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Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) 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.
This position is located in the SLCI (Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industries) Branch of UNEP/DTIE at the Paris duty station. The Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry (SLCI) Branch of UNEP/DTIE focuses on achieving increased understanding and implementation of sustainable consumption and production by decision makers and practitioners in public and private sectors.Under the overall coordination of the Chief, Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry (SLCI), and the direct supervision of the Head of the Responsible Industry and Value Chain Unit, the incumbent is responsible for:
•Develop, implement and evaluate programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. Such programmes / projects will aim at mainstreaming sustainable practices in industries and value chains of UNEP’s priority sectors of intervention, preventing industrial accidents and overall promoting innovative business models in the context of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
•Coordinate the development and dissemination of capacity building tools and operational methodologies that are responding to current and emerging needs and issues in developing and transition countries in the above mentioned areas, with specific focus on technology identification, adaptation and transfer for resource efficiency, circular economy and industrial accidents’ preventions, as well as on financial instrument for private sector, with a specific focus on financing for small and medium enterprises.
•Provide input to relevant policy development initiatives undertaken by the SLCI Branch, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, which are pertinent to the topics of resource efficient and cleaner production, eco-innovation, sustainable value chain, safer production, industrial accidents’ prevention, corporate sustainability reporting, sustainable tourism including eco-tourism, and sustainability in the mining sector.
•Develop coordination and build strategic partnerships with UN and other international organizations (including OECD, European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNWTO, UN DESA), business associations (WBCSD, sector specific international industry and business associations), private sector (companies in the manufacturing, tourism and extractive sectors), financial institutions and NGOs to support the development and implementation of the above-mentioned projects/programmes. Provides support to the Secretariat function of the Unit to the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production network.
•Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources. Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of life cycle approaches and related topics, as well as of project management; 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, and; remains calm in stressful situations.
Teamwork: 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.
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 the audience; and, demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental engineering, environmental management, process engineering, business management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in project and programme management is required. Experience in applying resource efficient and cleaner production, sustainability reporting, and innovation for sustainability at policy or company level is required. Experience in technology identification, adaptation and transfer for resource efficiency, circular economy and industrial accidents prevention, or in financial instrument for private sector is required. Working experience with industries of at least one of the three following sectors: manufacturing, tourism and extractive, is required. Experience at international level and in UN is desirable; practical experience in dealing with public and private institutions an advantage.
Fluency in English language (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French language is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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