Senior Programme Management Officer

Nairobi, , KE

Special Notice

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This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension depending on availability of funds. 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. 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. 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. 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 Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. This post is located in the Science Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Country Outreach, Technology & Innovation Branch and overall supervision of the Director, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:


-Takes the lead to assure the proper management of electronic platforms related to environmental data and information; and contributes to integrated environmental assessments at global and regional levels, and in the development, management, implementation and maintenance of partnerships, networks and specialists key to keeping the global environment under review, and ensuring progress in the implementation of sustainable development objectives.

-Develops and/or strengthens engagement with UN Environment member states, and cultivates and/or strengthens strategic partnerships with institutions and experts in assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

-Contributes to the coordination of environmental, social and economic data and information in analyzing trends related to the environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and other internationally agreed global environmental goals.

-Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports;

-Develops and monitors performance measures;

-Ensures that projects meet established time and cost parameters and standards of technical quality;

-Provides inputs to knowledge management policy development;

-Reviews user needs and directs information gathering from diverse sources to meet these needs;

-Develops strategy for and oversees the design and implementation of knowledge management and outreach initiatives;

-Manages/oversees multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that often involve innovative approaches, dissimilar systems, services and content, integration and linkages;

-Ensures the development of standards, procedures and practices to ensure a stable and effective systems environment;

-Provides authoritative advice to senior managers on knowledge management and more particularly on assessments, national, regional and global data and information in a changing business environment and the implications of various alternatives, on business applications and other related issues;

-Identifies and plans for future needs; develops and disseminates best practices;

-Develops innovative solutions to resolve intricate problems that impact a critical area of the organization’s work;

-Supervises preparation of various inputs, for example, inputs to strategic policies, briefings for institutional communication an reporting, technical reports, data and information analysis background papers, substantial sections of reports and studies and outreach materials, including multimedia;

-Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations etc.;

-Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;

-Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;

-Establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization;

-Responsible for the strategic analysis of survey initiatives;

-Responsible for the planning and management of marketing and communication plan of global information systems

-Coordinate technology development teams to implement information systems;

Provides inputs to knowledge management policy development;

-Performs any other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental data information, and assessments, development, management, implementation and maintenance of networks and specialists. Demonstrates conceptual and strategic capacity to understand information and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters. Ability to work with a range of knowledge management approaches, as they relate to user area (s). Ability to integrate systems which manage data, information and knowledge towards the realization of broader strategic, policy and operational objectives. Ability to advise senior management on knowledge and environmental management systems development and related matters of significant importance to the institution. Ability to improve processes and approaches; demonstrates adaptability to changing priorities. Demonstrates ability to provide leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operation. Demonstrates ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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 equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Leadership: Serves a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information/knowledge management, communication, natural sciences, international relations or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible working experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of knowledge and communication tools and strategies or related area of which at least three years should be at the international level. Experience in intergovernmental processes and communication is desirable.


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

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