Job Opening

Posting Title: Urban Cooling Expert - NIUA
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 08 August 2022 - 28 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-187652-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The result of services is to support MoHUA and Indian states and cities to accelerate public and private investments, enhance policy development and planning in order to expand sustainable cooling in India and protect urban populations from extreme heat. This will include urban cooling solutions such as: cool roofs and surfaces, urban greening and shading, and thermally efficient design and construction of buildings, super-efficient RACs, district cooling and extreme heat planning.
Based on consultations with government, states, cities, PSUs, industry, private players and academia the consultant will provide extensive inputs on sustainable cooling and extreme heat technologies, best practices and policies to integrate into city and state-level implementation activities and national policy documents and planning guidelines. The consultant will provide critical capacity support to diverse NIUA initiatives and help integrate action on sustainable cooling into NIUA's support to cities and MoHUA policy frameworks.

Work Location

National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) office, New Delhi, India

Expected duration

12 months with possibility for further 12 month extension

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is needed to perform tasks of a technical, organizational and analytical nature, as part of the Cities Unit of the Energy & Climate Branch, Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Specifically, a consultant is needed to coordinate and technically support UNEP and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) of India in the implementation of the “India Urban Cooling Program” which is being implemented by UNEP and Rocky Mountain Institute as part of the Cool Coalition. The Consultant will be under the Energy & Climate Branch of UNEP with significant liaison with UNEP Asia-Pacific Office but based within National Institute of Urban Affairs office in New Delhi, India.

The consultant will support the Energy & Climate Branch and NIUA on technical advisory support, coordination and outreach. This will include providing technical inputs, training and support to policy dialogues on sustainable cooling and extreme heat action in cities, including development of following outputs:
1. Draft guidelines and support to NIUA on integration of district cooling and passive cooling into national building code and model building bye-laws.
2. Draft guidelines for integration of district cooling, passive cooling and extreme heat reduction into 2 masterplans and local area development plans and for integration into Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) guidelines.
3. Urban cooling capacity building program established and integrated into NIUA programmes and e-learning platform
4. Urban Cooling Program design, governance, reporting and implementation in NIUA
5. Organise Urban Cooling outreach and advocacy events to disseminate outputs and forge new national and global partnerships

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Specific knowledge: Has knowledge on South Asian, and particularly Indian, HVAC, urban planning, cooling and green building norms including on technology, policies and city management, and experience in policy and regulatory framework development in coordination with a large number of multi-stakeholders. Possesses strong analytical skills and the ability to proactively seek inputs and lead consultations with a variety of stakeholders. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence and flexibility when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence and flexibility when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly, concisely and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify perceptions, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates proactivity and openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & 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. Considers outputs achieved according to effectively delivery, as opposed to the amount of time given to tasks.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues across institutions to achieve organizational and strategic goals; 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.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); engineering; urban planning; environmental studies; or a similar discipline is preferable. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of ten years in a relevant field of work, preferably with a focus on HVAC, district cooling and passive cooling in buildings. Excellent written and oral communications skills on energy, urban and environmental related topics and excellent mastery of Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint and Excel. Thorough familiarity with project management best practices. Practical experience is essential in policy analysis and design in India. Experience in working with ministries of Government of India, state and cities, public sector undertakings and international organisations is essential. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another language would be an advantage, particularly Hindi and Tamil.

No Fee

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