Office of the Director-General

The Office of the Director-General, headed by a Chief, provides advice and support to the Director-General in the implementation of her mandate. The core functions of the Office, which include cabinet, political, external and inter-agency affairs, protocol and host country relations and legal affairs, are as follows:

(a) Assisting the Director-General in overall direction and management of the United Nations Office at Nairobi; and, coordinating the activities of the Director-General and the Office;

(b) Leading the development and implementation of the work plan for the United Nations Office at Nairobi; and, coordinating monitoring, evaluation and oversight functions for the Office;

(c) Advising the Director-General on cross-cutting policy and management issues;

(d) Advising the Director-General on political, diplomatic and cross-cutting issues in the region;

(e) Maintaining liaison with and coordinating the provision of information to permanent missions, other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in the region and sub-region;

(f) Cooperating with the host Government and providing protocol and liaison services for the organizations of the United Nations system in Nairobi;

(g) Maintaining liaison with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and other Secretariat units at Headquarters; and,

(h) Representing the Legal Counsel in Nairobi, providing advice to the Director-General and senior management at the United Nations Office at Nairobi on all legal matters; providing advice to the Executive Directors of UNEP and UN-Habitat on all issues with legal implications at the Secretariat level; and, liaising with the host country and other authorities concerning privileges and immunities and other issues affecting United Nations agreements.