Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 24 January 2023 - 30 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNEP-195418-J-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 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's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This position is located in UNEP/Ecosystems under Biodiversity and Land Branch in the Nairobi duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Biodiversity and Land Branch and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:.


1. Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other project identification and development:
a. Liaise with internal and external partners to identify relevant and eligible project concepts.
b. Consult and advise on project proponents on how to revise concepts to respond to issues raised by the peer reviewer or other reviews.
c. Present and defend concepts in the review process clear such concepts with the Senior Programme Officer.
d. Advise proponents preparing the Project Preparation Grant (PPG) request for submission to GEF.
e. Monitor GEF project milestones to avoid delays and potential project cancellation.
f. Address GEF Secretariat and Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) reviews and ensures that review recommendations are considered in further project development by the executing agency.
g. Ensure that a PPG completion report and financial reports is available upon completion of activities.
h. Verify project proposal meets GEF quality-at-entry standards before submission for Project Review Committee (PRC) review.
i. Follow up with GEFSec during the project review process and addresses in consultation with project partners.
j. Work with the Fund Management Officer to internalize the project document.

2. Supervision of project implementation:
a. Prepare project supervision plans for all projects under his/her portfolio for their entire duration and periodically update, assess project assumptions and monitors risk, support the project terminal evaluation.
b. Organize and manage project execution ensure UNEP and GEF criteria, rules and regulations are adhered to by project partners.
c. Participate in Steering Committee meetings and ensure that Steering Committees fulfill their functions.
d. Regularly monitor project progress and performance and rate progress towards meeting project objectives, project execution progress, quality of project monitoring and evaluation and risk.
e. Monitor reporting by project executing partners and provides prompt feedback on the contents of the report.
f. Apply adaptive management principles to the supervision of the project.
g. Assist with the preparation of project revisions, ensuring that project revision documentation is complete and in accordance with UNEP requirements.
h. Ensure that project is financially closed in a prompt manner after completion of project activities.
i. Mobilize financial resources to help meeting the resource mobilization targets of the Division.
j. Contribute to the development of UNEP's biodiversity strategy, including on partnership engagement, and participation in GEF.
k. Contribute to meeting knowledge management objectives by codifying and summarizing lessons derived from the projects for which s/he provides oversight.
l. Identify, develop and implement biodiversity projects of Ecosystems, including those funded by GEF and implemented by UNEP.

3. Ecosystems knowledge management and data management:
a. Identify and codify lessons emerging from project implementation.
b. Ensure accuracy and completeness of project data in the project information system for all projects under his/her supervision.
c. Contribute to project data reconciliation exercises within Ecosystems and with the GEF Secretariat.
d. Identify media and other outreach opportunities and materials and contributes project information and written materials to be used by the communications and outreach Programme Officer, disseminate information on project results and lessons.

4. UNEP and GEF corporate tasks:
a. Contribute to GEF Council document reviews as needed.
b. Represent Ecosystes biodiversity portfolio in UNEP and GEF-related meetings.
c. Provide input to UNEP and GEF policy, corporate evaluations, including country portfolio evaluations, thematic evaluations and impact evaluations and to the preparation of the Management Action Record as necessary.
d. Provide input to UNEP and GEF.

5. Staff supervision and mentoring:
a. Contribute to briefing new staff on UNEP and GEF policies, strategies and procedures.
b. Discuss and agrees on the work plans for staff under his/her management as first reporting officer or as additional reporting officer.
c. Provide on-going feedback on performance and appraisal of the staff under his/her management.
d. Perform any other related duties as assigned.

6. Gender Mainstreaming:
Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of planned actions on ecosystems management. This includes legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.

7. Data:
Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of Land Degradation/Biodiversity/ Biosafety issues and discussions, knowledge and understanding of environmental and resource status of various Land Degradation/Biodiversity; practical experience in programme/project management and oversight; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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.

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.

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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in natural resources management, environmental sciences, environmental economics or closely related field. A doctorate degree is a desirable.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years working experience in integrated natural resources management, sustainable agriculture and rural development in developing countries is required.

A proven track record of resource mobilization for sustainable natural resources management initiatives is desirable.

At least 5 years managing diverse and multi-cultural teams is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable


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

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 will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for six (6) months and maybe subject to extension. 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.

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.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

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.

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.

On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" 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, 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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