Partnership for Economic Policy Job Vacancy: Senior Programme Officer – Nairobi, Kenya

Posting Job


November 16, 2015

Expired Job


June 19, 2019



Senior Programme Officer

The Partnership for Economic Policy
seeks a highly qualified Programme officer (preferably at Senior level)
to support the Executive Director and senior management in research,
capacity building, program management and project development activities
at the global level. The selected candidate will work closely and help
Thematic Research Group Coordinators in project development and
management and will interface widely with program administrative and
coordination staff, communication, monitoring and evaluation, resource
persons, research fellows and grantees across countries. The position
will be based at the PEP Global Secretariat hosted by the International
Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya.

Specific responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Support
    the Executive Director (ED) and Thematic Research Groups (TRG) in
    developing high quality grant proposals in strategic priority themes
  • Provide
    technical and managerial support to implementing flagship initiatives
    and support partners in program design, coordination and reporting to
  • Assist
    senior management in annual work planning and program execution through
    preparation of annual programme of activities and budgets, collation
    and analysis of project-related information, and reporting on
    implementation of work plans.
  • Support
    senior management in preparing technical documents and in organizing
    annual conferences, policy dialogues and other functions.
  • Support
    communication and knowledge management in synthesis of scientific
    evidence and production of quality outreach materials for enhancing
    visibility, uptake and impact of research.
  • Enhance
    data management, flow of information and relevant content to build
    collaboration and improve working relationships across locations and in
    the wider network.
  • Support internal and external publication of research outputs through internal review and scientific editing of materials.
  • Analyze
    human resources and expertise within the global network and develop
    strategic interventions for enhancing network services and harnessing
    existing expertise.
  • Undertake other related technical and managerial activities in support of global initiatives and work plans.

We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:


  • PhD degree in development economics, applied economics, project planning, or any other related fields.
  • A
    minimum of five years of experience (applications are also welcome at
    Programme officer level with three years of experience) in the
    management/administration or coordination of research or academic
  • Knowledge of donor requirements and experience in developing and writing high quality and successful project proposals.
  • Deep
    understanding of development policy research and challenges for
    inclusive growth and sustainable development in the developing regions.
  • Practical skills and familiarity with standard project management software and results-oriented program management.
  • Excellent scientific writing ability and communication skills in English.
  • An
    effective and energetic team player, with the ability to work in a
    multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment and willingness to
  • Strong self-motivation and innovative skills, with capacity to work independently and meeting deadlines.


  • Ability
    and willingness to allocate time flexibly into program management,
    coordination and supporting research teams in project design and
    implementation in selected priority areas.
  • Interest
    and motivation to leverage knowledge and experience for building a
    highly effective and well-coordinated global research for delivering
  • Familiarity with web publishing and interactive social media.
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish to support global teams.

position is for an initial fixed-term of 3 years, renewable based on
performance and availability of funds. This will be an international
position and will offer an attractive and competitive package, with tax
free privileges for expatriate staff in Kenya.

Apply no later than 30 November 2015, but open until filled.
Please submit your letter of motivation with a detailed CV/resume and
full contact details of three references.

Applications can be submitted
by email to
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