Open recruitment (advertised)
Advertisement end date:09/01/2024
Description of assignment title
Project and Strategy Analyst
Expected start date
Sustainable Development Goal
7. Affordable and clean energy
International UN Volunteer Specialist
(with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments
Mission and objectives
UNDP is the United Nations’ lead agency on international development. We support countries and communities as they work to eradicate poverty, implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We advocate for transformative change, and we connect countries to the resources they need to help people build a better life.
The central purpose of the Rome Centre is to ensure the effective implementation and further development of the strategic partnership between the Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security and UNDP. The Centre also coordinates UNDP’s efforts to work with the Italian ecosystem as a whole, channeling UNDP’s global policy initiatives to Italian government counterparts.
The initial phase of the activities runs from 2022 to 2025 gearing up – among other initiatives – to the Italian Presidency of the G7 in 2024. The goals of the partnership are linked to 2030 as a crucial year for global climate and sustainability goals. The Centre – in this initial phase – will focus on the critical policy areas of climate action, youth engagement and energy transition. These objectives will be advanced through the rapid, effective and sustainable implementation of three programmes: Youth4Climate, the Italy-UNDP Energy Partnership, and the Technical Assistance and Investment Support Facility.
Youth4Climate promotes youth engagement in climate action, contributing to SDG13. Youth4Climate supports the implementation of youth-led and youth-inclusive solutions to environmental and climate challenges, both financially and through capacity development. It also gives young people around the world who are committed to fighting climate change a platform to engage with policymakers and global leaders.
The Italy-UNDP Energy Partnership aims to promote access to sustainable energy in developing countries, contributing to SDG7. The goal of the partnership is to assist partner countries in unlocking finance to scale up the diffusion of clean energy solutions, increase access to energy and boost the energy transition. The Partnership is now in its pilot phase, and it focuses on a set of 8 countries in Africa: Algeria, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zambia, Eswatini and Comoros. Overall, the Partnership aims to foster the mobilization of public and private capital toward projects aligned with the international policy agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. It does so by connecting UNDP’s capacity and connections in emerging economies and developing countries with the public-private ecosystem of Italy and other G7 countries, in the crucial sector of energy.
Cross-cutting to these two initiatives and to the thematic areas of climate and energy is the Technical Assistance and Investment Support Facility implemented by the Rome Centre, which aims to mobilise finance for climate, energy and environment. Specifically, the Facility aims to originate projects that contribute to the decarbonization efforts of developing economies and to their transition to climate-resilient economies, and it aims to catalyse international financial resources toward these initiatives. Matching impactful projects with investors and capital providers goes hand in hand with the engagement with financial institutions – both institutional and private – at Italian and global level.
The International UNV position will work mainly on the Technical Assistance and Investment Support Facility and on the climate finance portfolio. S/he will report to the Policy and Strategy Analyst and will work collaboratively with a number of key staff across Bureaux and Units.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Project Manager or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Project and Strategy Analyst will:
– Write briefings and concept notes on topics related to sustainable finance, with a focus on climate and energy;
– Provide research, collect data, manage qualitative databases;
– Complete a mapping exercise of the market of existing climate-focused investors and development donors;
– Contribute to drafting and reviewing project proposals;
– Provide support in the management of relations and engagement with Italian and international financial institutions, investors and other capital providers;
– Contribute to reporting to the donor, by drafting notes, communiques and reports;
– Support in the production and maintenance of information and communication material;
– Track the status of Rome Centre partnerships, identify gaps, and develop value propositions for potential new partners;
– Provide support to the organization of conferences, events and other meetings;
– Coordinate with Rome Centre teams at country level on climate finance matters;
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
• Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities;
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
• As an active UNDP Rome team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP Rome and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions;
• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
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Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in providing research, collecting data, and/or managing qualitative databases;
• Excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude;
• Knowledge of and interest in sustainable finance, climate change and sustainable energy challenges;
• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
• High attention to details;
• Proficiency in various MS Office applications (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint);
• Excellent English oral and written skills;
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and/or project management is an asset;
• Experience in maintaining contact and networks in public-private partnership between international organizations and private sector, foundations etc, is an asset;
• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
• Self-motivated, proactive, ability to work with minimum supervision;
• Ability to work with tight deadlines;
• Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners.
Area(s) of expertise
English, Level: Fluent, Required
French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Italian, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in economics, development, business, international relations, climate change studies, or any closely related field.
Competencies and values
• Teamwork and respect for diversity
• Technological Awareness
• Planning & Organizing:
• Commitment to Continuous Learning:
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards INCB GRIDS Programme mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
Living conditions and remarks
Rome is the capital of Italy. It is a is predominantly Roman Catholic city, located in the central western portion of the Peninsula in the Lazio region. It is one of the most populous cities in Europe with 2,872,800 residents. It has a Mediterranean climate with cool, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Moreover, it offers a diverse population, with predominance of immigrants with Polish, Ukrainian and Albanian origins.
Housing, particularly in the centre of cities, is very expensive, average price for one-bedroom apartment is between 700€ and 1.000€ per month. Utilities (gas and electricity) are usually not included in the rent.
Crime levels are generally low but there are higher levels of petty crime. As a matter of general safety, it is best not to loiter around Termini Station or in metro stations at night, and don’t walk alone at night in unknown areas. The Italian SSN (National Health Service) is a universal, egalitarian public system guaranteeing assistance to all citizens.
UN Volunteer entitlements and allowances:
The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to UN Volunteers is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs. The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service. Contingent on specific eligibility criteria, location of the volunteer assignment and contractual type and category, the payment of allowances will begin from the date of Commencement of Service For more information on entitlements please read the Condition of Service (https://explore.unv.org/cos). For information specific to your assignment please see below:
Monthly Living Allowance (Per month): USD 2305.4
Entry lump sum (one-time payment): USD 4000
Exit allowance (for each month served, paid on completion of contract): USD 225
Medical and life insurance: Cigna Private Insurance
Annual leave: 2.5 days accrued per calendar month
Certified sick leave: 30 days
Uncertified sick leave: 7 days
Learning leave: 10 working days per consecutive 12 months
Maternity Leave: 16 weeks
Paternity Leave: 10 days
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy