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
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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.
The United Nations Environment – Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
The UN Environment Africa Office represents UN Environment in Africa and coordinates its programme of work in the Region. The office ensures that there is effective and efficient delivery of interventions in response to regional, sub-regional and national needs. It also ensures that there is better coherence and coordination in the effective delivery of environmental capacity-building and technical support at all levels in response to country needs and priorities.
The UN Environment Africa Office delivers its work through 7 sub-programme areas: Climate Change, Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts, Healthy and Productive Ecosystems, Environmental Governance, Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality, Resource Efficiency, and Environment Under Review.
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 76,779 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 the Deputy Director Africa Office, the UNV is responsible for the following duties:
Perform a number of varied responsibilities in support of program activities, project planning, monitoring, planning, targeted communications, and support to the office’s common areas of work.
Initiate and maintain contact with internal and external departments, offices and units, as well as sister UN agencies and other partners to coordinate program delivery, identify and assist to resolve challenges, and compile required programme management information.
Assist in the provision of technical advisory services to member states on environmental issues upon request and in preparation of major environmental related events and forums in partnership with relevant national, regional and global institutions;
Organize conferences and events, including making arrangements for staff and technical support, facilities, registration, catering; monitor budgets; and provide information to participants;
Create and prepare documents, such as agendas, presentations, reports, correspondences, and assist in organising dialogues with a wide range of partners; arrange schedules, appointments, conference calls, and meetings, and make travel arrangements as required;
Support the development, overall layout, design, editing, and format of publications, such as newsletters, promotional materials, posters, brochures, periodic statistical and/or progress reports, other written materials, and/or coordinate appropriate outreach and marketing activities as assigned.
Maintain essential databases, perform data entry and retrieval functions, create spreadsheets, and compile statistics;
Conduct research on a number of environmental issues as necessary and analyse information on various thematic issues.Compile background materials and prepare analytical briefs, background and information notes, and draft communication materials on various topics related to the operations of the UN Environment Africa Office.
In collaboration with programme managers, identify and develop possible environmental project concepts, in partnership with relevant agencies and institutions, and assist with Africa Office activities including resource mobilization;
Communicate, interpret, and clarify program related matters and specific policy information; support recommended updating and/or development of internal policies and procedures;
Support processes to analyse trends and emerging issues on environment in Africa and identify existing and planned initiatives and programmes of other institutions to address such issues;
Perform special functions for the office of the Deputy Director, such as maintaining and updating records, coordinating needs for space and telecommunications, developing forms and procedures for assigned areas, evaluating transfer transcripts, and reviewing and assessing financial aid applications;
Perform other related duties as assigned.
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.
Achievement of tasks mentioned above has an impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the UNV field unit, and strengthens the capacity of the office to promote the image of UNV/UNDP as an effective contributor to the development of the country.
Coordination and final delivery of reports as stated in Annex 2 of the project document;
Terminal report to UN Environment;
Timely execution of programme assignments / activities;
Liaise with team members and stakeholders for overall success of UN Environment in the African Region;
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.
INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONALISM: Broad and in-depth knowledge, understanding and experience in various aspects of environmental affairs; Can demonstrate ability to provide in timely manner programmatic support in environment related matters and issue apply good judgment and be accurate; Ability to take initiative, ownership, and work independently under established procedures; willingness to accept wide responsibilities.Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to; identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues.
ACCOUNTABILITY: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
TEAMWORK AND RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working
Required Skills and Experience
Education: An advanced university degree in International Development, Public Administration, Environmental sciences, Chemistry, Environmental management, or in a related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two years qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: 2 years of relevant professional experience and proven track record in progressively responsible in international environmental management; Experience in planning and project management would be an asset. Work experience with the United Nations is highly desirable
Languages: English and any working language of the United Nations Secretariat. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is an advantage.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.