Organization Name: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Job Title: Administrative Officer
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Administration
Org. Setting and Reporting
- 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 Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. This post is located in the Administrative Unit of the Science Division at the Nairobi duty station.
- Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director and within delegated authority, the incumbent will contribute to the effective and efficient operation of the Science Division by coordinating its administrative, human resources functions as well as financial, budgetary and/or programmatic activities of the Climate Services and Capacity Building Unit. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Implements and monitors support services, including procurement of supplies and services; transport, travel and traffic, communications, engineering and information technology support; and provision of local utilities and service requirements.
• As the Quality Analyst for the Division, review, clear and provide guidance on all Legal Instruments to ensure they are in line with UNEPs Partnership Policy, Due Diligence of the Partners has been undertaken and correct templates are used.
• Supervises a staff team and/or provide advice to others on human resource administration, financial administration and management information issues and practices to colleagues.
• Produces major/complex reports for management. Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required, e.g., reviews of Secretariat offices and departments at headquarters/missions, operational travel programme, adequacy of departmental space requirements, and technology requirements. Performs other related work as required.
Human Resource Management:
• Initiates and coordinates actions covering the entire span of human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, promotion, performance appraisal, vacancies, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training, etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures.
• Provides expert advice with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
• Provides advice and direction to senior management in the Division on workforce planning and other HR related issues to foster sound decision-making. Represents the Division at Departmental Panels and appointment bodies.
• Leads on post and staffing table management including funding for the respective posts. Reviews post incumbency reports for purposes of vacancy management and staffing table control.
• Leads, oversees and coordinates the preparation and implementation of the work program and budget to ensure compatibility with work priorities and objectives, taking into account the most effective use of resources.
Budget and Finance:
• Initiates and conducts studies to improve budget reporting systems and cost-effective utilization of program resources.
• Analyzes cost estimates and budget proposals, including programmatic aspects. Ensure compliance with the results-based framework and other legislative mandates. Review, analyze and finalize financial implications arising from decision/statements of the Security Council and the General Assembly and its subsidiary bodies.
• Analyze and recommends spending authority, monitors and controls budgetary allocations through regular reviews; drafts routine and ad hoc outputs; and provides effective monitoring reports and data. Administer and monitor extra-budgetary resources, as applicable. Identifies deviations from plans and proposes corrective measures.
• Establishes and maintains a set of sound policies, procedures, standards and tools which are consistent with UN policy and practice in order to ensure proper accounting, financial management and control.
• Leads on the Financial and Budget Management of all Global Funds (Green Climate Funds (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF)) under the Science
Division. This includes undertaking in-country Fiduciary Capacity Assessments (both procurement and financial).
• Prepares Financial reports to Donors in accordance to UN Financial Rules and Regulations as well as Donor requirements.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of budget proposals; assist in securing approval from the General Assembly or related governing body.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial and human resources policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, accounting, human resources management or related field is required.
- At least 3 years of experience in programme/budget management of Global Funds is desirable.
- Experience within the UN system or other international or public sector organization 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 an advantage.
- 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.
How to Apply
- For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Administrative Officer Jobs in Kenya