UN Volunteer Jobs in Kenya



Duty Station:Nairobi, Kenya


Education & Work Experience


G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience


Languages Required:English



Grade GP

Vacancy Type  National Regular UN Volunteer


Posting Type      External

Bureau United Nations Volunteers


Contract Duration            12 Months


This recruitment will be handled by UNV Nairobi Kenya.  A candidate could be deployed to other locations outside Nairobi.  This position is open for Kenyan nationals only as well as legal residents in the country or territory with the status of refugee/status of being stateless

Background Preamble


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.


In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

Organizational Context/Project   

The Science Division in UN Environment is responsible for the implementation of the UNEP Live project. UNEP Live aims to support the growing demand for substantiated, contextualized knowledge about the environment. The goal of the UNEP Live platform is to:

implement a global web-based knowledge platform that provides up-to-date data, information and scientific knowledge to keep the environment under review.

provide tools to strengthen the capacity of countries to do state of the environment reporting and assessments

create opportunities through sharing of information and data, for research to arise from close collaboration amongst researchers, practitioners and policymakers to support robust, evidence-based assessments and policy analysis

The UNEP Live platform  is defined within UNEP’s organization-wide knowledge management strategy as the knowledge integrator of all UNEP’s knowledge portals and products, interlinking with external partner knowledge networks including the UNEP administered MEA networks, governments and the broader environment community. The maintenance and running of UNEP Live is designed to support state of environment reporting, trends and data analysis work across the organisation. The governance structure of UNEP Live reflects this organization-wide role.

The UNEP Live team is looking for a candidate with experience in web development – specifically PHP-based development within the Kohana framework and knowledge of SQL server and MySQL.

Living Conditions

The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighboring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO).

Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.

The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.

Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers

A 12 month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Ksh 76,799.00 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UNEP Live Technical Lead the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Operational tasks: 90%

Upload new content to UNEPLive, replace and archive out-of-date content and make other necessary amendments, on request from the reporting officer

Perform PHP coding necessary to appropriately render information for distribution through the Web-based platform.

Provide a range of big-data, visualisation, mapping and publishing tools via local and cloud services

Provide open access to national and regional information and global datasets

Design and update UNEP Live webpages using content management systems like PHP Kohana.

Assist in web design and layout.

Propose and implement improvements to the design and layout of the platforms.

Conduct a regular review of the platforms, identify problems or broken links, and bring them to the attention of the reporting officer.

Assist in designing and implementing suggested templates and creating style sheets for the website.

Create API’s for near-real time or spatial content.

Create basic maps in ArcGIS online

Understand how maps are created and how they be visualized on the PHP platfrom

Provide technical support for the UNEP Live Communities of Practice.

Adhere to production schedules and deadlines.

Training tasks: 5%

Training on new modules, new features and functionalities of the platform may require some training to be conducted to update team members.

Other tasks: 5%

Other duties may relate to the regional and global assessments that the UNEP Live  platform will support. These duties may be administrative in nature (assistance may be sought to arrange for travel of participants); or outreach related (providing particpants with information on UNEP Live and the related assessment processes) or technical in nature (support for updating the UNEP intranet)

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);

Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

A comprehensive, engaging, data-rich and user-friendly UNEP Live platform that allows web visitors to view environmental data and knowledge thus supporting the growing demand for substantiated, contextualized knowledge about the environment.

Facilitate the exchange and sharing of data and information via Communities of Practice and via the UNEP Live web pages (in UN and other languages)

Provide a range of big-data, visualization, mapping and publishing tools via local and cloud services

Achieving the above objectives will contribute towards raising UNEP’s profile within the environment debate, which will in turn help increase the level of support requested from governments as well as financial support from donors.

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.


Computer skills:  Experience in website design and development, basic programming skills, and regular involvement in an environment implementing designs and using desktop publishing tools.

GIS skills: Experience in map creation and map visualization.

Language skills:  Proficient in English, and knowledge of any other UN language is an advantage.

Must demonstrate the following competencies: Teamwork, Technological Awareness, Communication.

Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines is essential

Required Skills and Experience

Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science. Working expereince in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an advantage.

Minimum 2 years relevant working experience is required.

Must have an understanding of the underpinning of the web development processes.

Working knowlege of mapping tools such as ArcGIS online. Working knowledge of development tools like Dreamweaver, Visual Studio, HTML, XML, PHP, Javascript, VBscript, Desktop Publishing software is essential.

Candidates must have working experience in programming in PHP.