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  • Posted: Mar 16, 2024
    Deadline: Mar 29, 2024
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    The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi.The British High Commission in Kenya maintains and develops relations between the UK and Kenya.We provide services to British nationals living in an...
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    Senior Political Officer HEO

    Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 1 
    Main purpose of job:

    Use in depth knowledge of Kenya’s political environment and system to inform UK policy and activity in Kenya.  Grow the UK’s network of political contacts and relationships (with e.g.  political actors, civil society, media and religious leaders). Provide thoughtful, balanced and timely advice on the impact of political developments to UK interests in Kenya. Use knowledge to spot opportunities and manage risks.  Lead on specific areas of UK policy – in particular support our work to strengthen Kenya’s institutions including Kenya’s constitutionally mandated bodies.  Use knowledge and networks to support delivery of objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic Partnership.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    •  Use knowledge of Kenyan political system and environment to provide high quality analysis and advice to inform delivery of UK objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic Partnership. 
    • Lead on specific areas of UK policy (TBD depending on experience).  As appropriate, use, develop and implement programmes, influencing and communication strategies to deliver policy objectives.
    • Strengthen of understanding of the Kenya political system and Government of Kenya’s ways of working within the British High Commission through sharing analysis, updates, delivering seminars and other tools as required.
    • Monitor medium – long term political trends, spotting opportunities for and risks to UK objectives in Kenya.
    • Maintain and develop a wide network of contacts across the political spectrum. Support colleagues, including the High Commissioner, develop contacts and network to progress UK priorities.
    • Take on ad hoc duties as needed, for example arranging Ministerial and other senior inward and outward visits, arranging events such as roundtables.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Degree level qualification in politics, international relations or a related field.
    • Excellent networking skills with established and extensive relationships with wide range of political actors in Kenya. 
    • In depth knowledge of Kenyan political issues – with demonstrable enthusiasm for engaging in political ideas and, ideally, expertise in Kenyan constitutional and legal structures.
    • At least 5 years’ experience working in the field of politics and/or governance.
    • Proven ability to write accurate and insightful reports quickly.
    • Highly organised, proactive, able to take initiative and to work independently and accurately to meet deadlines.
    • Excellent IT Skills (a working knowledge or Microsoft Excel and Word is essential)
    • A willingness to travel in Kenya and to do some occasional out of (core) hours work will be necessary.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Knowledge of UK political and governance structures.

    Required behaviours 1 

    • Seeing the Big Picture, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

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    Governance Advisor – Anti-Corruption SEO

    Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 1 
    Main purpose of job:

    Use in depth knowledge of Kenya’s political and governance system to inform UK policy and activity in Kenya related to governance and anti-corruption – including designing and implementing action plans.  Lead UK anti-corruption programming, taking overall responsibility for setting direction, monitoring, financial management etc.  Maintain and grow the UK’s network of relationships (with e.g. political actors, civil society, media and religious leaders) to support delivery of objectives. Provide thoughtful, balanced and timely advice on the impact of wider political developments to UK interests in Kenya. Use knowledge to spot opportunities and manage risks. Use knowledge and networks to support delivery of objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic partnership.

