Technical Coordinator Greening and Sustainability (P3) At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Protection Officer (RSD) at UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Temporary Appointment
Technical Coordinator Greening and Sustainability (P3)
Global Mobility and Infrastructure Service/ DFAM

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a Temporary full-time position within the Global Mobility and Infrastructure Service, home-based and potentially in Nairobi at a later stage depending on the COVID-19 situation.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a global United Nations organization which mandate is to protect and assist refugees and other persons of its concern world-wide and to seek durable solutions to their plight; UNHCR is present in 134 countries with offices in 546 locations.

Title: Technical Coordinator Greening and Sustainability ¿ Global Mobility and Infrastructure Service / DFAM
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 6 months
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment

Organizational context
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a global United Nations organisation which mandate is to protect and assist refugees and other persons of its concern world-wide and to seek durable solutions to their plight; UNHCR is present in 134 countries with offices in 546 locations.
In 2007, the UN Climate Neutral Strategy was developed, and organizations committed to move their respective organizations to climate neutrality. Since then, UNHCR has continuously improved its efforts in promoting the careful use of energy resources by refugees, host communities, partner organizations and as a priority by UNHCR itself. In 2019, UNHCR developed its Global Strategy for Sustainable Energy 2019-2024 which aims to enable persons of concern to UNHCR to meet their energy needs in a safe and sustainable manner. It also launched the Clean Energy Challenge and is currently working on a first comprehensive Strategic Framework on Climate Action.

In 2020, UNHCR developed a new internal Greening and Sustainability strategy in order to improve its environmental performance, climate compatibility and resource efficiency.
The UNHCR Greening and Sustainability strategy focuses on three main areas:
Green Box: measure global energy consumption of UNHCR offices in order to migrate from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Procure and install electricity meters in all UNHCR offices; create centrally managed dashboard with real-time data; carry out energy audits of all UNHCR offices; and prepare business cases for each UNHCR office to identify alternative energy options.
Green Financing Facility: Develop an innovative financing model to migrate UNHCR offices from fossil fuels to renewable energy; establish internal UNHCR Financing Facility to convert UNHCR Operations from diesel to renewable energy; use the Financing Facility to procure from private sector independent power producers through Power Purchase Agreements or other such long term agreements; aim to achieve positive carbon impact and positive financial impact to budget (cost effective).
Green Data: Implement dynamic technology platform for real-time monitoring and data visualization; establish systems and policies for real-time, high quality data collection of GHG emissions, energy, waste and water across UNHCR; create data warehouse and dashboards for easy monitoring, reporting and decision-making.

The position
The Technical Coordinator will provide support to the Greening and Sustainability Team which is part of the Global Mobility and Infrastructure Service (GMIS) within the Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM). DFAM contributes to safeguarding the financial resources entrusted to UNHCR by maintaining and improving the financial and administrative systems, policies and procedures and promoting cost-effective and transparent use of these resources. GMIS is a new service within DFAM which merges four functions: global fleet management, global travel, global facilities management and global asset management. Greening & Sustainability is one of GMIS main cross-functional areas.
The Technical Coordinator will focus mainly on overseeing the Renewable Energy Specialists to ensure their successful coordination and ensure the successful documentation of full feasibility analyses and of UNHCR offices¿ energy audits conducted.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator Greening and Sustainability , the Technical Coordinator will assume the following key functions:
¿ Manage and quality check the creation of technical feasibility assessments and associated functional or technical specifications.
¿ Create clear project plans with milestones for either a group of offices or on a case-by-case basis, for minimizing UNHCR environmental impact;
¿ Coordinate the execution of high-level energy audits of UNHCR offices worldwide, and ensure technical feasibility of the results for each office and support offices in finding office-specific solutions for improving energy consumption;
¿ Supervise the establishment of hybrid renewable energy simulations and ensure correctness of high-level sizing and costing for recommended solutions using HOMER Pro software incl. CAPEX;
¿ Oversee and coordinate drafting of indicative technical or functional specifications for the procurement of the proposed solution and support technical evaluation of ongoing renewable energy procurements;
¿ Coordinate with development and private sector actors to identify sustainable and renewable energy sources to reduce GHG emissions and enhance office energy security;
¿ Provide innovative approaches to renewable energy technology solutions for the varying context of UNHCR offices.
¿ Coordinate the provision of technical support and help facilitate discussions with UNHCR colleagues and partners in developing project proposals and implementation arrangements to address environmental needs within the framework of UNHCR policies, procedures and guidelines;
¿ Ensure compliance of UNHCR policy guidelines and Greening and Sustainability strategy as well as with UN-wide methodologies and Greening the Blue targets;
¿ Perform other related duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Fields of Education
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, sustainable development studies, economics, business administration, environmental management, energy technology or other closely relevant field.

Relevant Job Experience
¿ – A minimum of six years relevant professional experience in a private sector EPC company and/or energy provider, in a consulting firm; investment firm or social enterprise with energy/infrastructure focus; or UN/humanitarian/development agency working directly on operationalizing renewable energy transitions.
o Coordinating and managing a technical team
o Familiarity with and professional experience directly related to energy and infrastructure topics or renewable energy systems design, implementation, and monitoring.
o Knowledge on different energy and private sector related regulatory and/or policy frameworks and able to link to other related sectors
o Proven experience conducting energy audits and renewable energy systems sizing. Having performed: Single Line Diagram delineation, safe use and data processing from energy loggers, measurement and identification of loads, identification and assessment of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy assessments, hybrid renewable energy system sizing and modelling.
o Experience in the use of software tools such as, MS Office, PVSyst, HOMER Pro and Geographical Information Systems.
o Proven data collection, analysis and communication skills.


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¿ Experience working in humanitarian or global development settings, and/or for the UN or other humanitarian/development agencies preferred.

Language Requirements
Fluency in English required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Core Competencies:
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:
Empowering and Building Trust
Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies:
Analytical Thinking
Innovation and Creativity
Technological Awareness

The successful candidate will be based in Nairobi Kenya or home-based depending on the COVID situation.

The Temporary Appointment is for 6 months. It is a full-time role.

How to apply

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page at – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 32017.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for this TA advertisement is 31 March 2022 (midnight Geneva time).


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