Deadline: 31 October, 2021

Location: Kenya

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to fill the role of Programme Specialist.

Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.


  • Provide technical guidance and inputs to UNICEF regional office sections on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and building climate resilience in order to support regional office in identifying UNICEF’s niche for addressing climate change impacts on children, awareness raising and design of programmes supporting the rights of children and strengthening risk informed programming in the region
  • Coordinate the formulation of the overarching narrative and multi-year milestones across regional office in relation to climate energy and environment, determining priorities and performance measurements
  • Provide strategic and technical advice to regional office sections’ staff on all aspects of climate, energy and environment programming and implementation
  • Influence climate, energy and environment programming including planning, development and implementation of climate resilient and adaptation approaches in the region
  • Work collaboratively with country offices, (sub-) regional intergovernmental bodies, donors, the private sector and regional partners on climate, energy and environment programming to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources
  • Guide and support the development and implementation of strategic regional climate energy and environment initiatives, planning and formulation of the outcomes and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF strategic plan, the ESA ROMP as well as government plans and priorities
  • Strengthen UNICEF internal capacity and ability to collaborate with partners on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and adaptation for vulnerable communities
  • Develop and support implementation of a capacity development/rollout plan for regional office and country offices on climate adaptation, resilience building and integration across programmes
  • Provide comprehensive and current data to inform climate-related policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation
  • Prepare climate, energy and environment donor programme and multiple UN agency proposals and investment cases
  • Support knowledge management and sharing in the areas of including development of policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by regional office, donors, UNICEF country offices and headquarters in the areas of climate adaptation and sustainable energy
  • Support development of regional baselines for climate energy and environment components of the regional programme and identify relevant approaches to address gaps identified
  • Coordinate collection and development of data on UNICEF thematic areas and sectors in support of climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and building climate resilience
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming process to ensure the achievement of results in the areas of climate energy and environment
  • Support regional communication and advocacy teams through lesson-learning activities and good practices whilst ensuring linkages/knowledge exchange with regional and global stakeholders
  • Develop strategic partnerships with financing and development partners, international development banks and the private sector, to enhance climate programming in the region
  • Advance synergistic cross-sectoral programming in WASH, health, nutrition, social protection and education sectors, to ensure that climate programming in the region has a greater impact for children
  • Ensure that UNICEF engagement in the area of climate change is well coordinated within and outside UNICEF
  • Support fundraising on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and build climate resilience in line with UNICEF’s key thematic areas
  • Systematically pursue climate finance for UNICEF by mapping opportunities, preparing documentation and establishing partnerships with relevant focal points and partners
  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence national policies and strategies on climate energy and environment (CEE)
  • Advise officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH and humanitarian sector donor agencies on climate policies, strategies, and best practices


  • Advanced university degree in Climatology, Geology or Earth Sciences, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Water Resource Management, Engineering, Social and Economic Development, International Cooperation, or a related field
  • Additional relevant postgraduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree (desirable)
  • Eight years, minimum, of relevant professional experience in climate, energy and environment-related programmes for developing countries
  • Experience of working in developing contexts
  • Experience in Eastern and Southern Africa will be an added advantage
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) relevant to the region will be a plus

To apply and for more information, click here.

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