UNEP Administrative Assistant Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Administrative Assistant Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.

Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP's Communication Division raises the organization's profile, informs policies and influences attitudes, behaviour and decisions related to the environment worldwide.

This position is located in the Operations Unit, Communication Division, UNEP at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Operations, and the direct supervision of the Senior Administrative Assistant, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


Tangible and Intangible Property Management:

• Acts as property management focal point for the Division. Maintains up-to-date records of all serialized and relevant non-serialized equipment.

• Issues gate passes for all equipment that is removed from the UN compound.

• Maintains a record of all custodians and equipment hand-over notes.

• Liaises frequently with the Property Management Unit and other internal stakeholders.

• Coordinates the physical verification for the Division equipment.

• Maintains up-to-date records of all intangible property, e.g., licenses, subscriptions, and performs related tasks.

• Liaises frequently with the Facilities Management Unit for maintenance and repairs required in the Division.

Requisitioning and Contract Management:

• Acts as requisitioner for the full range of activities relating to the acquisition of goods and services in the Division, such as raising shopping carts and/or low value acquisition purchase orders, raising service entry sheets, reviewing goods received records and requesting payments of invoices.

• Coordinates and follows up with all involved stakeholder, internal and external, to ensure timely and efficient completion of acquisition of goods and services.

• Reviews invoices received against issued purchase orders to ensure correct recording of expenses and payments.

• Assists with the preparation of the annual Division acquisition plan.

• Manages the Operations unit contracts, monitors performance against established Key Performance Indicators.

• Engages with the end users and takes early action prior to the expiry of the contract or the contract ceiling amount.

General Administration:

• Drafts routine correspondence.

• Maintains files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation.

• Maintains and updates the folder structure of the Division, in Teams and SharePoint.

• Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members.

• Acts as fire and/or security warden for the Division.

• Performs other related administrative duties, as required, e.g., operational travel programme; monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services; physical space planning; identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating administrative arrangements for seminars, conferences and translations.

• Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge
management, planning and decision making.

• Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.



Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., requisitioning, property management, database management. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial regulations and rules in work situations. Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Planning and 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

  • The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in administration, procurement, property management, finance, human resources, or related area, is required.

  • Experience with handling large volumes of data, and complex formulas, formatting and pivot tables in Microsoft Excel or equivalent applications is required.

  • Experience as a requisitioner of goods and services for United Nations system organizations or similar international organizations is desirable.

  • Experience with information management and business processes systems, such as SharePoint, is desirable.

  • Experience with large Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, such as SAP or Oracle, is desired.

  • One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Administrative Assistant Jobs in Kenya

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