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 UNEP’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.
The Life Cycle Initiative is a public-private, multi-stakeholder partnership enabling the global use of credible life cycle knowledge by private and public decision makers. Hosted by UNEP, the Life Cycle Initiative is at the interface between users and experts of Life Cycle approaches. It provides a global forum to ensure a science-based, consensus-building process to support decisions and policies towards the shared vision of sustainability as a public good. It delivers authoritative opinion on sound tools and approaches by engaging its multi-stakeholder partnership (including governments, businesses, scientific and civil society organizations). The Initiative facilitates the application of life cycle knowledge in the global sustainable development agenda in order to achieve global goals faster and more efficiently.
The position is located in the Economy Division, Resources and Markets Branch, Lifecycle Initiative in the Paris duty station. Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Works with unit head to facilitate the running of the Life Cycle Initiative Secretariat to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes and projects to enhance the use of life cycle approaches, including LCA; monitor and analyze specific aspects of progamme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports with substantive knowledge of life cycle approaches; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of LCA projects, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting life-cycle data / information gathered from diverse sources.
• Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications related to the use of life cycle approaches.
• Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Helps coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties as may be required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainability and life cycle approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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 apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in Environmental Policy/ Management/ Sciences/ Engineering/ International Affairs/Relations/Sustainable Development or related fields is required. A first level university degree ( Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent) in the same fields in combination with two additional years of relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project management on applying life cycle approaches to SCP, circular economy or related area is required.
Work experience in writing reports or scientific articles is desirable.
Work experience in coordinating / contributing to coordinate multi-stakeholder groups is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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.
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Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
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