UNEP is looking for a Public Information Officer (Communication Lead for Special Events & Activities): Apply Now!

Job Network : Public Information and Conference Management

Job Family : Public Information

Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station : NAIROBI

Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme

Date Posted : Dec 13, 2023

Deadline : Jan 26, 2024

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. UNEP’s Communication Division communicates the organization’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP’s Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Chief of Public Advocacy and Communications and is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:


1.Strategy implementation: Develop, design, plan, and implement innovative communication projects and campaigns in support of UNEP’s programme of work, i.e. World Environment Day, United Nations Environment Assembly, Champions of the Earth, among others; Provide strategic input and oversight of various communication campaign in support of special events; Identify sources and seek funding and other assistance for major campaigns. Develop and implement specific fundraising and resource mobilization plans.

2.Partnership management: Identify potential new partners, from the public and private sectors; Draft and tailor donor engagement strategies and manage new relationships; Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies; Maintain partnerships by organizing and facilitating regular meetings and providing accurate information and reports in a timely manner.

3. Programme Management: Evaluate results and impact of campaign activities and report on developments, trends and attitudes; Prepare or oversee preparation of a diverse range of information and communication products related to various campaigns and donor relationship in support of special events; Conduct research and channel analysis by using relevant information/data to effectively formulate campaigns that amplify UNEP messages to wider audiences.

4.Content and activity implementation: Plan, coordinate, and implement activities related to the organization of large special events; Provide guidance and direction in the conceptualization of large events by designing event concepts, organizing coordination meetings with internal and external partners; Act as a focal point on the specific issues with regard to activities relating to special events and large communication campaigns

5. Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to effective campaign management. Ability to coordinate and manage complex communication campaigns and events; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization. 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.

Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

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; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; Thinks ”outside the box”; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in mass communication, marketing, political sciences, cultural studies, development studies, environmental communication, ecology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

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Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in leading communication for major events or leading large communication campaigns is required.

A minimum of four (4) years’ experience at an international level, is required.

A minimum of one (1) year of work experience directly focused on communication related to the environment or related field is required.

Experience leading communication for at least one large international event directly focused on the environment is desired. Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: ”Fluency” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ”Knowledge of” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four areas.

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