Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 14 November 2018 - 13 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-104947-R-Bangkok (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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. UN Environment's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific works with regional and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific at the Bangkok duty station and the title is Programme Management Officer, Renewable Energy. The project Strengthening Human Rights and Gender Equality through Climate Change Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was launched in March 2018 and is a regional partnership between UN Environment and UN Women with the overall outcome ‘Implementation of climate change and DRR actions in Asia and the Pacific address key drivers of gender-based vulnerabilities and enhance human rights’. UN Environment is leading the implementation of women’s entrepreneurship for renewable energy and co-leading outputs on national inclusive climate change frameworks and policies and regional knowledge sharing on climate change and DRR to integrate and enhance responsiveness to gender equality and human rights.


The scope of work of the Programme Officer in the UN Environment Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific requires hands on experience and in-depth understanding of distributed energy, specifically with respect to energy access and renewable energy and its linkages to gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship, climate change mitigation and climate resilience issues. Under the supervision of the Climate Change Regional Coordinator and oversight of the Deputy Regional Director, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Lead the delivery on Output 4: Women are able to exercise rights to access and control economic resources, through renewable energy to build resilient and transformative livelihoods.
a) Manage activities related to output budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
b) Facilitate and leverage strategic national partnerships, especially with the private sector and financial institutions, for technical innovativeness and high-quality project implementation, to inform policy entry points for stakeholders on inclusive energy access, such as climate change commitments (adaptation and mitigation), SDGs, green economy and green technology, poverty reduction, gender and human wellbeing with a focus on climate resilient development.
c) Ensure timely achievements of project output and develop and maintain narrative reporting to UN Environment Programme and the lead partner UN Women, including how the output contributes to the overall outcome and impact as provided in the project design framework.
d) Develop and lead comprehensive stakeholder engagements, scoping studies, feasibility studies and the formulation of pipeline projects for women’s entrepreneurship for renewable energy, enabling poverty reduction and climate resilient development, while ensuring full compliance of UN environment’s policies and procedures, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.
e) Mobilize private sector investments and establish financing instrument to facilitate women’s access to energy enterprise opportunities in renewable energy projects, explore opportunities for partnership and resource mobilization.
f) Development of guidelines on design and implementation of women’s entrepreneurship for renewable energy access projects.
g) Lead the design of training programme and skill development programme for resilience through renewable energy access and women's economic empowerment.
h) Contribute to the communications of the project with substantial technical inputs, policy analysis and briefs, with timely delivery and documentation of the pilot project impact.
2. Support the implementation of renewable energy related activities within project outputs on national inclusive climate change frameworks and policies and regional knowledge sharing on climate change and DRR to integrate and enhance responsiveness to gender equality and human rights.
a) Strategic project planning support of the regional and national project activities addressing equitable renewable energy access and women’s entrepreneurship into effective programmes and results.
b) Mobilising intra-Asia regional and interregional dialogue on inclusive energy access and bring global level attention to the regional implementation e.g. CTCN platform, SDG High Level Platform, UNFCCC.
c) Provide substantial technical support to the development of national strategies and gender responsive energy sector policies in the selected countries in consultation with national governments.
d) Produce policy assessments of SDG 7 and SDG 5 implementation at national levels.
e) Organize and/or support project team on national workshops, providing substantial support on energy access for poverty reduction and climate resilient development.
f) Provide substantive support on renewable energy access for poverty reduction and climate resilient development to publications, guidelines and training materials.
g) Facilitate regional dialogue on gender and renewable energy access; share lessons learned and success stories from project results at regional environment, energy and climate change forums, events and meetings, such as proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
h) Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
i) Perform other duties as required.


- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector such as energy access and Distributed Renewable Energy, functional area or other specialized field. Knowledge and practical involvement with developing and implementing solutions to mitigate climate change. Ability to undertake desk research and draft project proposals. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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 rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

- PLANNING AND ORGANISING: 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, energy science and technologies or renewable energy system engineering or energy economics or business administration or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in energy access and renewable energy project with hands on experience on project design and Implementation, as well as hands on experience of working with communities and women is required. Proven expertise in applying advanced technologies/solutions in the areas of energy access, renewable energy and women entrepreneurship development in developing countries context is essential. Work experience at both the national and the intergovernmental level, working experience in an advisory role and in developing countries, specifically in Asia Pacific region is desirable. Knowledge of the UN system is an advantage.


English are the working knowledge of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. This is a project post and is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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