Senior Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme is one of seven major areas of work of the organization. The subprogramme encompasses all of UNEP’s work to reduce the risks of natural disaster, industrial accident and armed conflict, to provide assistance when such crises do occur, and to assist countries to recover and rebuild after such events. This post is located in the Policy and Programme Division at the Nairobi Duty Station.

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Policy and Programme Division and within delegated authority the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


•Takes the lead on UNEP programming related to the management of the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme, in coordination with all other UNEP divisions and regional coordinators for the sub-programme, and in response to national needs and cross-border and sub-regional requirements, and in support of relevant activities of the UN system, as applicable;
•Ensures the coherence of UNEP initiatives across divisions and regional offices related to the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme;
•Takes the lead in developing UNEP’s strategy for extra-budgetary resource mobilization related to the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme and in identifying priorities for the allocation of available resources for UNEP’s activities in this area;
•Ensures coherence between the work of UNEP’s divisions and regional environmental coordinators for the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme and that of entities of the UN system within each region, as well as with other relevant regional entities and civil society;
•Participates in UNEP’s project review committee analyses of projects related to the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme to ensure consistency with the decisions and guidance of UNEA and its subsidiary body;
•Monitors implementation and evaluation of activities related to the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme undertaken by divisions and regional offices in UNEP, in consultation with UNEP’s Corporate Services Division, identifying priorities for action, problems and issues to be addressed and proposing corrective actions;
•Reviews UN initiatives on the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme, in coordination with relevant bodies of the UN system through established interagency •coordination mechanisms; Acts as resource person in preparation for and assists at •substantive Committee of Permanent Representatives debates related to the sub-programme, upon request;
•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the •implications for men and women of planned actions on the sub-programme. This includes legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.


•Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks in the field of environment and development. Ability to generate and communicate links between the subprogramme, the political economy and the socio-economic environment. Demonstrated ability in programme and project management in a complex environment and/or development programmes and projects.

•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.

•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.

•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

•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 improvements; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in an environment or development field. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management in complex socio-economic settings is required. Experience in programme coordination (especially within the UN setting), project management and result based management is desirable. Experience in the areas of environmental security, disaster risk reduction and/ or security policy is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days only. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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