Programme Officer(2 positions) - United Nations, Kenya, Deadline: June-05-2011

Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 6 April 2011-5 June 2011

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) helps to implement UNEP's global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This position is located in the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Regional Cooperation at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, DRC, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:


1. Support the development of the biannual UNEP Programme of Work (POW) component on UNEP country-level engagement and the integration of environment sustainability in UN Common Country Programming processes in the One UN pilots and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) roll-out countries with linkages to the Poverty and Environment Initiative; Co-ordinate the organization of annual internal strategic planning retreats.
2. Liaise with UNEP Delivering as One (DaO) Regional Coordinators and provide backstopping support to UNEP engagement with the UN Country Teams, Country Analysis/UNDAFs, One UN pilots; Support and facilitate and coordinate UNEP internal discussions and consultations; Monitor progress and expenditures, prepare progress reports fund allocation for the DaO project; Represent UNEP in relevant meetings of the UN Country Teams and national processes; Support the further promotion and operationalisation of guidance notes on the integration of environmental sustainability and climate change in UN Country Analysis/UNDAFs. 3. Operational effectiveness: Provide substantive technical inputs in the operationalisation of the Guidance Note on UNEP operations and engagement at country level and advise on UNEP’s practical and effective country-level engagement as “One UNEP”. Liaise with staff of UNEP Regional Offices compile and analyze priority issues and important lessons emerging from UNEP’s engagement on One UN pilots, Country Analysis/UNDAFs and other country processes for engagement at the country level; 4. Knowledge management: Contribute to the development and implementation of a communication strategy and Community of Practice initiative, information exchange, good practices and lessons learned on UNEP’s country level engagement; Provide substantive inputs and briefings on UNEP’s engagement in the One UN pilots, Country Analysis/UNDAFs and other common country programming processes. 5. Funds mobilization; Prepare briefing notes for donor consultations; Draft new project concepts and documents. 6. Perform any other duties assigned.


Professionalism: Proven ability to coordinate and implement programme/project; Broad knowledge of poverty and environment issues; Experience in mainstreaming environment in development strategies; Demonstrated ability to research and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; Ability to prepare comprehensive reports with respect to key environment and development issues; Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process.

Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds; Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team-based information sharing environment.

Planning and Organizing: Excellent coordination skills, with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; Ability to develop clear goals for planned activities, foresee risks and allow for contingency plans; Ability to meet tight deadlines and handle conflicting priorities.

Communication: Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing; including ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff and senior officials; ability to draft/edit a variety of reports on UN policy issues and strategies relevant to own work as required; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree in environmental policy/science, development issues or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressive experience in the field of sustainable development, environmental studies or related area is required. Experience in the UN country operation and programme in developing regions of the world 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.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.
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