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Resource Mobilisation and Outreach Specialist

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-17

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Background Information - Job-specific

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. This position is located in the Resource Mobilization Section (Member States), Corporate Services Division at the Nairobi duty station.

The Resource Mobilisation and Outreach Specialist will produce and coordinate production of concepts, campaigns, events, meetings and outreach materials using various media to (1) formulate and communicate UNEP’s value added and comparative advantages in line with the mandate and priorities of the organisation; (2) increase visibility and appreciation of the organization’s funding partners, especially those who provide core funding (Environment Fund); (3) communicate the funding requirements and other funding information in an interesting and compelling manner internally and externally.

Under the supervision of the Head of Resource Mobilisation Section (member states), and in close collaboration with the Communication Division, the Resource Mobilisation and Outreach Specialist takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of outreach activities to support increased core and flexible funding for UNEP and incorporates the messages and themes into all relevant events and products:

Functional Responsibilities

1)    Strengthens messaging on UNEP’s value for money (VfM), mandate and comparative advantages.

  • Formulates clear messages on UNEP’s value and comparative advantages based on guidance from senior management, and collaborates with other divisions/offices to provide supporting arguments and evidence.
  • Prepares a diverse range of outreach products in support of the VfM messaging.
  • Prepares background documents, presentations etc. for and organizes meetings of the Governing Bodies and other meetings with member states.

2)    Increases visibility, recognition and appreciation of funding partners.

  • Liaises with member States (top-15 contributors to Environment Fund and member States paying their Fair Share) to identify opportunities for increased visibility and appreciation of their support to the organization.
  • Coordinates production of videos, articles, opinion editorials etc. in close collaboration with the member states and subject experts as well as ensures wide dissemination.
  • Develops and updates partner pages on the UNEP website and works with the communication division to integrate appreciation of funding partners in organisation’s flagship products and events.
  • Provides content for social media, speeches, presentations etc. for the Executive Director and other senior management

3)    Informs funding partners (Member States) and colleagues of the status, challenges and successes of organisation’s income.

  • Builds and reviews content on the UNEP webpages to disseminate financial data and other income information in an interesting and attractive way.
  • Develops visual storytelling about funding (using dynamic graphs etc.).
  • Conducts surveys and evaluates their results and impact on the outreach activities.
  • Develops formal communication to member states on funding including letters, emails transmitting reports, messages in newsletters, disseminating reports etc.
  • Oversees and manages regular communication to and from member states related to the organisation’s core funding.
  • Provides relevant, accurate and timely information to colleagues on resource mobilization and funding status, including ensuring information is available on intranet and by contributing to providing training and tools on resource mobilisation to colleagues.


  •  Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in journalism, communications, international relations, marketing, business administration, social sciences or a related field is required;
  • First University Degree (Bachelors or equivalent)  with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive practical experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree<


  • Minimum of seven years of experience in resource mobilisation, public information, journalism, international relations is required. 
  • Proven experience in producing outreach material using various media and organizing outreach events is required.
  • Proven experience in managing partnerships and client relationships is required.
  • Proven ability to develop written and oral communication, e.g. articles and synthesis reports, is required;
  • Previous experience working in international organizations and knowledge and understanding of UN Environment Programme’s mandate and issues relating to the environment are an advantage;
  • Other UN languages will be an advantage.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Other UN languages will be an advantage.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:Fixed-term staff contracts  Contract level: P4/ICS11 Contract duration:  One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

This position is based on a family duty station and qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMC)

UNOPS KEMC helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development.

UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in East Africa, including large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.

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