Apply for the Executive Secretary Position at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


The United Nations welcomes applications for the position of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This position is at the Under-Secretary-General level and is based in Bonn, Germany.

The Secretariat welcomes applications to supplement the Secretary-General’s search and consultations and would especially welcome the application of women candidates.

The Executive Secretary of UNFCCC is a member of the Secretary-General’s Senior Management Group and serves as a role model for the United Nations Values (Inclusion, Integrity, Humility and Humanity) and Behaviours Framework (Connect and Collaborate; Analyse and Plan; Deliver Results with Positive Impact; Learn and Develop; Adapt and Innovate) and the desired behaviours of the United Nations System Leadership Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Secretary leads the programme of work of the UNFCCC and the Climate Change Secretariat, whose functions include the following:

  • make arrangements for sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention, Meetings of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement and their relevant subsidiary bodies, and provide them with services as required;
  • ensure the provision of technical expertise and analysis and review of climate change information reported by Parties and other stakeholders in the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement;
  • compile and transmit reports submitted to it;
  • facilitate assistance to the Parties, particularly developing country Parties, on request, in the compilation and communication of information required under the provisions of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement;
  • prepare reports on its activities and present them to the Conference of the Parties and Meetings of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement;
  • ensure the necessary coordination with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies;
  • enter, under the overall guidance of the Conference of the Parties, into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions;
  • perform the other secretariat functions specified in the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement and other tasks as may be determined by the Conference of the Parties and Meetings of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement; and
  • support the engagement and involvement of non-party stakeholders in implementing the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
Skills and Expertise

The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with the following attributes:

  • demonstrated senior leadership experience with strategic vision and with an intimate understanding of the economy of climate action and knowledge of the issues involved in the climate change and sustainable development spheres;
  • proven skills in managing complex organisations, such as intergovernmental, international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities;
  • a proven track record of accomplishment at the regional, national or international level, including experience working in or with international organisations;
  • demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in and lead a multi-cultural team and establish cooperative and effective working relationships both within and outside the Organisation;
  • demonstrated creativity in developing operational initiatives and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of doing things in a manner that expands current thinking or traditional approaches; and
  • high commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations and familiarity with the United Nations system, including peacekeeping, human rights, humanitarian and development settings and challenges.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another United Nations official language will be an advantage.

Human rights screening

Individuals who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if shortlisted, to complete a self-attestation form stating that they: 

(a) have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence (excluding minor traffic offences); 

(b) have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law; 

(c) have not committed, been investigated for, been prosecuted for, had a finding against for, or been convicted of an offence for, engaging in sexual exploitation and/or abuse and

(d) have not been the subject of a workplace disciplinary process or other similar process or a workplace investigation or similar process.

Conflicts of interest screening

All United Nations staff members are expected to uphold the highest efficiency, competence, and integrity standards. Senior leaders, in particular, have the responsibility to serve as role models in maintaining the Organisation’s ethical standards.

A conflict of interest occurs when, by act or omission, a staff member’s personal interests interfere with the performance of their official duties and responsibilities or call into question their integrity, independence and impartiality. Risk for conflicts of interest may arise from a staff member’s engagement in outside (non-UN) employment or occupation; outside activities, including political activities; receipt of gifts, honours, awards, favours or remuneration from external (non-UN) sources; or personal investment. In particular, no staff member shall accept any honour, decoration, favour, gift or remuneration from any Government (staff regulation 1.2 (j)). 

Important Links
  • Further information on UNFCCC is available here.
  • Applications must be submitted through this link by Friday, 24 June 2022 (midnight New York time)

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