Programme Coordination Associate in Nairobi

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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.

Established in 1972, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. This UNV position is in UNEP’s Ecosystems Division, under the direct supervision of Head of the Branch at the Nairobi duty station. The Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) assignment is part of UNEP’s program to deliver on biodiversity outcomes under the Nature pillar in its Mid-term Strategy, which includes a portfolio of diverse activities across hundreds of countries. This includes supporting work with other UN agencies to mainstream biodiversity

Task description
Under the direct supervision of Head of the Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: · Coordinates across the Nature Action Programme Coordination Projects (PCPs), working closely with the PCP Coordinators to foster collaboration, support knowledge management and facilitate monitoring and evaluation of the PCPs. This will include: o Engaging relevant expertise across UNEP, including from divisions, regional and country offices, and relevant collaborating centres. o Convening Programme Steering Committee meetings, meetings with the managers of the projects associated to the PCP to assure harmonization among the projects and monitor the delivery of the projects towards the overall PCP objective and outcomes. o Promotes outreach and seeks synergies with external institutions and partners. o Coordinates the communication and dissemination of the results of the PCPs. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: · Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); · Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; · Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; · Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; · Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; · Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

· As an active UNEP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly, and high-quality support rendered to UNEP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: – Improved administration of programme and projects; and – Knowledge management and ease of access to approved documents. · The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs). · Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment. · A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in, and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria
27 – 80

Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience
5 years of experience in implementation of environmental related programmes, projects and activities is required. · Excellent computer skills, proficiency in MS Word, excel and PowerPoint various Microsoft office packages are required. · Excellent oral and written skills · Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing · Prior experience with UN online systems is an asset · Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development. · Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel. · Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. · Sound security awareness. · Have affinity with or interest in environmental matters volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System
Area(s) of expertise
Administration, Communication, Natural and life sciences

Driving license

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Biodiversity, Ecosystems Conservation or a related environmental or environmental policy field.
Competencies and values
· Accountability · Adaptability and flexibility · Creativity · Judgement and decision-making · Planning and organising · Professionalism · Self-management

Other information
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’s population of more than 39 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 a rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services are available locally at cost. 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 is serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.

Inclusivity statement
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


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