UNEP Programme Assistant

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 the OzonAction Unit, Regional Office for Africa, of UNEP/DTIE.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional network Coordinator (RNC), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE) and the overall supervision of the Head, OzonAction Branch, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

  • Project Management and Administration: Support the regional Network Coordinator (RNC) and OzonAction Programme Officer at all phases of the approval process of all OzonAction related projects in the region and their implementation for effective management of the UNEP/DTIE programme of work;

  • Project Implementation and Monitoring: Facilitate the implementation and monitoring of UNEP/DTIE's programme of work;

  • General Office Administration: Provide administrative support to all office operations in the unit;

  • Supervises the preparation of travel authorizations by calculating air fare, daily subsistence allowance, terminal expenses and other appropriate entitlements;

  • Monitor and review travel claims and supporting documentation for completeness, accuracy, reasonableness, validity, and conformity with UN Rules;

  • Request preparation of SSAs in liaison with Human Resources Management Services for recruitment of consultants;


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting.

  • Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.

  • 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.

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;

  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;

  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;

  • Completion of secondary school is required.

  • Addition technical training in Project management or other relevant field is an advantage.

  • A Minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in Programme/Project administration.

  • Experience with UN Financial Rules and Regulations and guidelines, administrative procedures required.

  • 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 official United Nations language is an advantage.

  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, internet) and knowledge of UN Rules and procedures are required.

    Deadline: 30th September

    For more information and application, visit: UNEP Programme Assistant Website

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