Job Opening

Posting Title: Information Technology Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 01 February 2022 - 25 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-UNEP-171525-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 (UNEP) is the leading environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Parties to the Vienna Convention (VC) for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (1985) and its Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1987), designated UNEP as the Secretariat for these two international agreements in 1989.

This post is located in UNEP/Ozone Secretariat, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


1. Server and System administration: a) Setting up, installation, configuration, upgrade, and regular maintenance of required systems and software, including Linux operating systems, Apache servers, Drupal, and Postgres database server; b) Establishing of redundancies, rollovers, and recovery plans, including backup and disaster recovery; c) Responsible for security aspects, including adherence to UN/OICT standards, user access control to various systems or sub-systems; d) Monitoring, detecting, and rectifying any incidents that occur, including monitoring of server logs; e) Maintaining user and technical documentation, including hardware and software inventory and licenses.

2. Website and web-based tools: (a) Review the structure of the website with a view to enhancing its stability, effectiveness, and user-friendliness across all major platforms, including mobile platforms; (b) Perform website enhancement and customization tasks in line with Ozone Secretariat requirements, following best practices and standards, including information / cyber security aspects; (c) Provide first-level maintenance and troubleshooting support for web content management and hosting system/applications; (d) Prepare necessary technical documentation for website tools and modules, update procedures and processes as necessary and measure and periodically report on key performance indicators; (e) Conduct research and make recommendations on web tools/software/technologies and services to enhance the Secretariat’s digital presence.

3. IT support during the conferences: (a) Improvise and maintain the Secretariat’s online forum for document review; (b) Undertake exploratory missions to the meeting venues, identify information-technology-related challenges and propose and implement solutions; (c) Work with the information technology team of the venue to ensure the infrastructure to support the meetings is in place; (d) Maintain and support the database for the registration of participants at meetings and ensure that all registrations are acknowledged; Set up the physical registration of participants at the venue and b responsible for all technical aspects of physical and virtual registration. (f) Lead and manage the provision of the IT infrastructure and service during conferences including online registration, logistics, WiFi access, security aspects, network infrastructure, side-events registration, videoconferences, paperless and virtual meetings services.

4. Capacity-building: a) Develop and sustain partnerships with internal and external parties with a view to share knowledge and keep abreast of all developments in the IT domain; (b) Build capacity among staff, with regard to web strategy by providing training and raising awareness on technical aspects to help ensure enhanced outreach, engagement, and growth of the Secretariat’s website.

5. Administrative tasks: (a) Contribute to the IT-related procurement exercises and assist administration by identifying options, vendors, and contractors that supply infrastructure solutions and services. (b) Prepare briefs, reports, studies, and work plan proposals to achieve organizational successes related to IT functions (c) Maintain active liaison with relevant IT focal points of other MEAs, UNEP Divisions/Offices and UN agencies to identify and collaborate on synergies in IT products and services. Coordinate with other UNEP MEAs around registration, monitoring, and reporting on meeting participants; (d) Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor and the Executive Secretary.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of information technology/information management, particularly in systems analysis, database design and programming. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, to include proficiency in the development and implementation of systems of moderate size/complexity. Knowledge of interactive systems; good knowledge of organization’s information infrastructure and IT strategy as it relates to user area(s). 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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 degree or equivalent) in computer science, information science, information technology, information systems or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Unix/Linux system administration, website administration and maintenance, and related areas is required.

Experience in Drupal Content Management Systems, web analytics, web programming languages including HTML/CSS and PHP is required.

Experience in database administration, GitHub, Django framework and Python is desirable.

Experience of network communications protocols and security standards, mobile applications, graphic editing, gamification development, and web-based collaborative platforms is desirable.


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 another United Nations language is an added advantage.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may 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 (1) year and may be subject to extension.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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