Panel Member – International Waters and Climate Change Mitigation, Multiple positions

  • Full Time
  • Home based
  • Sep 13, 2022

Website UNOPS

Job categoriesClimate, Environment
Vacancy codeVA/2022/B5002/24311
Department/officeECR, AUMCO, Water, Environment & Climate (WEC)
Duty stationHome based
Contract typeInternational ICA
Contract levelIICA-3
DurationThe initial mandate is for a period of two years and may be extended for a further two years.
Application period26-Jul-2022 to 13-Sep-2022
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

ackground information: UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Science Division, which hosts the STAP Secretariat, is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information, and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. UNEP is an equal opportunity employer.

Background information: GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) ( was established 30 years ago on the eve of the Rio Earth Summit to tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. They have a unique mandate as a financing mechanism for a number of MEAs: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Minamata Convention on Mercury; and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The GEF also supports global and regional agreements on international waters, and transboundary water management. The GEF’s mission is to safeguard the global environment by supporting developing countries to meet their commitments under these agreements. The GEF’s sectoral responsibilities are often mutually supportive, which enables the synergies between them to be harnessed in a more holistic way.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is seeking two new Panel Members – one to take the lead role on Climate Change Mitigation, and the second the lead role on International Waters. In GEF programming, Climate Change Mitigation includes energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and sustainable transport, as well as sustainable uses of land and forests; and International Waters, both freshwater and marine systems, includes transboundary governance, sustainable fisheries, and addressing the drivers of pollution and biodiversity loss.Candidates should have outstanding academic and technical credentials, a passion for tackling global environmental and sustainable development challenges, expertise in climate change mitigation and international waters issues, respectively, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, integrated manner to bridge scientific, technological, economic, social, and policy issues.

STAP ( is hosted by UNEP’s Science Division on behalf of the GEF partnership. It provides independent scientific and technical advice to the GEF on its policies, strategies, programs, and projects, across the portfolio. The Panel comprises a Chair and six Panel Members for climate mitigation, climate adaptation, biodiversity, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste. The roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Panel Members and STAP Secretariat are set out in STAP’s Terms of Reference (March 2012).

Panel Members provide intellectual leadership in their particular area of expertise, and are expected to work effectively across the GEF’s activities, including advising on cross-cutting issues and integrated programming, i.e. outside their area of expertise.

The Panel is supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat, which provides substantive and operational assistance in the delivery of Panel Members’ responsibilities.

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