By joining DRC Kenya, the successful candidate will strengthen his/her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. The Livelihoods Officer will gain expertise on the different approaches of DRC and the NGO and UN community in a humanitarian and development context and be able to deepen his/her knowledge on dryland farming; resilience; Enterprise Development and Vocational skills and capacity development of refugees. In addition, there will be a wealth of opportunities to increase learning about the displacement dynamics in Kenya and the greater East Africa region including through routine participation in relevant coordination forums.
The successful candidate will receive solid technical support from the team at DRC Kenya and Regional Offices, and by this continuously develop him-/herself. This environment will as well enable the Livelihoods Officer to develop teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are indispensable in any professional environment.
Working and Living Conditions
Normal work hours (incl. lunch): 8.00am – 5pm
Days of per week: 4.5 - 6 days per week (flexible dependent on workload).
Holidays: 10 Public Holidays per annum in the Kenyan calendar (plus 1-2 ad-hoc public holidays)
DRC Kenya will identify suitable accommodation for the Livelihoods Officer based on his/her individual preferences. Accommodation is readily available. Staff typically live in apartments or housing estates in the nearby area. Use of DRC guest house is also an option.
Accommodation in Nairobi is usually wired for Wi-Fi and satellite TV, and many now have solar power water heating systems to reduce cost. Due to the temperate climate few houses or apartments have air conditioning or heating systems/fireplaces. Hence it is advised to prepare dressing for all seasons in one day. Rainy season can be chilly and damp so good footwear and warm clothes from July-September is necessary.
The Livelihoods Officer will be accommodated no more than 60 minutes from the office (considering the sometimes heavy Nairobi traffic).
The Livelihoods Officer can be accommodated alone or with others. Depending on the preferences of the deployee both options can be explored.
The DRC Kenya office is situated in Lower Kabete, a nice, leafy area of the city close to Ambassadorial residences, good restaurants and international schools. Nearby locations in Loresho, Westlands, Brookside, Kitisuru, Kyuna, Lavington and Parklands are all options to find good quality, safe, comfortable and convenient accommodation in the heart of Nairobi. Traffic is problematic throughout the city although this area is significantly better than much of Nairobi, and outside of weekdays rush hour moving around the area is very easy.
Opportunities for walking around Nairobi are limited due to very few designated walkways/pavements, inadequate public amenities, and heavy traffic on roads. Some areas are better than others, and parks and designated walking areas do exist.
Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city with lots of restaurants, museums, shops, outdoor and indoor music venues, good social scenes, Nairobi National Park and a large inner-city forest. It is a very convenient city for families and children.
Nairobi is well connected to the rest of the country by road, air, train etc. and a few hours’ journey outside the city takes you to some of the best game parks and nature reserves in the world. Short weekend trips for camping, sight-seeing, safari, hiking, and a wide range of water sports at the coast are feasible. Binoculars and a camera will be well-used!
Conditions of service during deployment
o Accommodation, visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
o A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum during deployment (325,54 Euros per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
o In addition, upon return to Europe, an amount of 100 Euros/month of deployment is foreseen as a post-deployment resettlement allowance.