UNEP Programme Management Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Programme Management Officer 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.

  • The Ecosystems Division at UNEP works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

  • This post is located in the Ecosystems Division, at the Nairobi duty station.

  • Under the direct supervision of the UN-REDD Team Leader and in close cooperation with the Director, Africa Office, the incumbent will perform the following functions:


  • Develops, implements and evaluates UNREDD programme/project development and implementation in Africa; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.

  • Facilitates new programme development and expansion to new thematic and geographical areas in the Africa region.

  • Supports UN-REDD Knowledge Management activities in Africa in close coordination with the UN-REDD Communications and Knowledge Management Officer for Africa and broader team.

  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

  • Coordinates with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat on the planning and implementation of country level and regional activities.

  • Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources as it affects the delivery of the Africa work programme.

  • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, et cetera.

  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, et cetera.

  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, et cetera) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, et cetera).

  • Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, et cetera.

  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of development and
    environment issues in Africa; knowledge of global forest and climate change debate; understanding of REDD+ and of forest policy, ecosystem management and sustainable land use finance. 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; has excellent judgment, including in establishing and maintaining working relations with senior government officials; 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 AND ORGANIZING: Ability to identify priorities, work to tight deadlines, handle concurrent projects and coordinate the work of others. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Clear ability to plan and execute complex undertakings such as organizing international conferences.

  • TEAMWORK: Ability to work collaboratively to achieve organizational goals in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.


  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in forest policy, forest management, natural resources management, international development or environmental economics 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 (7) years of progressively responsible experience in forest policy, forest management, climate change or ecosystem management is required.

  • Previous work experience in project or programme management with an UN agency or the private sector is desirable.

  • Previous work experience with REDD+ programmes in Africa or in other regions is an additional desirable.


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

    How to Apply

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

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