Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 09 July 2019 - 22 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-117377-R-Paris (X)
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. The position is located in the Economy Division, Resources & Markets Branch, Consumption and Production Unit, at the Paris duty station. Under the day to day supervision of the Head of the Consumption and Production (CP) Unit, the incumbent will undertake the following duties:


(1) Within the framework of the Joint United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – UN Environment Programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP), participates in the implementation of projects on resource efficiency and eco-innovation in developing and transition economies. This will include:

•participation in the development, integration, validation and use of tools and guidance materials to support capacity building activities in the area of promotion of resource efficient production, with specific focus on the promotion of their implementation in Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as through the coordination of other tools developed for Sustainable Consumption and Production implementation;
•participation in the development of combined capacity building training modules and programmes on resource efficiency and other tools promoted by the Resources & Markets Branch and Consumption and Production Unit based on the available tools and guidelines in these areas and the need and operational realities of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing and transition economies;
•assessment with RECP service providers the need to develop or strengthen new services to be added to their portfolio, in line with the methodologies and tools available or compatible with the work stream of the Resources & Markets Branch, including the development of initiatives of planning and management of Eco-Industrial Parks aimed at up-scaling RECP and eco-innovation at the factory level;
•development and strengthening of the business case for RECP and eco-innovation, highlighting the financial market and social benefits, motivation to implement RECP and eco-innovation and identifying the challenges for its implementation;
•provision of substantive support to the coordination of the Global Network on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, as one of the UNEP counterparts in the Network’s Secretariat, by supporting the organization and, when relevant, participating in the regional and global meetings of the network;
•coordination of the development of the instruments required for the implementation of the above indicated projects, including agreements with relevant stakeholders engaged in the implementation of the specific activities; and
•coordination of the formulation of regular progress, financial and activity reports on projects' activities and outputs addressing the Resource Efficient Production agenda, including the preparation of evidence required and related budget actions.

(2) Participates in the development and implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production activities and related projects within the framework of the Joint UNIDO – UNEP programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP), as a contribution to the Resource Efficiency sub-programme. This will include:

•participation in the development of proposals for programmes and projects on resource efficient and cleaner production, support in respective resource mobilization and coordination of their implementation;
•assessment of the capacity building needs of existing technical support institutions to industries and assistance in the definition of the training and capacity building approach of the Unit that will be implemented in collaboration with key partners;
•identification of priorities support areas for SMEs and promotion of the development of necessary partnership frameworks with other inter-governmental organizations, technical institutions and industry associations;
•cooperation with other international and inter-governmental organizations in joint activities related to resource efficient production; and
•coordination of activities related to budget and funding of approved and funded projects and reports accordingly.

(3) Supports the development of a mechanism through which the business case for wider application of resource efficient and cleaner production is established and existing capacities and knowledge and capacities in developing and transition countries are effectively shared and utilized. This will include:

•assistance in the development of a mechanism that facilitates the effective use of existing individual and network capacities among the National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPCs) in the delivery of the capacity building and technical support programmes;
•effective utilization of the Global Network on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECPNet) as a global knowledge platform that facilitates sharing of experience and knowledge transfer within the regions and at the international level;
•promotion of the linkage between the work of the Global Network on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECPNet) and the work undertaken in the implementation of policies addressing inclusive green economy, climate change and sustainable consumption and production policies; and
•assistance in the promotion of interaction with financial institutions with the focus of assessing and development of financial mechanisms aiming at the promotion of resource efficient and cleaner production practices and technologies.

(4) Provides the relevant technical input for the effective and integrated implementation of the Unit’s activities under the work areas on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP).

(5) Undertakes any additional supporting tasks as and when it is required by the Chief of the Branch and the Head of the Unit


PROFESSIONALISM – Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Resource Efficient Production and Eco-innovation. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrated 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 and challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in environmental discipline, environmental policy, environmental or chemical engineering, environmental economics or related field, with specialization in environmental management, is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in programme and project management in a field related to environmental management in industrial systems is required. International experience in the promotion of resource efficiency and responsible production particularly in developing countries is desirable. Knowledge of the NCPC network and the UN system is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. 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.

Special Notice

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.
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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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