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TA – Technical Coordinator Greening and Sustainability (P3)

Duration: 6 months

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Start date: 01 February 2022

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

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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

Essential

  • 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.
  • Coordinating and managing a technical team
  • Familiarity with and professional experience directly related to energy and infrastructure topics or renewable energy systems design, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Knowledge on different energy and private sector related regulatory and/or policy frameworks and able to link to other related sectors
  • 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.
  • Experience in the use of software tools such as, MS Office, PVSyst, HOMER Pro and Geographical Information Systems.
  • Proven data collection, analysis and communication skills.

Desirable

  • 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:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • 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 

Conditions: The Temporary Appointment is for 6 months and expected start date 01 February 2022. It is a full-time role.

Finance Associate

This position is advertised open to Group 1, Group 2, if applicable, and external applicants

Duties

  • Maintain financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions and reports.
  • Select and enter data from a wide variety of documents, verifying accuracy by checking sources, making necessary calculations and assuring inclusion of all relevant data.
  • Prepare recurring reports as scheduled and special reports as required for budget preparation, audits or other reasons.
  • Advise and assist staff members, experts and consultants on all aspects of allowances, salary advances, travel claims and other financial matters, calculate and authorize payments due for claims and services.
  • Maintain liaison with officials of local banks to obtain day-to-day information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts.
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates and participate in budget analysis and projections as required.
  • Initiate correspondence to verify data, answer queries and obtain additional information on accounts and financial transactions, as required.
  • Verify that the financial transactions are correct and in accordance with UNHCR rules and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Accounting Business Administration, Finance

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

  • High level of IT affinity (MS Office applications, People Soft).

Desirable

  • Knowledge and work experience of MSRP Finance applications.
  • Good knowledge of UN/UNHCR Financial rules and procedures.
  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to the functions of the position.

Functional Skills

  • FI-ERP Financial Management (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Workday and other)
  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Education Assistant

The Education Assistant will support the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the Refugee Education Strategy, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which calls on States and relevant Stakeholders to contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Education Assistant will assist the supervisor in ensuring UNHCR’s programming is in line with the SDGs.
Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Education Assistant, in collaboration with the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will assist the supervisor in providing technical support to UNHCR countries and partners to advocate for and implement the objectives of Refugee Education 2030:

1. Promote equitable and sustainable inclusion in national education systems for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless and internally displaced persons
2. Foster safe enabling environments that support learning
3. Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures

The Education Assistant normally will work under the direct supervision of a higher grade Education position.
The incumbent will assist in UNHCR’s work regarding education and implementation of education programs. The Education Assistant will assist in liaising with partners to assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor the programme and assess impact. S/he will work in collaboration with education partners to improve access to, and quality of, refugee education at all levels, both formal and non-formal. S/he supports the implementation of education approaches for emerging needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities, girls, pre-school education, and non-formal activities. The incumbent will support inter-sectoral linkages with child protection, GBV, gender, community services, livelihoods and health, among others. S/he prepares relevant documentation and follows-up on administrative requirements of education projects. Additionally, the Education Assistant will focus on strengthening education data and information as well as support follow up on individual case management and provision of counselling related to education and to general refugee protection through regular assignment to UNHCR field posts at the camp.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

  • Assist in monitoring and supporting all existing formal and informal education programs, including implementing partner and community-based schools, and informal classes.
  • Regularly collect, provide update and share information related to education, utilizing data collection to identify gaps and make recommendations as required
  • Assist in the collection, analysis and reporting of core education data sets and maintenance of up to date Education Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Provide regular reports on educational activities, achievements and challenges
  • Perform specific administrative operational/control tasks for project/programme activities as assigned
  • Undertake protection individual counselling for refugees utilising existing tools and standard operating procedures in place
  • Represent UNHCR in monitoring of education projects.
  • Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, GBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others.
  • Support the training of UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.
  • Ensure active exchange of information and that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated.
  • Prepare and support the drafting of education input in key internal and external documents and reports.
  • Prepare documents and reports for clearance by the supervisor
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • For G4 – 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Education;

  • Social Sciences Business Administration

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrated work experience in education programmes. Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts.
  • Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries. Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.

Desirable

  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes. Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards. Experience in the area of child protection. Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.

Functional Skills

  • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • CO-Drafting and Documentation
  • ED-Technical support to education programmes and proposals
  • CO-Cross-cultural communication
  • TR-Training – Virtual and face to face
  • ED-Global EiE standards and implementation

Language Requirements

  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

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