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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world’s 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 environment.

Intern – Environment Affairs


  • Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources to support the implementation of the Sustainable Food Systems team activities.
  • Support the review of project deliverables.
  • Assist with the organization of meetings and outreach events, developing necessary background materials, sourcing appropriate speakers, and report writing.
  • Support communication activities (e.g. draft stories for social media, food systems internal management team, etc.).
  • Depending on the incumbent’s skills and background (e.g. specific language skills), country- or region-specific research, and review tasks may be assigned.
  • Support other activities as requested.



  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

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Evaluation Consultant for Terminal Evaluation of UNEP Project “Environmental Education and Youth”

Inception Phase Of The Evaluation, Including

In close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, the Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs, data collection and analysis and report-writing. More specifically:

  • preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
  • draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the project;
  • prepare the evaluation framework;
  • develop the desk review and interview protocols;
  • draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
  • develop and present criteria for country and/or site selection for the evaluation mission;
  • plan the evaluation schedule;
  • prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager

Data Collection And Analysis Phase Of The Evaluation, Including

  • conduct further desk review and virtual in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders;
  • regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered and;
  • keep the Project Manager informed of the evaluation progress.

Reporting Phase, Including

  • draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
  • liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager
  • prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
  • (where agreed with the Evaluation Manager) prepare an Evaluation Brief (2-page summary of the evaluand and the key evaluation findings and lessons)

Managing Relations, Including

  • maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
  • communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

Qualifications/special Skills

  • An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required. A first level degree with an additional two years qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of technical evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach.
  • A good understanding of policy advocacy and youth engagement is highly desirable while experience in the NGO and or education sectors would be an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of the UN system and specifically the work of UNEP is an added advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement and knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

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Finance and Budget Assistant


This position is located in the UNEP Africa Office at the Nairobi Duty Station. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Finance and Budget Assistant, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Finance and Budget:
  • Assist in creation of new grants based on approved project or Program of work (POW) budgets and requesting for their approval in Umoja Creates new project grants in Umoja based on approved projects or donor agreements.
  • Creates Work Breakdown Structure Elements (WBSEs) based on approved project and Program of work budgets.
  • Assists in the end-to-end processing of grants management actions.
  • Supports the Finance/Budget Officers(s) in extracting information and generating expenditure reports from computerized information system databases; assists in preliminary analyses of the extracted information and the reports generated, and highlights areas of concern for the attention of the Finance/Budget Officer(s).
  • Assists in the development of resource requirements for budget submissions and in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
  • Creates Fund management budget distribution and adjustments based on Budget officer/ Fund Management Officer (FMO) instructions.
  • Creates Pass-through grants in Umoja based on signed legal agreements (Small Scale Funding Agreements (SSFAs), Project Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), Letters of Agreement (LOA), UN-UN agreements).
  • Processes payments to Implementing Partners (IP) against approved pass-through grants as certified by the Budget officer/Fund management officer.
  • Maintains an internal tracking tool for all signed Legal agreements in Africa Office.
  • Creates funds pre-commitments, commitments against certified and approved requests.
  • Provides support with respect to the review and analysis of budgetary elements on project. Also supports preparation and revision of project documents.
  • Prepares supporting documents with respect to new project budget submissions and UNEP Programme of Work.
  • Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analyze variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures and bring anomalies to the attention of the Finance and Budget Officer.
  • Sets up and monitors integrity of various financial databases for accuracy and completeness.
  • Co-ordinates with Project teams, other finance, and budget staff, on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
  • Processes IP expenditure reports pursuant to financial reports submitted by IPs and certified by the Budget Officer / Fund management Officer.

  • Assists the Finance/Budget Officer(s) in the preparation/finalization of budget performance reports, performing preliminary analysis of variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Assists in the financial backstopping of trust funds, including monitoring the status of voluntary contributions, generating expenditure reports from Umoja and monitoring reporting requirements by donors.
  • Assists the Finance/Budget Officer(s) in the issuance of allotments and related staffing table authorizations.
  • Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
  • Reviews draft reports, verifying overall accuracy, consistency and uniformity in the presentation, and ensuring comprehensiveness and compliance with the format prescribed by the Editorial and Documents control of General Assembly and Conference Management (GACM); cross-checks consistency of figures in tables with the text of the reports, and verifies references to other reports and documents, bringing errors to the attention of the Finance / Budget Officers(s) concerned; ensures that all necessary corrections are incorporated in the reports; co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
  • Tracking of invoices to ensure timely payments to vendors; receivables monitoring to ensure down payments are made.
  • Assists project teams, Fund Management Officers and donors regarding queries on IP payments and deposit related issues.
  • General Administration:
  • Keeps up to date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
  • Drafts routine correspondence with respect to inquiries related to relevant financial and budget matters.
  • Maintains and keep up-to-date files.
  • Assist in designing and creation of new project structures in Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) for different activities, outputs and expected accomplishments.
  • Closure and revision of the projects and project structures.
  • Post-implementation data clean up and validation of Umoja financial data Donor Reporting.
  • Assist in creation of donor reports against approved projects, grants and donor agreements.
  • Follows-up on administrative/budget/finance tasks related to official travel of staff such as certification of travel plans.
  • Provides guidance, training to staff within the Africa Office.
  • Data:
  • Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
  • Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

PLANNING & 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary training in accounting, and finance is required. Holder of CPA certificate is desirable.
  • Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
  • The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in finance, budget, accounting, and administrative services is required.
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning Systems especially Umoja is desirable.
  • One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
  • Experience working at the United Nations or other international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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