The Aga Khan Foundation, in collaboration with the Institute of Education, University of London, is pleased to invite applications for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.

The Scholarships are open to prospective students from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda wishing to undertake the Institute of Education’s MA in Education and International Development, MA in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development, MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development or MA in Education, Gender and International Development beginning in October, 2011.

The Scholarship is for 2 years of part time distance learning programme. Students will spend the first year and one term studying on-line followed by a three month period of study at the Institute of Education in London (January to March 2013) and a period to complete their dissertations in their home countries.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees for the course, travel expenses and living expenses for the period of study in London.

Eligibility Criteria
  • A degree course from a recognised university in education, economics, development or related studies – minimum 2nd Upper Class
  • Prospective students must be citizens and residents of Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania
  • Relevant experience in a developing country context
  • Must be proficient in English language (shortlisted applicants may be required to do an English language proficiency exam)
The Aga Khan Foundation is a non – denominational, international development agency established in 1967. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and Africa.

The Institute of Education has a long tradition of involvement in the training and education of teachers and other professionals from outside UK and has made important contributions over many years to educational policy and practice in other countries. The Institute offers an unrivalled range of master’s courses to challenge, inspire and support students’ progress throughout their career in education.

For more information please contact:

Aga Khan Foundation
East Africa Regional Office
P.O. Box 40898-00100
ICEA Building (8th Floor) Kenyatta Avenue
Nairobi Kenya

Tel: 00 254-20-2223951


Applications are available on-line at

The closing date for applications is 8th July, 2011.

Please submit the application, via email to or via postal mail marked “Scholarship Opportunity”, to the address above.

Please note applications submitted directly to the IOE will not be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network

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The Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi represents Sweden in Kenya, Somalia, Seychelles and Comoros.

The Embassy also represents Sweden in UNEP and UN-HABITAT.

The Embassy represents and advances Swedish policies, interests and values in political and economic relations, development cooperation, in trade and investment promotion and in cultural and information matters. It provides consular services to Swedish nationals and migration services to non-nationals.

There are 60 staff working in the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi, which makes it the second largest Swedish Embassy in the world.

The Embassy seeks to recruit two experienced individuals for the tasks of:

Personal Assistant / Social Secretary to the Ambassador

The jobholder will work closely with and under the Ambassador and the overall role is to provide administrative assistance and other support functions to the Ambassador and ensure that the Ambassador’s office is run efficiently in line with the Embassy’s policies and procedures.

Internally the jobholder will be in regular contact with most staff. Externally, contact will be with the international community, Kenyan and Swedish government, Swedish business interests and civil society.

The main duties are, but not limited to:
  • Managing the Ambassador’s calendar and continuously providing the Ambassador with an updated programme.
  • Organising programmes and logistics related to high level official visits.
  • Consultations with other sections as appropriate on incoming invitations where the Ambassador’s presence is required along with relevant preparations/follow-up.
  • Being the first point of contact by phone, mail and email for internal and external callers seeking contact with the Ambassador.
  • Managing the Ambassadors official entertainment, in restaurants and at the Swedish Residence.
  • Managing the Ambassador’s local and international travel, including obtaining of visas and travel clearance which may require classified handling.
  • Co-ordination of office-wide meetings.
  • Maintenance and constant update of the relevant lists and directories.
  • Managing correspondence.
  • Administering support to the ChargĂ© d’affaires a.i. in the absence of the Ambassador.
The preferred candidate will meet the following requirements:
  • Advanced secretarial training
  • Diploma in business administration
  • Public relations certificate
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Good knowledge of Kenyan Authorities and Organizations
  • Experience in Protocol is an advantage
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of Windows Word and Excel applications and ability to learn the Embassy’s systems
  • Good communication skills leading to networking and weighed analysis and use of information
  • Good organisation awareness: understanding the core values and vision of the Embassy stipulated in the Embassy Code of Conduct
Added advantages:
  • Knowledge of Swedish
  • Knowledge of Swahili
  • Previous experience of work at an Embassy
Indicative start date for the position is late August 2011.

For enquiries about the substance of the job, please contact: Beryl Ogutu, the current jobholder;

Operations Controller

The Controller function at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi is divided between the Swedish expat Financial Controller and the locally employed Operations Controller.

The two controllers for the Regional, Kenya and Somalia Sections will decide on the internal division of labour in consultation with the three Heads of Section and shall report to the Head of the Kenya Section.

The purpose of the Controller function is to contribute to assuring the quality of the development co-operation work carried out by the Embassy, both in terms of contents and procedures and in terms of financial administration and shall aim at adding value to the day-to-day work of the Embassy.

The Controller Function forms part of the overall quality assurance system within the Embassy, which also comprises i.a. the Embassy By-laws, and is designed to support decision making and control relating to the development co-operation programme.

The Operations Controller shall also be able to take on financial controller tasks as agreed.

