Vacancies at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Vacancies at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
Vacancies at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world’s 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 environment.
Intern – Environment Affairs, I
Under the direct supervision of Programme Officer in the Source-to-Sea Pollution Unit, the intern will work on the implementation of activities related to the global partnerships for which the unit provides secretariat services namely the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management, the Global Wastewater Initiative and the Global Partnership on Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter:
- Undertake targeted desktop research to compile science-based facts and figures, case studies, relevant stories and other information.
- Draft materials for the Partnerships.
- Support the expansion of the Partnerships in underrepresented regions.
- Support management of the members contact database and the corresponding mailing lists of the Partnerships.
- Support preparations of the Partnership’s meetings and any other upcoming meetings, including tracking documentation and providing logistical support.
- Support capacity development and data and knowledge management activities for the Partnerships.
- Support the development of the Partnership’s Action Tracks and other activities.
- Support other tasks or activities as required and in accordance with the intern’s interests.
- 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.
- 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.
- TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in natural sciences, environmental studies, international relations, project management and evaluation, development studies, communications, environmental economics or related disciplines is required.
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree.
- Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
- No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
- Good organizational skills and the ability to work well as part of a team is required.
- Some experience relevant to plastic pollution and marine litter is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Deadline: 06 June 2023
Marine and Coastal Environmental Management Consultant
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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 administers the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of Coastal and Marine Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), under the Ecosystems Division. The Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
- UNEP/The Nairobi Convention, under the project on the ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP), requires a Marine And Coastal Environmental Management Consultant to undertake various activities focusing on sustainability of various interventions supported by the WIOSAP project. This position is located at the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, within the Nairobi duty station.
- Undertake various activities focusing on the sustainability of various interventions supported by the WIOSAP project through mapping of marine and coastal work done by partners to the Nairobi Convention and how to initiate and also strengthen specific linkages to the relevant outputs of the WIOSAP project including production of a compendium for the project capturing project achievements, lessons learnt, best practices, challenges and opportunities for replication/upscaling.
Specific Tasks and Responsibilities
- Under the general supervision of the Head, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, and direct supervision of the WIOSAP Project Manager, the consultant is expected to undertake the following roles:
- Compilation of a digital and hard copy compendium of WIOSAP investments in the WIO region capturing partnerships, successes, lessons learnt, challenges and opportunities
- Production and eventual uploading of a dashboard of WIOSAP demo projects in a format suitable for wider public outreach for effective dissemination
- Work with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to develop national water quality monitoring frameworks for 4 WIO countries including associated capacity building for their operationalization.
- Rolling out of the toolkit for green port development in 2 countries (2 ports) in the WIO region;
- Development of one proposal to enhance WIOSAP pipeline funding;
- Working with colleagues in the Convention, lead in the production of meeting concept and agenda and meeting report for the Science to Policy Platform including proposed areas of decision for consideration by the COP of the Convention;
- Development of an interactive dashboard of the WIO CCVA toolkit;
- Develop meeting documents for a proposed WIO blue carbon workshop and the associated meeting report thereof;
- Work with communication team to produce public stories for dissemination of project achievements.
- Advanced university (a Masters degree or equivalent) is required in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management or similar disciplines. A first level degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
- A minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience is required in: Marine and coastal management, geospatial analysis, implementation of projects and project reporting.
- Experience working with different stakeholders at both strategic and technical levels and demonstrated quality and timely delivery is desired
- Working knowledge of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region and experience of working with the Governments of the WIO region would be an advantage.
- Familiarity with/ appreciable understanding of the works of the UNEP-Nairobi Convention is an asset
- Demonstrated competency in high level and excellent proposal/technical writing and ability to work within very short timelines and with minimum supervision is an added advantage
- English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Deadline: 13 June 2023
Transport Consultant – Electric Mobility
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
- The overall objective of the Industry and Economy Division of UNEP is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies, 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.
- The Sustainable Mobility Unit (SMU) is part of the Industry and Economy Division and the unit promotes sustainable, low and no emissions transport. UNEP is implementing the Global Electric Mobility Programme, supporting over 50 low and middle-income countries to shift to electric mobility for improved air quality and climate change mitigation. We do so via various programmes and projects like the Used Vehicles Project, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, the Electric Mobility Programme, Non-motorized Transportation Programme, and the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles project etc.
- The SMU requires support from a Transport Consultant for a period of 6 months to provide support to the Global Electric Mobility Programme. The Electric Mobility Programme supports member states, especially low and middle-income countries (LIMCs), with the introduction of electric mobility (E-mobility), with a focus on programs promoting electric motorcycles, electric light duty vehicles and electric buses. The consultant will develop a technical report on affordable e-mobility options for LMICs including the topics of used EV imports and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to EV retrofitting.
Under the supervision of the E-mobility Team leader, the consultant will conduct the following specific tasks:
Regarding Used EVs
- Prepare a technical overview of the global supply chain and regulatory framework for used EV trades including 2/3/4 wheeler
- Collect and analyze data on todays’ used EV flows to LMICs (based on current used ICE vehicle flows)
- Develop technical scenarios for future used EV flows to LMICs
- Identify minimum safety, usability, and environmental requirements of used EVs for both exporting and importing countries addressing issues of battery degradation, vehicle range but also safety and road worthiness.
- Analyze technical policy approaches to support a successful used EV market including i) regulations & standards for both the entire vehicle and the batteries, ii) regulation of charging infrastructure & compatibility, iii) purchase incentives and iv) consumer awareness, among others
- Develop recommendations on how used EVs can support the transition to electric mobility in LMICs, through lessons learned from case studies
- Conduct a technical assessment of ICE to EV retrofitting potential for different vehicle segments (2-wheelers, 3-wheelers, light-duty vehicles, minibuses, buses, light commercial vehicles) including technical, operational, and economic aspects
- Analyse case studies on ICE to EV retrofit in different markets and identify viable business models considering technical, operational, economic & regulatory framework conditions for ICE to EV retrofitting
- Analyse and propose technical policy approaches to support a successful ICE to EV retrofitting market including i) safety regulations for ICE and EV retrofits, ii) product responsibility a warranty, iii) regulation of charging infrastructure & compatibility, among others
- Develop recommendations on how ICE to EV retrofit can support the transition to electric mobility in LMICs, through lessons learned from case studies
Overall – Technical Report
- Write an introduction on the relevance of making e-mobility affordable for LMICs
- Combine the results of the tasks regarding used EVs and Retrofit in one technical report
- Write an executive summary with the key findings of the report and future action points
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, engineering, transport or a related field 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 five years’ work experience in transport or industry projects in the African, Asian or Latin American context is required
- Knowledge on electric mobility issues including the regulatory requirements and policy implications of electric vehicles is required
- Experience in data collection and research is required
- Experience in report development including visualization tools and MS excel is required
- Proven analytical, presentation and communication skills are desirable
- Data analysis and modelling skills and experience are required
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required, basic knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable.
Deadline: 07 June 2023
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Vacancies at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)