Senior Programme Officer (Analyst)

Job categories Climate, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5004/21428
Level ICS-12
Department/office NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station New York, United States of America
Contract type Temporary Appointment
Contract level TA - P5
Duration Until 31 March 2022
Application period 19-Mar-2021 to 09-Apr-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

This vacancy has been cancelled.

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

The Senior Programme Officer (Analyst) is part of the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) under the New York Service Cluster  (NYSC) SDC through its Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) is supporting project “Climate Action Team” CAT signed with the Executive Office of the Secretary General  (EOGS)

The 2019 Climate Action Summit mobilized significant public momentum and new commitments from Member States, private sector and subnational governments to turn the page on the climate change crisis. Such commitments identified new catalytic solutions and coalitions necessary to bend the emissions curve before 2030 – from the transformation of the world’s energy, transport, urban and natural ecosystems to the revamping of the world’s financial systems.

After the Summit, climate change remains at the top of the Secretary-General's priorities and one of the core priorities of the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. In the context of the Decade, 2020 and 2021 are “make or break” years for climate action and the transformations needed for the world to truly adopt a sustainable, low emission development trajectory and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. It is vital that we build upon the momentum from the 2019 Climate Action Summit to raise climate ambition including the enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions and development of long term strategies consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement; promote the acceleration of the shift towards a clean energy future across all sectors of the economy and the global financial system; mobilize public and private finance for adaptation and resilience building especially for the most vulnerable; and elevate our commitment to biodiversity.

In order to support the Secretary-General in the achievement of his strategic priorities on climate change and to realize the commitments secured at the Summit, the Secretary-General is building a new Climate Action Team. This Team will support the work of the Secretary-General in the following areas:
  • Delivering on climate ambition including ensuring the submission of strengthened national determined contributions particularly from the major emitters as well as longer term strategies to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Securing concrete and verifiable commitments on climate finance
  • Mainstreaming climate change (portfolio shifts to low emission investments, embedding climate risk factors in investment decision-making and carbon pricing) within financial markets and firms;
  • Developing and implementing a targeted strategy for a a coal phase-out;
  • Strengthening and delivering the Climate Action Summit commitments and coalitions and incubating new commitments and coalitions related to energy transition, transportation, urban and local climate action, nature-based solutions and climate resilience;
  • Enhancing UN system support to countries to deliver on the climate and environment-related Sustainable Development Goals – from water scarcity to industrial innovation and sustainable urbanization;
  • Provision of up-to-date analytics and policy guidance for the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, UN leadership and Member States.
  • Designing and executing a cross-UN global communications campaign and movement focused on SG and UN leadership on climate action at all levels, and messaging and storytelling to build political will, elevate local solutions and mobilize individual actions.

In order to deliver the level of ambition needed, the new team will be led by an Assistant Secretary-General, who will provide thought leadership and coordination of the team’s deliverables.

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in the United Nations Secretariat. The incumbent of this position will be a staff member of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

The Assistant Secretary-General will be supported by a Senior Programme Officer ...

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Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful imp...
This vacancy has been cancelled.


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