    Roles and responsibilities 

    • Provide high quality technical advice, analysis and reporting based on deep experience and knowledge of the Kenyan political and governance systems to inform delivery of UK governance and anti-corruption objectives.
    • Support delivery of the BHC Transparency and Accountability campaign, by leading on the anti-corruption objectives, including ensuring that clear policy priorities are identified, developing action plans, and tracking progress.
    • Identify strategic, innovative and realistic options for governance programming with Government, key institutions and civil society, including technical approaches, entry points and key facilitators, while thinking and working politically. This requires experience of government systems and good practice in technical and programmatic support for reforms. 
    • Design and implement a new cross mission anti-corruption strategy, and enhance coherence between different strands to embed anti-corruption approaches.
    • Bringing experience of the design and delivery of governance programmes to support excellence in BHC programming, including robust monitoring, evaluation and learning of BHC programming. This requires experience of managing funding to national and local partner organisations, including experience of a wide range of risk management and compliance functions. 
    • Maintaining regular contact with internal and external stakeholders from Government, donors, civil society, academia and the private sector, providing advice to different teams across the mission as appropriate.  Support colleagues, including the High Commissioner, develop contacts and network to progress UK priorities.
    • Build strong relationships with HMG colleagues to support delivery of wider UK objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic Partnership – including through political analysis, advice and influencing. Take on leadership for delivery of additional areas of UK policy as needed.
    • Take on ad hoc duties as needed, for example arranging Ministerial and other senior inward and outward visits, arranging events such as roundtables.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Degree level qualification in politics, international relations or a related field.
    • Experience in governance and anti-corruption policy design and implementation, including demonstration of applied political economy analysis and ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders across a larger organisation and with external stakeholders.
    • Excellent networking skills with established and extensive relationships with wide range of political actors in Kenya.  Excellent communication and influencing skills. 
    • Enthusiasm and ability to establish strong relationships with a variety of senior stakeholders in national Government, international community, civil society, business and local government.  
    • Experience of overseeing programme management, including an understanding of risk management, value for money, safeguarding, and delivering results. 
    • At least 7-10 years’ experience working in the field of politics and/or governance
    • Proven ability to write accurate and insightful reports quickly.
    • Organised, proactive, able to take initiative and to work independently and accurately to meet deadlines.
    • Proven ability to work across multiple areas in a flexible manner, identifying priorities and opportunities as they evolve.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Knowledge of UK political and governance structures.
    • The successful applicant will be encouraged to work towards formal accreditation of HMG’s Governance Cadre (to at least practitioner level), with the support of their line manager and the cadre.

    Required behaviours 1 

    • Seeing the Big Picture, Managing a Quality Service, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

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    Senior Policy Officer - Human Rights, Peace and Security HEO

    Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 1 
    Main purpose of job:

    Use in depth knowledge of Kenya’s political and governance system to inform UK policy and activity in Kenya related: 1) community security 2) human rights – especially the rights of women and girls and 3) Kenya’s role in peacebuilding in the wider region.   Grow the UK’s network of political contacts and relationships (with e.g.  political actors, civil society, media and religious leaders) to deliver objectives related to these three policy areas. Provide thoughtful, balanced and timely advice on the impact of political developments. Use knowledge to spot opportunities and manage risks.  Lead implementation of policy and programmes to support delivery of these objectives.  Use knowledge and networks to support delivery of objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic partnership.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    • Use knowledge of Kenyan political and governance systems to inform to provide high quality analysis and advice to inform delivery of UK policy objectives related to 1) community security 2) human rights – especially the rights of women and girls and 3) Kenya’s role in peacebuilding in the wider region.  
    • Lead the UK’s work on human rights, including setting policy and designing strategies (influencing, communications, programming) to achieve objectives. 
    • Strengthen of understanding of the issues related to 1) community security 2) human rights and 3) Kenya’s role in peacebuilding in the wider region within the British High Commission through sharing analysis, updates, delivering seminar and other tools as required.
    • Maintaining regular contact with internal and external stakeholders from GOK, donors, civil society, academia and the private sector, providing advice to different teams across the mission as appropriate.  Support colleagues, including the High Commissioner, develop contacts and network to progress UK priorities. Including development of networks in the wider East Africa and Horn region.
    • As required support implementation of programmes including the UK’s £20m REINVENT community security programme, but including the design and implementation of new programme areas.
    • Support delivery of wider UK objectives under the UK Kenya Strategic Partnership – including through political analysis, advice and influencing. Take on leadership for delivery of additional areas of UK policy as needed.
    • Take on ad hoc duties as needed, for example arranging Ministerial and other senior inward and outward visits, arranging events such as roundtables.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Degree level qualification in politics, international relations or a related field.
    • Experience in human rights, peace and security policy design and implementation.
    • Excellent networking skills with established and extensive relationships with wide range of political actors in Kenya.  Excellent communication and influencing skills.
    • Enthusiasm and ability to establish strong relationships with a variety of senior stakeholders in national Government, international community, civil society, business and local government. 
    • Experience of overseeing programme management, including an understanding of risk management, value for money, safeguarding, and delivering results.
    • At least 5 years’ experience working in the field of politics and/or governance
    • Proven ability to write accurate and insightful reports quickly.
    • Highly organised, proactive, able to take initiative and to work independently and accurately to meet deadlines.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 1 

    • Knowledge of UK political and governance structures.

    Required behaviours 1 

    • Seeing the Big Picture, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

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