UNEP Deputy Director Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Deputy Director 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, behavior and decisions related to the environment worldwide.

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


  • Lead and coordinate UNEP’s global strategic communication at corporate and programmatic levels.

  • Supervise the Communication Division’s Section Chiefs, nurturing innovation, creativity and ambition to reach new audiences with world-class, science-based communication and advocacy that is embedded within UNEP’s programmatic work.

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Communication Division’s work in the context of UNEP's Programme of Work and its Medium-Term Strategy.

  • Coordinate, manage, and administer the Communication Division’s work and budget in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Mobilize resources for the Communication Division and forge partnerships that amplify reach and impact.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Director.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental issues in general and of specific areas being supervised; Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations;

  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; 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. Communication: Solid writing skills, ability to prepare reports and/or provision of rationale with respect of key administrative decisions; Ability to communicate orally effectively.

  • Managing Performance: Ability to administer, supervise and direct staff; Delegates appropriately; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones
    and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; 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.

  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Advanced University degree (Master's or equivalent) in communications, public/business administration and management or in a related field 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 ten years (10) of experience in journalism, communication and/or public-facing advocacy focused on the environment or other science or policy-focused profession is required.

  • Experience at the international level handling strategic communication is required.

  • Five (5) years of experience, of the ten (10) years, at a senior level leading multicultural teams is desirable.

  • Managerial experience dealing with the media and communications campaigns is desirable.

  • Relevant experience in human resources, management, administration, logistics and financial management is desirable.

  • Experience in partnership building is desirable.

  • Experience in managing a highly skilled and diverse workforce is desirable.


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

  • NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Deputy Director Jobs in Kenya

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