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Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling

Policy – Vienna, Vienna
Department Policy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Duty Station:  Vienna, Austria

Date Required: As soon as possible

Duration: Limited Term Appointment of one year with possibility to extend

Closing Date: 16th June 2019


Background on SEforALL: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an International Non-Governmental Organization operating a world-wide multi-stakeholder platform focused on the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal #7.  Launched as a UN initiative in 2011 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, SEforALL is widely acknowledged for its achievement in raising global awareness of the world's sustainable energy challenges, ensuring they were included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. SEforALL is directed by its CEO and supports the work of the CEO as she carries out her duties as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All, as well as her role as the co-chair of UN-Energy.  These roles include advising the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to sustainable energy and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and supporting the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations system.  

The ambitions of SDG7 on ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by 2030 are extraordinary.  Aiming to achieve them in the context of the Paris agreements involves transformation at a scale never undertaken by humanity before. Swift action needs to be taken by leaders in governments, companies, institutions, financiers, development banks, unions and communities, entrepreneurs and civil society.  As a global team, SEforALL crafts interventions that support these leaders in accelerating the delivery of actions.  All interventions comprise one or more of SEforALL’s competencies: (i) to marshal the evidence, (ii) to benchmark progress towards SEforALL objectives, (iii) to amplify the voices of the energy poor; (iv) to tell stories of success, and (v) to connect stakeholders to each other and to solutions. All interventions systematically draw on strategic insight, build on compelling communications, and are delivered through and include action-oriented partnerships. 


Title of Supervisor: Director of Policy

Content and methodology of supervision: The Head, Energy Efficiency and Cooling will be supervised through individual meetings with the supervisor, weekly team meetings, and through periodic performance appraisals.


Duties and Accountabilities

Reporting to the Director of Policy and as part of the Policy team the Head, Energy Efficiency and Cooling will be a dynamic and highly motivated professional providing effective coordination, work program development and delivery across key country focused programs and relationships with a particular focus on energy efficiency and cooling. 

The Head will assist the Director of Policy in all aspects of her/his duties, support the CEO in the execution of the SEforALL mandate and will interact with a wide range of people within and outside the international system and SEforALL and in particular with SEforALL's Energy Efficiency Hub located in Copenhagen. The position requires frequent international travel.

The position requires superb problem-solving capability backed with analytics, political understanding, process management, sound judgment, communication skills, stakeholder engagement skills, knowledge of the private sector and capacity to deliver.

The Head's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Execute the overall strategy for SEforALL's engagement in the space of Energy Efficiency and Cooling including nurturing, and developing relationships with current and new partners, developing and commissioning new initiatives beyond the current range of activities, establishing KPls and managing the business to achieve those targeted results.
  • Lead the Cooling for All program, including retaining ultimate accountability for delivery of agreed program activities, working in close cooperation with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and ClimateWorks, and engaging with private and public-sector stakeholders to enhance awareness and programs related to access to cooling globally.
  • Manage the day to day relationships with key energy efficiency focused partners — including SEforALL's those working in accelerators, the energy efficiency hub housed in CCEE, other hubs and other partners - and for scheduling, convening and coordinating related programs of work, with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency.
  • Work with the SEforALL Global Team focal point for coordinating Quality Circle reviews for Action Agendas/ Investment Prospectuses (AAs/lPs) being developed at the country level to ensure that these adequately reflect best practice for energy efficiency and, where appropriate, cooling. Review AAs and IPS to understand where the network of accelerators may learn from or contribute to successful implementation and ensure communication between the different partners.
  • Be the Focal Point within the SEforALL Global Team for day to day energy efficiency and cooling coordination at a technical level with the Accelerators Secretariat.
  • Be the Focal Point for all SEfoALL energy efficiency and cooling analysis and strategic development of the energy efficiency business plan with Partnerships, Policy and Communications team
  • Participate in developing and implementing SEforALL business and work plans as they relate to energy efficiency and cooling, country engagement (including AAs and IPs), RISE indicators and heatmaps for prioritizing engagement.
  • Take accountability for briefs on energy efficiency and renewables to support the SE4ALL SRSG/ CEO, and the SMT.
  • Act as the Key Relationship Manager for ClimateWorks, UNECE, UN Environment (energy efficiency units), IEA Energy Efficiency Division and other key partners on efficiency as defined within the work plan.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent plus minimum of 12 years of experience in energy including at least 5 years of experience in international development or an UN agency. Candidate should also have significant experience of working in or with the private sector.
  • Experience in demanding, pressurized, international environments is an asset. Ability to multitask, attention to detail and a disposition towards diplomatic and action-oriented interactions a must.
  • Complete fluency in English with strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Knowledge and ability to work in another UN language desirable. (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Core Competencies

Energy Policies: Understanding of sustainable energy policies, strategies, energy efficiency and energy productivity policy and technology solutions. Understands the strategic and development context of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Energy Solutions: Understanding of energy planning processes, systems change, and the role of demand and supply side solutions both at macro and micro scale. Energy efficiency/productivity and on- and off-grid solutions for energy efficiency and energy access. Particular experience with renewables, energy efficiency and energy productivity process and technology solutions as well as an understanding of different sectoral approaches and technology applications a plus.

