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. Within UNEP, the Environmental Security Unit aims to reduce risks to peace from environmental degradation and climate change and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system in fragile regions and countries.

The Climate Security Mechanism (CSM), bringing together UNEP, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was established to strengthen the UN’s capacity to address the linkages between climate change, peace and security. CSM supports UN work with advice to integrated climate-related security risk analysis and conceptualization, response design and by fostering collaboration with research partners. Through the UNEP representative in the CSM, the Programme Officer can request advice and support on technical issues related to climate-related security risks and tap into the respective strengths of DPPA, UNDP and UNEP. The Programme Officer will also feed into the global work of the CSM and support knowledge management and other activities, including the UN Community of Practice on Climate Security.

This position is located in the Environmental Security Unit of the UN Environment Programme Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya. The Programme Officer will report to the Head of Unit with a close link to the CSM. The focus of her/his job is to lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities related to the support provided to UNEP and UN entities based in regions in which environmental management is weakest, and where climate- and environment-related risks to peace are high.

In close liaison with UNEP Divisions and Offices, and with the Climate Security Mechanism team in New York, the Programme Officer will ensure that field-based colleagues have timely access to the best available environmental/climate analysis and trends to analyse interactions between environmental and climate-related stresses, socio-economic, political and migration trends, and to assist the sustained workflow with Resident Coordinators, UN peace operations, UN special political missions, and UN Country Teams. The incumbent will perform the following duties:


•Develops, implements and evaluates assigned capacity building initiatives on climate related security risks for interlocutors in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), UN Peace Operations, Special Political Missions and other partners across and beyond the UN system; in this context, monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; supports follow-up actions. Provides strategic and operational support to selected UNCTs, UN Peace Operations and Special Political Missions on all issues related to the linkages between climate change, peace and security in the country/region, with a particular focus on long-term perspective and identifying emerging risks.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the selected UNCTs, UN Peace Operations and Special Political Missions, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing goals to manage the change. Builds and sustains mechanisms for early warning and the systematic analysis of climate-related security risks in the country/region in collaboration with partners from within and beyond the UN and support the integration of findings into relevant strategic and operational processes in selected UNCTs, UN Peace Operations and across the UN system.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources building on the Climate Security Mechanism good practices, including the conceptual approach and the Climate Security Toolbox. Builds and maintains partnerships with the broader research community in the area of climate-related security risks and fosters/facilitates dialogue with a view to ensuring a more coherent approach.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. Supports the development of innovative response strategies to prevent and respond to climate-related security risks, including as relevant in the context of broader prevention strategies, programming frameworks and planning processes.
• Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. Supports the identification and documentation of lessons learned regarding UN system-wide efforts to analyze and address climate-related security risks in the country/region.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications. Contributes to knowledge management activities of the Climate Security Mechanism, including by providing analytical reports and context specific updates.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences; to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities, conducts training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. Supports UN advocacy and communication around climate-related security risks in the country/region, in particular through meetings of the senior management of selected UNCTs and UN Peace Operations.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
• 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 related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

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.

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 by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, political science, environment, social sciences and economics or a related field is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work 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 project or programme management, political analysis, administration or related area is required.

Experience of work in conflict-affected/insecure context and with UN partners is desirable.

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 (1) 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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