Technical Adviser

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Application deadline 23 days ago: Wednesday 27 Mar 2024 at 03:59 UTC

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 168,113 USD and 216,746 USD.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Resources Management Section (RMS) of the Sustainable Energy Division (SED) of the Economic Commission for Europe, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the P5, Chief of Section, Resources Management Section, and the general supervision of the D1, Chief of Service, Sustainable Energy Division. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the further development and implementation of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), in particular its application to minerals, critical raw materials and anthropogenic resources in the UNECE region. Through liaison with relevant stakeholders, both internal and external to the UN common system, the incumbent will be responsible for producing global, regional, national, and sectoral technical policy analyses, best practices and case studies that provide a basis for advising national governments and other stakeholders on the application of UNFC, thereby promoting its adoption for resource classification and the sustainable management of natural resources.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: - In alignment with the directives outlined in ECOSOC Decision 2021/250, to operationalize UNFC, not only within the UNECE region but also at a global scale, the incumbent will be responsible to further develop and facilitate implementation of UNFC, with a focus on critical raw materials, other minerals, and anthropogenic resources, by collaborating with all relevant stakeholders, including, but not limited to: UN Member States, UN Regional Commissions, various UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, industry representatives, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional societies, academic institutions, and individual experts, by: 1. Organizing technical meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration in relation to UNFC. 2. Developing comprehensive technical and policy documentation, publications, and case studies related to the implementation of UNFC. 3. Planning of annual work programme on UNFC, including milestones at semi-annual and quarterly periods. 4. Managing daily work programme on UNFC: Allocation of assignments, participant support, contracts, and evaluation. 5. Developing relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure outcomes and to facilitate evaluation of programme of work. These outputs will serve as effective tools for operationalising UNFC and disseminating knowledge on UNFC. - In line with ECOSOC Resolution E/RES/2023/19, the incumbent will provide technical support to the further development and implementation of the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) in the UNECE region and beyond, by organizing technical meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration in relation to UNRMS. Duties include: 1. Organizing technical meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration in relation to UNRMS. 2. Developing UNRMS modules and tools, as well as comprehensive technical and policy documentation, publications, and case studies related to the implementation of UNRMS. 3. Planning of annual work programme on UNRMS, including milestones at semi-annual and quarterly periods. 4. Managing daily work programme on UNRMS: Allocation of assignments, participant support, contracts, and evaluation. 5. Developing relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure outcomes and to facilitate evaluation of programme of work. Provides technical expertise and knowhow to the UN Working Group on Transforming the Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development and promote implementation of UNFC and UNRMS in the outputs of the Working Group, with a focus on critical raw materials, as appropriate. - In collaboration with the Resources Management Section the incumbent will help: 1. Organize the annual UNECE Resource Management Week, including the Expert Group on Resource Management annual session, and promote UNFC therein. 2. Identify additional extrabudgetary resources for the work on sustainable resource management, particularly related to UNFC. 3. Build capacity on UNFC in the International Centres of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management (ICE-SRMs) being established worldwide. - Represents the Division at international, regional and national meetings on sustainable resource management issues, ensuring coordination of the Division’s work with the work of the United Nations system and other international organizations. Represent the Division in providing technical guidance and assistance on the sustainable use of natural resources and resource management, including the application of UNFC, to other UNECE Divisions, UN organizations, international financial institutions, and regional organizations. - Develops and maintains relations with stakeholders, both internal and external, including the UNECE Sectoral Committees, and with senior officials of member governments and ensures timely responses to requests for advice or assistance on sustainable resource management and policies, as well as on application of UNFC nationally and regionally. - Commissions and supervises studies and analyses, that cannot be undertaken internally, related to resource classification, including case studies and national and regional guidance on UNFC. - Any other duties as required.


Professionalism: Mastery of UNFC. Ability to comprehensibly synthesize the relevant technical information to a range of stakeholders. Excellent drafting skills in English. Knowledge of the sustainable management of energy and mineral resources, including the application of the UNFC. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts on energy topics, conduct independent research and produce reports. 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. 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. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in geology, mining/minerals/mineralogy, chemical or environmental engineering, earth sciences, geoscience, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in any field of study with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the management of energy and mineral resources or a related area is required. At least three (3) years of experience having worked in or with the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) as part of a national or local government, international organization, private sector, academia or civil society is required. At least five (5) years of experience working on critical raw materials is required. Experience working with economies in transition or developing countries is desirable. Experience working with national or local administrations that deal with energy and mineral resources is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Russian is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This post is financed by extrabudgetary resources. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. 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 internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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