Cooling: Understanding of sustainable cooling technologies, policy measures, and the role of cooling in national climate change and development planning. Understands the role of access to cooling in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and has a familiarity with national and multilateral institutions engaged in work programs related to access to cooling.

Stakeholder engagement: A track record of engaging with public, private and CSO partners in an international and country context.

Country familiarity: Experience or knowledge of developing national or city programmes essential. Broad global knowledge, or specific experience working in Asia, will be an advantage.

Knowledge Management and turning Knowledge to Value and Strategic Engagement: Ability to work with others to create, synthesize and/ or share relevant knowledge and to stimulate its use through concrete strategies for delivery.

Project Management: Demonstrated skills with task/ project management. Demonstrated ability to design and manage complex programs.

Professionalism: Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity. Demonstrate corporate knowledge, Self-development and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance. Demonstrates good judgement and discretion when handling sensitive materials. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and tact in handling sensitive issues.

Analysis: Demonstrated excellent research and analytical skills that can be applied to gather data and generate knowledge relevant to decision-making functions.

Planning and 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 and is able to work to deadlines and maintain effectiveness under pressure. Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines. Ability to manage multiple workflows at the same time. Proactive approach to managing workflow, with keen ability to multi-task and respond quickly and flexibly to a wide range of issues, some of which come up in ad hoc and unexpected ways. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment where adaptability will be a premier and delivery expected.

Communication: Excellent communication skills and proven drafting ability; ability to develop contacts, foster collaboration with UN and other stakeholders, deliver presentations, advocate for viewpoints and participate actively in internal as well as external debates and negotiations. Ability to craft messages and communiques, and copy edit work to produce flawless written communications is required. Ability to interact with senior level UN staff, with ambassadors, high level diplomats, and with senior government officials including Prime ministerial and Ministerial level. Excellent written, synthesis and research skills, including drafting ability and extensive knowledge of word processing and application of software package as databases and Power Point Presentations; Familiarity and appreciation of social media and a clear communicator.

Teamwork: Work within the Policy team as well as with colleagues across work units, departments, divisions and with Member States. Support colleagues, establish a team culture, encourage others to participate in teamwork and share responsibility for decision-making and results. 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. Demonstrated ability to work with teams representing a wide variety of staffing levels that also cut across agencies and partners, and work without direct authority to deliver timely and high-quality products. Strong team player capabilities.

Personal: Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Demonstrates behavior of professional and personal ethics transparency and openness to encourage respect and similar behavior from colleagues in the work place. Sensitivity to other people's cultural and religious norms and the ability to easily blend with others. Must have shown to have the ability to be discrete and maintain confidential information. Exhibits diplomacy, loyalty and commitment to SEforALL's goals. Willingness to 'get the job' done with a positive attitude to take on a wide range of tasks. Ability and willingness to adjust to 'beyond the normal' working hours and manage the work life balance effectively to accommodate differences in time zones.


Additional Considerations

  • SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the pursuit of an inspiring mission.
  • SEforALL provides competitive compensation packages at its locations in Vienna and Washington and modern workplace arrangements in terms of flexibility and results orientation.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed candidates for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.


SEforALL Values

Partnership. SEforALL’s global team operates within and across partner driven networks, building on its strong relationship with the UN. SEforALL’s global team catalyzes connections, coordinates activities with others, collaborates on common objectives and leverages opportunities to deliver more as a platform than it can do individually.

Agility. SEforALL’s global team is adaptive in its approach so it can stay focused on its goal in an evolving economic and political environment. It brings people together that don’t normally talk to each other and frames the questions differently so it can help leaders unlock action and finance.

Diversity. SEforALL’s global team recognizes the diversity of needs across countries and communities and commits to working with all actors in delivering solutions that respond to these differentiated needs.

Equity. SEforALL’s goal is for “all.” SEforALL’s global team strives for a sustainable energy transition that is just and equitable and leaves no one behind.

Results. SEforALL global team focuses on helping leaders make the most progress, fastest in areas that make a meaningful contribution to SEforALL’s objectives. It is solutions-oriented. It values evidence and data. It understands the scale and urgency of the sustainable energy challenge and the need for a holistic systems-based approach.

Trust. SEforALL’s global team treats information carefully and respects what it is entrusted with as it serves partners and their success



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