Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 26 November 2018 - 25 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-104968-R-Paris (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. 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. 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 the building of corresponding activities ( UN Environment hosts the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC), a voluntary partnership gathering members from national and local government, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks and private sector, working collectively towards zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction. This post is located in the Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Cities Unit at the Paris duty station. Under the general supervision of the Head, Cities Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


(1) Conduct necessary project management for GABC: (i) develop, in close consultation with the Head of Cities Unit /GABC Secretariat and the GABC Co-chairs and Steering Committee, the draft annual programme of work and budget for adoption by the GABC Assembly, track progress against milestones and performance indicators, and manage exchanges with the Steering Committee on budget revisions as needed; (ii) develop and manage agreements in implementation of the GABC workplan and budget; (iii) help implement the resource mobilization plan, and develop project and or grant proposals as needed; (iv) prepare briefing notes and reports; (v) plan and organise annual GABC Assembly meetings; (vi) manage a junior consultant to organise technical workshops and webinars and outreach events such as at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties. (2) Provide support to two of the GABC’s five work areas, namely, Awareness and Education, Public Policies, Market Transformation, Finance and Building Measurement, data and information: (i) coordinate the production and timely sharing of background materials; (ii) set up telephone conferences and dedicated webinars and write and disseminate minutes; (iii) support the work area co-leads as needed in developing and delivering the work area work plans. (3) Facilitate the development of two flagship products of the GABC, the Global Status Report and the Roadmap. (i) manage a junior consultant who accompanies the development of the regionalisation of the roadmap process, including the organisation of Regional Roundtables; (ii) manage contracts with expert institutions that develop the two respective products and facilitate the peer-to-peer review process with GABC partners; (iii) maintain close contacts with the Regional offices in the process of the Regionalisation of the Roadmap. (4)Support the GABC membership engagement: (i) support the Steering Committee in implementing an outreach program to recruit new alliance members; (ii) facilitate collaboration among alliance members through mapping (geographic, type) of alliance member activities, sharing of results and lessons from member and sector activities, and identification of operation opportunities for alliance members; (iii) manage a consultant to improve and update internal communication among alliance members to document progress and increase collaboration and matchmaking. (5) Perform other duties as required.


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.

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, ability to formulate and manage budgets; Efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Experience in administrative work is required (preparing and managing budgets)

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 in Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Political Affairs or other relevant field of study is required. A first university degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years professional experience in environment and/or development with a focus on programme/project management is required. Experience related to climate change and energy efficiency in the building sector, and coordination of international multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable. Prior experience, or exposure, to working with the UN and/or at the international level is an asset.


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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.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. 1. 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. 2. If you do not receive an email 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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