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Communication Assistant (German Speaking)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Media, communications, languages
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

The re-occurring mantra of “Kenya as an island of peace in Africa” is belied by Kenya’s history. In many parts of the country, violent conflicts erupt regularly along ethnic lines. Mostly they relate to disputes over access to and ownership of natural resources, livestock theft, or are fueled by political interests and abuse of power. Large parts of the country suffer from chronic insecurity and high levels of criminality leading to death and internal and external displacement, thus accelerating the conflict circle around resource distribution and land allocation. The post-election violence 2007/2008 marked one of the peaks of violent conflict in Kenya, and constituted the entry point for the German Civil Peace Service (CPS) engagement. Since then, the CPS program in GIZ supports the conflict sensitive implementation of the Constitution, strengthens inner Kenyan processes for rehabilitation and reconciliation, and creates sustainable structures for non-violent conflict transformation. CPS also engages in strengthening conflict-sensitive media work and supporting the advocacy work of human rights actors. Ten Peace Building Advisors strengthen the capacity of local organizations in the field of dialogue, conflict sensitivity, and non-violent conflict transformation. They support inclusive approaches and fostering socioeconomic justice. Inclusive and participatory work approaches contribute to the sustainability of the partners’ activities. They guarantee the participation of all affected sections of the population in processes of opinion-forming. Since 2014, CPS also runs the special program “Preventing Displacements Reintegrating IDPs”. It focuses on reconciliation between Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities, strengthening cooperation between IDPs, host communities and local government, as well as advocacy and legal awareness raising.
In November 2018, CPS Kenya will host the biannual regional CPS conference.

Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • Diploma/BA in Communication and/or Business Administration, management, or related field
Professional experience
  • Exposure Experience in Communication
  • Other knowledge, additional competences
  • Excellent knowledge in computer programs, Word, Outlook, Excel
  • Experience in communication and office administration
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Service oriented team player with negotiation competencies
  • Integrity and professional discretion essential
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of German is an asset


The Communication Assistant is responsible for

  • Preparing and carrying out all necessary tasks in relation to the regional conference.
  • Assisting the CPS program manager and the Administration Officer in the administrative and financial procedures and the daily management of the CPS office in Rhapta Road with a focus on all administrative duties in relation to the regional conference, Westlands,
The Communication Assistant performs the following tasks:
  • Work closely with the CPS steering team and working group on the regional conference
  • Drafting and sending out invitations and all necessary documents in relation to the regional conference
  • Serving as the focal person for communication for participants of the conference
  • Taking minutes of the conference and related meetings
  • Preparing the final conference report and all necessary documents
  • Taking care of any other upcoming organizational matters
Office Management
  • Assist the Program Coordinator in administrative duties in the procurement of supplies and management of inventories, namely
  • keeping track of office equipment, stationary etc. and ordering of supplies in relation to the conference.
  • keeping records of office equipment for the conference and prepare the necessary arrangements (beamer, moderation boxes, pin boards, digital camera)
  • Assist the Administration officer in organizing everyday office activities:
  • Receiving visitors, ensuring a proper telephone service
  • Registration and distribution of incoming and outgoing mails
  • Drafting official correspondence in both English and, if possible, in German
  • Filing documents
  • Taking care of any other upcoming organizational matters
Assistance in Financial Management
  • In all matters concerning the conference, e.g. procurement, booking, financial
    reporting, preparing for booking
  • Liaising closely with GIZ Country Office Finance Department
  • Moreover, the Communication Assistant is to perform any other activity assigned by the program coordinator.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Job start date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Job end date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Media, communications, languages
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 18 months
Required skills: Office administration, management; Training event logistics; Financial reporting; Procurement; Training program planning; Travel planning and reservations (leisure, business); Corporate communications
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)German (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

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Non-profit, social workCompany size: 100-500 people

GIZ, the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, provides services in the field of international technical cooperation worldwide. In Kenya, it has been active since 1964, and up to now implements programs in a wide variety of areas, including economic development, green energy and water, governance, food security, and peace and security. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is GIZ’s main commissioning party. However, GIZ as well works closely with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

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