Champions of the Earth Coordinator

Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Background Information - Job-specific
United Nations Environment 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.

Champions of the Earth is the United Nations highest environmental accolade. The annual award recognizes outstanding figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society whose actions have had a significant positive impact on the environment.

Result of Service:

  1. To implement UN Environment’s annual Champions of the Earth award, and expand it with the goal of raising its prestige and global awareness as well as introducing an extensive new youth component.
  2. Expand the Communication Division’s donor partnerships with the private sector.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Communication Division’s Deputy Director, the consultant will carry out the following tasks:

1. Launch a new youth component of Champions of the Earth

  • Working with a range of colleagues from across the Communication Division, coordinate the development and launch of this initiative. Background about this initiative: While the existing Champions of the Earth award is recognition of amazing environmental work done in the past, Young Champions would focus on the future. A Young Champion would be an individual or group who we recognize as having outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. The goal is for the Young Champions initiative to inspire action, encourage innovation and push the boundaries of what is possible. It will do this by showcasing the possibility and impact of amazing young individuals and groups, as well as nurturing ideas and scaling projects, and documenting Young Champions’ journeys as they do it. 

2. Coordinate implementation of the annual Champions of the Earth award

  • Working with colleagues, develop and implement a strategy to revamp the award to raise its global prestige and awareness with the goal of it becoming the preeminent international prize focused on the environment.
  • Coordinate outreach to potential donors to raise funding for implementation of the award.

3. Fundraising

  • Forge new donor partnerships with the private sector with the goal of raising funds for advocacy campaigns and other communication activities.

Functional competencies


Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

Planning and Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Uses time efficiently.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listen to others, correctly interprets messages and responds appropriately; Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks big and bold and if has a strong idea, takes it through to impact; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Flexible and Nimble:
Be able to respond to other opportunities as they arise and able to deliver calmly, with no drama to shifting deadlines.

Technical Skills

  • Proof Reading ( 2 years)
  • Report writing ( 2 years)
  • Editing ( 2 years)
  • HTML Editing ( 2 years)
  • Communications Strategy Implementation ( 2 years)
  • Branding ( 2 years)
  • Coordination ( 2 years)


A Bachelor’s Degree in in communication or related field required


  • At least  seven years experience in communication, marketing or a related field with a strong preference for candidates who have worked with youth and/or start-up initiatives.


  • Fluency in English is required.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: Initial 12 months with possibility of extension

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - East Africa Hub (EAH)

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in South Sudan and a portfolio of engagements managed by the Kenya based East Africa Hub office. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Somalia, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several island states.