Organization: UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme
Office: UNEP Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: Thursday, 17 February 2022
Description of assignment title: Programme Management Associate
Assignment country: Kenya
Expected start date: 03/15/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: CLIMATE ACTION
Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNEP
Duration: 12 months
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Nairobi
Mission and objectives
Since its inception in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority that sets the 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 mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP works through its divisions as well as regional, liaison and out-posted offices and a growing network of collaborating centres of excellence.
UNEP’s Policy and Programme Division consolidates the policy, programme, monitoring, gender and social safeguards functions of UNEP as well as its engagement with the United Nations system and key global processes such as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals and other landmark global policy decisions in the environmental field. This UNV assignment is part of UNEP’s Policy and Programme Division, supporting the Director’s Office with providing oversight and management of the Division’s work, including coordinating strategic, programmatic and administrative tasks, ensuring quality control, tracking outputs and results, reporting internally and externally to Member States and stakeholders, and supporting all areas of work for the Policy and Programme Division workflow.
Under the direct supervision of the Special Assistant, Policy and Programme Division, the UNV Programme Management Associate will:
Research, compile, analyze, synthesize and present information/data on a wide range of strategic and programmatic topics informing the delivery of UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2025 and Programme of Work and the organization’s commitments in the context of the UN Reforms, highlighting noteworthy issues/trends, emerging risks and priorities for consideration by the Director’s Office.
Support the preparation of policy briefs and other briefing materials, talking points, relevant documentation and contributions for PPD’s involvement in UN-wide inter-agency and intergovernmental processes, including but not limited to the Committee of Permanent Representatives meetings, the UNEA, the UN General Assembly, the Environment Management Group, the UN Sustainable Development Group and other processes.
Support the Director’s Office with the coordination of key activities and deliverables, the foresight and tracking of outputs and results and reporting to Executive Office and UNEP Senior Management.
Contribute to monitoring and undertaking quality control of the Division’s work and its communication internally across the Division as well as other UNEP Divisions and Regional Offices, and externally to Member States, partners and other stakeholders.
Provide support, as appropriate, with the timely handling of human resources and finance-related matters, including recruitments and preparation of contracts, divisional budget preparation, resource allocation processes etc.
Provide effective day-to-day programmatic, administrative and operational support to the Policy and Programme Division Director’s Office.
Provide flexible and ad hoc support the Directorate in various duties, as and when required and perform any other related tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Age: 27 – 80
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in policy development and analysis; experience preparing policy briefs and communication materials; experience in preparing and disseminating strategic policy messages, undertaking outreach activities and project management. Experience in environmental and/or development policy issues is considered an advantage.
Demonstrated interests in environmental and development issues. Technical knowledge in environmental issues is considered an advantage.
Previous international experience(s) and of (an)other culture(s), (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded; and
Previous experience at the United Nations or other international organizations and working experience related to environmental matters, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda would be highly regarded.
Demonstrated skills in desk research, data synthesis, professional writing and production of communications materials (including simple design) and note-taking. Skills in creative writing, interviews, website management, social media and graphic design are considered an asset.
Area(s) of expertise
Energy and environment, Development programmes
English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable Spanish, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in International Relations, International Development, Law, Economics or related areas. Specialism in environmental matters (environmental law, policy, science) will be an advantage. Master’s degree with at least 2-year relevant experience is acceptable
Competencies and values
Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working.
Ability to work independently and creatively with minimal supervision; Ability to work under stress and tight deadlines; Can-do attitudes; Result- and client-oriented; Teamwork; People skills; Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment; Willingness in continuous learning.
Living conditions and remarks
The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO). Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy