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Program Assistant


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-29


Mission and objectives

Since its inception in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority that sets the 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 mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP works through its divisions as well as regional, liaison and out-posted offices and a growing network of collaborating centres of excellence.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Junior Professional Officer, Governing Bodies Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the preparations for and follow-up of inter-governmental meetings relating to the Governing Bodies of the UN Environment Programme and related activities, including: o Support the preparation, organization, and servicing of meetings of the UNEA governing bodies, such as the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives, 6th Annual meeting of the sub-committee, OECPR-5 and UNEA-5, in collaboration with other team members in the Governing Bodies Unit and, as necessary, with UNON Conference Services. • Take notes, draft high-quality reports/minutes from intergovernmental meetings. • Draft preparatory meetings documentation, including briefing notes, chair’s scripts, Unit’s presentations, and meeting summaries. • Support effective follow up on key issues relating to intergovernmental meetings. • Provide draft diplomatic correspondence to member States, including by e-mail, letters and note verbales. • Plan and ensure timely dissemination of information about programmes and activities of UN Environment in support of member States. • Draft high quality information texts and documents of relevance to the Governing Bodies Unit. • Support internal and external communication with divisions of UN Environment Programme and member States respectively, including by utilising web-based tools and formats Support the provision of effective, efficient, and responsive conference services and support for the work of the Governing Bodies of UN Environment Programme:

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