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.
UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe helps to implement UNEP’s global programmes in the European region by initiating, coordinating and catalysing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies.
This position is located in the Regional Office for Europe based in Geneva. The incumbent will be working under the supervision of and reporting to the Deputy Regional Director and, will be responsible for the following duties:
• Serves as a senior policy officer, advising UNEP, and particularly the Subprogramme Coordinators for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change, on overall policy direction and country needs in the region related to those two thematic areas.
• Serves as the primary UNEP focal point in the pan European region on capacity building on resource efficiency and climate change adaptation and mitigation; keeps abreast of, analyses and reports on latest developments related to resource efficiency and climate change; liaises with other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments and international organizations.
• Prepares national and sub-regional strategies pertaining to resource efficiency and climate change
• Contributes to outreach and awareness raising on resource efficiency and climate change in the region, including through policy dialogue at national and sub-regional level, as well as relevant multistakholders platforms.
• Coordinates the regional input into UNEP’s programming related to capacity building support on resource efficiency and climate change, including those to implement the various corporate wide strategies and initiatives; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community
• Coordinates UNEP’s work in the region, in collaboration with the relevant UNEP division(s) and the global Subprogramme Coordinators for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change, to help countries build capacity in those thematic areas,
• Facilitates a coordinated approach in the pan European region in the area of capacity building in resource efficiency and climate change, and assists in the integration of resource efficiency and climate change considerations in the development and implementation of national and regional development and humanitarian strategies within the UN system for international assistance; advises on opportunities for mobilizing resources and on the proper use and spending of related donor contributions, channeled when relevant through UN system-wide efforts.
• Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UNEP’s role in resource efficiency and climate change capacity building within the region.
• Establishes and maintains contacts with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant MEAs Secretariats, other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of the UN system, as it relates to resource efficiency and climate change matters.
• Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to the development and implementation of resource efficiency and climate change.
• Establishes strong partnerships with civil society and private sector actors in the region, to leverage capacity building support on resource efficiency and climate change related issues, particularly with and in support of the climate-related MEAs.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform other duties as may be required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of Finance and Economic Transformation and Climate Change sub-programmes in the pan-European region; Provision of relevant countries and sub regional intelligence on resource efficiency and climate change developments is required Ability to cope with comprehensive work programmes, multiple activities, from strategic planning to implementation, in an organized and timely manner; Self-directed and motivated, with a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work independently is required. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, social sciences, environmental management or a related field. A first-level university degree in the same fields in combination with two additional years of relevant 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in the fields of climate change and resource efficiency is required.
Experience with climate change policy investment and finance is desirable.
Experience with governmental bodies, NGOs, business and finance in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Balkans is desirable.
Experience in programme/project management and coordination is desirable.
Experience in resource efficiency and circular economy are desirable.
Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian Language is desirable. 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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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