Drivers at UNOPS

On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Vacancy code – VA/2017/B5303/11613
Department/office – AFR, KEOH, Kenya
Duty station – Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type – Local ICA Support
Contract level – LICA-2

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

UNOPS – East Africa HubLocated in Nairobi, Kenya,

UNOPS East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established operations center in South Sudan, an office in Somalia and a portfolio of engagements. This portfolio includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies UN-Habitat and UNEP, in addition to multiple ‘operational’ projects in Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several Atlantic and Indian Ocean island states

Background Information – Job-specific

Under the guidance and supervision of the Logistics Manager and direct supervisor, the Driver provides reliable and safe driving services for the transport of authorized personnel. The Driver has a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy, tact and the ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

This position is located in the East Africa Hub, Within limits of delegated authority and depending location, a Driver at this level may be responsible for the following duties.

Functional Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Provision of reliable and secure driving services
Proper use of vehicle
Day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle
Availability of documents/ supplies
Immediate action in case of accident 1. Provides reliable and secure driving services by;
Driving vehicles safely for the transport of authorized personnel and, in the case of peacekeeping missions, for the transport of cargo goods and/or hazardous goods vehicles;
Collecting and delivering mail, documents and other items; and
Meeting official personnel at the airport and facilitating immigration and customs formalities as required.

  1. Ensures proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.
  2. Ensures the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle by checking oil, water, battery, brakes, tries, etc.; performing minor repairs and arranging for major repairs; and ensuring that the vehicle is kept clean.
  3. Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts.

5.Ensures that immediate steps as required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in an accident.
Perform other related duties as required.


  1. Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  2. Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  3. Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  4. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  5. Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  6. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  7. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  8. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Required Skills

  • Driving – (1year)
  • Vehicle Maintenance (1year)
  • Travel Management (1year)

Desired Skills

  • Incident Debriefing
  • United Nations Security System
  • Geographical Exposure – East Africa


  • Completion of secondary school or equivalent; drivers training with a valid driver’s license is required.


  • Two years’ work experience as a driver; safe driving record working with the United Nations.
  • Knowledge of UN driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repairs is required.
  • Experience with driving in Convoys.
  • Previous work with UNOPS /UNSOS will be of added advantage.
  • Previous experience working with the TPP project will be advantageous but not mandatory.


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.


  • Valid Drivers License, with 2-year safe-driving record is required.

Contract type, level and duration
Contract type:Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA 2
Contract duration:1 Year renewable subject to performance and availabilty of funds

This is a local position, as such only Kenyan Nationals will be considered or those with Kenyan residence permit.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


To apply for a vacancy, please create a UNOPS Jobs Account. This involves submitting details such as personal information, education, experience, languages, skills and other information.

On how to create a profile, click here.

Direct Link to Job advert:-

Please note that your profile does not need to be completed all at once, it can be saved and updated on an ongoing basis. All vacancies close at midnight CET time.


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  1. danielnderitu says:

    Experience 3yrs working with resturaunts

  2. paul ouma says:

    I like this, my name is Paul Ouma from siaya county age 23 man,education o level class bce plz contact me if their is vacant 0707179357/0738244681,plz my email has problem

  3. francis kiprono kurgat says:

    Hi I have been dreaming warking with NGOS i warking with Nhif in Nairobi i really love to wark with u

  4. sammy ngugi says:

    am a driver with a diploma in automotive engineering with 13 years of experience,an emergency medical technician and currently working at avenue hospital as an ambulance driver.i would like to work with UN as a driver.thankyou

  5. Ellias Esolio says:

    Am Ellias Esolio from kisumu am currently jobless and I’ve worked for several companies starting with Akamba bus services and latest with one of the drilling company, I’ll really appreciate if I can join u guys

  6. Am SERAH JOSEPH holding a diploma in business administration,a valid driving license for ten years now,grade test for driving suitability and a certificate for driving defensive course. would like to work as as a driver with UN.Thankyou…0703511144

  7. Kevin says:

    Hi Am kevin thuo from nairobi with 13yrs of driving experience with a bce driving licence and agrade test certificate from the govt. I have a certificate of mechanical course. Have worked with a couple of ngo’s. Would like for a chance to work with u. My no: is 0721-655529

  8. Churchill Amimo says:

    My name is Churchill Amimo an ex military man. I was in the special forces here in Kenya. I haven’t worked as a driver before but am looking forward to working for the UN as a driver.
    Thank you in advance

  9. Simon says:

    I really like it, how do i apply for it

  10. Simon says:

    Hi i Happen to be a driver but i havent worked for UN before but am interested to work for you , i also happen to be in the national youth service some years back

  11. Ellias Esolio says:

    I haven’t worked with UN but am so much interested can I get a chance please

  12. vbalim idachi says:

    dear sir or madam ,to whom it may concern .am valim idachi by names and i have work with ryce motos company ,kenya seed company at ruaraka branch and recently am at oshwal academy so interested to work with you .i have experience of 7 years .

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