Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 October 2017 - 30 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-84871-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 within the Africa Office, UN Environment Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.Under the general supervision of the Regional Director and Regional Representative, the incumbent is primarily responsible for the coordination of UN Environment interventions in Kenya. Such duties will include:


1.Coordinate UN Environment's Engagement with the Government of Kenya:
Act as the focal point between UN Environment and Kenya Government institutions specifically to coordinate UN Environment collaboration with the Government of Kenya in areas related to the environment. ; Lead the development of a comprehensive UN Environment - wide country programme for Kenya; Raise the profile of UN Environment activities in Kenya by identifying additional opportunities for engagement with government institutions including the legislature, the judiciary, and the private sector in the country and highlighting emerging environmental issues of concern to the country; Publish quarterly reports on UN Environment's presence and work in Kenya and coordinate UN Environment's inputs to environmental assessment and other data and information management and knowledge products; In liaison with the Communication Division, develop a comprehensive Information and Communication Strategy to articulate achievements of UN Environment activities in Kenya; Provide strategic advice to the Regional Director to effectively engage with the Government of Kenya; Provide scientific guidance to the Regional Director to effectively identify emerging environmental issue of national relevance.

2.Coordinate UN Environment's Engagement with the Environment Donor Group in Kenya;
Act as the main interface between the Government of Kenya/Donor Environment Coordination Group and UN Environment divisions and ensure coordinated representation of UN Environment in the group, its sub-committees and other relevant donor coordination mechanisms in Kenya; Promote internal coherence and inter divisional communication, cooperation, harmonization and alignment on UN Environment's engagement with the donor group in Kenya and in accordance with the established donor coordination mechanisms; facilitate UN Environment collaboration with other international organizations and institutions based in Kenya .

3.Focal Point in UN Environment at the UN Country Team and the UN Development Assistance Framework Process:
Liaise with and facilitate the establishment of closer cooperation with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Kenya as well as work closely with UN Development Programme-Kenya Office; Act as main interface between and represent UN Environment in the Kenya UN Country Team/UN Development Assistance Framework process; act as a link between the UN Country Team and its activities, and UN Environment divisions and assist in establishing well-coordinated cross-divisional work in support of UN Environment's engagement in the implementation of environment components of UN Development Assistance Framework.

4.Coordinate Implementation of flagship projects jointly implemented by UN Environment and the Government of Kenya :
Provide technical support to the management of flagship projects and coordinate UN Environment's engagement and cooperation in their implementation; Mobilize financial and material resources for their implementation through innovative funding approaches, including building partnerships with NGOs, private sector, development partners and other stakeholders; develop and implement a communication strategy to ensure visibility of the flagship projects and the sharing of results from implementation of the projects; ; Support the transition of completed flagship projects to local management and ownership in order to ensure their continuity and long-term sustainability.

5.Liaison with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources:
Act as a focal point for correspondence with the Government of Kenya; Follow up on requests coming from the government and initiate any appropriate action accordingly; Work closely with the Permanent Mission of Kenya to UN Environment on any issue of national concern with relevance to the mandate of UN Environment.

6.Coordination of UN Environment’s activities being implemented in Kenya for coherence:
Ensure coordination of UN Environment intervention in Kenya. Specifically, (i)Track and map all UN Environment's activities in Kenya and ensure a coherent approach; (ii)Provide guidance and advice on Kenya’s priorities and ensure that UN Environment interventions are in line with the Kenya 2030 objectives and targets; (iii) Maintain a close relation with the Kenyan Government to ensure that UN Environment Intervention are aligned to the country's priorities;

7.Private sector engagement:
Work closely with the Private Sector Unit to ensure the engagement of the private sector towards achievement of national priorities, the sustainable development goals, and other national, regional and global goals and agreements in which Kenya is a participant.

8.Perform any other duties and functions as may be assigned by the Management of UN Environviment.


•Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in programme/project management and implementation, planning and monitoring. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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;

•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 and 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the environmental related science, ecology, biology or related field. Background in environment management, programme management (environment risk assessment, waste management) is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, Experience in developing and/or presenting reports and data, as well as facilitating meetings is required.. Experience and knowledge of the development and implementation of Programme of Work, dynamic of interaction with member States will be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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