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Careers at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Careers at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Careers at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Careers at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and grants support to developing countries,

Programme Support Officer, Environment and Resilience

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Environment Resilience Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical support to UNDP Country Office, National and County Governments in the development, planning and implementation of climate change, environment and resilience initiatives.
  • Support the Environment and Resilience Unit (ERU) team through providing programme support to the implementation of the portfolio projects ensuring compliance with the organizations rules and regulations as detailed under POPP.
  • Support the unit to ensure alignment of programming with UNSDCF, UNDP Country Pro-gramme Document, Strategic Plan and National priorities including the Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, Nation DRM Strategy, National Climate Change Action Plan and other relevant policies and frameworks.
  • Provide support to the Implementing partners for capacity building on environment, resilience, climate change and disaster risk management working in close collaboration with other identified partners as necessary.
  • Provide technical support to county governments on issues related to environmental governance, risk reduction and resilience.
  • Provide administrative support to the ERU portfolio in through development of relevant briefs, research, organization of events, meetings and workshops etc.
  • Support the project managers in coordination of implementation in the in close collaboration with the other responsible parties including NEMA, CoG, NDOC, NDMA and other implementing partners.
  • Provide day to day support to implementing partners to ensure smooth implementation of activities including administrative and procurement aspects at UNDP.
  • In close collaboration with NDMA at National and County levels ensure that procurement and other administrative issues at the county level are in line with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Support liaison between the ERU and other CO units including GIG, PSMU and Operations units. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day).
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country.
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities.
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers.
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible

Additional eligibility criteria

  • This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland and therefore specific criteria apply: – Only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizens or a European Economic Area nationals with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. The start of the assignment is scheduled at earliest convenience.


  • Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment


Required experience

  • 3 years of experience in Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, Energy, NRM, Development Studies


  • English, Level: Fluent, Required Kiswahili, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Policy, regulation, planning and capacity building

Competencies and values

  • Accountability, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams

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Analysis and Visualization of Mobility and Location Data

Task description
This assignment seeks to aggregate two-wheeler motorcycle activity and map it to the locations in Tana River County, providing valuable insights into patterns of movement of peace committees. Specifically, the volunteer will be expected to:

  • Clean, anonymize and aggregate various daily and weekly Excel datasets from the 12 two-wheeler motorcycles. The datasets collected over a period of 6 months include variables such as fuel consumption, mileage, start and end locations, parking times, etc.
  • Analyze the data to help us understand where users (peace committees) begin and end their journeys; produce point of interest data from frequently accessed locations; patterns and trends in fuel consumption, uncover insights how users move, etc.
  • Map the transit data, GPS coordinates and route information through various maps including but not limited to mobility heat maps, flow maps, origin-destination maps, congestion maps, activity space maps, transit maps, etc. The visualizations should provide coverage of mobility activity across the county to help us understand travel patterns of the respective peace committees and how these differ over time

Required experience

  • Data analysis: The volunteer should have experience in working with large datasets, cleaning and preprocessing data, and conducting statistical analysis. They should be comfortable working with programming languages such as Python, R, SQL.
  • Data visualization: The volunteer should have experience in creating effective visualizations that communicate insights from data. We are keen on having someone with either Geographic Information System (GIS) experience who is familiar with web-based mapping tools like Google Maps, Mapbox, ArcGIS Online and techniques that can be used to create a wide range of maps that incorporate location-based information or one who is familiar with data visualization libraries and tools such as matplotlib, ggplot, or Tableau.
  • Domain knowledge: The volunteer should have some understanding of either transportation, urban planning, or logistics.
  • Problem-solving: The volunteer should be able to think critically and creatively about how to use mobility data to solve specific problems or answer key questions. They should be comfortable working with stakeholders to identify key challenges and develop data-driven solutions.
  • Communication: The volunteer should be able to communicate complex technical concepts and insights to a non-technical audience. They should be able to develop compelling visualizations that help stakeholders understand the implications of the data.

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