Science Affairs Consultant

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A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information – Job-specific

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (“the Coalition”) is the first global effort to treat short-lived climate pollutants as an urgent and collective challenge. Launched in February 2012, the Coalition is encouraging rapid reductions in black carbon (or soot), methane and many hydrofluorocarbons to protect human health and the environment now, and to slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century. The Coalition is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society, that are committed to accelerating and incentivizing action to address key short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

The Coalition has a membership of 113 Partners as of February 2017 and 11 approved initiatives for rapid implementation. UN Environment is a Partner in the Coalition. UN Environment also hosts the Secretariat and the Trust Fund of the Coalition in its Economy Division in Paris.

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The consultant is needed to provide scientific support to the various work streams of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition including the activities of the Coalition’s Scientific Advisory Panel, the Regional Assessment Initiative of the Coalition as well as the science-related activities of other Coalition’s initiative.

Under the general supervision of the Head, CCAC Secretariat, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

A.         Support the activities of the Coalitions’ Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

•           Convene, in close coordination with the SAP Chair, meetings and teleconferences of the SAP members;

•           Prepare SAP meeting agendas and background documents;

•           Prepare draft technical documents for interpretation of scientific developments in support of the Coalition’s decision-making, including those relevant to mitigation measures ready to be adopted;

•           Provide draft responses to science-related questions from the CCAC working group and the lead partners of the CCAC initiatives;

•           Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources and collate SAP member recommendations to address short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) science gaps and research priorities, and promoting these among partner countries and organizations as requested.

B.         Take the lead in the Coalition’s secretariat on SLCP scientific issues

•           Advise the Secretariat regarding the scientific coordination with CCAC initiatives

•           Coordinate the collaboration between the SAP and the initiative lead partners for the production of integrated regional assessments of SLCPs as requested by partners, with science as a sound basis;

•           Give advice on emissions quantification approaches and, where appropriate, measurement methodologies and tools and tracking of progress in emissions reductions and other impacts over time, and on other relevant science issues raised by the initiatives, as the interface with the SAP.

C.         Lead on scientific support and advisory activities to the Coalition and its initiatives

•           Act as the interface for scientific matters between the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) and the various CCAC partners and groups;

•           Generate survey initiatives; designing data collection tools; reviewing, analysing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions;

•           Provide frequent information and advice to the Head of the Secretariat on technical and scientific matters relevant to the CCAC’s mission.

D.         Support the SAP in promoting science-policy dialogue on SLCPs

•           Coordinate the promotion of science-policy dialogue with the broader science community and coordination with other global initiatives and instruments related to SLCPs, led by the SAP and in collaboration with other Partners, including organize and prepare written outputs, such as draft background papers, analyse sections of reports and study input to publication, and help convene science related conferences on short-lived climate pollutants, as appropriate;

•           Coordinate with other relevant science networks and initiatives outside the Coalition (i.e. inter- governmental scientific bodies under UNFCCC, Montreal Protocol, Arctic Council, CLRTAP; and international scientific initiatives, such as, IGBP/IGAC, ABC) and inform on Coalition’s work;

•           Organise Coalition side events or presentations at key conferences and workshops, as required, in coordination with the Communication Group.

E.         Advise and support relevant staff and CCAC partners in the production of communication materials and briefings of the Coalition

•           Advise on the scientific accuracy of the Coalition’s communication materials, and coordinate scientific review of major Coalition’s outreach and communication materials;

•           Prepare briefings and talking points as required, especially for the Head of the Secretariat.     
Monitoring and Project Controls

Performance monitoring for this contract will be through frequent appraisal report submitted to the Head of the Coalition Secretariat, which should include achieved deliverable related to the above purpose for the reporting period. Deliverable for each period will be agreed on in advance with the Head of the Coalition Secretariat, and may include written documents, participation in teleconferences and in-person meetings, emails/written responses to requests. 

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in subject related to environment science, management and policy or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 
A minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible experience in environmental science and policy or a closely related field. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary, environment or climate-related setting and/or directly with organizations, institutions, air-pollution and atmospheric areas of work, or in specific climate-sensitive sectors (agriculture, water resources, health) that make use of air quality information or climate projections (such as in crafting policy or decision-making) is required.

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.


•           Scientific and political knowledge and understanding of short-lived climate pollutants, as well as monitoring, reporting and evaluation issues.

•           Significant experience working on international Partnership in the field of climate change and air pollution.

•           Conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis.

•           Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.

•           Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.

•           Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise

•           Conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results

•           Observance of principles and ethic codes of the United Nations

•           Excellent verbal and written skills and ability for effective communication

•           Willing to learn from others and able to work in multi-cultural, multi ethnic environment

Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: I-ICA2
Contract duration: 1 year

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  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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