Climate Ambition Team Lead (Director)

Job categories Climate, Programme Management, Environment
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5004/27149
Level ICS-14
Department/office GPO, NYPO, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station New York, United States of America
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level D2
Duration One (1) year with possibility of extension based on performance and funds availability- retainer contract
Application period 06-Dec-2023 to 26-Dec-2023

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

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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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 various governments, donors and United Nations organizations. 

The Climate Ambition Team Lead (Director) 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 ambition levels on Nationally Determined Contributions (on mitigation, adaptation and finance), elevate our commitment to biodiversity, secure predictable funding for climate adaptation and resilience and accelerate the just transitions we need to decarbonize fossil fuel dependent economic sectors such as energy or transport. 

In order to build on the momentum and realize the commitments secured at the Summit, the  Secretary-General is building a new Climate Action Team. This Team will focus on the following: 

  • Raising ambition levels and concrete commitments by the major emitters, particularly the  G20; 
  • 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 fossil fuel and 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, supported by a director on Climate Action and a director on Climate Ambition. 

Under the overall supervision NYPO Director and close collaboration  of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Just Transition, the incumbent will lead the office strategies on raising ambition levels and concrete commitments by the major emitters, particularly the G20, fossil fuel phase out (including coal) and climate finance.  

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.

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UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We are proud of our people. The UNOPS family brings together approximately 160 nationalities, represented by over 5,000 UNOPS personnel as well as some 7,800 personnel recruited on behalf on our partners. Spread across 80 countries, our workforce is rich in diversity and culture – with inclusion at its core.

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