United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Chief of Branch.

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This post is located in the Biodiversity and Land Branch (BLB), Ecosystems Division, at the Nairobi duty station and reports to Deputy Division Director, while working closely with the Director. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


• Develop and oversee relevant projects and activities under the Healthy and Productive Ecosystems sub Programme of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of work. Develop, design and advocate concepts of the programme; Enhance inter-linkages among stakeholders on biodiversity and ecosystem services related matters. Develop policy advisory services for various decision makers. Develop and oversee biodiversity and ecosystem services projects in light of the seven thematic priority areas of UNEP;

• Provide leadership and guidance to the conceptualization, formulation and completion of special initiatives on biodiversity and ecosystem services, including efforts to address the illegal trade in wildlife, to increase land and seascape connectivity, and the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). Enhance collaboration and partnership between stakeholders in the delivery of UNEP’s programme of work, including with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Promote integrated ecosystem strategies and analyze and resolve challenges in the implementation of these strategies;

• Oversee the work of the four Units of the Biodiversity and Land Branch (BLB), (GEF Biodiversity Unit, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Wildlife Unit, and Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit) providing guidance and oversight to these units’ implementation of the UNEP programme of work;

• Formulate policies, strategies, actions and provide policy advice and recommendations to the Director. Formulate a biodiversity programme of work for DEP. Design UNEP strategy for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Analyze developments and provide advice for UNEP’s strategic direction and intervention. Contribute to UNEP’s efforts in strengthening the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services;

• Facilitate substantive and organizational discussions in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Cooperate with other divisions, clusters and regions within UNEP for provision of expert advice and support in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services;

• Develop and implement projects for funding in support of the work of the Branch. Develop relationships with potential funding sources. Analyze and monitor the trends in international development cooperation on the impacts of their decisions on UNEP’s funding-strategies for biodiversity and ecosystem services related activities;

• Oversee the management of administrative, budget and personnel operations of the Branch. Oversee and contribute to the preparation of reports for presentation to inter-governmental bodies such as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, the United Nations Environment Assembly, the UN General Assembly and other policy-making organs;

• Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences or in a discipline related to the work of Ecosystems Management or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible work experience in project/programme management in the context of Ecosystems management or related area is required.
Five (5) years of relevant experience at the international level with at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity; demonstrated experience in managing performance of teams and staff with specialist expertise and mobilizing resources in an international environment is required.
At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in ecosystems policy development, regional programme /project coordination and resource mobilization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

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Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date 05 November 2020.





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