Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 25 January 2021 - 23 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-146729-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 (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 UNEP'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.
This post is to lead the Secretariat for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), hosted by UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Paris duty station. The CCAC is an action-oriented multi-stakeholder Coalition of member states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, working with cities, sub-national governments and the private sector, dedicated to addressing air pollution and climate change in an integrated way through the fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (methane, HFCs, black carbon), in conjunction with CO2 mitigation strategies. The key strategies include driving an ambitious agenda, supporting national and transformative actions, and advancing policy relevant research and analysis.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Economy Division, and in close coordination with the Executive Director of UNEP, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

1.Provides a leadership function for the Coalition as a facilitator of action:
• In line with specific requests and decisions by the Governing Board and the Annual Meeting, the Head of the Secretariat serves as spokesperson, when needed, on behalf of the Coalition partners for the
implementation of its 2030 Strategy;
• Identifies opportunities for strategic alliances and organize work as first contact for country requests, maps out opportunities to advance the Coalition’s mission;
• Facilitates the fostering of leadership to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and integrated action on air pollution and climate change in the near-term, targeting decision makers with direct responsibility for reducing emissions; and mobilizes resources to reduce to undertake this work.

2.Undertakes Strategic Coordination of the Coalition's Activities:
• Leads and supervises, in consultation with the Coalition's partners, the preparation of the annual workplan and budget of the Coalition;
• Works with UNEP's Divisions and external partners, as appropriate, to develop, implement and report on programmes and activities decided by the Coalition;
• Leads and supervises activities to provide organizational and logistical support to the Coalition including managing information, facilitating communication among partners and different Sub-Groups and hubs of the Coalition, including the Scientific Advisory Panel, and organizing and supporting the Coalition's meetings;
• Provides strategic direction to the Coalition and to UNEP, including through the production of papers and reports, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.

3.Manages and Administers the Secretariat and Trust Fund:
• Manages a small core of professional and administrative staff in a way that fosters teamwork and facilitates capacities development;
• Recruits staff of the Secretariat as appropriate, taking due account of geographical balance and gender equity;
• Manages the Coalition Trust Fund and any other resources made available to the Coalition;
• Supervises the administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Secretariat and Trust Fund;
• Ensures that the Secretariat's activities are carried out in accordance with United Nations regulations, rules, and procedures applicable to UNEP, in a timely fashion, and that the outputs produced by the Secretariat maintain high-quality standards, comply with its mandates, and provide effective and efficient support to the Coalition;
• Represents the Secretariat during meetings of the Coalition, including the Assembly, and in relevant Sub-Groups of the Coalition including the Interim Steering Committee.

4.Undertake Communication and Outreach Activities:
• Represents UNEP and the Coalition in international, regional or national meetings, seminars and other relevant events and provides substantive expertise in accordance with the Coalition' s views and vision on SLCPs issue; and
• Leads and supervises communications and outreach activities of the Coalition.


Professionalism: 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.

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.

Planning and Organizing: 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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics/environmental/natural science, environment policy, international relations, management, public administration, or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years working in leadership positions at both a national (5 years) and international (10 years) level is required.
Experience working with governments at different levels and fostering partnerships, including within the UN system or a similar organization is required.
Experience in convening experts, organizing high level dialogues and providing advice on policy development (national and/or international), as entailed in a Secretariat or a similar body/ institution is required.
Experience in developing and nurturing an active network is required.
Experience in air quality management, climate change and/or environmental health is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write,speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

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.

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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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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