Programme Management Officer

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Special Notice

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.This is a project post and is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and by the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

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 Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) 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. The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. The post is located in the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit (TEU) of UNEP/DEPI in the Nairobi duty station.


Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer for Forests and Climate Change, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit and in close collaboration with the Regional Technical Advisors on REDD+ in UNEP’s Regional Offices, the incumbent will perform the following:

1. Programme Planning and Coordination:
• Coordinate on a daily basis with other UNEP Divisions, and with the UN-REDD Secretariat and the other UN-REDD agencies (FAO and UNDP) on programme activities in the regions.
• Establish and maintain cooperation and linkage with the Regional Technical Advisors on REDD+ in UNEP’s Regional Offices for Africa (ROA), Asia-Pacific (ROAP) and Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC).
• Represent UNEP on UN-REDD coordination calls/meetings related to national-level implementation and regional activities, and represent UNEP on regional and national meetings with UN-REDD partner countries and other stakeholders.

2. Policy Analysis:
• Provide expert advice on programmatic and policy issues related to REDD+ readiness and implementation.
• Analyse the potential for synergies in partner countries through the ‘Delivering as One UN’ approach of the UN-REDD Programme.
• Initiate conceptual frameworks, tools and policy options to support REDD+ readiness and implementation.

3. Programme / Project Development and Programme Implementation:
• Gather information from stakeholders (e.g., partner countries, UN agencies, civil society), and analyse their need for integration into the UN-REDD Programme.
• Collaborate with colleagues and government officials to identify implementation options for the UN-REDD Programme in partner countries.
• Initiate and coordinate the development of new and revised project design, formulation, review, and approval methodologies.
• Review and analyse project proposals for suitability with programme objectives and technical priorities.
• Review and provide quality control for the bi-annual reporting from partner countries to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund and UN-REDD Policy Board.
• Perform any other tasks assigned.


• Professionalism: In-depth knowledge and understanding of the international policy framework of REDD+; in-depth knowledge of challenges and opportunities with national REDD+ readiness and implementation. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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.

• 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 & 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, natural resource management, economics or related discipline. A first university degree with a combination of two years of professional and academic qualification may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressive work experience in programme management, natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and economics is required, of which at least three (3) years should be at the international level. Working experience in the United Nations systems is an added advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.