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Temporary Regional Assistant (Eastern & Southern Africa Regions)

GNDR is seeking a temporary Regional Assistant based in Nairobi to support with the coordination and implementation of our work in Eastern & Southern Africa.

Our Purpose

GNDR was established in 2007 as a voluntary network of civil society organisations, associations and individuals who are committed to working together, and engaging with partners and other stakeholders, to increase community resilience and reduce disaster risk around the world. The network is vibrant and fast growing, presently consisting of 850 member organisations in over 140 countries across virtually every geographical region of the world.

The network is supported by a small but effective secretariat team comprising of UK and regionally-based staff. The GNDR Secretariat serves as a “support entity” to the membership operating through a global hub in London and regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Secretariat is legally constituted as a UK charity with the main responsibilities of facilitating the development, coordination and implementation of strategy, work plans and budgets, including supporting the mobilisation of adequate resources.

As GNDR works grows in scale and impact, we are looking for a person with a natural ability to think, plan, prioritise and organise in a clear and structured way, flexibility and problem solving skills, capable of working in a flexible and dynamic environment, comfortable in cross-cultural communications, and strong presentation, communication and facilitation skills, with a willingness to learn and open to new ways of working. There is a unique opportunity to make a valued contribution to an innovative and rapidly growing civil society network. The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in the development and coordination of civil society networks and implementing capacity strengthening programmes.

Our Vision

A vibrant, active, collaborative civil society supporting people and their communities, particularly poor and vulnerable groups, to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters and adapt to extreme hazards, shocks and disturbances in a changing climate.

GNDR's Strategic Objectives

GNDR's “Stronger Together” strategy 2016-2020 has three mutually reinforcing objectives:

  1. Increase the impact of civil society in influencing policies and practices at local, national, and international levels
  2. Enhance the collaboration capabilities of civil society and cooperation with other stakeholders
  3. Strengthen the creation, analysis and sharing of knowledge, information and practices

Purpose of the Secretariat

The GNDR Secretariat serves as a “support entity” to the membership operating through a global hub in London and regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The GNDR Secretariat is legally constituted as a UK charity with the main responsibilities of facilitating the development, coordination and implementation of strategy, work plans and budgets, including supporting the mobilisation of adequate resources.

Main purpose of the role

The Regional Assistants form part of the GNDR Secretariat which serves the membership through hub offices in London UK, Dakar Senegal, Bangkok Thailand, Santiago Chile and Nairobi Kenya. The Regional Assistant role encompasses a variety of tasks designed to support the Regional Development Coordinators who are responsible for the coordination and implementation of GNDR’s work plans within the different regions.

Overall scope of the role

  1. Contribute to the development of regional operational capacities
  2. Contribute to efficiency of the regional governance
  3. Support to the Secretariat on Strategy coordination and implementation in EA & SA Regions
  4. Maintain Communications and Membership management mechanism
  5. Oversee the finances of the regional office, liaising with host finance team as required
  6. Maintenance and regular reports on the Administration / Office Facilities/ Finance
  7. Organise services and logistics for efficient Meetings, Workshops and other Events

To apply

To apply send a covering letter setting out your suitability and motivation for the position, together with an updated resume / CV (no more than 4 pages) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject 'Regional Assistant – Eastern & Southern Africa Region'.


Closing date

We will interview candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

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