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UN Programme Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) contributes to peace and human development in an era of globalization by furthering international cooperation through its programmes in education, sciences, culture and communication. 

With its 191 member States and 6 Associate Members, UNESCO has its Headquarters in Paris (France) and operates globally through a network of offices and several institutes.

Post Title: Assistant Programme Officer
Unit: Earth Sciences
Duty Station: UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi
Grade and Type of Contract: G-7 (Service Agreement) – 12 months with a possibility of renewal
Closing Date: Sunday 25 January, 2015
Purpose of Post: Under the Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa, UNESCO has recently launched two important projects: 

(1) the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) to promote Earth science research and training in Africa, and 

(2) the assessment of environmental and health impacts of mining activities in Sub-Saharan African Countries. 

Under the overall direction of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (hereafter referred to as the UNESCO Nairobi Office), and the direct supervision of the Earth Science Programme Specialist, the incumbent will serve as Research/Programme Assistant to provide broad based support to the implementation of Earth science programme in general and of the above two projects in particular.


He/she will:     
  • Participate in the implementation of the project work plans and ensure compliance with specific assigned objectives.
  • Follow-up the formulation and the implementation of projects by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and drafting the documents.
  • Contribute towards the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes, projects, and activities.
  • Contribute in the planning and organization of capacity building programmes, including organization of training workshops, field visits, and seminars.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely input of programme information in computerized programme system and the issuance of status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
  • Receive and screen all internal and external communications, attaching necessary background information for review by supervisors, and maintain the sectors records and information.
  • Organize and maintain correspondences and all documents related to programme implementation
  • Follow up the procurement, financial and  logistical issues in relation to the project implementation
  • Perform other duties, as required by the supervisor and the Director of the Office.
Core Competencies
  • Act in conformity with UNESCO values and show personal commitment towards UNESCO objectives.
  • Take initiation and responsibility for her/his personal training, career development and search for opportunities to train her/himself through formal and informal channels
  • Show international perspective, appreciate differences in values and learn from cultural diversities
  • Work as a team in collaboration with her/his colleagues within and outside UNESCO to fulfil the same aims and shared objectives
  • Advance university degree in natural sciences (geology, hydrology, environmental sciences or related fields)
  • Two years of relevant professional experience in public or private sector
  • Experience within the UN system will be an added advantage
  • Two year of national/regional professional experience working with two or more GIS packages;
  • Strong written and oral skills in conveying GIS/spatial information
  • Knowledge of computer and software applications is a must (word, excel, PowerPoint and internet)
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of French will be an asset.
How to Apply

Candidates send their applications to (under the subject line, please mention ‘Application for the post of Earth science assistant Programme Officer.’

The application should consist of Curriculum Vitae, a most recent photograph and a covering letter explaining your suitability and motivation for the post. 

UNESCO is committed to gender equality in its programming and to gender parity within the Organization.

Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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