United Nations Executive Secretary Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Executive Secretary 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.

  • Through resolution “End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument” (UNEP/EA5/L23/REV.1), the United Nations Environment Assembly requested the Executive Director of UNEP to convene an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, commencing its work during second half of 2022, with the ambition of completing its work by the end of 2024.

  • The resolution established that the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) is to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment henceforth referred to as the instrument, which could include both binding and voluntary approaches, based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full lifecycle of plastic, taking into account among other things, the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, as well as national circumstances and capabilities, including provisions.

  • The position is based at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, and the overall guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent of the post will lead the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee established by UNEP pursuant to UNEA Resolution UNEP/EA5/L23/REV.1. and is responsible for the following duties:


    • Organize and convene, through support to the INC Chair, the intergovernmental meetings necessary to provide a strong platform for negotiation, including but not limited to regional preparatory meetings, and the INC meetings;

    • Provide strategic coordination and lead the provision of technical, legal and administrative support for the development of the instrument;

    • Provide advice to the Executive Director on all matters related to the development of the instrument;

    • Lead the organization of Bureau meetings and other governance meetings requested by the INC process;

    • In close collaboration with the substantive Divisions, prepare the organization of multi-stakeholder meetings to be held in the margins of the INC process with participation of private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholders;

    • Prepare and convene a final Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the instrument;

    • Conduct high level policy outreach to senior government officials, private sector and civil society;

    • Assist Member States in the exchange of information related to the development of the draft instrument;

    • Lead and manage a multidisciplinary team to deliver the responsibilities, tasks and duties of the Secretariat;

    • Oversee the recruitment of staff for the INC process for technical and organizational needs, including as necessary consultants to support the negotiations;

    • Together with UNEP’s Divisions, ensure that the negotiation process is informed by scientific analyses underpinning the life cycle of plastics;

    • Together with UNEP’s Divisions, expand and nurture the scope of partnerships with a wide range of critical players in the plastic pollution arena,

    • Communicate and coordinate across the UN on the process and needs from other UN entities;

    • Coordinate closely with bilateral and multilateral donors to ensure funding is available for the INC process and technical delivery;

    • Raise funds for the INC process as required;

    • Contribute to UNEP’s strategic communications on plastics to ensure strategic, coherent and comprehensive outreach and engagement;

    • Lead engagement with partners, including financial institutions, towards the successful development of a financial mechanism to support the implementation of the instrument;

    • Lead the interagency work of the Secretariat in close cooperation and coordination with Multilateral Environmental Agreements and with other chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, to support the development of the draft instrument;

    • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of international negotiations and issues related
    to the Minamata Convention and its overarching objectives; Ability to think strategically and to clearly articulate a strategic direction; Capacity to manage and develop people, to lead high performance teams and to work cooperatively; Facilitation of and conducting of inter-governmental negotiating processes as well as handling of a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties; Integrity, openness and transparency in dealing with all stakeholders; Possesses understanding of the chemicals agenda; Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations;

  • Planning & Organising: 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.

  • 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.

  • Judgement/decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; Does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Chemistry; Natural sciences; Law, Public or Business Administration; International and/or Environmental Studies or other related area 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 fifteen (15) years of professional and progressively responsible experience, in the area of environment and sustainable development, out of which at least seven (7) years are at the international level is required.

  • Experience in leading intergovernmental environmental processes is required.

  • Experience on intergovernmental negotiations is required.

  • Experience with the UN system or similar organisations is desirable.

  • Experience with industry engagement in UN processes 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. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

  • NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.

    How to Apply

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