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Director, Ecosystem Division

  • Post-graduate education
  • Project, program management
  • Executive (director)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.

The UN Environment Division of Ecosystem works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
This position is located in the UN Environment /Ecosystem Division at the Nairobi Headquarters Duty Station.


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director and the overall guidance of the Executive Director, the Director will be responsible for the following:

  1. Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Division, determine priorities and allocate resources for the completion of outputs/results and their timely delivery, in co-operation and co-ordination with other UN Environment divisions and offices and with other organizations of the UN System, donors and agencies;
  2. Prepare and implement activities pertaining to the protection and development of the environment aimed at building the capacity of Governments and other stakeholders, especially those in developing countries, to address environmental problems and providing technological support.
  3. Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to donors and inter-governmental bodies such as the UN Environment Assembly of UN Environment, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, other subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly and other policy-making organs;
  4. Undertake or oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, development of staff work plans and evaluation of staff performance;
  5. Oversee the recruitment of staff for the Division, including appropriate delegation of tasks such as conducting interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates, taking due account of the relevance of educational background and professional experience, geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
  6. Manage, guide, develop, encourage and train staff under his/her supervision;
  7. Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries; Chair meetings and seminars on substantive related issues;
  8. Represent the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences;
  9. Provide programmatic/substantive expertise and, when appropriate, hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Executive (director)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Organize and manage recruitment campaigns; Reporting; Programme management; Training delivery; Project implementation; Environment law; Agriculture and natural resources
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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The United Nations Office at Nairobi, the UN headquarters in Africa, was established by the General Assembly in 1996. The office is headed by a Director-General, at the Under-Secretary-General level, serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Nairobi and performs representation and liaison functions with permanent missions, the host-country and other Governments, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, as well as other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya; facilitates cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations; provides administrative and other support services to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); provides joint and common services to other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya, as applicable; and manages and implements the programmes of administration, conference services and public information and provides security and safety services for United Nations staff and facilities in the United Nations Office at Nairobi.

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