Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 26 October 2018 - 09 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-103971-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment's Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

The post is located in the Science Division, UNEP Live,Technology and Innovation Unit within the Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch (COTI), at the Nairobi duty station.


Under the day-to-day supervision of the Head, UNEP Live, Technology and Innovation Unit, and the overall guidance of the Chief, Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch (COTI), the incumbent will function to deliver scientific environmental data and indicators to support both environmental assessments and reporting at national, regional and global levels, and early warning of emerging environmental issues and trends.
a) Manage all aspects of assigned projects related to implementing network services for environmental data, information and indicators based on gee-referenced, spatial and statistical data.
b) Assist the Senior Programme Officer and the Chief of the COTI Branch to prepare project funding proposals, programme budget submissions, progress reports, financial statements,
c) Participate in project preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation ensuring delivery of outputs according to project objectives, existing policies and aligning resources behind results, in the context of Result Based Management.
d) Establish and conduct technical meetings to promote and extend Science Division's work with clients of its science data and information products and services (Lead Divisions, thematic Coordinators and other partners) in close coordination with Science Division's partnering centres and networks such as the GRID network.
e) Review relevant documents and reports in early warning of environmental emerging issues, environmental data/information and indicators and provide sound substantive inputs; research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse scientific and technical sources; organize and draft background papers, provide substantive inputs to publications, etc., in a clear and professional manner.
f) Supervise staff delivery of spatial data analysis and presentation of products and services, ensuring the on-line availability of Programme - relevant spatial data-sets and databases as components of the "One UN Environment Data and Indicators Platform".
g) Assign human and financial resources to projects and activities ensuring the delivery of high-quality and timely products and services; Ensure access to and utilization of state-of-the-art information management technology using internationally recognized best practices and open data standards for data service delivery.
h) Coordinate operations and development of Science's Division World Wide Web services, in coordination with Science's Division’s Information Officer and Branches for issues of content and up-dating of information; liaise with UN Environment's Communication Division and UNON's Information Technology Service Unit, and other divisions as appropriate, to ensure alignment of activities with UN rules and regulations, and UN Environment's corporate image.
i) Maintain appropriate operational liaisons with relevant organizations, international bodies to advance and develop UN Environment's foresight and data services functions, including the UN Geographic Information Working Group, the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Open GIS Consortium, specific groups and committees of the Group on Earth Observations and the Global Observing Systems, among others.
j) Provide technical support and guidance to UN Environment-Science 's regional and country operations in the formulation, development and implementation of scientific environmental information systems and technical networks, managing and maintaining environmental data and information management systems, especially in Africa, ensuring coherence with Science Division's strategies and programme activities and the One-UN implementation, including participation in field missions, provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, conducting training workshops, seminars, etc.
k) Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
l) Provide regular reports on the delivery of the Foresight and Early Warning Programme and projects through the lMDlS, and to governing bodies and donors, as required.
m) Participate in meetings of the COTI Branch, Science, and programme management and planning, and other UN Environment relevant meetings, as necessary.
n) Represent Science Division and/or UN Environment at external meetings, as requested by the Chief of the COTI Branch and/or Science Director.
o) Undertake other duties as assigned by the Chief of the COTI Branch and/or Science Director.


- Professionalism: Knowledge of advanced information and communication technology, geographic information systems and knowledge management systems; Ability to manage projects of information and communication technology systems as well as the application of geographic information systems to support decision making; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in physical or natural sciences, information technology or related areas. A first-level university degree with relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of seven (7) years of working experience in environmental data and information management (including spatial), project or programme formulation, management and implementation, reporting, assessments and early warning at national/regional levels - of which at least three years are at the international level is required. Knowledge of environmental issues and technical networking acquired through work with expert institutions and organisations is desirable. Track record or working in multicultural environments.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. 3. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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