Environmental Governance Specialist at UNEP

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Reporting to the Director of the Law Division, the Consultant will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the preparation of proposals for the science-policy panel in alignment with paragraph 5 of UNEA resolution 5/8.
  2. Develop suggestions regarding the structure and governance of the science-policy panel, taking into consideration existing intergovernmental scientific panels.
  3. Outline ideas on how the science-policy panel can collaborate with other science-policy bodies.
  4. Provide recommendations on how the Law Division can effectively support UNEP’s science-policy work, including future endeavors of the science-policy panel.
  5. Facilitate communication between the OEWG, the Law Division, and other relevant entities to ensure cohesive and coordinated efforts.
  6. Travel to UNEP Nairobi to engage with the UNEP Law Division and the Secretariat of the OEWG/SPP, as well as other UNEP divisions.
  7. Attend OEWG meetings to offer expert assistance and aid in the formulation and preparation of documentation, including in-session materials during the meetings.

Qualifications/Special Skills:

  • An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, environmental policy, environmental science, or a related field is required. Alternatively, a first-level degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields, along with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in environmental governance, environmental policy, environmental sciences, or a related field is required.
  • International experience, particularly with United Nations organizations or international science-policy bodies, is preferred.
  • Experience in handling legal matters related to the administration of international organizations is advantageous.
  • Familiarity with the governance of chemicals, waste, and pollution is a plus.
  • Strong research and drafting skills are desirable.
  • Exceptional organizational and consultation management abilities are beneficial.
  • Direct experience in environmental law or environmental policy is an added advantage.


  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.

Closing Date: September 12, 2023

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