Our global coalition of animal protection organisations is seeking a driven and passionate individual to provide constructive engagement with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Permanent Missions in Nairobi. 

The role will support the development of and maintain relationships with UNEP and Permanent Missions with a focus on sensitising these to WFA positions, representing WFA at UNEP and other relevant meetings and events in Nairobi, and supporting advocacy toward the broader context of international environmental policy. 

The post holder will be part of a select core team working across five continents to advance the status of animals in international policy. Working closely with policy and communications staff, as well as with colleagues from WFA member organisations, the successful candidate will play an important role in the advancement of the Federation’s transformational and impactful strategy. 

Applicants must be based in Nairobi. The role will be home-based with possible occasional international travel. The role will be full time, 5 days per week, although part time applications may be considered. Remuneration will be negotiated dependent upon experience.

Closing date for applications is 2nd December 2022.



Our organisation

The World Federation for Animals is a worldwide coalition of impactful and world-renowned NGOs, created to advocate for animals at the global level. At WFA, we help our members access cutting-edge policy information and international fora, harness the collective strength of animal protection peers and experts worldwide, and influence global decision-making at the UN and other international institutions. We achieve global impact for animals – together.

The role

This role is a genuinely unique opportunity to make a real difference at a global scale. The animal protection movement has historically made efforts to lobby international institutions, but for the first time, WFA can build and represent the global movement in a coordinated and unified manner. This role will be integral to building the success of our movement and integrating animal issues into international fora such as UNEP.

The team

You will join a small, international team of professional, ambitious, and supportive individuals, committed to making a positive, long-lasting difference for animals worldwide. In particular, you will work closely with the Policy Director and other policy staff with substantive experience in the animal and environmental field.

The successful individual 

You will be someone with exceptional ability to foster relationships and deliver persuasive arguments. You will have a character which is both inspiring, empathic and capable of quickly seeing “the bigger picture”. You will need to be a deep team-player who loves working with  colleagues from across diverse organisations and cultures to achieve unprecedented results.

Job Description

Job Title: UNEP Liaison Officer

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Line Manager: Policy Director (US-based)

Line reports: None 

Overall accountability: To develop constructive engagement with the UN Environment Programme and Permanent Missions in Nairobi. 

Engaging with UNEP officials and permanent delegations

  • Build positive relationships with UNEP staff and Permanent Missions.
  • Identify opportunities for further engagement around animal welfare priorities.
  • Promote WFA positions among strategically relevant groups.

Building a WFA presence in Nairobi and beyond:

  • Represent WFA at relevant UNEP meetings and other relevant Nairobi-based events.
  • Engage and coordinate as needed with other Major Groups and Stakeholders.
  • Occasionally, organise events in Nairobi.
  • Where necessary, travel to other locations to engage with agencies or stakeholders.

Providing coordination for advocacy efforts:

  • Create, with relevant policy colleagues, a coordinated strategy for advocacy in relation to UNEP and UN Environment Assembly, including to support the UNEP report development.
  • Engage with WFA members, including in facilitating a WFA working group focused on UNEA.
  • Establish and support WFA Working Groups to develop WFA’s broader strategies and narratives on environmental and food system policy streams, respectively.
  • Preparation of policy briefs and analysis on policy changes, key decisions or relevant reports. 

Other tasks

  • The post holder will be required to occasionally support the policy team on issues outside the realm of environment and UNEP policy streams, as needed and requested by the Policy Director.

Key relationships

  • All members of the Secretariat team and close contact with the Policy Director
  • A wide range of relationships with members of the WFA, across a wide range of roles, cultures and locations. . 
  • Occasional contact with the Board and Executive Board.

Person specification


  • Essential: Demonstrated ability to build relationships
  • Essential: Able to speak persuasively, but not argumentatively, and think quickly during conversations and debates
    • Desirable: Effective negotiating strategy development and implementation
  • Essential: Ability to quickly comprehend complex issues and interlinkages
  • Excellent English
    • Desirable: Additional language skills a plus


  • Essential: Prior experience lobbying policymakers
    • Desirable: Previous engagement with UN bodies or Member States


  • Essential: Understanding of international policymaking process and institutions
    • Desirable: Specialist knowledge of animal welfare, ecology, environmental science, climate science and/or policy


  •  Passionate, driven, proactive, 
  •  Organised and reliable, with a good attention to detail;
  •  Ability to engage and work with others constructively 
  •  Able to carry conviction in face of pressure
  •  Collaborative team-player


Apply by filling in this form, no later than 00.00pm GMT on Friday 2nd December




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