Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 11 August 2021 - 24 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-158716-R-Paris (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Finance Unit, Paris duty station. Under the general supervision of the Chief of the UNEP/Energy and Climate Branch and the Head of Finance Unit, and under the direct supervision of the Finance Programme Officer, the incumbent will contribute to the implementation of the UNEP/Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea project “Mediterranean Investment Facility (MIF)”. The MIF aims at developing vibrant, sustainable renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in the Mediterranean region, removing project, policies and trade barriers. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Development and implementation of financial support mechanisms and Green Climate Fund (GCF) concept notes:
• Collect market information on the finance and renewable energy sectors in the targeted countries;
• Assist in identifying the local partners to be involved in the financial support schemes (banks, suppliers, governmental agency, etc.) and the articulations among them in the use of the financial resources;
• Propose the relevant financial contribution of the main partners and the agreements among the different partners: UNEP- MIF, local partners, end-users and banks;
• Assist in identifying other beneficiaries to be involved in the financial support mechanisms to be implemented such as consultants, audit firms, and engineering firms etc.;
• Propose the definition of the most relevant approaches to use UNEP resources (capital cost subsidies, maintenance subsidies, capacity building, interest rate subsidies), along with the most efficient implementation phases;
• Prepare and participate to the stakeholder consultation process (regular meeting, workshops, seminars, etc.) as to support the design of the concept notes, support mechanisms, and of the manual procedures and contribute to communication and capacity building activities related to the project.

2. Follow up on contracts with project’s partner institutions and consultants:
• Assist in drafting Terms of References for local project partners and consultants;
• Coordinate and refine the contributions of project partners and consultants to ensure a proper implementation of projects;
• Contribute to the negotiations with the different local stakeholders and project’s partners (local government, national agencies, financial institutions);
• Monitor activities of all the participating stakeholders (communication and awareness raising campaign, capacity building and training activities) according to their contracts;
• Contribute to following up with consultants’ outputs and deliverables;
• Assist in monitoring the activities of the different consultants and partners and ensure smooth flow of communication and responsiveness among them to have coherent and complete deliverables.

3. Maintain links with other relevant organizations, including development banks, NGOs, and local institutions to accelerate global commercialization and sustainable market transformation of small-scale renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing the current use of electricity and fossil fuels.

4. Administrative and other tasks:
• Monitor the progress of the different phases of the work, updating time schedule of activities, following up preparing progress reports;
• Support in the development of new initiatives;
• Prepare all necessary information for any international, regional, and/or national workshops where the Energy and Climate Branch is represented
• Arrange for meetings and appointments between UNEP staff and relevant project stakeholders (different market actors, government authorities, State Utility, etc.).
• Provide logistical and administrative support to missions from UNEP-Paris and their contracted advisors/consultants;
• Perform any other relevant duties

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of approaches, theories and concepts related to energy technology and energy finance. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, law, political science, business administration or engineering science is required. A first level university degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project management or related area is required.
Experience in capacity building support in the sustainable energy finance sector is required.
Experience working in developing countries is desirable.
Experience in developing Green Climate Fund proposals is desirable

Languages

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

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.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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