The main duties are, but not limited to:
  • Ensure that agreements and contracts which go through the Embassy Appraisal Committee are adequately drafted and in line with Sida guidelines and formats and that audit and reporting mechanisms are defined in agreements on support on development cooperation.
  • Ensure that the procurement within the sections is undertaken in line with Sida’s rules.
  • Together with the Financial Controller, follow-up on comments from internal audits etc, including design of corrective measures.
  • Together with the financial Controller and the Head(s) of Section, ensure that Sida’s rules and guidelines, including the rules and guidelines governing the work of the Embassy are known to the programme staff.
  • Follow up and support Programme Officers in ensuring that audits, evaluations and other reports are carried out according to plans and agreements and follow up actions taken, especially that a Management Response is made for each evaluation and audit report related to our programmes.
  • Together with the Financial Controller, ensure that Sida’s anti-corruption guidelines are known and adhered to by the staff.
  • Together with the Financial Controller, ensure that the Embassy’s anti-corruption strategy is regularly updated to include lessons learned.
The preferred candidate will meet the following requirements:
  • University degree in a relevant area, such as economics, accounting, financial or public administration, business studies, or similar qualification.
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in financial management, accounting, project management or other relevant fields.
  • Documented competence and experience in Quality assurance in development cooperation or other government functions.
  • Experience in handling projects/programmes.
  • Exposure to Kenya’s public administration and financial management systems.
  • Ability to assess and manage risk.
  • Computer literacy, i.e. knowledge of Microsoft’s basic applications and experience working with an electronic financial management/information system.
  • Good analytical skills, with ability to apply qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Knowledge or competence within the areas of anti-corruption and risk management.
  • Good communication skills, with excellent command of English.
Added advantages:
  • Experience of audit work (analysis of audit reports).
  • Knowledge of PLUS (Sida’s internal financial management system).
  • Experience and/or knowledge about the working methods of Sida or Swedish civil service, or experience working in a multicultural set up.
  • Knowledge of additional languages (Swedish and/or Swahili)
Personal qualifications:
  • Ability and will to internalise innovative ways of working, while fulfilling the role as a Swedish civil servant and respecting ethical and professional considerations.
  • Ability to reach and report on agreed results and to seek the support needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Ability to lead and positively influence the sections in applying new knowledge.
  • An understanding of how one’s actions and results affect the sections and the organisation.
  • Ability and willingness to share information, competence and knowledge with others.
  • Ability to listen to others and to contribute to efficient working methods and the development of the sections.
Indicative start date for the position is 1 October 2011.

Shortlisting will take place after 15 August 2011

For both positions, the salary is in accordance with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ salary system for locally engaged employees.

Applications should include a detailed CV with educational qualifications, a summary of professional experience and a minimum of 3 professional references.

For enquiries please contact Louise Hallgren, Personnel Officer;

Applications should be submitted to:, at the latest 15 July 2011

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) is a joint initiative of the Government of Kenya and the European Union that was established in March 1996 through Legal Notice No. 303 of 26th March 1996.

Under this collaboration and funding arrangement, CDTF is implementing a four year Programme, the Community Development Programme Phase Four (CDP 4) with two components, the Community Environment Facility Phase Two (CEF II) and the Community Based Development Initiatives (CDI) with funding from the European Union.

The CEF II has received funding also from the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Denmark (DANIDA) through the Natural Resource Management Programme (NRMP). The main objective of the CDTF is to contribute to poverty alleviation efforts in Kenya by offering support in form of grants to community-based projects, which address basic social, economic and sound environment management priorities.

CDTF’s mandate is to oversee the transfer of funds for implementation of community based development projects, and further oversee implementation of projects funded with the funds.

Job vacancies have arisen in the two main component Programmes; CEF II and CDI that require to be filled on contractual basis by highly qualified and experienced Kenyan Nationals. The contract duration will be up to 30th June 2014 subject to satisfactory performance.

Recruitment of Project Management Staff for Community Environment Facility (CEF)


Key Functions

Reporting to the Head of Administration Section, the Driver shall perform driving duties and general clerical work. This position is based in Nairobi but involves extensive travel to all parts of Kenya. The Driver shall undertake the following responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform driving duties for the CDTF, including long distance trips
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition and report mechanical problems
  • Carry out basic mechanical repairs
  • Schedule regular maintenance and repairs
  • Collection and delivery of documents and mail
  • Ensure vehicles’ cleanliness
  • Prepare monthly vehicle expenditure reports by updating Fleet Manager database with the current month’s data
  • Check and ensure that work tickets and other forms used in keeping vehicle records are completed on a daily basis
  • Keep transport records
  • Track and report on time when renewal of insurance and road licenses are due
  • Assist officers while in the field (i.e. counting construction materials during physical verification exercises, taking dimensions of building structures, etc)
  • Perform general office clerical duties (i.e. photocopying, faxing, banking, document retrieval and filing, etc)
  • Occasionally assist in manning the office reception area
Qualifications and Experience
  • Level education, Grade C- or its equivalent
  • Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license of at least 10 years without endorsements
  • (will be required to undergo Automobile Association of Kenya Driving Competence Test)
  • Must have experience with 4-wheel drive motor vehicles
  • Must have practical skills in motor vehicle maintenance
  • Must be presentable, service minded and be prepared to work long hours in the field
  • Experience working in development programmes would be an added advantage
  • Hands on basic computer knowledge and experience in MS Word, Excel and Fleet Manager computer packages is a requirement
Download Detailed Job Description Here

If you feel you are the right candidate CDTF is looking for, apply by filling the Job Application Personal History Form available from this site (download form) and send together with your CV to email address:

Hard copy applications will not be considered.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 8th July 2011 at 5.00pm.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Applicants, who will not have received a response by 15th August 2011, should consider themselves not successful.

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