Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordination Officer (Project)
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 February 2016 - 11 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-UNEP-50827-R-Geneva (E)
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 Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) 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. This post is located in Geneva under the direct supervision of the Sustainable UN (SUN) Coordinator and secondary supervision of the Head of the Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch (SLCI), the incumbent will perform the following duties:


1) Coordination and quality control of UN Green House Gas (GHG) inventory and UN Environment Management Systems (EMS) reporting, training and help desk services to UN organizations; a) Monitor the maintenance and good functioning of the UN's GHG emissions inventory and EMS reporting software which allows annual collection of data. b) Coordination of the launch of each year's reporting exercise including the management of advisory/helpdesk services to the 64 contributing UN entities (the Issue Management Group on environmental sustainability management (IMG). c) Communicate regularly with the IMG on progress in the preparation and completion of the GHG emissions inventory and on EMS reporting and technical requirements, training needs and improvements. d) Supervise and backstop in case of technical difficulties arising from the implementation of the UN’s GHG inventory and UN EMS reporting. e) Train twice a year all UN contributing focal points to ensure a good and consistent quality of data collection, and perform final quality control of the data provided. f) Collaborate actively in the release of the annual UN environmental report based on data provided through the UN GHG inventory and EMS reporting. Assist in the recruitment of consultants and monitor their performance. 2) Coordination and enhancement of work in emissions reductions in UN organizations in mainstreaming Sustainable Facilities (SF); a) Contribute to the implementation of the SUN strategy to mainstream SF in UN organizations. Carry out fundraising and networking activities necessary to implement such strategy as needed. b) Chair and facilitate the UN Interagency Network of Facility Managers (INFM), Sustainable Facilities working group consulting with members, acts as a line between the INFM and the IMG on environmental sustainability management. c) Assist in developing tools to support UN and other organizations to adopt sustainable facilities management practices. (handbooks, guidelines, reference cases, on-line databases and expert systems) and manage testing, distribution and collection of feedback for these tools. d) Contribute to the development of approaches and materials for awareness raising and training on SF. Organize training events for UN officials and other target groups. e) Respond to requests for assistance from individual organizations/facilities, including collection and analysis of data, drafting of recommendations for interventions to support to the SF. 3) Coordination and enhancement of work in emissions reductions in UN organizations via mainstreaming Sustainable Procurement (SP); a) Contribute to the implementation of a strategy for SUN to mainstream SP in UN organizations, carry out fundraising and networking activities necessary to implement such strategy as needed. b) Chair, and facilitate the High Level Committee on Management Procurement Network, Sustainable Procurement working group including consulting with members and on the activities and the needs of UN procurers; acts as a line between the HLCM Procurement network and the IMG. C) Facilitate the development of approaches, tools and experts links required to mainstream sustainable procurement in the UN system in close collaboration with the High Level Committee on Management Procurement d) Contribute to developing approaches and materials for awareness raising and training on SP among concerned staff inside and outside UN. Organize training events for UN officials and other target groups. 4) Support to the SUN coordinator in other projects matters as required: take active part in SUN activities, support as required the SUN coordinator in matters related to administration, fundraising, finance and external relations. 5. Perform any other duty as may be assigned.


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategic planning, oversight and control process and/or performance management, particularly within a humanitarian and/or related international organization. Sound knowledge of and wide exposure to current humanitarian assistance challenges and risks that impact on organizational performance. 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 write succinct analysis of trends and risks related to organizational performance and prepare options for decision-making. Excellent drafting skills, ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions. Ability to meet tight deadlines, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
•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.
•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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology


Advanced university degree in engineering, natural sciences, international relations, or a first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project programme management in the context of emissions reduction in facilities and operation as well as environmental or sustainability management in business, industries or the public sector. Experience at international level is required. Experience in the UN system is an advantage. Familiarity with the UN climate neutral effort and direct experience from inventory management preparation and technical advisory services is considered a strong asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is an absolute requirement. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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