Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 07 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-111883-J-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. The Africa Office (AO) helps to implement UN Environment's Regional programs in Africa by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental, challenges, opportunities and emergencies. This position is located in UN Environment Africa Office in Nairobi, under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, and the guidance of the Director and Regional Representative, Africa region.


The incumbent will be responsible for the daily project management and technical supervision of the Africa Office Global Environment Facility’s projects on Integrated Approach Program Food Security Science-Policy Interface and Large-scale Assessment of Land Degradation to guide future investment in SLM in the Great Green Wall countries by:
• Providing administrative and technical support to the project team and, whenever required, act as the representative of the project at regional and international levels coordinating and closely monitoring the implementation of project activities;
• Carrying out day-to-day project management and coordination with related initiatives as may be assigned by the Project Manager;
• Ensuring a high level of collaboration among participating institutions/entities and organizations at the global, regional, national and local levels;
• Co-ordinating agreed output delivery procedures in order to facilitate project implementation and ensure delivery of high-quality outcomes in all project components through targeted support to partners and project countries;
• Tracking the project’s progress and ensure timely delivery of inputs and outputs;
• Facilitating communications and linkages at regional and national levels as well as communication with project partners, project countries and UN Environment staff engaged in the projects, the IAP Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and the IAP-Food Security Coordinator, as appropriate;
• Tracking all partner component budgets in accordance with the agreed work plan and approved disbursal of project funds;
• Coordinating provision of committed in-kind and in-cash contributions for project partner’s delivery;
• Overseeing provision of specific technical and administrative inputs as required;
• Identifying and engaging with the suitable technical experts to provide scientific and technical backstopping to the Project;
• Providing Administrative support to the preparation of workshops and training materials and publications;
• Implementing and managing the project’s monitoring and communications plans;
• Organizing workshops and/or meetings, as required to monitor progress and preparing the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP/B) submitting the Project Performance Reports (PPR) with the AWP/B to the Project Steering Committees, PCU as relevant; prepare Project Implementation Review (PIR),
• Organizing and servicing Steering Committee meetings of both projects either face-to-face or virtually, as appropriate.
• Supporting mid-term evaluation/review and final evaluation processes.
• Assisting with any other relevant duties assigned by Africa Office.


• 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 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.
• 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.


A first-level university degree (Masters or Equivalent) in business administration, management, economics agriculture, environment, natural resource management or related discipline is required. Supplementary knowledge on Project Management and reporting evidence based sustainable land management, environment or policy development and the application is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration of international projects is required. Proven experience in monitoring project management and implementation and Proven experience in facilitating meetings or discussions is desirable; Willingness and ability to travel frequently to the participating countries and ability to work with senior government officials, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a period of three (3) months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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