UNEP Project Management and Capacity Development Consultant Jobs in Kenya

UNEP Project Management and Capacity Development Consultant 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.

The United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme) is the UN's interagency flagship partnership that supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation. Critical roadblocks to progress, that have been identified through engagement with countries.

Those are gaps in REDD+ technical knowledge and capacities among governments, this translates in a lack of opportunities for African stakeholders to share advanced knowledge and experiences in the field. The Swiss-funded UN-REDD and Africa Forestry Forum (AFF) partnership project “Strengthening REDD+ implementation in Africa: capitalizing on lessons learned for an evolving environment” contributes to improved REDD+ implementation and increased results-based payments in the African region, the overall goals of the project are to: 1. Strengthen African countries' REDD+ capacities and knowledge, 2. Enhance sectoral policy coordination to guide appropriate REDD+ strategies and decision making. The advertised position is home-based in Africa, under the supervision of the Africa Region UN-REDD Programme Management Officer.

Working as part of the UN-REDD KM and Africa team and responding to partner country needs, outlined in the UN-REDD AFF project document, the project management and capacity development consultant will be responsible for facilitating a close coordination and collaboration with AFF as well as a timely delivery of the high-quality outputs expected from project implementation, such as knowledge exchanges, policy dialogues, trainings, communities of practice, advocacy side events and policy briefs.

Furthermore, the consultant will support communicating success stories and lessons learned from UN-REDD's African partner countries. The consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • Coordinate collaboration across three UN-REDD partner agencies, the project partner AFF and African governmental counterparts.

  • Lead the implementation of the project following its concept note, work
    plan, and list of deliverables.

  • Contribute to the implementation of UN-REDD strategy in Africa.

  • Lead the production of new knowledge products to fill gaps in UN-REDD material.

  • Lead the organization of Africa-specific webinars based on the REDD+ Academy.

  • Lead the organization of Africa-specific training based on the REDD+ Academy.

  • Lead the production of policy briefs.

  • Lead the organization of advocacy side events during major Regional and International Climate and Environmental Events

  • Produce and promote stories on lessons learned from UN-REDD's partner countries.

  • Coordinate support from UNEP to the implementation of the project by partner organizations e.g., knowledge exchange, policy dialogue, community of practice, etc.,

    Qualifications/special skills

  • A master’s degree in social or environmental sciences, Forestry or equivalent field is required. A bachelor's degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in project management and capacity development is required.

  • Experience working on REDD+ and/or Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) is desirable.

  • Experience working with African governments is desirable.

  • Experience working with international organizations is desirable


  • Strong, proven project management skills.

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

  • Ability to convene partners and facilitate consensus.

  • Ability to coordinate a wide range of different outputs and partners.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English and French is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNEP Project Management and Capacity Development Consultant Jobs in Kenya

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