HR Home Vacancies How to apply Frequently Asked Questions Privacy Policy
User Name:
Register as a User
Forgot your Password?


Senior Programme Officer, P-5
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   11 Nov 2004
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Environment Programme

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
More Info

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
(THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPOINT A CANDIDATE AT A LEVEL LOWER THAN THE ADVERTISED LEVEL OF THE POST) The Division of Global Environment Facility (DGEF) is primarily responsible for coordination of the participation by UNEP in GEF. It provides the secretariat to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). In cooperation with the office of the Environment Programme, it organises the review by UNEP of GEF project proposals, as well as relevant project identification, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation activities. Under the direct supervision of the Director, DGEF, the incumbent will perform the following tasks: (1) Supervises the Division of Global Environment Facility (DGEF) Climate Change enabling activities portfolio by: Supervising and monitoring work assigned to high-level participating national agencies and analysing technical and scientific reports prepared by them; Supporting individual countries in the formulation and implementation of sub-projects; Providing administrative, operational, technical and policy advice to governments on the Climate Change enabling activities project; Supervising consultants by designing their terms of reference, setting objectives, standards and monitoring and appraising their performance; Preparing progress reports and terminal reports for the project; Analyzing the substance and quality of the project's outputs, coordinating the evaluation of projects and sub-projects; Coordinating, as appropriate the project activities with the activities of other relevant projects managed by UNEP or other organizations; Providing guidance to subordinate professionals and secretary, setting objectives and standards, monitoring and appraising their performance, identifying training needs and facilitating an environment of team work and high productivity; Administering non-human resources of the project in the most effective and efficient way. (2) Coordinates and supervises GEF Climate Change activities at UNEP HQ by: Coordinating development of UNEP's climate change strategy and UNEP's Climate Change strategy for GEF with other Divisions and Collaborating Centres in consultation with other international organizations; Formulating UNEP's adaptation to Climate Change strategy in consultation with other Divisions, Collaborating Centres and GEF, with specific relevance to the outputs of the World Summit on Sustainable Development; Coordinating and supervising UNEP's Climate Change activities with Least Development Countries (LDCs); Coordinating and supervising UNEP's programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to Climate Change; Coordinating policy issues related to Climate Change analyzing the current trends and future needs of countries; Coordinating UNEP's activities on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation with international research organizations, UN agencies, World Bank, bilateral aid agencies, relevant Governments and the GEF; Coordinating and supervising climate change publications at UNEP Headquarters and providing input and guidance to other relevant publications. (3) Develops new GEF Climate Change project proposals: Identifies and develops new portfolio of new Climate Change concepts and project proposals based on the expressed needs of countries and relevant intergovernmental decisions; Maintains close communication with relevant international research organizations, UN agencies, GEF, Governments and UNEP Collaborating Centres; Provides substantive guidance to consultants and Governments in developing project proposals on Climate Change to match the objectives and decisions of UNEP, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, GEF with the needs of the countries; Provides substantive guidance to Governments to help integrate climate change project proposals with other relevant multilateral environmental agreements to achieve synergetic benefits at the national and international level; Advises Governments on emerging issues of climate change to enable them identify their needs and requirements for project proposals; Liaises with the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, the GEF Secretariat and Resource Mobilization Unit on operational and policy matters.

Professionalism - ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques to address highly complex issues; recognized expert in the field of climate change; strong project/programme, management, moinitoring skills, first hand experience in developing countries; ability to work under pressure; Leadership - ability to provide leadership, organization, programme management and performance evaluation; plan, coordinate and monitor own workplan and those of others, including management of consultants; Manage conflicting priorities; Planning and organizing - proven ability to plan and organize focal area programme of work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the unit into the Division's work programme ensuring timely delivery of results. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches tasks to skills. Communication - effective communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, Commitment to continuous learning - willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the focal area of climate change; Technology awareness - fully proficient skills in Microsoft Office and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. internet and email. Managing performance - monitors project progress against milestones and deadlines; Leadership - anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions between project proponents and project executors; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives Judgement - ability to propose the way forward or a course of action based on available information in the development and implementation of projects in the focal area of climate change.


Advanced University degree in Environment or Social Sciences. PhD an advantage.

Work Experience
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in policy formulation , implementation, project management and Climate-Change related issues including in developing countries.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.

Other Skills
Knowledge of the GEF and it's implementing agencies including UNEP and extensive knowlegdge of globlal issues in the focal area of Climate Change. Knowledge of policy formulation and implementation an added advantage.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online 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. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
  1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


    Fax: 254-20-762-4212

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.