Join UNEP as a Junior Programme Management Officer: Apply Now!!

Application Deadline : May 07, 2024


In the ever-evolving landscape of global development and environmental sustainability, the role of international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) becomes increasingly crucial. As the leading global environmental authority, UNEP plays a pivotal role in setting the agenda for environmental action, promoting sustainable development, and advocating for the protection of the global environment. Within its Disasters and Conflicts Branch, UNEP addresses the environmental dimensions of crises and conflicts, striving to minimize threats to human well-being and contribute to peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

About UNEP

Established in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has emerged as a beacon of hope in the quest for a more sustainable and equitable world. With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and various duty stations worldwide, UNEP operates at the forefront of global environmental governance, spearheading initiatives to combat climate change, preserve biodiversity, and foster sustainable development.

The position is located at the Geneva duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Policy and Analysis Unit in Nairobi and the direct supervision of the Programme Officer or EU-UNEP Climate Change and Security Partnership Programme Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, managed by the Policy and Analysis Unit of the Disasters and Conflicts Branch monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed; and proposes corrective actions, liaises with relevant parties, and identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including geospatial datasets, with a particular focus on environment- and climate-related risks to peace and security and nature-based solutions for adaptation and resilience.
  • Assists in multilateral and national policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget)
  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and approaches relevant to addressing the environmental dimensions of conflicts, disasters and/or humanitarian crises. Ability to identify issues, analyze them, and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates an 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; and uses time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development or environmental studies, public policy, peace and conflict studies, economics, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) 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 is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project /programme management in the field of international development, climate change adaptation or environmental management is required. Field experience in regions/countries affected by crisis or conflict is desirable. Work experience in managing multi-regional, multi-partner projects is desirable. Experience in mixed method research and analysis on the linkages of environment, climate, peace and security is desirable. Specific experience in promoting social inclusion and Gender Equality and Woman Empowerment at community level is desirable Experience in developing training curricula and materials, as well as Monitoring Evaluation and Learning is desirable A minimum of two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

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English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand), and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


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


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