Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 09 August 2021 - 22 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-159102-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.

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is the first global effort to treat short-lived climate pollutants as an urgent and collective challenge. Launched in February 2012, the CCAC is encouraging rapid reductions in black carbon (or soot), methane and many hydrofluorocarbons to protect human health and the environment now, and to slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century.

The Coalition is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society, that are committed to accelerating and incentivizing action to address key short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The Coalition has a membership of 149 Partners as of March 3, 2021 and has just launched a new CCAC 2030 strategy.

UNEP is a Partner in the Coalition. UNEP also hosts the Secretariat and the Trust Fund of the Coalition. This post is in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Secretariat for the CCAC, Paris duty station. In coordination with the Head of the CCAC Secretariat and under direct supervision of the CCAC Programme Management Officer, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


1. Manages CCAC processes and oversight related to Calls for Proposals and project management:
• Runs the CCAC’s Call for Proposals process, in line with the CCAC Board’s decisions and the CCAC annual Work Plan & Budget;
• Reviews project proposals, work plans and associated budgets, and provides advice to the Head of the CCAC Secretariat, and by extension the CCAC Board;
• Manages the development, implementation and evaluation of approved projects in line with the CCAC 2030 Strategy;
• Takes an active project management approach (e.g. using PRINCE2 methodologies) to all CCACfunded projects;
• Prepares CCAC partnership agreements with implementers ensuring alignment with the CCAC 2030 Strategy and CCAC Board decisions, and in full compliance with UN/UNEP rules and regulations;
• Monitors and analyzes project development and implementation; prepares and reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
• Provides internal CCAC Secretariat team updates on a regular basis, in relation to functions above;
• Convenes and organizes consultations with partners on relevant topics, engagement strategies and hubs, and to ensure high-quality inputs for joined up funding proposals.
2. Supports CCAC governance, donor reporting, and partnership engagement:
• Prepares various written outputs (e.g. draft background papers, analysis, inputs to publications) in support of the Head of the CCAC Secretariat reporting to the UNEP senior management and the CCAC Board, the CCAC Annual Meeting and/or Climate & Clean Air Ministerial meeting, as required;
• Provides updates and raises issues or successes to the level of the CCAC Board for advice, information or decision;
• Manages the project inputs to an internal CCAC database for monitoring and evaluating CCAC progress, in line with the CCAC 2030 Strategy and relevant CCAC resource mobilization efforts;
• Provides project inputs to the CCAC Annual Report and from monitoring project outputs, identifies opportunities for communication;
• Organises outreach activities, workshops and/or virtual events, with a view to engaging partners, regional or other bodies in the work of the CCAC, to ensure partners’ full understanding and with a view to encouraging collaboration and high quality commitments;
• Seizes opportunities for collaboration beyond the CCAC, advising on how the CCAC can add value to UN regional or country work, particularly in Asia-Pacific region, and on work to address reductions of high-GWP hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane and black carbon, and to develop strategic partnerships with relevant initiatives or bodies, including with the private sector.
3. Supports Coordination and Liaison between CCAC and UNEP:
• Assists UNEP divisions/offices/units/teams to understand SLCP issues that applies to their work area, with a focus on methane, HFCs and efficient cooling;
• Supports coordination of CCAC activities with relevant UNEP programmes and projects; including with Regional Offices for relevant CCAC activities and events (focus on Asia and the Pacific);
• Provides inputs to briefing notes and other written inputs on CCAC related topics for UNEP management.
• Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of processes that generate science for policy making. 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural sciences, physical sciences, environment development studies or a related field 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in environment, climate change, international development, or a related field is required.
Experience in climate change, Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), ozone and/or air pollution related issues is required.
Minimum of three years work experience at the national level is required.
Experience working in a developing country context, including working with donors/Official Development Assistance (ODA) is desirable.
Experience with project management and managing implementer agreements, particularly in the UN system or similar international organization, is desirable.
Familiarity with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financial institutions, NGOs, government agencies (including the European Commission), and international private sector organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN language 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.


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.

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