United Nations Environment Programme - Management Officer (EWS) Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Environment Programme - Management Officer (EWS) Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries.

  • Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices.

  • The temporary position is located in the UNDRR Regional Office for Africa (ROA) in Nairobi. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Regional Office.

    Context and Operational Background

  • The Africa Road Map for Improving the Availability, Access and Use of Disaster Risk Information for Early Warning and Early Action, including in the Context of Transboundary Risk Management, aligned to the Plan of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR across the African region, features the main priorities for the implementation along with the related implementation modalities and lists implementing partners, identified by the African stakeholders.

    Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Supports the development, implementation and monitoring of projects related to the implementation of the African Road map for Impact-based Early Warning Systems for Early Action and Transboundary risk management, aligned to Plan of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa.

  • Under the leadership of the Senior Programme Manager and in coordination with the Deputy Chief of the UNDRR Regional Office for Africa and with other relevant units in the organization drafts programme documents and reports; addresses priorities, problems and issues and implements corrective actions as required; work with relevant parties and timely executes follow-up actions.

  • Performs data-based research and under the guidance of the Senior Programme Specialist presents information gathered from diverse sources.

  • Supports the development and implementation of coherent policy documents.

  • Drafts various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.

  • Provides assistance in the organization and roll out of consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

  • Supports outreach activities, maintains and strengthens regular contact with other implementing partners and beneficiaries, including, among others, the AUC, ACMAD, the RECs, African Governments, DRR stakeholders, technical-scientific partners, universities and research centres, ensuring timely dissemination of relevant information related to the programme implementation; support to access to the infrastructure, software and services needed to develop and deploy data/information products; promotes and support disaster risk-informed decision-making processes.

  • Establishes and maintains technical dialogue with relevant beneficiaries and partners.
    Supports the recruitment of technical experts to boost the implementation of activities in beneficiary entities.

  • Assists in the development and review of the legal and institutional framework for the identification of roles and responsibilities of DRR stakeholders from continental to the regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national levels.

  • Contributes to the installation and customization of the common open-source platform for the exchange, analysis and redistribution of DRR data and information and ensures the link up of the relevant stakeholders into the continental network.

  • Supports the definition, testing and endorsement of Standard Operating Procedures to exchange, analyses and redistribute DRR data and information, through common open-source platform.

  • Supports the design, development and rolling out of training for development, customization and operational use of hydro-meteorological modelling for impact-based early warning systems.

  • Participates in the organization and roll out of visibility events and the production of visibility material related to the implementation of the Road Map for its broader endorsement and implementation.

  • Provides inputs for the development of strategic papers, talking points, speeches and presentations for the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Office as well as for senior management, related to project activities,
    outcomes and policy making.

  • In coordination with the SFM Officer facilitate the collection and management of inputs to support the monitoring of target G of the Sendai Framework.

  • Upon request from the Chief of the Office and of the Senior Programme Officer, represents UNDRR at Inter-Agency meetings, seminars, etc. on Early Warning Systems for Early Action and transboundary risk management, makes presentations to groups on UNDRR activities and advocate issues of concern.

  • Assists in the identification of funding opportunities and in the preparation of project proposals for the implementation of the Africa Road Map.

  • May perform other duties as required.



  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and other risk management topics;

  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems;
    Ability to conduct data collection using various methods;

  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues, beneficiaries and implementing partners to achieve programme and organizational goals.

  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; demonstrates openness to exchange knowledge and experience, including with indigenous partners, ensuring the implemented programme is customized, owned and sustainable with local resources and capacities

  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

    Client Orientation

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view

  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients, other stakeholders and donors by gaining their trust and respect

  • Keeps clients, partners and donors informed of progress or setbacks in projects, along with the identified copying solutions

  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics, physic, engineering, mathematic, environmental science, or related field 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 university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years, of which at least two (2) in Africa, of progressively responsible experience in the establishment and operationalization of impact-based Early Warning Systems is required.

  • Experience in Hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting tools is required.

  • At least 2 years of operational working experience in impact-based Early Warning Systems for early Disaster Risk Management actions and transboundary risk management is required.

  • Experience in development and testing of Standard Operating Procedures for operational collection analysis and use of DRR data for impact based Early Warning Systems for early action is desirable.

  • Experience in facilitating partnership among DRR/DRM institutions and academia is desirable.

  • Experience in developing and rolling out capacity building activities on risk modeling and Early Warning Systems in international context is desirable.

  • At least 2 years of working experience in project management, including development and monitoring of work plans, procurement and financial reporting, within the UN Common System is desirable.

  • Experience in working with the European Union Civil Protection and/or United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team, and INGOs working on DRR/DRM at regional/national level is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

  • For the post advertised fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

  • Knowledge of one or several languages spoken in the region are an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Environment Programme - Management Officer (EWS) Jobs in Kenya

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