Programme Management Officer

Nairobi, , KE

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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.
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. This position is located UNEP/DEPI, Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Coordinator and Head of Nairobi Convention Secretariat, the Incumbent is responsible for:


Governance and Public Administration analysis
· Participate in the formulation, organization and management of mandated aspects of governance, public administration and development management and in the formulation of possible governance, public administration and development management strategies, policies and actions for adoption by individual countries and/or the international community under the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.Participate in the identification of new or emerging governance, public administration and development management issues within the Western Indian Ocean from Land based sources and activities (WIOSAP) and Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) projects. · Commission and manage governance, public administration and development management studies. · Propose, designs and supervise substantive research, studies, and prepare and review reports, and publications relating to governance issues in the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.· Prepare briefing notes and speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on governance, public administration and development management related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences. · Propose, design and supervise research analyzing key trends to continuously enrich the substantive work of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects. · Prepare materials for detailed annual workplans for policy and governance related activities. · Assist in drafting workplans for implementation of the policy and governance related activities in the selected countries. · Draft Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on policy and governance activities with collaborating agencies. · Review all policy and governance related reports prepared and submitted to the Project Management Unit by consultants, national and regional institutions and provide feedback. · Review all policy and governance related reports prepared and submitted to the Project Management Unit by national and regional institutions, NGOs, CBOs and provide feedback.
Intergovernmental support · Provides substantive support on governance, public administration and development management to intergovernmental bodies partnering with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat in implementation of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects
· Prepare and finalize statements of members of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention on Public Administration , policy and governance for meetings of the Bureau..
· Prepare and manage meetings of intergovernmental partners of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.
· Represent the Nairobi Convention Secretariat at international, regional and national meetings on governance, public administration, policy and development management issues in relation to the two projects.

Technical cooperation
· Develop and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on governance, public administration and development management issues and policies relating to the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects;
· Organize and coordinates cooperation among Member States on governance, public administration and development management technical cooperation programmes;
·Participate in technical cooperation missions
· Plan and oversee implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Projects’ aspects of governance, public administration , policy and development management
· Design and undertake research and studies in support of WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE project implementation .
· Take a leading role in supervising the administration and technical support for seminars and workshops organized under the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects.

Programme support
· Participate and provide direct support in the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects relevant to governance, policy, public administration and development management.
· Attend to various policy, governance and administrative matters concerning the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects.
· Maintain records and data related to the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects within his/her responsibility.
· Facilitating publication of substantive reports and other materials resulting from policy and governance related activities of the project

Perform other 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 develop sources for data collection. 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: Communication: Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; ability to communicate effectively with audiences of various levels of seniority and technical knowledge, tailoring language, tone, style and format appropriately; ability to communicate with various stakeholders in politically sensitive situations with diplomacy and tact.
• 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.


An advanced university degree (Masters or Equivalent) in the field of public policy, tropical ocean governance or related area. A first-level University degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in organizations with mandate or relevancy to the marine and coastal environments or related area is required. Familiarity with integrated management of marine and coastal resources policy and governance at senior level in the Western Indian Ocean region; familiarity with regional development objectives of Western Indian Ocean countries and the goals and procedures of international development organizations particularly UNEP or UNDP highly desirable.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required, knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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