Senior EU Aid Volunteer (Drought Resilience Advisor)

European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Lower Kabete, Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Horn of Africa has long been a drought and flood prone area, experiencing cyclical severe drought on average once every 10 years. In recent times this cycle has shortened to every 3-5 years leaving affected communities with little in reserve and exhausted coping mechanisms.

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. The programmes support a range of activities tailored to the ASAL way of life whilst acknowledging the rapidly changing natural environment.

These programmes are an area of significant growth for the DRC Kenya team, and we are therefore looking for technical capacity and support to strategic programme design to ensure we can respond appropriately in a complex context.

Operational details & security context

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.


Technical Support and Training to field teams (remote and field-based) 50%

  • Identify specific and general gaps in technical capacity (e.g. integrated pest management, drylands farming techniques, productive waste management etc.) and provide both field-based and remote training to fill those gaps.
  • Provide technical advice and support to on-going activities as needed (including inter-agency projects).

Support to Project Management 20%

• Oversight of, and support to, specific resilience activities within projects.
• Provide inputs to DRC Kenya’s integrated programme approach (integrating resilience within protection programming) in order to tailor activities to ‘at risk’ groups who face challenges/obstacles in engaging in resilience activities
• Provide guidance to field teams in mainstreaming resilience practices in existing projects and designing new projects with a resilience lens.

Strategic Support to SMT 20%

• Assist Senior Management Team in positioning DRC Kenya within the resilience and climate change adaptation agenda.
• Develop DRC’s Kenya specific resilience strategy based on regional approach (in collaboration with the East Africa and Great Lakes regional resilience advisor).
• Provide input and technical support to proposals, reports, research, assessments etc.
• Attend relevant coordination groups, meetings and discussions related to resilience.

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 organisation 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 organised by sending or hosting organisations and the European Commission.

Required Competencies

  • Ability to work as part of a team (multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency).
  • Ability to build and maintain networks with peers in other agencies.
  • Ability to travel and work independently, even in harsh environments.
  • Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Work style: Highly organized team player, pro-active and with demonstrated strong personal initiative and decision making ability. Proven solid analytical and problem solving skills.

Personal competencies:

  • Leadership skills and collaboration: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation, as well as involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. Includes the ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with challenges.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity and demonstrated integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values. Includes the ability to adapt well to local cultures and to work closely with local communities.
  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Selection Criteria

Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

Eligibility and exception criteria

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.

Required Qualifications:
• Relevant university degree in Agriculture, Climate Studies, Environmental Sciences or any other relevant field.
• Minimum of 5 years professional experience in Resilience programming, Climate Change Adaptation, Drylands Agriculture or other relevant areas.
• Experience coordinating work across multiple partners.
• Excellent writing and communications skills in English.

Desired qualifications:
• Previous experience with programme implementation at field level is a plus
• Experience with assessment, research, monitoring and evaluation, project management, project design skills is a plus

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.

Minimum Requirements

• Minimum of 5 years professional experience in Resilience programming, Climate Change Adaptation, Drylands Agriculture or other relevant areas.
• Experience coordinating work across multiple partners.
Excellent writing and communications skills in English

Condition of Service

Learning Opportunities

By joining DRC Kenya, the successful volunteer candidate will strengthen his/her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. The volunteer will gain expertise on the different approaches of DRC and the NGO and UN community in a humanitarian aid context and be able to know or deepen his/her knowledge of resilience programming. In addition, there will be a wealth of opportunities to increase learning around drought and flood response work, including DRR and preparedness and working alongside the Government of Kenya and county authorities.

The volunteer 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 volunteer to develop teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are indispensable in any professional environment.

Working and Living Conditions

Working condition:

Normal work hours (incl. lunch): 8.30am – 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 volunteer based on their individual preferences. Accommodation is readily available. Staff typically live in apartments or housing estates in the nearby area.

Accommodation in Nairobi is usually wired for wifi 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 (although hot running water is standard). 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 volunteer will be accommodated no more than 20 minutes from the office (taking into account the famous Nairobi traffic).

Will the volunteer be living with others or alone?
The volunteer can be accommodated alone or with others. Depending on the preferences of the volunteer 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 pavements, some interesting driving skills, and high levels of pollution on roads, but 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 scene, 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!

Selection Process

Shortlisting and Interviews

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.

Interview Process

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).

Expected date decision on outcome