Senior Programme Officer, Nairobi - United Nations Environment Programme

Employer: United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: 28 April

Vacancy announcement No.: NA-08-21

Under the overall direction of the Director, Division of Regional Cooperation and the day-to-day guidance of the Director, Regional Office for Africa, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the further development and implementation of the Poverty and Environment Initiative in the Africa region in close collaboration with the UNDP/UNEP PEI team and Facility staff.

  • Supporting the overall execution of the UNEP components of the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) in Africa in close collaboration with the Coordinator.

    Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates from within the region.

    Qualifications and Experience:

    Education: Advanced University degree in environment and development related field with a strong preference for development economics or socio-economic aspects of sustainable development.


    At least 10 years of relevant and progressive experience in international sustainable development including at least 5 years working with governments and/or developing country field environments. Proven experience with different aspects of project management including development, planning and implementation.

    Language Requirements: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English, working knowledge of French is desirable.

    Other Desirable Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;

  • Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently;

  • Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process.


    Professionalism: Proven ability to provide seasoned guidance and advice in the development and implementation of programs, projects methodologies and policies covering a broad range of economics, poverty and environment issues, ability to prepare comprehensive reports with respect to key environmental and development issues.

    Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated coordination skills with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; demonstrated ability to use limited resources effectively, putting up-front risk-assumptions, and applying contingency measures to adjust plans and resources effectively.

    Client Orientation: Ability to identify clients' needs and develop appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.

    Team work: Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance.

    Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment.

    Communication: Strong communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly, both orally, in writing and presentational, 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.

    Vacancy Contact:
    Chief, Recruitment and Classification Section
    Human Resource Management Service
    United Nations Office at Nairobi, (UNON)
    P.O. Box 67578 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
    Facsimile (254 20) 62 42 12/62 41 34
    Please quote vacancy announcement No. NA-08-21

    For further details and application materials, contact:United Nations Environment Programme Website

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