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UN Environment Programme

UN Environment Programme

Nairobi, Kenya
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2023
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.


UNEP's Regional Office for Africa (ROA) helps to implement all UNEP's programmes and projects in the Africa region by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental challenges and emerging issues. This position is located in the UNEP/ROA at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Deputy Regional Director (DRD), ROA, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

Administrative Support

  • Manage the Deputy Regional Director's schedule of meetings, engagements, and appointments; prepare substantive briefings for Deputy Regional Director's use at meetings or during visits to countries in the Region; keep records of all official appointments, speaking engagements and travel/mission report; receive telephone calls and visitors.
  • Organize official meetings, send invitations, put together background documentation, make the necessary arrangements for room reservations and special equipment (including on-screen projection), and take meeting minutes.
  • Correspondence Management: a) Log in all incoming and outgoing correspondence, screen and bring to the attention of the Deputy Regional Director, highlighting important information, and re-directing to other staff when necessary. b) Draft general correspondence, memos, notices and forwarding information on behalf of the Deputy Regional Director; prepare draft routine correspondences related to all aspects of programme and administration in the Regional Office for Africa. c) Follow-up on Executive Office (EO) logs, updating and ensuring that action and deadlines are adhered to (in the Correspondence Tracking System (CTS) system). d) Ensure that all documents requiring approval are processed in a timely manner and sent back to staff or other HQ Offices. e) Assist the Deputy Regional Director by coordinating and following up on tasks assigned to other staff members until action is completed. f) Facilitate information sharing with all ROA staff. g) Maintain the Office contact list of Ministers of Environment and Permanent Representatives accredited to UNEP. h) Establish an efficient and effective filing system and maintain important electronic records that need quick retrieval/constant consultation.

Travel Support

  • Support the Deputy Regional Director by compiling and maintaining the quarterly approved travel plan of the Office, including keeping track of all mission reports and follow-up actions of all ROA staff.
  • Make travel arrangements, and prepare travel authorization, and visa requests for the Deputy Regional Director, including processing travel claims.
  • When needed, provide ad-hoc support to prepare travel authorizations for participants attending conferences or workshops organized by ROA, and prepare and dispatch invitation letters and documentation.

Prgramme Support

  • Provide support to the Deputy Regional Director in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Office activities, processes, programmes, projects and initiatives: collect, compile and update data related to programmes/projects.
  • Liaise with ROA Programme Officers and coordinate inputs to the Regional workplan, ensuring that deadlines for

reporting requirements associated with the Deputy Regional Director's delegated authority are complied and finalized.

  • Assist in monitoring assignments to staff through a computerized mail log and follow-up system.
  • Compile briefing notes and background material for missions for the Deputy Regional Director: provide inputs to reports, briefs, speeches, etc.
  • Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
  • Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.

Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Ability to perform analysis, modelling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making.
  • 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.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Completion of High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Additional education or technical training in the field of administration, front office management or project/programme management is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressive work experience in administration services, finance, accounting, human resources, or related field is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced by two years for candidates who possess a first level.

University degree.

Work experience in a busy Executive Office dealing with a broad range of multi-cultural clients and service delivery is required.

Experience in drafting, editing, and formatting documents (briefing notes, e-mails, memoranda, letters to high-level counterparts) is required.

Experience in coordinating electronic agenda and organizing in-person and on-line meetings, workshops and conferences is desirable.

Work experience using Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, e.g., Umoja is desirable.

A minimum of one (1) year 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 post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French language is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicant s for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

Internal Applicants – when completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

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.

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.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" link.

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.

By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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