Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Coordination Officer, D1
Job Code Title: Principal Coordination Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 April 2018 - 02 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-92790-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 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 UN General Assembly has recognized the importance of South-South cooperation among peoples and countries of the South; and its contribution to their national well-being, national and collective self-reliance and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. It has encouraged the continued integration of South-South and triangular cooperation into the policies and strategic frameworks of the funds, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations system; and requested the UN system to integrate South-South and triangular cooperation into their policies, taking into account, among others, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In UN Environment, the Policy and Programme Division coordinates and tracks the implementation of South-South Cooperation initiatives to facilitate its coherent and effective incorporation in the design and implementation of the programme of work. The Division also promotes interlinkages with the rest of the UN system in monitoring and following-up on strategic and political issues related to South-South cooperation. The post is located in UN Environment's Policy and Programme Division, at the Nairobi Duty Station.

Under the overall guidance of the Director, Policy and Programme Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


1). Managing the coordination and the implementation of South-South Cooperation activities.
2). Facilitating its coherent and effective adoption and implementation in the design and implementation of UN Environment’s Programme of Work.
3). Strengthening UN Environment's engagement with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and playing an active role in promoting interlinkages with the rest of the UN system in monitoring and following-up on strategic and political issues related to South-South Cooperation.
4). Ensuring that South-South cooperation-related policy developments feed into programming and delivery at global, regional and national levels.
5). Identifying potential opportunities for collaboration, funding mechanisms as well as technologies available for use in implementing the South-South Cooperation projects.
6). Providing advice on how to utilize South–South cooperation tools to implement the 2030 Agenda, using South-South Cooperation to enhance the multiplier effect and up scaling of UN Environment’s interventions in the regions and increase responsiveness to country needs and priorities.
7). Providing support to UN Environment’s growing partnership and engagement with China, including briefs on the Chinese government’s plans, policies and challenges with regards to environmental issues and intelligence for partnership building and resource mobilization in the framework of South-South cooperation.
8). Providing support to UN Environment's growing partnership and engagement with countries such as Brazil and China, including briefs on these countries’ plans, policies and challenges with regards to environmental issues and intelligence for partnership building and resource mobilization in the framework of South-South cooperation.
9). Coordinating the planning and implementation of these countries’ funding initiatives in the context of UN Environment's South-South cooperation agreed framework and its programme of work and medium-term strategy, and providing concrete recommendations and proposals to strengthen the organization's ability to implement agreed initiatives.
10). Perform other relevant tasks as required.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of the institutional mandates, policies and procedures of the United Nations; experience in the coordination of the activities of high-level officials and the provision of policy advice on a range of managerial and political questions. Strong analytical skills and proven ability to develop policy options and strategies; ability to establish and maintain contacts at all levels. Sound political judgment and diplomatic skills. 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.

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.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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.


Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, political sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, business administration or management, law, economics, or other relevant related fields, is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental policy, environmental management, programme and project planning and management, organizational management in a multi-cultural setting, either in government or international organization is required. Working experience at senior management level in an international organization is an advantage. Experience in partnership building and/or resource mobilization activities in the framework of South-South cooperation implementing Agenda 2030 is highly desirable. Experience within the UN system is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Chinese (Mandarin) both written and spoken is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for 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 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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