Sustainable Energy Policy Expert

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.



25 September 2019

Individual Service Agreement


16 October 2019

Organizational Context

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDOs mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organizations programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDOs four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the areas covered by five departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.

The position will be located in the Industrial Energy Efficiency Division (PTC/ENE/ESI)

The Department of Energy (PTC/ENE) assists member countries in the transition to a sustainable energy future under the overarching mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, through the application of renewable energy for productive uses, adoption of the efficient use of energy by industry and the introduction of low carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change become an integral part of the Department activities. In discharging its responsibility, the Department cooperates with other relevant organizational units within UNIDO, in particular with: the Department of Environment on resource efficiency, clean technologies, chemicals and Montreal Protocol; the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation on standards; the Department of Agri-Business Development on productive uses and with the Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring on strengthening strategic partnerships.

The Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (PTC/ENE/ESI) focuses on promoting and developing sustainable energy solutions and infrastructure in business, urban and rural contexts. This focus brings together UNIDOs historic interventions on the supply side through promoting renewable energy technologies and on the demand side through industrial energy efficiency. By bringing together supply and demand side interventions, the Division is positioning the work of UNIDO at the leading edge of emergent energy systems and paradigms driven by the convergence of key technologies such as distributed generation, digitization and storage technologies as well as climate policies.

The project is funded by the European Union with the objective to motivate legislators to stimulate action in developing countries on climate, renewable energy, smart grids, energy access and sustainable transport issues. To do so, UNIDO will work together with International Cooperation and Development ( DEVCO) and the Climate Parliament to organize three roundtable meetings of Members of Parliament (MPs) each year on climate and energy issues, thus making a total of six meetings over two years. UNIDO will provide technical expertise to shape the agenda and discussions, support the MPs, and help to prepare action recommendations for them.
The Climate Parliament will seek to engage the MPs in an ongoing parliamentary network on these issues. The objective will be to build capacity and mobilize political will to advance the transition to renewables and promote access to clean energy and sustainable transport.
In particular, one key aim is to help engage MPs in supporting and promoting key DEVCO initiatives on climate and energy.

Duty station: Vienna , Austria

Approximate duration: 12 months

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Division Chief, the expert will provide targeted policy advice to members of parliament from Africa, Small Island States and the Middle East under the umbrella of an EU funded project, implemented in cooperation with the Climate Parliament.
The expert is responsible for the following key functions:

- Prepare policy briefs on sustainable energy issues such as decentralized energy, minigrids, energy systems integration and interconnections, electric mobility and others, as inputs to parliamentary roundtables (3 per year) that bring together members of parliament from Africa, the middle East and small island states;

- Design the agenda of the roundtables and identify high level speakers from industry, finance and other sectors, in close consultation with the European Commission and the Climate Parliament;

- Develop policy toolkits and recommendations for action to support the members of parliament in taking actions at the national level to develop policies that promote sustainable energy;

- Provide targeted support to members of parliament as follow-up to the roundtables. That may include site visits to countries to help building action networks on energy policies at the national level;

- Perform any other related duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced University degree in Energy Economics, Energy Policy or equivalent.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language desirable.

Field of Expertise

A minimum of seven years of relevant working experience in writing policy briefs and policy recommendations on sustainable energy and providing policy advice to national or regional Governments to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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