UNEP Executive Secretary Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Executive Secretary Jobs in Kenya

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  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world's 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 environment.

  • This post is located in UNEP/Ozone Secretariat at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of UNEP, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions: .


    • Responsible for accurate and wise thematic advice to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MP) and Vienna Convention (VC), as well as to the technical bodies of the two agreements and relevant partner organizations in the form of reports or other media.

    • Delivering speeches in the international meetings related to the environment; statements and other information given at the policy level, on issues related to the ozone layer as a whole and the synergies amongst Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), in particular on ozone-climate interface and on the implementation of such policies; conducting high level negotiations and persuasion when necessary to expedite the implementation of the MP, VC and decisions of the Parties and Ratification by non-Parties; creating and maintaining of cordial diplomatic links with high level government officials and staff of other international organisations is needed; establishing and maintaining partnerships with other MEAs and relevant UN/international organizations to explore synergies and collaborative actions in areas of common concerns is also needed.

    • Creating and maintaining functional reporting systems for the production and consumption of controlled Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS); analysing data from the 197 Parties, identifying non-compliance and preparing reports and action plans.

    • Reviewing decisions to form a work programme for the Secretariat; managing the work programme; negotiating, coordinating and agreeing on the necessary actions with other organisations implementing the decisions.

    • In consultation with the Bureaux of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) and of the Conference of the Parties (COP), agreeing on the substantive agenda of the meetings through coordination with host governments, the Conference Services and other units and partners organising meetings of the Ozone Treaties.

    • Participating in the assessment process as an expert member or ex-officio as appropriate; providing the necessary organizational support and substantive advice to the assessment bodies; ensuring high quality reporting back to the Parties.

    • Developing the management strategy for the Ozone Secretariat; providing leadership to all staff of the Ozone Secretariat.


    Professionalism: Develops strategic plans, operational policies and guidelines. Manages financial, human and material resources, implements and evaluates activities and projects. Drafts policies that resolve corporate challenges emerging from the Secretariat's work. 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.

    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; 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.

    Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

    Accountability: 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.

    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 degree or equivalent) in law, natural sciences, environmental management, economics, business/public administration or related disciplines is required. 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 fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional working experience, some of which is at national level with links to the international processes on environment; together with at least five (5) years professional experience at the international level is required.

    • Experience in facilitation and moderation of intergovernmental processes is required.

    • Experience in handling a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties and the ability to lead a team of specialists in interdisciplinary effort is required.

    • Experience in the UN system or other international organizations 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. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Executive Secretary Jobs in Kenya

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