UNEP Senior Coordination Officer Job


  • Takes the lead of supervision of the administration of Nairobi Convention and its Secretariat, to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects under the Convention, etc.; directs subordinates in programme / project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.  Prepares and convenes meetings of Contracting Parties and conferences provided for by the Nairobi Convention.  
  • Transmits to the Contracting Parties of notifications, reports and other information received in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.  
  • Carries out functions assigned to the Secretariat by the protocols to the Nairobi Convention.  
  • Consideration of Reviews enquiries by, and information from, the Contracting Parties and to consults with them on questions relating to this Convention and its related protocols and annexes thereto.  Coordinates the implementation of cooperative activities agreed upon by the meetings of Contracting Parties and conferences provided for in the Convention.  
  • Overall administrative arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of the secretariat functions.  
  • Liaises with Parties to the Nairobi Convention, governments, stakeholders, donor community, international organizations and other relevant entities.
  • Supports activities in UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme and other actions stemming from United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) decisions.  
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of fundraising strategies to mobilize additional support as may be required, for the implementation of activities and initiatives emanating from decisions of the meetings.  
  • Coordinates the effective and efficient management and delivery of results of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects in the region, as well as other sub regional projects funded by the GEF or other Global Funds, the European Commission (EC), governments and others.  
  • Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.  Supports sound analysis and documenting lessons learned and best practice in Nairobi Convention.  
  • Provides multi-disciplinary analytical support to Focal Points assisting in the development and implementation of an integrated information and knowledge management strategy within the Nairobi Convention area.  
  • Supervises preparation of technical publications related to the outputs and outcomes of the Nairobi Convention work program and support national focal points to prepare and publish their own technical publications and state of the coast reports or related technical reports.  
  • Supervises the management of a Clearing House Mechanism for information concerning Nairobi Convention area and ensuring its effective and efficient collection, storage and dissemination.  Coordinates with focal points from each of the contracting parties in the development of regional policies and strategies for the protection of the marine and coastal area of Western Indian Ocean Region.  
  • Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.  Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.  
  • Provides overall financial management, and the timely and sufficient financial contributions by the Contracting Parties to the East African Trust Fund and the overall guidance to Parties for the payment of contributions as per the financial rules and Conference of Parties (COP) decisions, Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme / project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).  
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.  
  • Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.  Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.  May perform other duties as required.



  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, marine science, international relations or a related field is required.  
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  
  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental or natural resources management, administration, or related area is required.    
  • Experience in the implementation of multi-disciplinary programmes at national and/or international levels is required.    
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in managing intergovernmental processes is required.    
  • A minimum of three (3) years of fund-raising experience is required.    
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in managing large programmes and projects relating to the marine environment is desirable.    
  • Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Deadline : Mar 28, 2024

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