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Org. Setting and Reporting
The UN Environment 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 UN Environment’s Economy Division 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. The Division 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/). The position is located in the Economy Division, Energy, Climate and Technology Branch, Paris duty Station. Under the direct supervision of the UNEP/Head of Policy Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for;
1.Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects in the area of district energy:
(i)Monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports.
(ii)Identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
(iii)Perform consulting and advisory assignments, in collaboration with clients, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the project action plans.
(iv)Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
2.Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends:
(i)Research, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
(ii)Prepare impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
(iii)Undertake survey initiatives; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
(iv)Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
(v)Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
3.Undertake outreach activities:
(i)Conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
(ii)Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
(iii)Contribute to fund-raising efforts and to related international processes on district energy and on sustainable urban energy policies.
Perform other duties as required
Professionalism: Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with the Global Environment Facility is an advantage. Develop new concepts and projects for GEF funding and supervise an existing portfolio of projects under implementation. Knowledge and practical involvement with developing and implementing solutions to mitigate climate change. Ability to undertake desk research and draft project proposals. Ability to consult and build consensus around project ideas. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
•Planning and Organizing: 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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Energy Policy or other relevant field of study. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environment and/or development, preferably with a focus on energy and environment policy, including project management, is required. Knowledge of UN processes and experience working with government and city institutions on district energy and sustainable urban energy policies are desirable.
Understanding of the perspective of the private sector and civil society; and experience working with them is a plus.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official 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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