Climate Change Expert for UDP’s Low Carbon Development Programme

DTU Management Engineering
tirsdag 04 dec 18

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Duty station: Panama City

The UNEP DTU Partnership 
(UDP) is a leading international research and advisory centre on energy, climate and sustainable development. We work in close partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and its regional offices around the world. 

The Centre works through project activities and collaborates with a large number of international agencies, governments and research institutions in more than 50 developing countries. UDP counts with a team of over 60 professionals and scientists working in an international and interdisciplinary work environment that combines research, methodology development, capacity building and project implementation. The Low Carbon Development program works in the areas of mitigation policy, transparency and accountability and climate finance in developing countries.

Job description
The successful candidate will join our UN Environment Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), based in Panama City, specifically the Transparency Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean. The candidate will primarily support the Centres operations in the region, including technical and policy advise, knowledge and capacity development within the Centre and the country teams in the region. There will be a special focus on enhancing coordination, exploring synergies and capitalizing in mutual activities related to transparency and Nationally Determine Contribution (NDC) in the region. In particular, the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) led by UDP and the CBIT support programme, Euroclima+, Carbon Pricing in the Americas Cooperative Framework, among others.

The position starts on the 15 January 2019 until the 30 November 2019.

Specific responsibilities of the out-posted staff include:

  • Provide guidance and technical backstopping to national teams in countries with CBIT projects, to ensure that activities are aligned with outcomes of national projects and adequately linked with other relevant initiatives, in particular ICAT.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and implementation of regional activities related to transparency and MRV as stipulated under the Paris Agreement.
  • Identify and foster synergies between UDP and the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean´ project activities in climate change mitigation and NDC support that could enhance their participation and impact. 
  • Ensure visibility of the Transparency Centre joint initiative when addressing countries and donor’s focal points.
  • Ensure strong coordination among the Climate Change Unit in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and DTU to serve clients with a common message and approach under the Transparency Centre.
  • Collaborate in the development and design of information tools and data for the Transparency Centre.
  • Promote the continuous rollout of the Transparency Centre support activities in the region.

The successful candidate must have at least MSc degree, preferably in the areas of environmental engineering, energy and climate, development economics and/or finance. The position requires a minimum of 3 years working experience in the fields of energy and climate, waste management and climate change policy.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience with developing and implementing projects for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and/or other donor agencies.
  • Experience with developing MRV frameworks for mitigation actions in collaboration with national stakeholders, in accordance with the UNFCCC standards.
  • Experience with designing and conducting capacity building sessions within the topic of transparency, and mitigation action development in general.
  • A network among actors working in climate change and development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Is well acquainted with the workings of the UN system, as well as the conditions for an organisation such as UNEP DTU Partnership.
  • The working language in ROLAC is Spanish and English, so the candidate is proficient in both languages. Proficiency in other relevant languages is an asset.

Terms of employment
The successful candidate will be employed for ten and a half months with individually negotiated salary/terms. The place of work is Panama City, Panama.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 18 December 2018 (local time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach:

  • Application cover letter;
  • CV with full personal data and clear indication of contact details - max 5 pages;
  • List of publications, and
  • Copy of relevant Diploma(s)

For further information please contact John Christensen, Director +45 4533 5300 or Peter Skotner, Deputy Director +45 4533 5303.

Information about UDP activities and practical information about the positions and employment conditions are available at

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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.