Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 30 January 2019 - 28 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-108577-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.This position is located in the Secretariat of the Governing Bodies & Stakeholders, Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Civil Society Unit and the overall guidance of the Secretary of Governing Bodies, the incumbent will assist in the implementation of civil society engagement in activities of the UN Environment Programme as follows:


1. Assist in the coordination and implementation of the UN Environment Assembly cycle in liaison with the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Offices and the Secretary of the Governing Bodies: (a) Assist in coordinating the organization of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum; support and facilitate the Regional Consultative Meetings as preparatory meetings to the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum including overview of their administrative and financial arrangements; (b) Assist in developing the agenda of the Regional Consultative Meetings and Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum and ensure a balanced participation to Regional Consultative Meetings and Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (Gender, North-South, Type of Civil Society Organizations); (c) Disseminate UN Environment Assembly documents on the themes/topics well in advance to Civil Society Organizations ; (d) Assist in finalizing the Major Groups Statements after meetings and disseminate to governments; ensure evaluation of meetings are conducted, reports produced, prepare and disseminate meeting reports. 2. Coordinate and maintain an active accreditation of Major Groups and Stakeholders to UN Environment Assembly to broaden the scope and type of major groups: (a) Maintain an active accreditation of major groups, including updating and revising of accreditation modalities, suspension policy and reporting; maintain and regularly update the databases of accredited organizations; (b) Evaluate the applications for accreditation and liaise with the Secretary Governing Bodies to complete their file and obtain their accreditation; (c) Gather information, inter-alia, through liaising with the Regional Offices about Major Groups and Stakeholders in the field of the environment and with particular interests for the UN Environment Programme as a leading agency in the environment field; (d) Organize strategic accreditation campaigns taking into account major groups, gender and geographical balance and the subjects to be discussed at the UN Environment Assembly; (e) Facilitate the engagement of accredited organizations with the UN Environment Programme’s Divisions responsible for preparing technical and scientific background documents for the CPR and their Governments, for discussion at the UN Environment Assembly; facilitate the engagement of accredited organizations with other Divisions of the UN Environment Programme in the execution of their programme of work; (f) Assist in the development and management of the online accreditation system as well as further tools on the platform to enhance active civil society engagement and exchange. 3. Assist the Major Groups Facilitation Committee and ensure its proper functioning; facilitate dialogue between Major Groups and Stakeholders and the UN Environment Programme staff as well as with governments at the UN Environment Assembly. 4. Improve the UN Environment Programme information delivery towards civil society: Ensure timely delivery of information to Major Groups and Stakeholders; Coordinate the development and maintenance of the website; assist in coordinating the development and maintenance of data related to civil society. 5. Perform any other related activities as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to civil society. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. 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. 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.


An advanced university degree in environmental, political or social sciences, or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of work experience at the international level as well as experience working with Civil Society Organizations is an asset. Knowledge and understanding of civil society issues and their inter-linkages to the environment is desirable. Experience in working in teams and with civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations as well as with other major groups and stakeholders is required.


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


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment 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 email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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