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UNICEF Kenya Country Office has 2 Fixed Term posts for passionate and committed professionals who want to make a lasting difference for children in Kenya.

We are seeking candidates who are committed to women and children, have high drive for results, integrity, demonstrable teamwork, good self-awareness and self-regulation to perform against the two posts listed below;

  1. Communications Officer - Donor Relations (NOB)
  2. Emergency Officer (NOB)

Communications Officer, Donor Relations - NOB    
Fixed Term Appointment

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term Position in the Deputy Representative’s Office, UNICEF Kenya.

Purpose of the Post: Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the consolidation of donor reports for UNICEF Kenya, based on information gathered from programme sectors and field offices.  Incumbent is also responsible for monitoring schedule of reports, based on information consolidated by PARMO.  Also ensure timely preparation and dissemination of other mandatory and special reports, as well as briefing documents and corporate publications relating to programme activities in support of the UNICEF mission in the country.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Timely and accurately reporting and monitoring of donor reports; this includes gathering of information, consolidation, editing and production of interim and final reports as per set deadlines as well as the production of Consolidated Donor Report(s).

In collaboration with Section Heads, compile, produce and disseminate mandatory UNICEF reports, including the Annual Report.

Contribute to the development of fundraising proposals in line with the overall fundraising strategy.  This includes compilation of information, editing and layout when necessary.

Support fundraising and other missions through the compilation and preparation of briefing and other programme documents for advocacy and information sharing purposes.

In collaboration with Advocacy and Partnership ensure the availability of human stories and photographs to enhance donor reporting and other reporting.

Enable an ‘institutional memory’ within the office through development and maintenance of record keeping of reports, proposals and other material developed for reporting and fund raising under the guidance of Deputy Representative and  provide assistance in drafting Kenya Country Office annual Report as well as regular update reporting to ESARO and HQ.

Maintain regular contact with programme sections in order to ensure an updated and comprehensive knowledge base on UNICEF programmes for use in material development.

Required Qualifications:
Advanced University degree in Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations or in an equivalent professional degree in the communication area/field.

Experience:  Three to five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in development agency or communication field handling development issues.

Language:  Fluency in English required and another UN language desirable.  Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.


  • Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
  • Communication, working with people, drive for results
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing, Applying Technical Expertise                       
  • Learning and Researching, Planning and Organizing             

Technical Knowledge   

  • Communication toolkit
  • Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
  • UNICEF Stylebook
  • Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children
Common Technical Knowledge Required
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, and the role of mass media.
  • Ability to research, analyses, evaluate and synthesize information.
  • General ability to draft clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in writing press releases and articles/stories for traditional and electronic media.
  • Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Excellent knowledge of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of Computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events and international development issues
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, including emergencies.
  • UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.

Emergency  Officer, NOB  -  Fixed Term Appointment

Closing Date: December 2, 2010

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term Position in the Emergency and Field Operations Section of UNICEF Kenya Country Office.

Purpose of the Post: Under the direction of the Chief of Emergency and Field Operations,  contributes to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency preparedness and response activities within the framework of disaster risk reduction as articulated in the Country Programme.

Major Duties and Responsibilitiies:

Assist UNICEF Kenya Country Office and Field Offices in the development of Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans including follow up with sections to ensure sectoral planning is completed in a timely manner and work with supply to establish reasonable levels of pre-positioning in keeping with level of risk and resources available.

Assist enhanced disaster preparedness at district level through support to the development and implementation of district disaster preparedness plans including the application of appropriate tools including vulnerability and capacity assessment and district preparedness planning templates.

Support cross sectoral information management required for UNICEF emergency preparedness and response including: collating demographic information to form statistical baseline for emergency prone districts; ongoing monitoring of emergency early warning sources and dissemination of critical information to support decision making; consolidating information from Field Offices, Government and partners, actions by UNICEF and partners and identifying gaps in response and assisting in collecting information and drafting sitreps on emergency preparedness and response activities.

Undertake rapid assessments of local conditions resulting from emergencies to determine the impact on women and children and recommends priority areas of intervention; undertakes field monitoring to assess progress of emergency response, participates in discussions with Government and other humanitarian partners and ensures effective dissemination of critical information and recommendations within the Office.

Assist in the planning and implementation of the UN Joint Programme and Strategy for support to Refugee Hosting Communities

Required Qualifications:

  • University Degree in Related Social Sciences, Public Administration, Economics, Communication or in any other relevant field.


  • 5-6 years progressive experience at national and sub-national level in emergency related programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.


  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required.  Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.


  1. Core Values (Required) Commitment ,  Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
  2. Core Competencies (Required) Communication ,   Working with People,  Drive for Result
  3. Functional competencies (Required) Leading and Supervising, Analyzing ,Deciding and Initiating Action, Persuading and Influencing,
  • Applying Technical Expertise, Planning and Organizing, Adapting and Responding to Change, Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
  • Versatility, judgment, maturity, and the ability to work on a team.
  • Ability to cope with stressful and difficult conditions, and political/cultural sensitivity.
  • Current knowledge of development  and emergency issues, policies, as well as social programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
  • Leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and microsoft office

Please note applications closing date is 2nd December 2010.

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae, (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to;

The Human Resources Specialist
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please indicate Reference Nos. “KCO/EMERG/2010-12” for Emergency Officer and “KCO/DRO/2010-21” for Communications Officer, Donor Relations in the email subject.

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