UNEP Chief of Operations Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Chief of Operations 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.

  • The position of Chief of Operations is located at UNEP’s global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the supervision of the Director, Communication Division, and in close consultation with the Division's Deputy Director, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:


    Operations Management:

  • Directly implement, manage and oversee the Division’s finance, human resources, procurement, ICT, security and other associated operations and actions in compliance with the organization's policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

  • Ensure effective and efficient operations and business processes support to the Division’s Sections and to its out-posted offices.

  • Manage the human and other resources of the Division’s Operation Unit. Serve as Human Resources secretariat for all senior professional recruitments in the Division.

  • Establish, enhance, and maintain strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders and service providers in other UN entities, especially the UN Office Nairobi Operations Planning, Monitoring and Reporting.

  • Plan, monitor, assess, and report on the Division’s operations strategy and work, developing and delivering against the operations components of the Division Management Plan, in the context of the Division’s project commitments to UNEP’s Programme of Work and its Medium Term Strategy.

    Policy and Procedure Development, Implementation, and Compliance:

  • Develop, standardize, implement and ensure compliance with organizational and divisional policies, procedures and protocols related to the communication function and Communication Division work processes and resource scheduling.

    Business Continuity Planning:

  • Develop, monitor, and maintain the Division’s business continuity plan and ensure effective and efficient process, transition, workflow, and succession planning for seamless programme delivery and reduced risks.

    UMOJA/Enterprise Resource Planning (ERPs) Super User and Facilitator:

  • Oversee the Division’s implementation of UMOJA and other ERPs, including compliance with and execution of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

  • Facilitate the rollout of ERPs in the Division and provide relevant training to staff.

  • Perform other related duties.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge in the use and application of the Organization’s financial regulations and rules as well as accounting policies and practices. Ability to extract, interpret, and analyse a
    wide variety of data and to resolve data discrepancies and other problems.

  • 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

  • Teamwork: 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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. .

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of combined progressively responsible experience at the professional level in any three (3) of the following five (5) areas is required: administration, finance, accounting, human resources management and procurement.

  • Experience working with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system/s is required.

  • Experience in the United Nations or other international organization is desirable.

  • At least three years of experience leading multicultural teams is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Chief of Operations Jobs in Kenya

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