Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next decade. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Directorate of Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) and the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE).
This position is located in the Climate Technology and Innovation Division (EAE/ENE/CTI) Within the Department of Energy, the Climate Technology and Innovation Division is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. The Division is responsible for enhancing the use of low-carbon technologies by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries. The CTI division has been working on global programmes such as The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP), The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), The Low Carbon Low Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer Programme (LCET) and Geothermal power generation programme with thematic priorities including enterprise development, technology value-chain development and investment facilitation. In conjunction with these global programmes, the CTI also works on in country projects such as to provide innovative approaches for promoting social equality and economic growth including, e.g., improvement of water supply, public health and general environmental quality by introduction of innovative water sanitation systems.
Specifically, PFAN serves three functions:
Under the close supervision of the PFAN Programme Manager, and working with the programme team, applies basic theoretical knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated administrative and programme functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in Pakistan by: