Senior Programme Management Officer (P5)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

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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 Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) 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 UNEP/DEWA at the Nairobi Duty Station. Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), and within delegated authority, the incumbent will function as Head of SDG Data and Information unit


The incumbent will manage the work of SDG Data and Information in order to implement General Assembly (GA) and UNEA decisions related to SDG by developing the strategic approach to the work of the section aimed to deliver the relevant mandates of the Division and UNEP in a context of sustainable development, and supervise the staff to implement the relevant activities. Planning, co-coordinating and mobilizing resources to implement programmes and activities related to SDG, working with partner institutions and networks of experts that will enhance the scientific credibility of UNEP’s assessment programme; implementing methods and procedures to integrate and analyze global and regional assessments, data quality and trends of environmental conditions as an element of integrated assessment and global outlook.

Perform the function of Divisional Liaison with the Secretariat of Governing Bodies (SGBS) and Evaluation Office (EO), coordinating briefings and inputs, as required; Develop and coordinate global and regional technical and scientific co-operation networks comprising: scientific institutions, governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in UN regions, intergovernmental organizations active in the field of relevant thematic assessments as mechanisms for co-operation and consultation for the production of global and regional thematic environmental assessments.

Initiate and maintain agreements, processes and procedures with specialized scientific institutions as well as governmental and intergovernmental structures involved in thematic assessments of global significance, As necessary and appropriate, integrate the scientific thematic assessment processes with the monitoring, capacity building, technical co-operation activities of the Division of Early Warning and Asessment (DEWA) and in close cooperation with UNEP’s divisions, strategic partners and relevant national, international organizations’ and programmes.

Liaise with the UN system agencies and with other international and non-governmental organizations and national focal points with respect to intergovernmental assessments activities, focused environmental assessment programmes and outputs, capacity building and broker partnerships and collaboration; Prepare and organize intergovernmental, inter-agency and expert meetings required to implement the work of the section and of the branch; Participate in international scientific advisory groups and speak at seminars, symposia and other meetings; Oversee and contribute to the preparation of outputs and reports; Oversee the preparation of project documents, Memoranda of Understanding, identify and supervise consultants, staff and interns in support of the above; Oversee the implementation of the programme of work and budget planning, reporting and evaluation.

Assume the overall leadership of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Data and Information unit and to oversee and be accountable for the implementation of the Programme of Work and budget planning, reporting and evaluation. Support the overall management of the unit, the programme planning and evaluation and perform other duties as required


Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated 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 the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as 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 notaccept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, or natural resources management. A first level university degree with a combination of two years of professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 10 years experience in environmental management or resource management. Proven experience of progressive responsibility for environmental assessment at international or regional level in the last five years is required. Experience in programme management, capacity building and partnership development is highly desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates 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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