Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 28 May 2018 - 11 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-95894-R-Paris (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 (UN Environment) 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 UN Environment'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 located in the Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, at the Paris duty Station. Under the general supervision of the Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


1. Plans, organizes and ensures quality of the work and outputs of the Energy Unit by:
•Overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Unit’s staff.
•Ensuring timely execution of UN Environment’s commitments.
•Ensuring the quality of progress and substantive reports and preparing draft correspondence.
•Monitoring budgets and expenditure of funds, and identifying resource needs.
•Identifying needs for regular staff and temporary expertise, reviewing Terms of Reference of consultants and individual contractors, and ensuring their effective supervision.
•Holding regular meetings with staff and assistants in order to plan activities, monitor progress and respond proactively to emerging issues.
•Appraising performance of staff in the Unit.
•Establishing and maintaining an effective work environment within the Unit.

2. Develops UN Environment’s work programme on clean energy and climate mitigation policy and its approach to engagement with a broad range of actors in the area of sustainable energy and climate policy by:
•Monitoring global and national policy and technology trends and identifying areas where UN Environment could accelerate a shift by governments and the private sector to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
•Supporting countries to develop climate change policies and strategies, as well as monitoring and reporting activities as required by the Climate Change Convention.
•Developing partnerships with non-state actors, including those in the private sector, collaborating centres, and academia on sustainable energy and climate mitigation programmes.
•Identifying sources of funding for the programme, building relationships with donors, preparing project proposals for consideration by funders.

3. Supports the Branch Chief in guiding UN Environment’s climate change mitigation activities and in delivering the Branch’s contributions to UN Environment’s overall Programme of Work by:
•Identifying synergies between different projects that have an energy and climate policy focus, and developing projects that involve different units, branches, divisions, and regional offices.
•Providing quality and timely briefings as requested by Division Office and the Executive Office and drafting correspondence for senior management.
•Contributing as needed to preparations of meetings of the UN Environment Assembly.
•Contributing to inter-divisional cooperation and information sharing activities.
•Representing UN Environment at conferences and meetings as requested.
•Helping plan and undertake Branch communication and outreach activities, in close cooperation with the Information Officer of the Economy Division and of UN Environment’s Communications Division.

4.Supports the Branch chief in planning and implementing the Energy and Climate Branch strategy and optimizing the interactions and synergies between the Branch’s units, collaborating centres, other parts of the Economy Division, UN Environment’s regional offices, and other UN Environment Branches and Divisions.

5. Performs any other relevant duties.


Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/Problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment given, plan own work and Manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
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.
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.


Advanced university degree in engineering or environmental science, energy, science or technology policy, or economics, or an equivalent degree in a related field is required. A first level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least four years are at the national or international level in a managerial capacity, in the field of environment, energy, climate change, or economics is required. Experience working in or with developing countries on sustainable energy or climate change policy is highly desirable. Experience working with policy specialists and government, private sector and intergovernmental representatives is also highly desirable.


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


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

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. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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