Vacancy announcement

Specialist – Climate Change – P3 - Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GDCCPU), Division for Planet

Vacancy type Regular staff members
Duration of the contract
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme

In accordance with the UN rules and regulations, depending on professional background and experience, the Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.


The Training Specialist, Climate Change, provides planning, implementation and programme management support for UNITAR’s portfolios in the area of climate change. Under the overall supervision of the Lead Training Specialist for Climate Change and Green Development, the incumbent:

1. Supports the development and implementation of the UN CC:Learn programme  by:

  • providing lead technical, coordination and project management support for the UN CC:Learn programme, including establishment and maintenance of annual work plans,   technical and financial reporting, and technical inputs;
  • providing direct and management support for UN CC:Learn’s portfolio of national projects including development and implementation of MoUs, country missions and related arrangements; and
  • Initiating and maintain key external partnerships for climate change with key donors and development partners.

2. Supports the development and implementation of the UNITAR work on climate change by:

  • providing lead technical and project management support for UNITAR ongoing work in Central Asia in climate change responsive budgeting, including establishment and maintenance of annual work plans, training design and delivery, and technical and financial reporting;
  • Providing oversight of UNITAR’s work on training for adaptation planning;
  • Provides oversight and quality control on GCP climate change related e-learning products.

3. Supports Programme Management by:

  • building and strengthening partnerships with international organizations, research and training institutions, and practitioners working on climate change;
  • serving as Office in Charge, as needed, including representation in UNITAR management meetings;
  • supporting GCP human resources management, financial management and internal/external programme reporting; and
  • supporting conceptualization of new project concepts and project proposals.


  • Outputs are delivered in a timely fashion and of high quality
  • Communications with countries partners which are professional and systematic
  • High quality inputs to guidance and training material development
  • Demonstrated competence to lead within a team and build positive spirit and within the structure of the institute
  • Capacity to identify problem/issues and identify workable solutions
  • Ability to represent programme interests in internal and external meetings
  • Ability to identify potential resource mobilization opportunities
  • Ability to prioritize, take initiatives and take responsibility for work plan delivery.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change and the green economy. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is able to coordinate effectively teams composed of various colleagues working on a specific task; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning & Organizing: Based on the guidance received, develops clear objectives that are consistent with agreed strategic goals; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; adjusts priorities and formulates plans as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions, takes responsibility for delegated assignments; is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint; honors commitments by delivering outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for her/his own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development and training methodology and delivery techniques; understands applicability and limitations of satellite technology; possesses sound knowledge of remote sensing and satellite data; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.


Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in one or more of the following: geography, environment or other equivalent related technical field; sound knowledge of political science, and development planning; specialized training in development planning and project monitoring is considered an important asset. 

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience at the international level in the fields of environment, climate change, green economy, and any other relevant fields; demonstrated experience in project and programme design and implementation including at country level; good understanding of the fields of climate change, green economy and development cooperation; demonstrated proficiency in coordinating the organization and implementation of training courses and in-country projects; experience in interacting with training and academic partners and regional entities.

Languages: Fluency in English and French is required.

Desired requirements

Basic understanding of a third UN language would be an asset.

Special Notice

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

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee


How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.