Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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.

The overall objective of UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. This post is in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Climate Mitigation Unit, Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, Climate Mitigation Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


Participates in the development and implementation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) African portfolio of climate change mitigation projects by:
1. Participating in project inception meetings and Steering Committee meetings with a view to ensure project implementation readiness and sound and timely project implementation.
2. Regularly monitoring project and portfolio progress and performance and troubleshooting projects at risk. Using the risk management system, implements agreed measures, informs management of any significant risks or project problems and follows-up on decisions made.
3. Analyzing the quality, timeliness and relevance of the projects outputs and coordinates support to improve their quality when necessary.
4. Providing substantive support to project execution and in doing so ensuring that all UNEP and Global Environment Facility (GEF) criteria rules and regulations are adhered to by project partners.
5. Monitoring reporting by project executing partners and provides prompt feedback on the contents of the report and consolidating progress reports, terminal reports and participate in evaluation for projects.
6. Assisting in the preparation of project revisions requests, ensuring that project revision documentation is complete and in accordance with UNEP and GEF requirements.
7. Managing any needed project(s) mid-term reviews and or terminal evaluations in accordance with Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNEP guidance and in collaboration with the Evaluation office.

Project identification and development of new Climate Change mitigation projects/proposals by:
1.Identifying new climate change concepts and eligible project proposals (PIFs) in the African region, under the guidance of his/her Supervisor, based on the expressed needs of countries, relevant intergovernmental decisions and the donor’s programming priorities, and liaising with internal and external partners in doing so.
2. Discussing such concepts with the his/her Supervisor for clearance and consulting with UNEP Divisions and regional offices, as necessary.
3. Addressing UNEP, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat and Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel reviews and ensuring that recommendations are considered in further project development by the executing agency.
4. Working with the Fund Management Officer to internalize project preparation grants and project documents upon Global Environment Facility (GEF) approval.
5. Preparing project development of approved concepts, and reviewing completed documents for quality compliance and managing formal quality assurances of the proposal by UNEP.
6. Monitoring Global Environment Facility (GEF) project milestones to avoid delays and potential project cancellation.
7. Developing and maintaining close communication and relations with project stakeholders.

Contribute UNEP and Global Environment Facility (GEF) corporate tasks by:
1. Providing input to UNEP and Global Environment Facility (GEF)Corporate documents and tasks as requested by his/her Supervisor.
2. Keeping abreast of developments in his/her technical field and further develops competencies and skills.
3. Undertaking at least one relevant learning activity each year.
4. Preparing his/her annual work plan for result based management with clear goals and indicators.


Professionalism: 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Engineering, Economics, Energy or Climate Change related field is required. A first-level university degree in the relevant field in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience maybe be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least five years of relevant experience in project management of climate change mitigation (non-land use) projects is required.
Experience in climate change mitigation (non-land use) project development is required.
Practical experience in dealing with Government institutions is required.
Experience in working with African countries is desirable.
Experience in working in an international and multi-cultural setting is desirable.
Experience in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, For this position, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment 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. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email 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.

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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. 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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