UNEP Finance and Budget Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Finance and Budget Officer Jobs in Kenya

  • 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.

  • This position is located in UNEP's Corporate Services Division, Financial Advisory Services, at the Nairobi duty station.

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Finance Advisor, the Finance and Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


    Medium-term plan:

  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions on the basis of departmental submissions, taking into account recommendations and decisions of specialized intergovernmental bodies including Conferences of Parties of Multilateral Environmental Conventions.

  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of the medium-term plan and its revisions; secures approval from the General Assembly of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

  • Ensures legislative mandates are accurately translated into program budgets.

    Budget preparation:

  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from Departments/offices at headquarters; Conventions’ secretariats, including programmatic aspects;

  • Provides detailed input with respect to resource requirements for budget submissions.

  • Reviews, analyzes and finalizes program budget/financial implications to the Security UNEA decisions or those of governing councils of multilateral environment conventions Council statements in light of additional mandates.

  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly (UNEA) or the governing bodies of the respective conventions.

    Budget administration:

  • Issues allotments, authorizes sub-allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.

  • Manages and monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.

  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.

  • Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.

  • Prepares budget performance submissions.

  • Reviews and finalizes budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.

  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.



  • Professionalism: Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources. Ability to develop budgetary policies, procedures and new programmes. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to budgetary matters. 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.

  • Planning& 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.

  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Qualification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required.

  • Five years of experience with the United Nations or similar international public sector organizations is required.

  • Experience with SAP (UMOJA in the UN) or similar Enterprise Resource Planning systems is required.

  • Experience with and knowledge of the application of the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

    How to Apply

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

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