Programme Management Officer

  • Full Time
  • Kenya

United Nations


Job Opening
Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 September 2023 – 03 November 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNEP-215289-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
The 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.

The overall objective of UNEP’s Industry and Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

The position is located in UNEP’s Industry and Economy Division, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Energy and Climate Branch and the direct supervision of the CTCN Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  •  Provides technical and strategic assistance for CTCN activities, including planning, monitoring, and external relations, and ensuring quality control of the support services and activities.
  •  Identifies opportunities for offering targeted support for low carbon technology transfer actions.
  •  Provides hands-on support to developing countries in the areas of Climate Technology Centre (CTC) technology request design, management and planning, implementation, information management, monitoring, and impact assessment, through direct contact and communications with Nationally Designated Entities (NDEs).
  •  Conducts a preliminary appraisal of the requests received from NDEs, taking into account the CTCN scope and the prioritization criteria approved by the Advisory Board.
  •  Refines requests in close consultation with NDEs, requesting clarification and any needed additional information from NDEs.
  •  Works with NDEs and other host country institutions to develop response plans and relevant Terms of Reference (ToRs).
  •  Coordinates the work of consultants, partners and sub-contractors, reviews intermediary outputs, documents and reports, ensures the timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergy among the various sub-contracted activities.
  •  Monitors the timely delivery of high quality responses from solicitation of appropriate services from consortium partners and network members.
  •  Captures and ensures the dissemination of lessons learned and results achieved, linking with the CTCN Knowledge Management System, and reporting requirements.
  •  Identifies suitable experts/organizations (including consortium partners and network members) to respond to country requests and support developing countries on technology transfer for low carbon and climate resilient development.
  •  Ensures that individual projects are managed through the project cycle including Monitoring & Evaluation, secure additional technical oversight where necessary.
  •  Contributes to the reporting requirements on CTCN activities, including substantive achievements and financial performance.
  •  Coordinates activities related to budget and funding through programme / project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and financial statements and prepares related documents / reports.
  •  Participates in the organization and implementation of networking and trainings events by providing background information, preparing presentations, suggesting priorities for discussion and identifying resource speakers.
  •  Helps in identifying, analyzing and communicating on technology transfer and climate change.
  •  Produces focused pieces of technical analysis on low carbon technology transfer of wider mutual interest for developing countries, identifying the technologies, services and approaches that would be relevant for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
  •  Identifies emerging technology transfer issues and ways of communicating these to policy makers and donors; Supports preparation of publications and outreach materials and development of new communication tools. Drafts briefing notes and presentations for senior management on Technology Transfer issue.
  •  Participates in training workshops, seminars and conferences.
  •  Helps in identifying and establishing synergies and collaboration with national technology centres and institutions; regional climate technology centres and networks; intergovernmental, international, regional and sectoral organizations, partnerships and initiatives that may contribute to technology deployment and transfer; and research, academic, financial, nongovernmental, private-sector and public-sector organizations, partnerships and initiatives.
  •  Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  •  Performs other tasks as may be requested by the Director of the CTCN.

Professionalism: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches related to climate change, mitigation and adaptation; Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Planning and 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.

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, technology, environmental science, climate change, energy or related fields is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in programme management for projects on environment, engineering, technology, international development, climate change, energy or a related field is required.

At least three (3) years relevant experience with national or international institutions dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation issues, technology development, deployment and transfer is required.

Experience within the UN system on climate change and technology transfer is desirable.

Experience working with governments in developing countries is desirable.

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by teleconference.

Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the 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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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