Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (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, Climate, Clean Air Coalition Secretariat, Paris duty Station. Under the direct supervision of the Head, Climate Clean Air Coalition, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
1. Manages and implements the partnership program and at least one initiative for the Secretariat of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to reduce short-lived climate pollutants by:
a) Developing draft agendas and reporting, partnership outreach and strategies for the CCAC governance meetings;
b) Working with partners to raise the political buy-in for High Level Assembly and ministerial decisions in support of the work of the Coalition;
c) Developing implementation plans to deliver agreed activities and deploying project resources accordingly in at least one of the CCAC initiatives/projects (with main focus on action to reduce emissions from agriculture, as appropriate);
d) Coordinating the activities of the project’s implementing partners, external consultants, and other UN Environment staff;
e) Liaising with other relevant projects, networks and initiatives (internal and external to UN Environment) to bring best practices and relevant knowledge and lessons learnt to initiative/project;
f) Representing the CCAC secretariat at related conferences and workshops;
g) Planning resources and developing implementation plan to deliver activities identified by the governance structure of CCAC and in the project documents;
h) Recommending adjustments to the initiative’s strategic goals and objectives of the project if necessary
2. Provides monitoring, reporting, budgeting and planning as needed to assure effective project and financial management and communication of project results and objectives by:
a) Developing and maintaining project reports and records, including budget and activities tracking, for the CCAC governance requirements and based on the CCAC indicators to demonstrate impact;
b) Liaising with donor and relevant international institutions such as implementing partners to provide required reporting to meet requirements of donor agreement and international standards;
c) Overseeing development of project publications and reports and ensuring their quality related to the initiative;
d) Disseminating project outcomes and lessons learned, including keeping relevant sections of the CCAC website and other information products updated, as appropriate.
3. Helps strengthen the implementation of the CCAC Strategic Plan, in accordance with UN Environment’s Climate Change sub-programme, by:
a) Contributing to CCAC fundraising activities and donor relations;
b) Contributing to the development of new or related initiatives, proposals and project documents and related short-lived climate pollutants and according to the CCAC governance decisions;
c) Identifying results and lessons learned from projects and initiatives for corporate UN Environment reporting;
d) Liaising with relevant UN agencies/divisions and other partners, including private sector, working on similar initiatives to identify areas for collaboration.
4. Performing any other relevant duties.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities, and remains calm in stressful situations.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Uses time efficiently. Risks and allows for contingencies when planning monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s, Doctorate or equivalent) in public policy, law, business administration, environmental science, or related area. A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in business administration, legal instruments, international development or a related field is required. Experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation issues, technology development, deployment and transfer is desirable. Experience with working in partnership with the private sector is an asset. Familiarity with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financial institutions, NGOs, government agencies (including the European Commission), and international private sector organizations is also an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.