Digital and Emerging Technology Specialist Job in Kenya - UN

Task description

The Digital and Emerging Technology Specialist will report to DevOps and security team lead, with overall supervision by the Chief Enterprise Solutions Section, and will undertake l undertake the following activities:

  • Participate as a team member in business automation initiatives to streamline work processes using platforms such as PowerApps, flows, and Jira.
  • Develop detailed system schemas, data dictionaries, functional specifications, and user documentation.
  • Gather and document users’ requirements and translate these into innovative digital applications; determine application systems integration and linkage issues.
  • Work as a team member of developers, particularly in implementing Low-Code/NoCode PowerApps solutions, AI Bots, PHP, and related back-end MySQL and MS SQL databases.
  • Maintain, upgrade, or enhance existing systems; troubleshoot and provide continuing user support.
  • Drafts correspondence and communications, including technical support communication and other related issues; coordinates with service providers as required and maintains and supports a portfolio of applications.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the relevant field of technologies; conducts research on new frontier technologies and assess their implementation feasibility.
  • In undertaking these duties, the Junior Statistical Analyst will establish and maintain relationships to support collaboration with data, statistical, scientific, and other specialists/analysts, as well as technical staff across UNEP and in UN.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day).
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country.
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities.
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers.
  • ·Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • The Digital and Emerging Technology Specialist will be expected develop /assist in the development of innovative tools to automate business process and increase organization efficiency.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age 27 – 80

Expected start date: 01/11/2024

Eligibility criteria

  • Age 27 – 80

Expected start date: 01/11/2024

Required experience

  • 3 years of experience in relevant fields of which at least two years of progressively responsible experience in application and website development especially in Low Code/No Code technologies, , PHP, JavaScript, Drupal, MySQl, SQL, React other related technologies
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate they are organized, reliable, and efficient. An understanding of how to work effectively as part of a team, and a willingness to learn and grow professionally by taking on new competencies and remaining abreast of developments in the statistical analytics field is essential. Proven ability to work effectively with a wide range of various actors is also required. As well, UNEP highly values creativity and innovative thinking, coupled with a problem-solving mindset.

Required education level

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in Computer Science, computer engineering, related fields.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Competencies and values


  • 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.

Planning and organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates 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; uses time efficiently.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others, and responds appropriately; proven interpersonal skills; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; good spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options, and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts, and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups.
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

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