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Date of expiration: Thursday, September 14, 2023 | ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER NAIROBI | KENYA | UNEP


Station of duty: NAIROBI

Program Management Job Opening Number: 23 UNEP 217528 J Nairobi (X)

Integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity are among the tenets of the United Nations

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading international environmental organization that establishes the global environmental agenda, encourages the consistent application of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the framework of the United Nations, and acts as a powerful spokesperson for the environment worldwide. The Corporate Services Division (CSD) is responsible for protecting UNEP’s corporate interests by reducing risk exposure and providing the organization with the most recent management tools, best practices, and capacity building. In accordance with pertinent accountability standards, rules, and regulations, CSD monitors UNEP’s effective management as well as adherence to the UN’s basic values. The Science Policy Business Forum (SPBF) Unit of UNEP’s Corporate Services Division (CSD) is where this position is based. The Associate Programme Management Officer will be in charge of the following tasks within the scope of their delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer, Science Policy Business Forum Unit:


  • Deliver the program on schedule and assist in the creation of the main outputs listed below for the Science Policy Business Forum (SPBF) at SPBF@ AMCEN, the Africa Climate Summit, COP28, UNEA6, DEAL 2023–2024, SPBF Africa 2024, and SPBF Asia Pacific.
  • Participate in the input for program 713.2 linking to the Science Policy Interface, coordinating with the program coordinator and ensuring alignment with the Mid Term Strategy, Program of Work, and Related Projects of UNEP.
  • Identify and suggest attendees, suggest an agenda with major streams and subjects, prepare background materials and presentations, handle logistics, etc., all while providing substantive programmatic assistance for consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc.
  • The ability to successfully identify problems and issues that need to be addressed and recommend corrective actions. Liaising with pertinent parties. Identifying and tracking follow-up actions. Monitoring and analyzing specific aspects of program/project development and implementation, including the review of pertinent documents and reports.
  • provides assistance with administration, thorough analysis of problems and trends that affect the creation, management, and execution of programs and projects, among other things.
  • aids in the execution of projects in a meaningful and practical manner and effectively supports intergovernmental processes. offers comprehensive, well-thought-out written contributions. Liaises and communicates with coworkers and interested parties both internally and externally in an effective and timely manner.
  • Participates in the creation, execution, and evaluation of assigned programs, projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes program/project development and implementation; reviews pertinent documents and reports; identifies issues and problems that need to be resolved and suggests corrective actions; coordinates with pertinent parties; and determines and tracks follow-up actions.
  • investigates, evaluates, and presents data acquired from various sources.
  • aids in the creation of policies, including the review and analysis of problems and trends, the creation of assessments or other research projects.
  • carries out survey projects, develops data collection methods, examines, analyzes, and interprets replies, finds issues/problems, and writes up conclusions.
  • drafts background papers, analyses, report and study sections, contributions to publications, and other written outputs.
  • carries out outreach initiatives, runs seminars, workshops, etc., and gives presentations on given subjects or activities.
  • Participates in or leads field missions, including writing mission summaries and giving advice to other parties such as external consultants, government representatives, and others.
  • Coordinates budget and funding-related tasks (such as project and program planning and submission, financial reporting, and progress reports) and creates relevant paperwork (such as pledges, work plans, and budgets for programs).
  • Uses data visualization techniques to contribute to the collection, analysis, and identification of trends and patterns while providing preliminary insights through graphs, charts, tables, and reports for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation, and reporting.
  • carries out additional tasks as needed.


  • SKILL:Understanding of administrative, financial, fiscal, and human resource policies and procedures. Ability to implement a variety of administrative rules and regulations from the UN in professional settings. the ability to independently conduct research and analysis using conceptual analysis and evaluative skills. the capacity to recognize problems, establish viewpoints, draw judgments, and offer advice. demonstrates professional competence and subject matter mastery; is diligent and effective in meeting commitments, adhering to deadlines, and producing results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; demonstrates perseverance when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and maintains composure under pressure. assumes responsibility for incorporating gender ideas and making sure that men and women participate equally in all aspects of the workforce. Ability to assess and analyze data to assist decision-making, and to communicate the results to management
  • 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.


It would be ideal to have a graduate degree from an advanced university (Master’s level or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, or a similar discipline. The first-level university degree may be accepted in place of the advanced university degree if it is combined with the necessary work experience. An advantage is having successfully completed both degree-granting and non-degree-granting data analytics, business analytics, or data science programs.

Experience at Work

It takes at least two years of steadily increasing responsibility in project or program management, administration, or a similar field. The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience in data analytics or a similar field (none if successful YPP or P-1 with a related degree).


The working languages of the United Nations Secretariat are English and French. The listed position requires fluency in English. It would be ideal to know another official UN language. NOTE: “Knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas, while “Fluency” equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, and understand).


An assessment exercise and a competency-based interview may both be used to evaluate competent individuals.


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