Research Assistants to support work on UN Environment assessment reports

DTU Management Engineering
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UNEP DTU Partnership is looking for dedicated research assistants to support our work on two UN Environment assessment reports. One position is in our Climate Resilient Development Programme and the other is in the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.

About UNEP DTU Partnership
The UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate change and sustainable development. As a collaborating centre of UN Environment (UNEP), UDP works with a large range of international institutions, national governments, and research institutions to assist countries in their efforts to move towards low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable development. UDP has a staff of approximately 70 professionals from more than 20 different countries with backgrounds covering economics, science, engineering, and energy and environment planning. UDP currently implements project activities in more than 60 developing countries.  

The research assistant position in the Climate Resilient Development (CRD) Programme 
The CRD Programme is one of four programmes at UDP. We support the design, development and implementation of strategies and actions that effectively address climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development needs, with a focus on developing countries. Currently, we are recruiting one research assistant to join a team of 12 colleagues.

The new staff member will support senior staff in the following areas: 

  • UN Environment emissions gap reports – the primary task of the new team member will be to support the production of the annual UN Environment Emissions Gap Report, which is UN Environment's flagship report on climate change mitigation. This will account for between 50 and 70 percent of the research assistant's time. Key tasks and responsibilities include: organise conference calls and meetings, prepare contracts and payments, organise external reviews and collate review comments, support chapter development, prepare introductory parts of the report, support production process including being the focal point for the design and layout of the report, and support the outreach of the report, including the global launch and side events during the UNFCCC COP meetings.
  • Measuring and tracking adaptation and resilience – the research assistant will furthermore contribute to our expanding work on monitoring, reporting and evaluation of adaptation under a new project focusing on the transparency mechanism of the UNFCCC and implemented in four countries: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, India and South Africa. Tasks will include support to analysis, data collection and processing, publications and organisation of meetings.
The research assistant position in the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency operates as another of the four programmes at UDP and functions as the global energy efficiency thematic hub of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, working to create a global doubling in the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030 through a focus on building energy efficiency implementation projects in developing countries and cities that can be deployed at speed and scale.

The new staff member will support senior staff in the following areas: 
  • Logistic support for the development of the Kigali and Cooling Efficiency Assessment – including but not limited to: logistics for the face-to-face meeting and calls; recruiting and communication with the reviewers; contract preparation for external consultants for graphic designing, language proof-reading, translation of executive summaries, as well as report layout. 
  • Support senior researchers on specific on-going work at the Centre – involving work on analysis of good practice examples of energy efficiency action in select cities, and support to the work on issue and country briefing papers.

The successful candidates should have a degree in economics, science, environmental science or other relevant discipline at M.Sc. or equivalent level. Skills required for the work on the UN Environment assessment reports include good organisational skills, attention to detail, and good knowledge of the topic areas of the report in question. The candidates should demonstrate sound analytical skills. Experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers are an asset. In addition, general knowledge and understanding of climate change adaptation, mitigation and technology issues are a requirement. Relevant work experience, including work in developing countries, is an advantage.

The working language at UDP is English. Proficiency in other languages, notably French and Spanish, is an asset.

We offer
UDP offers an international setting with room for professional and personal development. We employ senior researchers and advisors, researchers, PhD students and research assistants, with a possibility to work across programmes. Staff members have a high degree of freedom and responsibility in organising their work, they play different roles in different projects, and project teams vary from one project to another.

Terms of employment
UDP is part of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and employees are university staff – not UN staff. The successful candidate will be employed in a full-time position according to the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The positions are for 1 or 2 years with the possibility for a 1-year extension. Starting date: 15 January 2018. The place of work is the UN City based in Copenhagen, Denmark.Further information about UNEP DTU Partnership can be found on our website.

Further information
For further information please contact Anne Olhoff, Head of Programme, Climate Resilient Development, email:, phone: +45 4533 5252, or Mark Lister, Head of Programme, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, email:, phone: +45 4533 5318.  

How to Apply
Please submit your application including the following in one PDF file through the DTU application portal: 

  • Application letter;
  • CV with full personal data and contact details;
  • Indication of three references; and,
  • A copy of your diploma(s)To submit, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.
Deadline for Applications: 17 December 2017, Central European Time. Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.