Senior Economist

Copenhagen, , DK

UNEP DTU Partnership is looking for a highly experienced senior economist to initiate and lead new activities on adaptation and climate resilient development.   

About UNEP DTU Partnership
The UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate change and sustainable development. As a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UDP works with a large range of international institutions, national governments and research institutions, to assist countries in their efforts to move towards climate resilient and sustainable development. UDP has a staff of approximately 80 professionals from 20 different countries with backgrounds covering economics, science, engineering, and energy and environment planning. UDP currently implements project activities in more than 60 developing countries.   

About the Climate Resilient Development (CRD) Programme
The CRD Programme is one of four programmes at UDP. We support the design, development and implementation of strategies and actions that effectively address climate change adaptation and sustainable development needs, with a primary focus on developing countries. Currently, we are expanding our portfolio of activities and are recruiting an experienced senior economist to join a team of 11 colleagues. The successful candidate will contribute to expanding and implementing our workin the following three priority areas: 

  • Diffusion and uptake of technologies for adaptation
  • Climate compatible development planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Engaging private sector in climate resilience

In each of these areas, the Programme is engaged in capacity building and provision of technical support, combined with methodology development and piloting. The Program in addition provides policy advice and engages in knowledge dissemination.  

Key tasks and responsibilities
The senior economist will contribute to the development, expansion and implementation of activities, particularly within the following areas:   

  • Measuring and tracking adaptation actions: developing and supporting work on monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks for transparency, and assessment of adaptation gaps
  • Economic assessment and analyses: climate change impacts and adaptation policies, options and technologies
  • Support to Nationally Determined Contributions: assisting countries in refining, operationalising, and implementing adaptation action

The senior economist is expected to be experienced in adapting and applying general economic methods and tools, including cost-benefit analyses and cost-effectiveness analyses. Experience with other quantitative assessment methods including indicator and metrics development will be desirable along with good knowledge of climate change adaptation and impact modelling.

The successful candidate is expected to: 

  • Generate new ideas and stimulate innovative approaches to addressing challenges in assessing adaptation in a developing country context
  • Cultivate and maintain effective networks and partnerships with country partners, partner agencies and multi-partner fora
  • Support and ensure the technical rigor of complex analytical and advisory services
  • Initiate, contribute to and/or lead resource mobilisation activities, including project concept development and preparation of project proposals
  • Provide research-based scientific advice and dissemination to public sector authorities, the business community and society in general
  • Contribute to knowledge generation and sharing internally as well as externally
  • Represent UNEP DTU Partnership and the Climate Resilient Development Programme at expert meetings, regional consultations, workshops and seminars
  • Initiate and lead high-impact publications, including briefs and reports

Selection Criteria
We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced team player who possesses strong knowledge and expertise in the climate change and development area and who fully meets the following criteria: 

  • A PhD degree in Economics
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with climate change adaptation and development research, scientific advice and dissemination in an international context
  • Initiation and implementation of new projects in co-operation with development aid donor agencies, international experts, and developing country institutions and experts
  • Experience in building, managing, and participating in diverse project teams
  • Management of bilateral and/or multilateral development budgets for climate change adaptation. Experience with working with UN agencies and UNEP in particular is an advantage
  • Demonstrated excellent writing, communication and presentation skills in English. Working proficiency in Spanish and/or French is a strong advantage
  • A track record of teamwork and ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills and an ability to inspire and mentor less experienced colleagues
  • Proven experience in leading capacity building activities in developing countries
  • Strong knowledge of the scientific and international climate change policy context, including the IPCC and UNFCCC
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising and resource mobilisation with international donors.

The working language at UDP is English. Working proficiency in Spanish and/or French is a strong asset.

We offer
UDP offers an international atmosphere with room for professional and personal development. We employ senior researchers and advisors, researchers, PhD students and research assistants, with a possibility to work across programmes. Staff members have a high degree of freedom and responsibility in organising their work, they play different roles in different projects, and project teams vary from one project to another.  

Terms of employment
UDP is part of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and employees are university staff. The successful candidate will be employed in a full-time position according to the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The position is initially for 2 years with the possibility for extension. The place of work is the UN City based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

We apply a dialogue-based Scandinavian management style and we offer a family friendly work place with a documented positive work environment where there is room for a good work-life balance for our staff.   

How to Apply
Please submit your application including the following in one PDF file through the DTU application portal: 

  • Application letter;
  • CV with full personal data and contact details;
  • Indication of three references; and,
  • A copy of your diploma(s)

To submit, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Deadline for Applications: 20 January 2017, 23.59 Central European Time. Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.  

Further information
For further information please contact Anne Olhoff, Head of Programme, Climate Resilient Development, phone: +45 4533 5252, email: [email protected], Peter Skotner, Deputy Director, phone: +45 4533 5303, email: [email protected], or John Christensen, Director, phone: +45 4533 5300, email: [email protected].   

Further information is also available at the UDP website

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.