Job Opening

Posting Title: DIRECTOR, CLIMATE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE NETWORK, D1
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF BRANCH, PROGRAMME
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: COPENHAGEN
Posting Period: 30 May 2023 - 17 August 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNEP-208427-R-Copenhagen (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 the UNEP's Industry and 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 UNEP, Industry and Economy Division, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in the Copenhagen duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Strategic Direction and Coordination of the Climate Technology Centre (CTC)
• Ensures strategic direction, management and coordination of the Climate Technology Centre (CTC) by leading a consultative and collaborative process with the CTC’s Advisory Board, Network members, funders, and other stakeholders.
• Leads and supervises preparation of the annual workplan and budget of the CTC and oversees reporting on the activities of the Centre and Network, covering all principles of accountability and transparency required by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
• Leads and supervises activities that provide organizational and logistical support to the CTC including managing information, facilitating communication among Network members, and organizing and supporting various CTC meetings.
• Acts as the Secretary of the Advisory Board and supports the Advisory Board’s work in providing guidance, approving criteria, endorsing budgets and finance, ensuring fiduciary standards and integrity, and monitoring the CTC’s responsiveness to requests.
• Supports the work of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) in order to ensure complementarity and smooth functioning between the CTC and the TEC.
• Maintains a professional working relationship with counterparts in the secretariat of the Climate Change Convention who are responsible for technology issues.

2. Management and Administration of the Climate Technology Centre
• Establishes and manages a small core of professional and administrative staff within a cost-efficient organizational structure in a manner that fosters teamwork and facilitates capacity development.
• Oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the CTC, including budget preparation, financial and substantive reporting, staff evaluations, and evaluation of candidates.
• Coordinates and oversees the preparation of the annual report on the CTC for submission to the COP through its subsidiary bodies and ensures the provision of information to meet UNEP’s own reporting requirements.
• Ensures that the services and outputs delivered by the CTC maintain a high standard of quality and are in line with the approved work programme, within the budget, and in accordance with United Nations rules, regulations, values and principles.
• Ensures that developing country requests for assistance received are met with high quality, professionally delivered responses.
• Oversees all procedures for engagement with Network members from initial identification to evaluation of contract performance.
3. Communications and Outreach:
• Represents the CTC in international, regional, and national meetings, seminars and other relevant events and provides substantive expertise in the area of technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation technologies.
• Ensures that the Centre is appropriately positioned in the area of technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation so as to optimize benefits for requesting parties.
• Works with the Advisory Board to communicate effectively with and through the UNFCCC secretariat, other UNFCCC bodies , and the Convention’s Financial Mechanism.
• Develops effective working relationships with relevant organizations including governments, international organisations, foundations, private sector entities, academia and research institutes, media and NGOs, and financial institutions, including the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility.
• Leads and supervises communications and outreach activities of the CTC.

3. Communications and Outreach:
• Represents the CTC in international, regional, and national meetings, seminars and other relevant events and provides substantive expertise in the area of technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation technologies.
• Ensures that the Centre is appropriately positioned in the area of technology development and transfer for mitigation and adaptation so as to optimize benefits for requesting parties.
• Works with the Advisory Board to communicate effectively with and through the UNFCCC secretariat, other UNFCCC bodies , and the Convention’s Financial Mechanism.
• Develops effective working relationships with relevant organizations including governments, international organisations, foundations, private sector entities, academia and research institutes, media and NGOs, and financial institutions, including the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility.
• Leads and supervises communications and outreach activities of the CTC.
• Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matters, in particular the international response to Climate Change with a focus on mitigation and adaptation measures. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; knowledge and understanding of UN programme planning and management, administrative and management policies and procedures, as well as some knowledge of the organization's intergovernmental processes. Familiarity with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financing institutions, Non-governmental Organizations, government agencies, or international private sector organizations. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, technology, environmental science, climate policy, or related area is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in environment, engineering, technology, climate change or a related field is required.

At least five (5) years experience in relevant national or international institutions dealing with technology development, deployment, financing, and transfer is required.

Extensive experience working with developing countries is required.

Experience in the management of international multi-stakeholder programmes, international projects and teams is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another UN official 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.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is 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.

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An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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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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