Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Global Compact Office (GCO), at United Nations Headquarters, New York. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Officer, Programmes of the GCO.
The United Nations Global Compact is the United Nations’ voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. It revolves around ten universal principles drawn from four key international instruments in these areas. The Global Compact Office is the United Nations entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and collective action in support of United Nations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer (Environment and Climate) will be responsible for the following duties:
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects on United Nations Global Compact’s environmental principles and climate change initiatives; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation of United Nations Global Compact’s climate initiatives and partnerships; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment; and key stakeholders on environment and climate issues; ensures follow-up actions.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with private sector, the United Nations, Global Compact Local Networks and strategic partners, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan on business and climate issues.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information on environment and climate gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies on private sector contributions towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and its interlinkages to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
• Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions on the business uptake of environmental principles and global climate change commitments, such as the science-based targets.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications across environment, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations for United Nations Global Compact flagship events and environment focused conferences.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities with key stakeholders to mobilize business to advance environment and climate issues; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on a range of climate change focused topics including mitigation, adaptation, nature and interlinkages with inequalities and SDGs.
• Leads and/or participates in key events related to environment and climate change including United Nations Global Compact’s contributions to the annual COP/CMP United Nations Climate Change Conferences and key United Nations high-level meetings on environment issues.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties, as required.
Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to corporate sustainability, environment and climate change. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in environmental science, management, economics or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, or project/programme administration or related area is required.
Experience working with businesses/corporates on environment and climate change is required.
Experience with corporate sustainability as it relates to the collaboration between the private and public sector is required.
Experience managing strategic alliances and outreach is desirable.
Experience with resource mobilization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
This is an extra-budgetary funded position. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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