Director (Climate Technology Centre)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The overall objective of the UN Environment's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities (http://www.unep.fr/). This post is located in the Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, at the Copenhagen duty station.
Under the general supervision of the Head, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, the Head of the Climate Technology Center will:
1.Strategic Direction and Coordination of the Climate Technology Centre:
• Ensures strategic direction, management and coordination of the Climate Technology Centre by leading a consultative and collaborative process with the Climate Technology Centre's Advisory Board, National Designated Entities, Network members, funders, and other stakeholders.
• Leads and supervises preparation of the annual workplan and budget of the Climate Technology Centre and oversees reporting on the activities of the Centre and Network, covering all principles of accountability and transparency required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
• Leads and supervises activities that provide organizational and logistical support to the Climate Technology Center including managing information, facilitating communication among Consortium partners and Network members, and organizing and supporting various Climate Technology Center meetings.
• Acts as the Secretary of the Advisory Board and supports the Advisory Board’s work in providing guidance, approving criteria, endorsing budgets and finance, ensuring fiduciary standards and integrity, and monitoring the Climate Technology Center’s responsiveness to requests.
• Oversees monitoring and evaluation of the Climate Technology Center’s results and impacts, and reports on these to the Advisory Board, donors, and other interested parties.
• Supports the work of the Technology Executive Committee in order to ensure complementarity and smooth functioning between the Climate Technology Centre and Network and the Technology Executive Committee.
• Steers efforts to establish links and create synergies with other bodies under the Framework Convention on Climate Change, notably the Financial Mechanism.
2. Management and Administration of the Climate Technology Centre:
• Establishes and manages a small core of professional and administrative staff within a
cost-efficient organizational structure in a way that fosters teamwork and facilitates capacity development.
• Oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Climate Technology Center, including budget preparation, financial and substantive reporting, staff evaluations, and evaluation of candidates.
• Leads the coordination with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on the hosting of the Climate Technology Centre.
• Coordinates and oversees the preparation of the annual report on the Climate Technology Center for submission to the Conference of the Parties through its subsidiary bodies and ensures the provision of information to meet UN Environment’s own reporting requirements.
• Leads resource mobilization efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of the Climate Technology Centre.
• Ensures that the services and outputs delivered by the Climate Technology Center maintain a high quality standard and are in line with the approved work programme, within the budget, and in accordance with United Nations rules, regulations, values and principles.
• Ensures that developing country requests for assistance received are met with high quality, professionally delivered responses.
• Supervises capacity building activities to fulfill the mandate of the Climate Technology Centre.
• Oversees all procedures for engagement with Network members from initial identification to evaluation of contract performance.
3. Communications and Outreach:
• Represents the Climate Technology Center in international, regional, and national meetings, seminars and other relevant events and provides substantive expertise in the area of technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation.
• Ensures that the Climate Technology Centre is appropriately positioned in the area of
technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation so as to optimize benefits for developing countries.
• Works with the Advisory Board to communicate effectively with and through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat and other United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change bodies as designated.
• Develops effective working relationships with relevant organizations including governments, international organisations, foundations, private sector entities, academia and research institutes, media and Non-governmental organizations.
• Leads and supervises communications and outreach activities of the Climate
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matters, in particular the international response to Climate Change with a focus on mitigation and adaptation measures. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges related to bureaucracies. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; knowledge and understanding of UN programme planning and management, and administrative and management policies and procedures, as well as some knowledge of the organization’s intergovernmental processes.
• PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental engineering, environmental science, climate policy, or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in environment, engineering, technology cooperation, or a related field, of which at least five years spent in relevant national or international institutions dealing with technology development, financing, and technology cooperation. Strong background in management of international multi-stakeholder programmes, international projects and large teams, including experience working with developing countries. Familiarity with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financing institutions, Non-governmental Organizations, government agencies and international private sector organizations is a strong asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
Staff members are subject to the authority of Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in
accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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