Programme Officer (Gender & Social Safeguards ) - United Nations, Kenya, Deadline: May-13-2014

Posting Title:  Programme Officer (Gender & Social Safeguards), P3 
Job Code Title:  Programme Management Officer 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Environment Programme 
Duty Station:  NAIROBI 
Posting Period:  14 March 2014-13 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PGM-UNEP-33983-R-NAIROBI (R)

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.

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.

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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.


Org. Setting and Reporting


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.  This post is located in UNEP/Office for Operations at the Nairobi duty station. Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Head, Gender and Social Safeguards Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:




• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects related to the implementation of the UNEP Gender Policy and Strategy; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation, reviews relevant documents and reports, identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions, liaises with relevant parties and identifies and tracks follow-up actions with a focus on the gender and environmental and social safeguards component.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on gender and environmental and social safeguards issues.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends in gender and environmental and social safeguards, and the preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Prepares various written outputs on gender and environmental and social safeguards in UNEP, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities on gender and environmental and social safeguards issues; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities as required.
• Performs other duties as required.




• Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 
• 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.
• Planning & 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.
• 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.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social or environmental sciences, international development, economics or a field related to gender and social safeguards.  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 progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.  Knowledge on mainstreaming gender and environmental and social safeguards in programme and project development is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required.


Assessment Method


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


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.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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