Senior Advisors, Sustainable Development, Climate Policy, and Carbon Markets, UNEP DTU Parternship – Copenhagen

Published 19:22 on May 6, 2019  /  Last updated at 19:22 on May 6, 2019  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is currently recruiting highly experienced and motivated senior advisors with strong backgrounds in sustainable development, climate policy, and carbon markets. 

UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is currently recruiting highly experienced and motivated senior advisors with strong backgrounds in sustainable development, climate policy, and carbon market.

About UNEP DTU Partnership
The UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate change and sustainable development. As a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UDP works with a wide range of international entities, governments, and research institutions, to assist countries on their pathways towards sustainable development and climate goals. UDP has a staff of approximately 80 professionals from 26 different countries with backgrounds ranging from economics, to science, engineering, and energy planning. UDP currently implements project activities in more than 60 developing countries.

The ID section is one of the five sections at UDP, which contributes to changing processes that improve the capacity of institutions working to achieve climate and sustainable development goals by undertaking activities ranging from capacity building, technical assistance, knowledge dissemination, and institutional analysis and strengthening focusing on climate governance.  The ID Section is expanding its portfolio of projects and is inviting highly motivated and experienced Senior Scientific Advisors to join a team of 8 members implementing the Section’s priority areas:  

  • Assisting partner countries in implementing their NDCs
  • Establishing and/or strengthening institutional and human capacity to achieve climate and sustainable development goals
  • Transformational strategies and actions towards carbon neutral economies.
  • Measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) for transparency and monitoring progress of NDC implementation
  • The strategic priority areas are supported by research, policy advice, and capacity building, which encompasses technical and analytical activities tailored to country’s needs in the areas of institutional and human capacity development. 

Key tasks and responsibilities
The candidate is expected to contribute to the development and expansion of activities particularly within the following areas:   

  • Climate change mitigation and transparency, with focus on measuring, reporting and verifying of policies and actions: develop country assessments; works plans and project management.
  • Nationally determined contributions: assist developing countries on planning the implementation of their initiatives and actions to meet their nationally determined contributions.
  • Support and ensure the technical rigor of complex analytical and advisory services.
  • Lead and develop high-impact publications, including technical assessments and overviews, policy briefs, and diverse papers and reports
  • Generate new ideas, encourage innovative approaches and knowledge services to address institutional development for climate challenges in a developing country context.
  • Initiate, contribute to and/or lead resource mobilisation activities, including project concept development and preparation of project proposals
  • Manage/coordinate international climate change projects, with focus on developing countries.
  • Participate in diverse and crosscutting project teams.
  • Nurture and maintain networks and partnerships with national partners, international partner agencies, and collaborators to ensure effective coordination and synergies.
  • Represent UNEP DTU Partnership and the Institutional Development Section at expert group meetings, regional consultations, workshops, and seminars, etc.
  • Advise and mentor less experienced staff to help their career development and integration into UDP.Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria
We are looking for versatile, motivated, and dedicated team players who possesses strong knowledge and expertise in the climate change and sustainable development area and who fully meets the following criteria:  
  • PhD degree or equivalent work experiences in areas relevant to climate change and resource management.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in an international context with research-based scientific advice and dissemination on sustainable development and climate change mitigation.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing, communication and presentation skills in English. French and/or Spanish a plus.
  • Proven knowledge of the scientific and international climate change policy context, including the IPCC and UNFCCC.
  • A track record of teamwork and ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills and ability to inspire and mentor less experienced colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising and resource mobilisation with international donors.
  • Demonstrated experience of international project management from different development aid donors including bilateral donors (such as DANIDA, FFEM, EU…) and multilateral donors (such as GEF)
  • Management of bilateral and/or multilateral projects for sustainable development and climate change.
  • Work experience with the public sector is an advantage as well as experience working with UN agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience with in-country capacity building activities, in particular in Africa and Latin America & Caribbean.
  • Initiation and implementation of new projects in co-operation with development aid donor agencies, international experts, and developing country institutions and experts.
  • Ability to work in multicultural environment.
The working language at UDP is English. Proficiency in French and/or Arabic is desired for this position.

Job Offer
UDP offers an international atmosphere with room for both professional and personal development. We employ senior researchers and advisors, researchers, PhD students and research assistants, with a possibility to work across strategic areas. Staff members have a high degree of self-management and responsibility in organising their work; they play different roles in different projects; and project teams vary from one project to another.

Terms of employment
UDP is part of the Department of Technology, Management, & Economics at the Technical University of Denmark and employees are university staff. The successful candidate will be employed in a full-time position according to the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The place of work is the UN City based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We apply a dialogue based Scandinavian management style and offer a family-friendly work place with a documented positive work environment where there is room for a good work-life balance for our staff.

How to Apply
Please submit your online application no later than 21 May 2019 (Central European Time)Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach

  • Application letter;
  • CV with full personal data and contact details;
  • Indication of three references; and,
  • A copy of relevant diploma (s).
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Further information

For further information please contact Myung Kyoon Lee, Head of Section, Institutional Development, phone: +45 4533 5244, email:

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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