Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN 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. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the Land Use Finance Team of UN Environment’s Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, within the Ecosystems Division, at the Nairobi duty station.


Programme Planning and Coordination:

1. Establish and maintain cooperation on sustainable food and agriculture throughout UN Environment by facilitating an organization-wide response to the 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme;
2. Provide agricultural policy and land-use expertise to the Land-Use Finance Project of UN Environment;
3. Provide advice to Communications Division on campaigns related to agricultural commodities and food systems.

Policy Analysis:

1. Provide expert advice on programmatic and policy issues related to catalysing and implementing a shift to sustainable food and agriculture and resilient ecosystems, and a transition to agro-ecology and other forms of sustainable agriculture;
2. Analyse the potential for common approaches that bring together ecosystem-based adaptation, climate change mitigation, and resource efficiency, and private sector action towards sustainable food systems to improve UN Environment’s approaches and project portfolio to food and agriculture development and ecosystem resilience.
Project Development and Programme Implementation:
1. Develop and promote pilot projects that demonstrate nature-based solutions to food- and water security; 
2. Gather information from stakeholders (e.g., partner countries, UN agencies, civil society, private sector), and analyse their needs in terms of sustainable agriculture and ecosystem resilience;
3. Review and analyse project proposals for suitability with programme objectives and technical priorities; 
4. Draft, edit and secure clearances for key documents and mission reports; ensure that project interim and terminal reporting requirements are met.

Advisory, Liaison and Representational Work:

1. Analyse and review specific projects or investment opportunities within the Land Use Finance Programme that are considered for investment by partner finance institutions and agribusinesses that UN Environment is working with, from a sound agronomic, environmental and social perspective;
2. Analyse the objectives and scope of major international meetings and workshops; advise on UN Environment’s participation in and eventual contribution to such events; report on events and propose and co-ordinate subsequent follow-up activities;
3. Provide substantive backstopping to national and regional-level work of UN Environment in the development of projects and programmes that directly and indirectly promote a shift to a more sustainable food and agriculture sector and ecosystem resilience, including in relation to several private finance facilities that UN Environment is involved in through the Land Use Finance Programme;
4. Represent UN Environment in country missions and in discussions with technical counterparts in Governments, private sector institutions, and other partner organizations;
5. In close collaboration with colleagues from within the Ecosystems Division, the Economy Division and regional offices, identify and pursue funding opportunities for national- or regional-level activities of UN Environment that promote a shift to a more sustainable food and agriculture sector, land-use and ecosystem resilience.

Reports and Administration:

1. Research and analyse information from diverse sources and organize and prepare written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports, studies, and inputs to publications;
2. Provide input to and development of budget and work elements for the work programme of the unit.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural policies and sustainable landscape management with the ability to develop strategies and accomplish objectives. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: 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; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental studies; agricultural sciences; agricultural economics; agricultural development, or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced
university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible work in a field associated with this post, including at least three (3) years at the international level. Experience in working with private sector partners in agriculture and related investments in developing countries is an asset; experience in working with United Nations entities is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Possession of exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills is desirable. Knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.


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