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Sustainable Development Expert

Universal Postal Union

Organizational Context:

With its 192 member countries, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the primaryforum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products andservices.

Main duties:

Manage technical tasks associated with the implementation of sustainable development-related activities including climateadaptation in the framework of the UPU Disaster Risk Management activities (DRM) and climate mitigation activities as the UPUcarbon and calculation reporting online tool (OSCAR) and, as delegated, act as an internal and external focal point; organize, leadand/or participate in various workshops and working groups on topics linked to sustainable development including Disaster riskmanagement (DRM) and environmental activities, and represent the UPU within the frame of authority given by the supervisors.

1.1. Within the International Bureau (IB):

a. Give support to the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) activities and its expert including climate adaptation projects andpolicies, especially in the context of UPU technical assistance on Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

b. Prepare the IB's carbon footprint assessment (gather information, perform and analyze calculations, write reports andcommentaries, disseminate information internally and externally).

1.2 With designated operators of member countries and regions:

a. Provide sustainability-related support to the expert in charge of the activities and of the Task Force for the Disaster RiskManagement (DRM) ; contribute to the organization of workshops, training and national projects on DRM including climateaspects in close cooperation with the DRM expert.

b. Contribute to and propose climate adaptation actions to UPU member countries

c. As the OSCAR Manager, and in liaison with the technical provider of OSCAR, manage each stage of the annual carbon footprint calculation and reporting for designated operators of member countries done with OSCAR and provide the necessary assistance or proposals to designated postal operators in the field of carbon foot print reduction

d. Monitor, identify and disseminate best practices in climate change adaptation, mitigation and DRM

e. Monitor the technical implementation of cooperation agreements with the restricted unions.

f. Oversee technical implementation of activities or studies carried out in line with decisions by UPU bodies on sustainabledevelopment

g. As delegated, organize and lead meetings/seminars or workshops

1.3 With external partners:

a. Manage the technical implementation of agreements and partnerships with UN-system organizations and any other institutional partners on climate-related issues including climate change adaptation.

b. Provide technical expertise to partners within the framework of joint projects.

c. As delegated, participate in meetings or workshops organized by partners, particularly at UN level.

2. Documentation, information and communication:

a. Serve as a focal point for environment and sustainable development questions within the IB and with external partners such as the environment experts of other UN agencies, member countries, restricted unions (collect requests, according to level of sensitivity, and reply or prepare replies for the Coordinator's approval).

b. Manage documentation relating to sustainable development: drafting/checking of information, publications, dissemination through the different communication channels used (website, intranet, brochures, press releases, etc.).

c. Propose and monitor communication campaigns undertaken by the UPU on sustainable development

d. Prepare responses and write notes for IB managers or programmes on environmental issues.



First level University degree (bachelor) in environmental science and sustainable development, natural resources management or related field.


Minimum 5 years' experience in environment sciences or sustainable development, and proven experience in carbon management.

Technical knowledge:

- Very good technical knowledge of conducting carbon inventories (tools and methodology).

- Good knowledge in climate change adaptation including Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

- Good knowledge of project management techniques.

- Good command of presentation and communication techniques (written and spoken).

- Good command of office software tools and databases.

- Experience in the postal sector, in logistics or related sectors would be an asset

Skills and abilities / competencies:

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

- Sense of organization and ability to plan work.

- Adaptability and flexibility.

- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment; ethical awareness.

- Flair for communication (ability to teach and motivate people on these issues).

- Commitment to results and cost awareness.

- Capacity for analysis and synthesis

- Interest in and ability to handle with figures

Language skills:

French is the official language of the UPU. English and French are the working languages of the UPU International Bureau. For this post, proficiency in English or French is required. Knowledge of the other language would be an advantage. Training will be mandatory in order to acquire the required level of the second language in a reasonable time frame. Knowledge of other UN language is an asset.


This is a non-core post. This position will be in full compliance with the "Rules governing non-core staff". The selected staff will participate in the UPU Provident Scheme and will be insured together with their recognized dependents against the risks of sickness and accidents. This is a two years' contract which can be renewed if the services continue to be required in the future, the funds are available and/or the staff member's performance is satisfactory. However, this appointment does not automatically carry any expectancy of extension or renewal or of conversion to any other type of appointment.

Candidates must ensure that they provide relevant contact details so that they can be contacted at any time, to prevent them from being excluded from the selection process.The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement. All applicants employed by postal entities and applying for a vacant position in the Professional (P) or Senior (D) category must be recommended and submitted through the competent postal authority. Applications not satisfying this criterion may not be considered. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged. The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance. For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: