Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Sustainable Energy Section within the Sustainable Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Division works to promote a sustainable energy development strategy for the UNECE region, with the following objectives:
• sustained access to high quality energy services for all individuals in the UNECE region;
• facilitate a transition to a more sustainable energy future and introduce renewable energy sources to reduce health and environmental impacts resulting from the production, transport and use of energy;
• sustained improvements in energy efficiency, in production and use, particularly in countries with economies in transition;
• well-balanced energy networks tailored to optimise operating efficiencies and overall regional cooperation;
• security of energy supply; and
• integration of energy restructuring, legal, regulatory and energy pricing reforms, as well as of the social dimension into energy policy making.
Under the direct supervision of the P5, Chief of Section, and the general supervision of the D1, Chief of Service, the incumbent is responsible for supporting the implementation of the programme of work of the Committee on Sustainable Energy and its subsidiary bodies (Groups of Experts), in particular, the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems. The Groups of Experts focus on: (a) regulatory and policy dialogue; (b) developing and sharing best practices and standards; and (c) development, assessment and dissemination of policies in support of sustainable energy. The incumbent is expected to carry out concrete, results-oriented activities that are to be developed and implemented with the active participation of UNECE member States, representatives from the energy, business, and financial sectors, civil society, international organizations, independent experts and academia.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
Economic or sector analysis:
• Monitors economic developments that will help countries in the UNECE region and beyond to attain the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, including to build resilient energy systems and accelerate the energy transition towards attaining carbon neutrality.
• Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development and draft resulting reports.
• Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies.
• Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to energy resilience with a focus on security, affordability, and environmental sustainability.
• Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures related to sustainable energy for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Organizes expert group meetings, workshops and seminars, etc. on topics related to sustainable energy, carbon neutrality, low-carbon technologies and market design.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Provides substantive support on sustainable energy, electricity markets and low-carbon technologies to the Committee on Sustainable Energy and its subsidiary bodies, and to other intergovernmental and subsidiary bodies of UNECE.
• Represents the Sustainable Energy Division at international, regional and national meetings.
• Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects related to energy for sustainable development and the work plans of the Committee on Sustainable and its Groups of Experts.
• Undertakes missions to Member States, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the UNECE’s technical cooperation activities.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on sustainable energy issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
• Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the Sustainable Energy Division.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the programme of work of the sustainable energy subprogramme.
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of sustainable energy issues, electricity markets and low-carbon technologies, including those that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electricity generation. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. 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.
• CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, engineering, environmental sciences or related fields 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in the area of energy or clean electricity technologies or a related area is desirable.
Experience working with electricity markets and networks, including market design, is desirable.
A minimum of three years of experience in project management is desirable.
A minimum of three years of experience servicing committees for governmental or non-governmental organizations, academia or the private sector or similar experience is desirable.
Experience with economies in transition (e.g. in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Caucasus or Central Asia) is desirable.
Experience working for an international organization or working internationally is desirable.
Experience writing publications is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, 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, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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