UN Senior Coordination Officer Jobs in Kenya

UN Senior Coordination Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (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.

This post is located in UN Environment, Executive Office, at the Nairobi duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


Organizational and strategic reform:

  • Promoting support for the management strategy, philosophy and directives.
  • Supporting the coordination of reform processes initiated by the Executive Director, in particular in areas related to programme coordination, analytical production, results-based management and resource planning and gender.
  • Supporting the coordination of teams established by and under the direction of the Executive Director to address other strategic issues.
  • Providing strategic, political and policy advice to the Executive Director on a wide range of issues related to the functions and responsibilities of UNEP.
  • Establishing collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Liaising with external partners and governments as required to exchange information, co-ordinate and seek support for the activities of the Executive Director.

    Strengthening of policy and programme:

  • Monitoring, identifying and bringing to the attention of the Executive Director emerging policy issues of relevance to the mandate of UNEP in particular and the UN in general; keeping abreast of deliberations of inter-governmental bodies.
  • Maintaining an active overview of the work of all the Divisions, Offices and Secretariats to ensure effective and coordinated support to the Executive Director.
  • In cooperation with the relevant Divisions and Offices, leads the identification of emerging environmental policy issues, undertakes preliminary research, identify and promotes the need for further research and provides briefings to the Executive Director upon request.

    Support to Senior Management Team:

  • Participating as an ex-officio member to the UNEP Senior Management Team (SMT).
  • Providing Secretariat functions to the SMT by identifying priorities, problems and issues to be addressed; preparing the agenda of the meetings, retreats, supervising the preparation of relevant documentation.
  • Initiating follow-up activities of SMT and their implementation through teamwork and communication at the Directors level.
  • Performing other related duties as required.



  • 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.

    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.


  • 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.

    Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers and inspires others to translate vision into results;

  • Identifies proactively strategic issues, opportunities and risks;
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support for organizational direction;
  • Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
  • Drives for change and improvements;
  • Does not accept the status quo;
  • Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


  • Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks;
  • Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals;
  • Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction;
  • Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in in environment science, management, social sciences, economics or a related field.
  • A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

    Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management, environment related field or other related area with at least three years at the international level is required.
  • Experience in advising senior officials is required.
  • Experience within the international environment governance system is required.
  • Functional knowledge of the UN System is highly 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 French is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 15th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Senior Coordination Officer Jobs in Kenya

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