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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 (http://www.unep.fr/). This post is located in UNEP/DTIE at the Paris duty station.
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 will lead the implementation monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities of the Unit related to eco-labeling. He/ she will contribute to UNEP’s strategy and Programme of Work, Resource efficiency sub-programme, by coordinating the implementation of the Eco-labelling component of the Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling (SPELL) project, and of the project “Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries”. Both activities also contribute to the progress of the Consumer Information Programme (CI-SCP), one of the approved programmes of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. The incumbent will also assist UNEP in its representation in the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of the 10YFP CI-SCP programme. The incumbent will be responsible for the duties below:
•Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions. Such programmes / projects will focus on the promotion of ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards, within the context of the Eco-labelling component of the Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling (SPELL) project, and of the project “Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries”. These initiatives will also contribute to the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations etc. Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Assists in 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 ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards.
•Assists in the development of linkages and coordination on the issues of ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards with the 10YFP programmes, and more specifically with the programmes on consumer information and on sustainable public procurement. Supports the role of the organization in the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions. Prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•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 related duties as required.
Professionalism: 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.
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.
Planning and Organising: 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required with preference in environmental engineering, environmental management, process engineering, business 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project and programme management is required. Experience in the adoption of eco-labelling or voluntary sustainability standards at policy or company level is highly desirable. Experience at international leval and in the UN system is desirable; practical experience in dealing with public and private institutions is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will 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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