UN Job Opening
Nairobi, Kenya

Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:11 December 2018 – 24 January 2019
Job Opening Number:18-Programme Management-UNEP-104574-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment’s Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

This post is located in the Scientific Assessments Branch (SAB), Thematic Assessments Unit, Science Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Scientific Assessments Branch, Science Division, and direct supervision by the Head, Thematic Assessments Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


Plan, develop and implement the Science Division’s climate science portfolio: Coordinate, contribute to and provide climate science products and services including reports related to carbon emissions and adaptation, climate science programmes such as PROVIA-The World Adaptation Science Programme, and climate networks and platforms. 

Development of the Emissions Gap Report: Coordination of the process to develop the annual Emissions Gap Report; Plan, implement, monitor and report on the development of the report; Work with partners to ensure timely delivery of the report; Coordinate the launch of the report; Support fund-raising for the report.

Coordination of the climate adaptation science work; Coordinate/oversee the Secretariat of PROVIA-The World Adaptation Science Programme; Work with the Management Group, Science Committee, and Policy and Finance Committee to ensure coordination, collaboration, coherence and consistency across the work of PROVIA; Plan, monitor and report on the deliverables of PROVIA to the governance bodies of PROVIA; Coach and mentor members of the PROVIA Secretariat to ensure efficient and effective execution of Secretariat tasks; Plan and coordinate the annual meetings of the PROVIA governance bodies; Coordinate the role of PROVIA and UN Environment in the planning and organization of the biennial Adaptation Futures Conference; Mobilize resources for PROVIA and the Secretariat function.

Climate Initiatives Platform: Coordinate the development of the Climate Initiatives Platform; Encourage new initiatives to join the Platform; Promote the platform at key events such as the climate Conference of Parties; Mobilize resources for the platform.

Other climate science products and services: Work with other teams in UN Environment to support development of the Adaptation Gap Report; Support the Science Division in any climate science related activity, working with teams such as GEMS Water, Global Environment Outlook (GEO), the World Environment Situation Room, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indicator data monitoring, among others; Contribute to the review and production of the relevant sections of the GEO covering climate-related issues; Contribute to the development and management of proposals/projects with the Green Climate Fund, IKI, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other potential donors/partners.

Perform any other relevant duties.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of environmental related issues or environmental economics and analysis in particular; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Ability to understand and synthesise many fields of environmental knowledge. Knowledge on carbon emissions, climate change mitigation, nature-based adaptation, and the science-policy interface. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING & 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 in the area of climate science, environmental science or natural resource management or any other related area is required. A first level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in climate science, environmental assessment and reporting, planning or resource management or related field is required. Experience at the international level, including capacity building and partnership development for integrated scientific climate assessments within the five years is highly desirable. Experience in regional perspectives particularly in developing regions is also highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension depending on availability of funds. 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 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. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

No Fee


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