in effective implementation of programme activities

Strategic Program Management

  • Support partner organizations to develop effective projects reporting systems that ensure all steps of the project cycle are accomplished
  • Monitor implementation of partner projects to ensure that agreed deliverables are produced satisfactorily according to plans in compliance with policy guidelines
  • Undertake field visits to evaluate and identify operational issues, problems and risks, ensure compliance to policy guidelines and take timely corrective action
  • Review and quality assure partner reports and prepare narrative reports to back donors
  • Ensure compliance to Diakonia’s PME guidelines at all stages of the project cycle and ensure all supporting documents are uploaded in FixIT
  • Provide partners with technical assistance through mentoring, training and workshops to develop their capacity to implement development initiatives
  • Support partners to develop exit strategies to ensure sustainability after project completion
  • Prepare project learning reports
  • Performs other related duties and functions as requested


  • A Programme Officer may be assigned additional responsibility to lead a project in which Diakonia is the lead organization within a consortium of donor organizations. The designated Programme Officer will be the main coordinator for all implementing partners and beneficiaries, ensuring project implementation is in line with the contract, work plan and budget

Education, Training and Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies/ Social Science or related field
  • Training in Project Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Human Rights with a good understanding of the governance contexts of the East Africa Region.
  • Training in statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)


  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding integrity and ethics
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in computer office packages word, excel, power point
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of views.
  • Research and writing skills

Relevant Experience

  • At least 5 years relevant experience from a non-profit organization
  • Strong in Human Rights, Gender Justice and Access to Justice
  • Strong appreciation of diversity.
  • Prior experience working in the East Africa region

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