Our Mission

Who we are


The United Nations Kenya Local Expatriate Spouse Association (UNKLESA) was launched in September 2004 by the Kenya United Nations Country Team, following recommendations of the UNDG Joint Guidance Note on Employment of Expatriate Spouses. The association is part of an international network of UN Local Expatriate Spouse Associations (UNLESA) around the world.

The UNDG Joint Guidance Note was produced to address the growing concern of the lack of facilities for the employment of UN expatriate spouses and partners. The spouse employment issue translates into a serious hindrance to the UN system’s ability to recruit and retain the highest qualified specialists for assignments, especially women. Hence the programme focuses on permitting and encouraging the employment of UN expatriate spouses and partners and helping organisations take advantage of the pool of skills that is often readily available thought well-qualified spouses and partners.

Dual Career and Staff Mobility is a programme supported by the UN system and partnering organizations. The aim is to assist globally mobile families adapt to new duty stations and to help expatriate spouses/partners find jobs and maintain their professional careers.

Local Expatriate Spouse Associations are the cornerstone of the Dual Career and Staff Mobility Programme. Expatriate spouses/partners of staff in the UN and World Bank Group duty stations support member’s career interests and generally assist newly-arrived expatriate spouses in settling down in the country.

The UNKLESA membership, comprised of spouses and recognized partners of UN staff, is a diverse body whose members have a very broad and comprehensive skill set and work experience. The UN and World Bank Group agencies and other related organizations recognize the difficulties placed on families in international and overseas placements. As such, many have formal policies regarding spousal employment in order to help families manage these burdens and enable a less disruptive transition.

  • The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)

  • The World Food Programme (WFP)

  • The World Health Organization (WHO)