Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 15 June 2022 - 29 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-180470-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations 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.

UNEP is an Accredited Entity of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Established by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, the GCF invests in transformational projects that build low-emission and climate-resilient economies in developing countries. UNEP’s partnership with the GCF will contribute towards two fundamental environmental objectives: to assist developing countries to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low emission pathway, and to build the capacity of developing countries to design, implement and finance transformative sustainable development strategies and programmes for themselves.

The position is located in the Corporate Services Division (CSD) at the Nairobi duty station. The Senior Programme Officer will assist the Head of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Branch, Corporate Services Division, with key functions in coordinating UNEP’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Branch, CSD, within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


1. Takes the lead in preparing and implementing the internal strategy and work plan for UNEP’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund, in consultation with the UN Environment Green Climate Fund coordination team.
2. Monitor UNEP’s portfolio with the Green Climate Fund and ensure harmonisation of proposals to the GCF with the work plan and strategy, and identify trends, patterns and early warning of issues related to the portfolio size, shape and relevance. Guide UNEP staff in ensuring quality of their projects, and in ensuring that these proposals meet focal area strategy targets.
3. Lead the UNEP Green Climate Fund Coordination Team to coordinate and maximize the impact of UNEP’s work with the GCF. Lead and coordinate UNEP’s outreach to GCF, particularly the corporate-level support UNEP provides to GCF.
4. Ensure divisions and offices enhance the quality of projects developed. Chair Project Review Committees and Concept Review Committees for GCF proposals and ensure all project review criteria have been addressed.
5. Continue to implement a comprehensive monitoring system for all GCF projects in UNEP, including coordinating responses to the GCF Secretariat. Coordinate the preparation of regular reports. Respond to requests for information from UNEP divisions and offices. Liaise with the UNEP Evaluation Office on all matters related to independent evaluations of GCF projects. Co-ordinate UNEP input to GCF evaluations and contribute to the preparation of the Management Response.
6. Takes the lead enhancing and managing the project-at risk system, and the enterprise risk management system. Work with UNEP Evaluation Office and the Programme Policy Division to improve monitoring and evaluation in Green Climate Fund projects.
7. Represent UNEP in the Green Climate Fund Board meetings and relevant meetings and workshops. Follow on the climate change finance matters under the UNFCCC process and attend the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (CoPs) and Subsidiary Bodies as well as its Standing Committee on Finance, which give the guidance to the GCF.
8. Perform other corporate tasks; Board document review and preparation of comments and briefings for Management. Provide input to UNEP and Green Climate Fund policy and information documents. Assist in providing training to UNEP staff on GCF matters
9. Perform other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of international development and policies relating to the environment, in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development and global environmental challenges. Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environmental management. Demonstrated experience in overseeing and managing projects including the allocation and management of resources. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of portfolios /projects. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

TEAM WORK: 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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, natural resources, economics or environmental management or a related field is required A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in design or execution of Environmental projects and programmes is required.

A minimum of three (3) years of experience in leadership, supervision and management of teams is required.

Experience in climate change programing; portfolio development and management is desirable.

Experience with monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, and risk assessment in an institutional context is desirable.

Experience in Green Climate Fund project formulation is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an 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 for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

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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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