Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: COPENHAGEN
Posting Period: 20 June 2018 - 03 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-97075-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 UN Environment (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 Copenhagen duty Station.


Under the general supervision of the Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, the Senior Programme Management Officer will:
1. Ensures a smooth working relationship between UN Environment and the UN Environment DTU Partnership and its two centres, namely the Centre for Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Copenhagen Centre for Energy Efficiency, by:
a) Supporting the Director and the UDP management team in implementing the agreed work programme and other decisions taken by UDP’s Management and Policy Committee, which provides strategic oversight and guidance to the UDP.
b) Ensuring that UDP activities are consistent with UN Environment strategies and priorities, and that these are well embedded in UN Environment’s biennial Programme of Work.
c) Reviewing and exercising quality control over substantive reporting by UDP on activities funded by UN Environment.
d) Directing joint communication and information activities and providing an interface between UDP and UN Environment’s communications efforts at the Branch, Division, and corporate levels.
e)Liaising with Danish authorities, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to maintain a solid and professional relationship between UN Environment and the Danish Government, in particular relating to the UNEP DTU Partnership .
d) Preparing meetings of UDP’s Management and Policy Committee.
2. Increases broader political and financial support for UN Environment’s engagement with UDP by:
a) Identifying and developing new areas of cooperation that are aligned with UN Environment’s subprogrammes and priority areas such as trade, resource efficiency, and air quality.
b) Raising funds for activities and increasing visibility, recognition, and impact of activities conducted with and through UDP.
c) Establishing and maintaining links with other international, regional, and national organizations working on cleaner energy development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and technology transfer efforts that support climate and sustainable development goals.
3. Manages UN Environment’s technology-related policy and programme activities by:
a) Coordinating technology issues across UN Environment.
b) Enhancing links with the Climate Change Convention’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and its Technology Executive Committee.
c) Liaising between the CTCN and the UN’s technology related processes, including the Technology Facilitation Mechanism created to support realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
d) Providing advice and substantive inputs to partners in order to enhance the level of cooperation on selected international, regional and sub-regional energy and climate change issues.

4. Undertaking other assignments that support the operations of the Energy and Climate Branch.


- PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matters within the Energy Branch, in particular the international response to Climate Change with a focus on mitigation measures. 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 related to bureaucracies. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; knowledge and understanding of UN programme planning and management, and administrative and management policies and procedures, as well as some knowledge of the organization’s intergovernmental processes.
- 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.
- 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- 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 improvements; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering or environmental science, energy, science and technology policy, or economics 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least seven years at the national or international level in the field of environment, science or economics, with an emphasis on climate change in a managerial capacity. Experience in working with scientists, policy specialists, and senior government representatives is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written 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

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 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 as a 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 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.

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