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Posting Title: Principal Coordination Officer (TJO), D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Principal Coordination Officer
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 10 February 2017 – 17 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-73546-J-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


  1. Manage the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch and participate in the DEPI senior management team.
    2. Develop and implement capacity building initiatives under the strategy to strengthen UNEP’s leading role and its long-term commitment in Freshwater, Land and Climate; Develop and advocate innovative concepts and tools designed to improve or re-orient climate change and terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems management with the UNEP-wide policy objectives and DEPI competencies; Develop and implement key project initiatives; Identify key constraints and propose strategies in sectors, and regions through on the ground projects.
    3. Coordination and supervision of the programme resources: Allocate, monitor and report on financial and human resources, justifying administrative budget proposals and work plans; Manage staff performance to ensure ongoing professional development and continued learning; Guide and support managers and other staff in meeting their objectives and outputs; Foster teamwork and communication in the unit and across organizational boundaries; Supervise the coordination of the Branch.
    4. Fundraising: Determine and recommend the viability of environmental projects and programme elements, review suitable executing arrangements and project financing; Negotiate with representatives of UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral donors, and non-governmental organizations, to ensure the coherence, coordination and integration of the project planning process and the effective achievement of related objectives; Advise governments, non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies on resource utilization, funding patterns, trends and priorities for environmental programme/project activities; Evaluate and develop alternative funding sources.
    5. Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines 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.

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.

Judgment and 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

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.
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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental/natural sciences or related area. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience, of which some at the international level in environmental management, preferably including climate change issues is required. Experience in a supervisory capacity, managing performance and resources mobilization is highly desirable.


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 another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

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