Greening UNDP Moonshot Coordinator

Location : Home based with visit of HQ offices as needed, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :27-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 11h 30m
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-11
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :9 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :9 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional referees of previous jobs (supervisors and peers). 

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations and to organization-wideclimate neutrality. By demonstrating that operations are run in a resource-efficient,sustainable and accountable way, UNDP strengthens its global position as a strong and reliable partner. From green building renovations and bicycling programs to use of photovoltaic electricityand policy changes staff throughout the organization are developing creative and resilientsolutions to reducing reliance on fossil fuels and minimizing UNDP’s environmental footprint. Today UNDP has established itself as a leading organization in the UN-wide Greening the Blue initiative, driving the development of new approaches and standards and often establishing best practices within and beyond the UN system.

In 2019 UNDP has adopted very ambitious targets committing to reduce GHG emissions from global operations by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. Progress towards these goals is overseen by the Moonshot Task Force, chaired by BPPS and BMS Deputy Directors. To further initiate the transformation needed to achieve these targets, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner set up the Greening UNDP Moonshot Facility to incentivize the achievement of UNDP’s Moonshot targets by unleashing funding, innovation and the creative energy of the staff. The Facility works in cooperation with Regional Greening Funds to provide complementary seed funding to test, seed and leverage special efforts.

The consultant supports the work of the Moonshot Task Force, monitors the implementation of projects selected for Moonshot funding, supports UNDP offices in various greening initiatives, and coordinates ‘greening’ work on a day-to-day basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Moonshot Task Force Secretariat: Support the work of the Moonshot Task Force and its co-chairs.

  • Coordinate meeting logistics, communications, documentations etc.
  • Manage Co-chairs’ communications to the Task Force, senior UNDP management and to other colleagues and units as needed
  • Monitor implementation of Task Force decisions and progress towards the Moonshot targets and report back to the Task Force
  • Develop proposals for considerations by the Task Force
  • Coordinate work of the Technical Review Committee selecting Moonshot proposals, summarizing assessments and facilitating the selection process
  • Support administration of Moonshot Facility funding, travel levy revenues etc. and monitor spending of Moonshot Facility funding by selected projects
  • Support Regional Bureaus in tailoring regional ‘greening’ strategies including Green Funds
  • Support in procurement of Certified Emission Reductions to maintain UNDP climate neutrality as committed by UNDP EG in 2015.
  • Manage update and translation of Greening the Blue tutorial and coordinate launching efforts
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of ‘Green webinars’ including contribution from various UNDP units and Country Offices.
  • Support initiatives to adjust UNDP operational frameworks and policies to incorporate Greening Moonshot aspects, including in particular a carbon tax approach, an environmental policy and strategies for minimizing Greenhouse Gas emissions from mission travel and vehicle fleets.
  • Support exchange of knowledge sharing by overseeing the ‘Sustainable UNDP’ intranet space.

2. Environmental Management Tool [EMT]: Oversee reporting of UNDP’s environmental performance via the EMT, analyze results and report aggregated data to relevant agencies/units

  • Support UNDP offices in using the EMT and provide training, webinars etc. where requested
  • Oversee implementation of EMT upgrades as necessary including in particular dashboards for Regional Bureau and Country-level tracking of Moonshot progress
  • Oversee establishment of 2018/2019 EMT baseline reports for all UNDP offices
  • Coordinate data processing and calculation approaches with the Sustainable UN Facility under the Greening the Blue campaign. In particular, coordinate with UNEP and other key UN organizations to efficiently consolidate reporting efforts and systems among agencies in shared locations such as One UN houses.
  • Report annual UNDP GHG emission results to UNEP for inclusion in ‘Greening the Blue’ annual report, ExO for Annual Reporting and other communications channels as necessary.

3. Sustainability technical support for UNDP offices: Provide technical support to Country Offices and Regional Service Centers for monitoring, reducing and offsetting GHG emissions.

  • Support UNDP offices in analyzing and strategizing the use of new technologies including in particular renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, waste management and water management solutions
  • Develop and provide guidance and training as requested, provide EMT training, webinars etc.
  • Provide technical guidance on ad-hoc basis

4. Greening UNDP Moonshot Plan: Following the endorsement of the Task Force, develop a ‘Greening UNDP Moonshot Plan’.

  • Building on already implemented measures and achievements, and in view of plans adopted by other UN agencies, draft a proposal for a Greening Plan for Task Force consideration including in particular a proposal for Moonshot progress tracking per UNDP office.
  • Coordinate consultations for plan development, approval and implementation.
  • Prepare briefs, communications, training materials etc. as necessary for plan approval and implementation.
  • Support external communication of the plan, including website and plan publication

5. HQ Greening Plan: Under the Greening Moonshot Commitment, all UNDP offices are asked to develop office-level plans to work toward the Moonshot targets. For HQ, this includes in particular developing proposals for moving towards renewable energy, implementing best practice waste management and avoiding single-use plastic.

  • Develop HQ Greening Plan in cooperation and consultation with relevant colleagues and units
  • Oversee EMT reporting of annual reporting of GHG emissions associated with HQ operations
  • Provide sustainability technical support for HQ operations as needed

6. Support UNDP representation in UN Greening the Blue: Coordinate UNDP’s ‘greening’ initiative with UN-wide efforts under the Greening the Blue campaign.

  • Support UNDP representation in bi-annual meetings of the Issues Management Group (IMG) on Sustainability Management
  • Supports UNDP responses to UN-wide requests including EMG proposals, JIU reports etc.
  • Support UNDP participation in UN working groups to establish UN-wide guidelines and standards for aspects critical to UNDP operations, e.g. on offsetting/climate neutrality claims, waste management and environmental reporting software
  • Advise and support greening efforts in shared premises, in particular One UN houses
  • Support development of ‘UNDP green success’ case studies and ensure communication via, social media, UN-wide publications etc.



Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

Master’s degree in environmental sciences, renewable energy, energy economics or a related field, required.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum of 7 years’ experience in a related field (renewable energy, corporate environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation, GHG monitoring and reporting, etc.); required and 15 years' experience is desirable, including:

  • Experience in the development and implementation of institution scale climate neutrality initiatives; required.
  • Experience in the development and management of institution-scale GHG (and other environmental sustainability) inventory exercises; desired.
  • Experience working within and across the UN system and UNDP knowledge is preferred.
  • Experience working with UNDP Country Offices desired.

Required? skills

Technical knowledge of GHG accounting and reporting required.

Desired additional skills

Good understanding of challenges and limitations of GHG accounting in a range of countries desired.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in English, required.

Professional Certificates

Specialized training/certification in GHG accounting including in particular WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Corporate Standard and Scope 3 Standards, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and/or ISO 14064 standards desirable.

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