United Nations Chief Digital Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Chief Digital 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.

  • UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2025 sets an ambitious course to harness data and digital technologies and innovations to better serve Member States and partners in their efforts to tackle the triple planetary crises of climate change, nature loss and pollution. Through a process of scanning, testing, and scaling relevant digital technologies, UNEP aims to become an increasingly data-driven, agile, transparent, and effective organization.

  • UNEP’s digital transformation vision focuses on developing the organization’s capability to leverage existing, emerging and future data and digital technologies and the opportunities they offer to profoundly improve the way UNEP creates and delivers value and benefits for those we serve. The vision is based on an open innovation approach enabling the effective co-design of innovative solutions with strategic partners, civil society and citizens.

  • The CDO reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the UNEP Senior Management Team to ensure strategic alignment and direct engagement with corporate priorities. The CDO will also work closely with the Chief of Enterprise Solutions and the Subprogramme Coordinator for Digital Transformations to ensure that information technology structures and systems for UNEP are responsive to business needs and strategic priorities.

  • This post is located in UNEP's Executive Office, at the Nairobi duty station.

  • Under the overall guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


    Strategic vision and coordination of UNEP’s digital transformation:

    • Provide strategic guidance to the implementation of UNEP’s digital transformation.

    • Further develop UNEPs digital transformation strategy outlining concrete priority areas for the use of digital innovations to enhance the accountability, efficiency, results-orientation, and responsiveness of programs.

    • Maintain an agile and iterative digital transformation workplan across all divisions and regions as well as coordinate its implementation including supporting the design of initiatives related to internal digital transformation, including progress monitoring and consolidated reporting of results.

    • Keep abreast of innovations and emerging applications of digital technologies to support their testing, validation, and scaling in UNEP while ensuring synergies are built between different work processes.

    • Serve as a member of UNEP’s Senior Management Team and other related forums to ensure programmatic, policy, external relations, operational, and other activities are fully supported by appropriate digital technologies.

    • Provision of strategic advice and support to the Executive Office and Senior Management Team of UNEP in relation to transforming UNEP’s business model through digital technologies.

    Lead the implementation process for UNEP internal Digital Transformation pathway:

    • Serve as the digital champion and lead for implementation of a series of high-level lighthouse programs that leverage digital transformations as a key enabler for sustainability and climate action.

    • Develop an open innovation program, that leverage innovation processes, (i.e., hackathons, challenges, prizes) to identify, co-design and accelerate innovative digital solutions for environmental protection and climate action.

    • Support the work of the Chief of Enterprise Services to ensure that UNEP’s digital enterprise architecture has the requisite capacities and resources to enable achievement of the Digital Transformation outcomes.

    • Act as a trusted technical advisor to Divisional and Regional Directors, and other senior staff of UNEP as they set about digitally transforming their respective areas of work.

    • Use change management expertise and an end-to-end understanding of the digital value chain to coach project teams on driving enterprise change and internal collaboration.

    • Oversee the Digital Acceleration Lab that will take the lead in the development, testing and rapid prototyping of technological solutions and platforms based on business needs identifies within UNEP and its partners.

    • Manage the financial resources assigned to the internal Digital Transformation pathway workplan.

    Knowledge management and technical advice:

    • Supports the
    development of innovative learning programs for UNEP personnel on digital innovations, sustainability, and the intersection between digital and green transformation.

    • Build from the distributed knowledge of UNEP staff and their experience of developing, adapting, and applying digital solutions so as to develop an organization wide source of information for digital transformation.

    • Provide thought leadership on how digital technologies can transform UNEP’s work including policy, programming, operations, and advocacy and external relations.

    • In close collaboration with Corporate Services Division, empower UNEP colleagues to build skills and knowledge in the area of digital transformation.

    • Convene an informal digital champions group of UNEP personnel committed to driving forward the digital transformation vision as a new community of practice.

  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor.


  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge of and digital transformation issues. Demonstrated capabilities as evident from published papers and experience programming, assessments, and provision of advice, as well as work experience in the policy domain. Familiarity with issues of relevance to both developing and developed countries and at different scales from global to local.

  • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • 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.

  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Information and Communication Technology, Informatics, Management Information System, Computer Science, Business, Management, environmental science, or related disciplines is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of innovation, green technology, digital strategies, organizational management, digital change management, corporate ICT services is required.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of strategic and managerial experience at a senior level and in managing complex processes and portfolios is required.

  • Experience in identifying/developing and applying digital solutions to an organization’s (either public or private sector), business challenges, with demonstrated application of new technologies to one or more business areas is required.

  • Experience in forming partnerships in the field of digital technologies to advance organizational objectives is required.

  • Experience in undertaking change management and culture change activities to support an organization’s transformation is desirable.

  • Experience working with the United Nations Common System or other international organizations is desirable.

  • Direct experience in implementing digital transformation programs across different sectors in developing countries is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Chief Digital Officer Jobs in Kenya

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