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Junior EU Aid Volunteer – Livelihoods Officer – Kenya

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Deployment dates: 


About the position

The position-holder will support community mobilization, beneficiary identification and MEAL processes. The role will also support the DRC Kenya Livelihoods Working Group in various tasks - including desk research, report analysis & dissemination and participation in various livelihood stakeholder meetings. It will also work with Team Leaders/Managers and MEAL focal points to support specific livelihood research activities such as assessments and monitoring at Field Office sites.


About DRC Kenya

DRC Kenya works in some of the worst affected Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) counties, where the local population continues to rely on nomadic pastoralism for their survival, stretching their ability to adapt and survive to its limits. DRC Kenya has programmes with refugees, internally displaced and host communities in Kakuma, Dadaab and Nairobi. DRC is also implementing a cross border resilience programme in the Mandera Triangle in the North Easter region of the country. The programmes support a range of activities tailored to the ASAL way of life whilst acknowledging the rapidly changing natural environment.

The ASAL areas are largely borderlands, bordering Uganda to the West, South Sudan and Ethiopia to the North and Somalia to the East, with some of the Coastal areas also badly affected.

DRC Kenya has been operating in 4 of the most affected ASAL counties for many years and has developed very strong working relationships with the community, county authorities and national government. Some areas in North-Eastern Kenya are not easily accessible for international staff, and security assessments take place on a regular basis to ensure rules and procedures are updated with the changing context.

Turkana County (bordering Uganda and South Sudan) is calm and easily accessible for all staff. In areas not physically accessible, DRC Kenya has a system of remote management and support in place, including regular training workshops in Turkana County field sites and other areas. Security incidents involving NGO staff in Kenya are generally rare and UNDSS, INSO, security information services (SIS), internal and external training and other support mechanisms are all in place to minimize the risk even further.

All locations within the DRC Kenya programme are considered a level 2 or 3 (with 6 being the riskiest level and 1 being the least risky level) within the DRC Safety Level System.

Program Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation Support

a. Carry out participatory needs assessments and identify appropriate livelihoods interventions to increase incomes for the local community and reduce poverty in the target areas.
b. Participate in periodic program review and planning meetings; and external meetings as often as requested by the Team Leader/Managers.
c. Assist in developing livelihoods concept notes and proposals.
d. Participate in field reporting: prepare technical internal and external reporting.
e. Monitoring, evaluation, activity reporting and documentation.
f. Participation in community mobilization activities.

Coordination & Partnerships

a. Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, interagency coordination meetings and disseminate meeting reports within DRC.
b. Provide Support to the DRC Kenya Livelihoods Working Group in research and report-writing activities.

Project Communication (10%)

• 10% of the EUAV time will be allocated for communication tasks, to demonstrate the value added and impact of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and its different actions, and the professional contribution of EU Aid Volunteers. This will be implemented through specific channels discussed with the communications officer.
• Get in touch with the ECHO's RIOs (Regional Information Officers) to, previously approved by the line manager, share information about HOPE and the experience to be an EU Aid Volunteer.
• Develop one story from the field (an anecdotal story about their experience/work/ impact) produced during the assignment that may be uploaded into the network for use by sending/hosting organization and the European Union for communication purposes.
• Conference/workshop participation: Where appropriate, contribute to sharing experiences of life as an EU Aid Volunteer at conference/workshops organized by sending or hosting organizations and the European Commission.


Required competences
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Basic appreciation of Self-Reliance, Livelihoods and Economic Recovery concepts
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment to career
  • Commercial awareness
  • Career motivation
  • Communication
Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

Additionally, all DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
• Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
• Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
• Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC's vision and values.

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework ( All DRC staff, partner staff, and affiliates must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards. Additionally, the DRC Code of Conduct applies to EU Aid Volunteers in the same way as for DRC staff.

DRC does not discriminate based on race, colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

• Bachelors or Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences or Business or Agriculture-related fields.
• Minimum of 2 years work experience.

Condition of service

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 condition:

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)

Living conditions:

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.

Nearby area

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.

Selection process

All applicants must send the following:
• Cover letter.
• Updated Europass CV (please find a template in the bottom of the advert).
• Relevant diploma/certificate.
• Proven EU citizenship or long-term residency in an EU Member State (i.e. copy of passport/visa/authority letter stating approved long-term residency).
All documents should be uploaded in the online application system under the section for documents.

Shortlisting and invitation for interviews will be carried out 10 working days after closing date for application.

Please note that relevant mails regarding your application can end up in your spam folder. Hence, it is important you check your spam folder on a regular basis for important mails.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview. All interviews will be done online. In case of changes to the dates, the candidates will be notified.

EU trainings:
Based on the interviews one or more candidates will be chosen per position. Please note that additional candidates may be selected for a single position.

To select the final candidate for each position, pre-selected candidates from the interview will attend both an online and in-person EU training as part of the selection process. The selection of additional candidates is to ensure a substitute volunteer per position. The substitute volunteer may be chosen to replace the candidate in case they resign or are no longer available for another reason.

The final selection takes place shortly after the in-person training. The remaining candidate(s) may be offered the chance to be registered in a reserve pool to cover drop-outs or unforeseen needs of support, and thus still have a chance of being deployed to another position.

Induction training:
All final selected candidates will attend a pre-deployment introduction training (2,5 days) at Danish Refugee Council’s headquarters in Copenhagen.

Training costs:
Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the in-person EU training and the induction training will be fully covered (e.g. EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself).

If a candidate is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:
• EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. who live in that country).
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a non-EU country that lasts more than 24 months (i.e. who work in a non-EU country).

Date of training
September/October 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
November 2019
10/11/2019 – 09/05/2020
Post-deployment activities
Debriefing at DRC HQ in Copenhagen
Self assessment questionnaire
File SAQ Livelyhoods Kenya