UNEP Communications Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Communications Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of 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 the Ozone Secretariat, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


  • Ensures implementation of information programs to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.

  • Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.

  • Undertakes activities to promote media coverage of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, disseminating materials to the press, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage.

  • Oversees production of information communications products including proposing topics, determining appropriate medium and target audience, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.

  • Prepares, on the basis of official United Nations documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in United Nations newsletters, periodicals, reports and books.

  • Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies.

  • Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, side events and exhibitions during the meetings organized by the Secretariat and other relevant meetings and events.

  • Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.

  • Ensures the ongoing development, maintenance and appropriate updating of the substantive content of the Secretariat Website, in collaboration with the Programme Officer – Data and Information Systems, regularly reviewing the design and set-up of the website, ensuring that access to it is user-friendly, with appropriate hyperlinks to related activities within and outside the United Nations system.

  • Performs any other related duties as may be requested by the supervisor.


    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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

    Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and
    effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "Clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

    Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.

  • Experience in drafting public information materials (e.g. news articles, opinion pieces, feature stories, press releases, etc.) is required.

  • Experience in media is required.

  • Experience working with digital communication tools and web-based media is desirable.

  • Working experience in the United Nations common system or similar organization is desirable.

  • Work experience in an international organization and at the intergovernmental level is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations language is an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Communications Officer Jobs in Kenya

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