Kenya nationals: Junior Associate Programme Officer (UNEP)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and their biodiversity underpin sustainable development and human wellbeing in Africa. Moreover, Africa hosts some of the most unique ecosystems in the world. For example, the Congo Basin Forest is one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems as it stores more than 60 billion metric tons of carbon. This is more than all the tropical forests in the Amazon and in Asia, combined. However, many ecosystems in the region are facing severe degradation leading to the loss of biodiversity and the impairment or disruption of ecosystem functions and services.

With many ecosystems still intact, Africa has the potential to get it right, but proper policies and measures are needed. The core occupation of the UNEP’s Healthy and Productive Ecosystems Sub Programme in Africa is to support African countries to protect, conserve and restore Africa’s nature. The tools that we use are as diverse as the wide range of ecosystems we support. The sub-programme is active in the field of biodiversity, freshwater, health and the environment, land, marine ecosystems and wildlife.

Under the direct supervision of Coordinator of the Healthy and Productive Ecosystems Sub-Programme, Africa Office, United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Strengthening the Freshwater Portfolio of the Sub-Programme

The Healthy and Productive Sub-Programme is developing and supporting various initiatives to improve freshwater management across Africa. The UNV will be assisting the sub-programme in:

  • Supporting in developing tools that can better address freshwater, including issues of water quality, biodiversity, IWRM, transboundary water, in the UN Cooperation Frameworks across Africa.
  • Supporting the Unit in data collection and liaising with partners and stakeholders.
  • Assisting in preparing for regional water forums, such as the IGAD Water Forum and the World Water Forum.

Strengthening the Project Portfolio of the Sub-Programme Support

The Sub-Programme manages a broad ecosystems portfolio. For the year 2020-2021, the Sub-Programme is looking to develop and materialise several project concepts. The UNV will be assisting the sub-programme in:

  • Developing project concepts. Some examples of project proposals that are currently being developed: environmental management in borderlands, Mayombe transboundary cooperation, food systems, action projects for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, etc.
  • Conducting background research for projects
  • Contributing to capacity building activities of the Unit

Developing communication products for the Sub-Programme

UNEP has recently adopted a Medium-Term Strategy for 2022-2025. It has also launched the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The Sub-Programme want to develop communication products reflecting the priorities of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in Africa. The UNV will be assisting the sub-programme in:

  • Developing tailored communication products, such as key messages, website stories, infographics, social media messages, etc.


Required degree level

Master degree or equivalent

Educational additional comments

Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management; Forestry; Environmental Management; Hydrology; or another relevant field.

Required experience

24 Months

Experience remark

  • Demonstrated experience in natural resources management, experience in water management preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in research, writing reports and concepts;
  • Experience in communications is preferred.

Language skills

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise

Water quality control

Area of expertise details

Natural resources and water management

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Competencies values

Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Knowledge Sharing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure

  • Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline 29 August 2021: