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New Position as Governance and Health Programme Manager

The Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi (RDE) seeks to hire a programme manager for the Governance and Health Team at the Embassy. The team implements the thematic programme on governance and health under Denmark’s Kenya Country Programme 2016-2020. The programme manager will be part of a 7-person strong team characterised by professionalism and great team spirit.



The Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi is currently employing more than 50 people, thus making it the largest Danish Embassy in Africa. The Embassy is an integral part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and therefore shares the same overall objectives and the same visions, mission and values as the rest of the organization. The Embassy is accredited to represent Denmark in the areas of foreign policy and foreign economic and commercial relations as regards to the Republic of Kenya. The embassy also has the responsibility for overseeing relations in Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea.



The programme manager will report to the Team Leader of the Governance and Health Team.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the RDE Public Sector Management portfolio.
  • More specifically, manage Danida’s support to public financial management (PFM) and universal health care in the devolved system.
  • Coordinate and collaborate closely with Danida advisors on health.
  • Responsible for the Embassy’s economic analysis and reporting.
  • To varying degrees, represent the Embassy in donor groups on health, PFM, devolution and anti-corruption.
  • Contribute to reporting and answering of requests from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark.
  • Oversee the day to day running of the programme.
  • Any other duties assigned.



The applicant must have:

  • A relevant university degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years professional working experience in the field of public sector management, governance, macro-economy or health.
  • Experience with programme management and monitoring, including the financial monitoring and oversight of the relevant programmes and projects.
  • Experience with administration of international development cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral, and working with partners in the public sector in developing countries.
  • Excellent English oral and written skills are a requirement.
  • Knowledge of Danish or another Scandinavian language is an asset.

The applicant should be a team player and be able to work independently, often with short deadlines. The applicant must be ready and able to deal with a work environment where the pace is high and ever changing, affecting the daily work and planning. Regular field trips to various locations in Kenya are a part of the job.




Candidates interested in the position are invited to forward a 1-page letter of motivation and a detailed CV, including 3 references to not later than Friday, 8 December 2017. The email subject should be “PROGRAMME MANAGER, GOVERNANCE AND HEALTH.


Any application received after the deadline will not be considered. Interviews will take place in the second week of December. Preferred starting date is mid-Jan 2018.


The Embassy of Denmark encourages all relevant applicants to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, personal background, etc.