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The Embassy of Norway in Nairobi Hiring

Programme Officer Development Cooperation Somalia

31. Jan 2023

The Embassy of Norway in Nairobi represents Norway in Kenya, Somalia and Seychelles, and is the permanent delegation to UNEP and UN-HABITAT. The Embassy promotes Norwegian policies, interests and values in political and economic relations, development cooperation, in trade and investment promotion and in cultural and information matters. It provides consular services to Norwegian nationals and migration services to non-nationals. There are 35 staff working at the Embassy of Norway, including the Norwegian Embassy Office in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The Embassy has a permanent position as Programme Officer/Programme Manager in the Embassy’s development team. The position is available from March 2023. The Embassy supports programmes in democratization, good governance, economic reforms, stabilization, climate, conflict mitigation and human rights in Somalia. Somalia is a partner country for Norway in the category of fragile states.

Main duties:

  • Grant management. Follow up and monitoring of ongoing projects, programmes and funds. Assessment of funding applications and reports, including budgets, financial and audit reports. Preparing decisions and agreements. Commissioning independent reviews. Carry out field visits.
  • Represent Norway in meetings with the Somali government, international partners and other relevant stakeholders. Reporting on relevant developments connected to thematic areas for projects supported by the Embassy.
  • Primary responsibility for multilateral partners (UN and World Bank).
  • The Embassy covers several countries in the region. Project management duties might include projects in Kenya and regional projects
  • The Head of Mission may decide changes to assigned duties. Restructuring of the work done at the foreign service mission may impact the main duties.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science/social sciences/economics/development studies is a requirement.
  • Experience with grant management is a requirement. Experience from development/humanitarian related work from donor and international agencies or NGOs is an advantage.
  • Knowledge about the political, security and development context in Somalia is highly desirable. Experience working with human rights, gender issues and fragile states is an advantage.
  • Knowledge about multilateral organisations and their role in fragile states is an advantage.
  • Understanding of Norwegian foreign and development policy priorities is an advantage.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and reporting skills are required. Working proficiency in Norwegian or Somali is an advantage

Personal attributes

  • Excellent organizational skills, systematic and accurate
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-driven with ability to work unsupervised.
  • Active team-member
  • Ability to seek information independently and be able to analyse complex data in order to make assessments and represent Norwegian positions.
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities and undertake multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Respect for cultural diversity, with the ability to fit into a diverse team and to establish networks.

Employment modalities

The positions are based in Nairobi under a local contract. Remuneration as programme officer. A professional and conducive working environment will be offered, in addition to good insurance and pension schemes. The programme officer will be based at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi. Duty travel to Somalia must be expected.

Applications should be submitted to the Embassy of Norway, e-mail: not later than 20 February 2023. Please mark the email “Application Somalia PO”.

Applications should include:

  • a detailed CV;
  • a short letter including summary of professional experience and
  • a minimum of 3 professional references

For enquiries about the substance of the job, please contact Erling Hess Johnsen (Head of Cooperation), or Geir Arne Schei (Deputy Head of Mission),

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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