Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Nairobi, , KE

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment’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.The post is assigned to the Science Division of UN Environment Programme in the Scientific Assessment Branch at the Nairobi duty station.


Under the overall direction of the Chief, Scientific Assessment Branch and in consultation with the Senior Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will perform the following
duties: 1). Overall coordination and development of emerging issue assessment report series: a. Lead the overall preparation of assessment reports on emerging issues in close liaison with
authors; b. Prepare draft and final versions of reports for review and publication; c. Oversee final editing, and writing of executive summary, foreword, and front and back matter; d. Manage publication layout and production processes, including obtaining copyright permissions; e. Manage internal and external review processes, and address and document review comments; f. Be responsible for the overall quality, scientific credibility and content of assessment reports. g. Act as divisional focal point on emerging issues and as such provide timely and accurate technical inputs to briefings, papers, reviews and reports; respond timely to requests and external enquiries; and coordinate with other divisions and external entities, as necessary; h. Prepare legal instruments to engage partners and contractors in report preparation; i. Develop and improve assessment methodologies, as necessary; j. Conduct review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, and monitor the impact of publications. 2)Knowledge gathering, analysis and dissemination: a. Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources; b. Proactively inform Senior Management about new project opportunities and project ideas; c. Undertake survey initiatives; review, analyze and interpret responses; and identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions; d. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, briefings, etc ; e. Undertake outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities; promotes assessment findings at various international fora; participates in project workshops and steering committee meetings, as requested. 3) Development and implementation of project and programmes: a. Participate in the development and implementation of assigned programmes/projects; b. Monitor programme/project implementation, review relevant documents and reports, and inform Senior Management about progress in project implementation; c. Identify problems and issues to be addressed, propose corrective actions, and track follow-up actions; d. Coordinate programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and related documents/reports (biennial work programme, budget, etc.); e. Provide substantive support to consultations, meetings, and conferences, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations. 4) Perform any other related 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.
– 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.
– Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the area of environmental sciences, natural resource management, natural resources or related field is required. Ability to understand and synthesize many branches of environmental knowledge is desirable. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree with a relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in environmental project or programme management of which a minimum of two years at international level is required; Five years of professional experience relating to environmental assessment, sensitivity to regional perspectives and differences and demonstrated appreciation and experience in developing regions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. 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.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of 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. The United Nations as a
Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
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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 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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