UN Environment Junior Professional Officer - Education and Youth - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

UN Environment Junior Professional Officer - Education and Youth - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

Background information on UN Environment
UN Environment 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.

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.

UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing
technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and
strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UN Environment is seeking to hire a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) into its Education and Youth Unit.

The individual will be tasked to the management on the non-formal education part of the strategy with MOUs with partners in Gaming, Scouts, Girl Guides taken forward and operationalized under this individual’s leadership.

The Junior Professional Officer will get wide exposure and leadership opportunities in this arena within the UN bodies, other intergovernmental and non-governmental entities, donors, implementing partners and
stakeholders in general, and will be able to practice and enrich his/her skills and acquire familiarity with the international organisations’ practices and approach at the beginning of their career.


  • Project: Supporting the delivery of the Non-Formal Education programme, the Junior Professional Officer would be responsible for delivering on these key deliverables of the programme.
  • Advocacy: Supporting the design and roll out of the global advocacy agenda on environmental education with key partners at the global, national and local level per the requirements of the project document.
  • Strategic thinking: To develop strategies that would set out the direction of work, milestones and outcomes that would then be implemented with colleagues across the house.
  • Teamwork & Management: Work with the team to support across the full spectrum of the programme and to line manage at least one member of the unit.
  • Support: When required, to play a key role in delivering conferences, meetings, committees, hosting expert groups and others from the education perspective, including preparation of background material, draft
    decisions, declarations, statements, etc.
  • Outreach: Seeking out new partnerships and opportunities as and when they present themselves.

    Duties, responsibilities and output expectations
  • The Junior Professional Officer will add substantive value to the work of UN Environment Education Unit by expanding the reach and impact of the Unit with a specific leadership role in the area of Non-Formal Education.
  • They will be expected to play a critical role in supporting management with the outreach and
    advocacy agenda of this area of work: This individual will support initiatives ranging from:
  • Innovation and partnerships: supporting the management of the “Playing for the Planet” gaming
    initiative to build an alliance of partners in this area to commit to raising the environmental concerns with their audience and industry.
  • This will be launched in 2019 and the JPO will be expected to build on this initiative to secure support from the gaming industry in this space.
  • Youth movement development: Supporting the development of a new Education and Youth Alliance
    in this area, with partners such as the Scouts and student networks engaging in this agenda.
  • Global advocacy: Work with the team to define our global advocacy agenda and policy tasks that
    would seek to influence governments across the world to integrate environmental education into the curricula.
  • This will include areas such as the SG Climate Summit, the World Environmental Education Congress amongst other key events.
  • Writing: drafts/compiles specific types of information for target audiences, to include reports, brochures, briefings, newsletters, websites, etc;
  • Planning and delivery: In consultation with others identifies and proposes information opportunities, activities and approaches, taking into account the situation/topic and target audience;
  • Representational work: Organizes or participates in the organization of conferences, seminar, or other activities; prepare briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in such events;
  • Supportive on other agendas: Responds to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and externally; prepares related correspondence;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • The Junior Professional Officer will gain knowledge and experience across the full spectrum of UN Environment’s agenda and will play a critical leadership role in driving and shaping an agenda in this space with high level partners in the UN, the education system and youth networks.

    Output expectations
  • Non-formal education strategy: To have further developed and honed the strategy around nonformal
  • Project Document delivery: To deliver on the project document targets which include creating 3 new partnerships with youth-oriented partners, delivering on 2 new advocacy and outreach programmes and collaborating with other parts of the UN family working in this sector.
  • Meeting convening: Support the convening of at least one significant meeting per year on the nonformal education theme.
  • Initiative: In addition to the above, one key output is to be taking initiative and approaching the role with an entrepreneurial mindset so that opportunities are taken that are above and beyond what is described in this formal document.

  • A graduate qualification ideally in the field of Political Science, Media or Education, a Post
    Graduate degree is desirable (in similar fields as outlined above) but not essential.

    Work experience:
  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible national or international experience in the field either of education, advocacy/campaigning or within the gaming/educational innovation space.
  • A track record of delivering projects is advantageous.

  • Fluency in English; fluency in additional UN language is an asset.

  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to United Nations Environment
  • Programme; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to United Nations Environment Programme procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, and tact to deal with clients;
  • Ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions;
    where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership;
  • Resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures;
  • Ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially, responsive and client-oriented;
  • Teamwork: and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations
    in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all
    aspects of UN operations;
  • Ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues.
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely;
  • Ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff
    (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds;

    How to Apply:
  • To apply for this job, you have to submit an application to Margaret Otuke on: Margaret.otuke@un.org
  • This post is opened in the context of the Government of Finland expressing a specific interest in a national filling this Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme.
  • Open to Finnish Nationals only
  • Applications must be received no later than 24th May 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
  • Applications received after this
    date will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted hereafter.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Environment Junior Professional Officer - Education and Youth - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

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