Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Nairobi, 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 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 Marine and International Waters Unit, Ecosystems Division, at the Nairobi duty station. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of supervision of Head, Marine and Fresh Waters Branch and direct supervision of Chief, Marine and International Waters Unit. Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


• Coordinates and provides oversight on the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan and Framework for Global Fund for Coral Reef (GFCR) projects under implementation by different partners including the incorporation with key social, economic and environmental indicators to monitor in line with GFCR Global Core Indicators and other indicator categories; these include different investments and blue economy sector specific indicators such as specific to waste management, fisheries, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), mariculture.
• Design UNEP project concept and document to implement UNEP’s commitment to the GFCR.
• Lead the execution of UNEP specific services and supports to the GFCR secretariat, provide timely update and periodic report to UNEP and GFCR Executive Board
• In close collaboration with the Science & Technical Advisory Group (STAG) advise the GFCR Secretariat on new developments in coral reef conservation, restoration and resilience science
• Recommend adaptive management actions to deliver on the objectives of the GFCR Theory of Change
• Advise on indicator selection, impact measurement methodology, data management systems.
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with Global Fund for Coral Reef (GFCR) secretariat, relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Conducts periodic review to the M & E indicators and framework of the Global Fund for Coral Reef (GFCR) Secretariat and projects under implementation and update as required in consultation with the relevant team within the Secretariat
• Performs consulting assignments on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) processes, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing M & E action plan that the client will use to monitor the progress made in coral reefs restoration.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources that assist in designing feasible projects for protection and restoration of coral reefs.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of monitoring and evaluations or other research activities and studies that support the work of the GFCR secretariat.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; gather data, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions that support the work of the GFCR secretariat.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Support the GFCR Secretariat to establish partnership with Global Initiatives for large scale impact through creating synergy and integration of interventions, as well as scale up and replication of best practices across the world.
• Lead harmonization and collaboration with International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Reef Resilience Network (RRN) and Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform (CRDAP), on indicators, restoration best practice, climate refugia.
• Support investment proposals development to mobilize fund from private and other donors
• Support the establishment of community of practices of coral reefs within the executing organisations and relevant partners to review challenges and best practices in coral reef restoration and conservation for wider sharing and learning.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Undertakes outreach activities; prepare training guidelines, conducts training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques and initiatives on coral reefs protection and restoration to project executing partners, relevant government sectors and other key partners.
• Build the capacity of implementing partners to operationalize the M&E plans, develop baseline and implement methodologies for measuring critical indicators and impact made through the interventions/investments
• Conduct or lead regular projects monitoring, evaluation, field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials, donors and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Advise on innovative tools and methodologies of monitoring and tracking of progress in coral reef conservation and restoration efforts
• Support the development of innovative conservation tools, Payment for ecosystem services, blue carbon, to ensure sustainability of projects outcomes
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Performs other duties as may be required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or others specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.

PLANNING & 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 ecological monitoring and evaluation, marine biology, hydrology, environmental science, natural resources management, business administration, management, environmental economics or a related field is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in monitoring and evaluation of complex project and or programme management, in different regions, including at least five (5) years at the international level is required.

Working experience in large-scale project design, management, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation is required.

Working experience in designing and implementing M&E framework for marine and coastal ecosystems, marine protected areas and ecosystems restoration projects and programmes in different countries or regions is required.

Working experience in United Nations system, international funds and international organization is desirable.

A minimum of two (2) or more years of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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