This position is located in the Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division (ED). The incumbent reports to the Director of the Energy Division.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Energy Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:
Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities 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 efficiently.
Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, energy economics, power system management, renewable energy or related field. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Ph.D. degree in any of the above fields is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in conducting research and analytical work, policy design or formulation and implementation of programmes promoting regional energy connectivity, especially cross border power grid connectivity and market is required.
Experience in developing and/or coordinating regulatory frameworks promoting energy connectivity is desirable. Experience and involvement in development of regional energy markets in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable. Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is desirable. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.