Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Project Post), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 28 December 2018 - 26 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-107826-R-Nairobi (E)
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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. These species are a unique component of the world's biological diversity, most vulnerable because of their migratory behaviour and in need of care by all the countries through which they migrate. CMS provides the special instruments for their appropriate conservation and sustainable utilization. The Convention fits into the system of international treaties dealing with the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It provides the whole range of measures from transboundary research and monitoring of species, their linkages with resident plant and animal species, strict protection of habitats and restrictions of taking from the wild of animals of endangered species, through appropriate conservation and shared utilization of species which have an unfavourable conservation status.

Through CMS Decision 12.94, Parties to CMS have committed to conserve the habitat of migratory species through the creation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs). In line with CMS decision 12.95, the Secretariat of CMS is directed to support Governments with the establishment of TFCAs.

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for implementing and managing a multi-million Euro project, funded under the Regional Indicative Programme of the European Union, to establish selected Trans-Frontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in Southern and Eastern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa and to harmonize legislation on wildlife conservation and crime across and within each of the three regions.

The project is part of a programme implemented together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The incumbent will operate under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat and the day-to-day supervision of the Head of Terrestrial Species Unit, based in Bonn, Germany. The incumbent will be supported by an assistant staff based in Nairobi.


• Refines and implements an EU-funded project to establish TFCAs in Southern and Eastern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa; monitors and reviews project implementation; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensures follow-up actions.
• Coordinates project implementation within CMS Secretariat and with partner organizations, the EU and other stakeholders.

• Liaises with Governments from the project region, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for the Horn of Africa as well as other politically relevant countries and organizations.
• Liaises with experts and political actors to support the harmonization of regional and national legislation and support the development of TFCAs and associated management plans.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.

• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with representatives of the RECs and the Governments of the project region, by planning and organizing meetings and workshops and through other interactive sessions to assist the benefiting Governments in developing the TFCAs.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.

• Prepares relevant documents and reports on project implementation for the donor and lead implementing agency; coordinates activities related to budget funding (progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.

• Initiates and coordinates outreach and visibility activities; makes presentations on project activities.
• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in (international) environmental law, international relations or public policy relating to the environment, environmental science or a related field. A first-level university degree in one of the above disciplines in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience within the context of environmental protection/sustainable development in project or programme management, administration or a related area is required. Long-term experience in the development of international agreements and the establishment of protected areas is highly desirable.


English, French and Spanish are the working languages of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and/ or Spanish is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. 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.

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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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