Senior Programme Management Officer, P5

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Senior Programme Management Officer, P5

UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi, Kenya


  • Leads, sets priorities and manages the development, implementation and evaluation of UNEP’s Major Groups and Stakeholders programme in line with UNEP’s Stakeholder Engagement Handbook and in accordance with the Rules of Procedures of the United Nations Environment Assembly and established practice.
  • Coordinates policy development related to a strengthened engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders in the United Nations Environment Assembly and its subsidiary organs, including the Committee of Permanent Representatives and other UNEP-led intergovernmental processes.
  • Undertakes surveys related to Major Groups and Stakeholders; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions and recommendations.
  • Prepares substantive outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies and internal briefing notes on the contribution of Major Groups and Stakeholders in improving the global environment.
  • Oversees the accreditation of Major Groups and Stakeholder to the United Nations Environment Assembly, in line with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Maintains regular and constructive relations with Major Groups and Stakeholder accredited to the United Nations Environment Assembly, including through UNEP’s Major Groups Facilitating Committee.
  • Designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, and gives presentations, lectures, briefings related to stakeholder engagement in environmental matters.
  • Contributes to relevant activities related to budget, resource-mobilization and funding in support of Major Groups and Stakeholders engagement (programme/project proposals, progress reports, financial statements and donor reports, and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget.
  • Coordinates the Unit’s strategic collaboration with other parts of UNEP, including substantive Divisions and Regional Offices on follow-up of mandates and processes and ensures consistency of approaches and actions within UNEP with regards to Major Groups and Stakeholder engagement in UNEP activities.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships, undertakes consultations and liaises on substantive issues with relevant Member States, international organizations and institutions, private sector entities, non-governmental organizations, media representatives and other stakeholders, and maintains, promotes and facilitates operational partnerships and collaboratives undertakings. Initiates, oversees and ensures dissemination of relevant knowledge products and relating to the promotion of Major Groups and Stakeholders participation, internally and externally.
  • At the request of the Director, represents UNEP at relevant conferences, meetings, working groups, workshops, trainings, and presentations relating to the participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Civil Society Unit and coordinates the division of work among the team members.
  • Provides strategic advice to the Division Director and to UNEP Senior Management on matters relating to Major Groups and Stakeholders.
  • Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
  • Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Proven knowledge, expertise and understanding of the role and function of Major Groups and Stakeholders in the context of international cooperation. Direct experience in policies and practices relevant to the engagement and participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders in intergovernmental processes. Excellent understanding of the UN system and/or the work of the United Nations Environment Programme. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement programmes to promote the contribution of Major Groups and Stakeholders in international processes. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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 equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

JUDGEMENT/ DECISION MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, environment, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, law, social sciences or a related field 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, or in multilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable development or environmental management is required. Experience in servicing intergovernmental bodies and/or international NGOs governance bodies is desirable. Experience with United Nations system institutions and bodies working in the area of sustainable development or environment is desirable. Experience working with Major Groups and Stakeholders in intergovernmental fora and/or working in the organization of a diverse range of stakeholder groups in complex process is desirable. Experience working with Member States and other actors for the purposes of fundraising is desirable. 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 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.

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