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

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 worldwide.
  • Provide technical and managerial support to implementing flagship initiatives and support partners in program design, coordination and reporting to donors.
  • 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 programs.
  • 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 travel.
  • 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 impact.
  • Familiarity with web publishing and interactive social media.
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish to support global teams.
The 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