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Programme Support Officer, Environment and Resilience


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Environment
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress The primary and overarching objective of United Nations Development Programme in Kenya is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and promotion of United Nations fundamental principles. A core dimension to the work of UNDP in Kenya is on Democratic Governance given the national focus on governance reforms. UNDP supports the country’s efforts towards achieving the Vision 2030 Political Pillar, which envisions a democratic system that is issue-based, people-centered, results oriented and accountable to the public. This Political Pillar gears to transform the country’s political governance across five strategic areas; The Rule of Law, Electoral and Political Processes, Democracy and Public Service Delivery, Transparency and Accountability, Security Peace Building and Conflict Management. These strategic areas are anchored in the Constitution, promulgated in August 2010 marking a major milestone in the democratic journey of Kenya and set a new threshold in terms of people-centred development.


UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help build a better life. In Kenya since 1966, UNDP aims to address poverty, inequality and exclusion in an integrated and support communities and government achieve sustainable Development. The Environment and Resilience Unit is supporting the Government of Kenya to achieve its development priorities with focus on four key thematic areas of resilience, climate change, natural resource management and energy. The unit supports these efforts through development of legal, policy and institutional frameworks that guide the country at national and county levels; knowledge and capacity development; and thought leadership in the key focus areas. The Programme Support Officer will help the unit to more efficiently deliver these services.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Environment Resilience Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: · Provide technical support to UNDP Country Office, National and County Governments in the development, planning and implementation of climate change, environment and resilience initiatives. · Support the Environment and Resilience Unit (ERU) team through providing programme support to the implementation of the portfolio projects ensuring compliance with the organizations rules and regulations as detailed under POPP. · Support the unit to ensure alignment of programming with UNSDCF, UNDP Country Pro-gramme Document, Strategic Plan and National priorities including the Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, Nation DRM Strategy, National Climate Change Action Plan and other relevant policies and frameworks. · Provide support to the Implementing partners for capacity building on environment, resilience, climate change and disaster risk management working in close collaboration with other identified partners as necessary. · Provide technical support to county governments on issues related to environmental governance, risk reduction and resilience. · Provide administrative support to the ERU portfolio in through development of relevant briefs, research, organization of events, meetings and workshops etc. · Support the project managers in coordination of implementation in the in close collaboration with the other responsible parties including NEMA, CoG, NDOC, NDMA and other implementing partners. · Provide day to day support to implementing partners to ensure smooth implementation of activities including administrative and procurement aspects at UNDP. · In close collaboration with NDMA at National and County levels ensure that procurement and other administrative issues at the county level are in line with UNDP rules and regulations. · Support liaison between the ERU and other CO units including GIG, PSMU and Operations units. 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 publications/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

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