Programme Management Officer

Paris, France 🇫🇷

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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 then building of corresponding activities ( The position is located in the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), under the direct supervision of the Head, Policy Unit, and the overall guidance of the Chief, Energy, Climate and Technology Branch.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Coordinate policy development through the planning of and delivery of policy support and advisory services to countries on climate mitigation and sustainable energy and policies, including INDCs, NAMAs, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and tasks include:
a)Collect information on and analyze existing policies and trends to provide guidance that helps governments to accelerate their transition to more sustainable energy and low-emission pathways.
b)Analye energy demand/supply options, investment needs, greenhouse gas emission levels, multiple benefits, trade-offs and gender aspects as a basis for decision making;
c)Integrate climate mitigation and sustainable energy policy issues with other policy agendas ensuring policy coherence amongst different subject areas.
(d) Draft policy papers and position documents.

2. Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects on energy and climate mitigation policy issues of interest to UNEP including:
(a) Identify issues and how best to communicate them to policy makers and to donors;
(b) Project preparation, implementation and reporting
(c) Manage contracts with service suppliers, including consultants and institutional contractors.
(d) Conduct training workshops/seminars and participate in field missions.

3. Contribute to UNEP’s collaboration with international/regional organizations,research centres and National institutions, such as the Sustainable Energy for All initiative or the International Energy Agency, with the private sector, with networks such as the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), and with UNEP collaborating centres.

4. Provide additional support to the work of the Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch and the Policy Unit including to:
(a) Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings.
(b) Prepare presentations for international conferences and represent UNEP in international meetings
(d) Interaction with other UNEP functional units, Branches and Divisions.
(e) Perform other duties as appropriate.


Professionalism: Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 ratherthan 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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing: ability to planned organise work; Ability to work with tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities; Capacity to identify priority activities and assignments; Experience to implement, monitor programmes and projects, Efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Communication: Sound oral skills and proven drafting ability; ability to develop contacts and foster collaboration with other organizations in order to acquire timely information on current initiatives and studies pertinent to assigned area. Demonstrate openness in sharing information within the Energy Branch and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, environmental management, energy technology or related field. A first university degree with of two years professional and acadamic qualification may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively experience in environmental policy and programme management or related field is required. Experience in climate mitigation and sustainable energy policy is highly desirable. Knowledge of the UN system and understanding of the perspectives of private sector and civil society is an added 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


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment which may 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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