United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Administrative Manager (Eco Efficiency)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

As part of the Field Support and Eco sustainability unit in DFAM’s Administrative Management Services section at NYHQ, this position will provide crucial technical and managerial support to the unit, helping to achieve the organizational goals that UNICEF has set for our global field office network, namely in improving the eco-efficiency, accessibility and inclusiveness of operations and premises.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope.. 

As part of the Field Support and Eco sustainability unit in DFAM’s Administrative Management Services section at NYHQ, this position will provide crucial technical and managerial support to the unit, helping to achieve the organizational goals that UNICEF has set for our global field office network, namely in improving the eco-efficiency, accessibility and inclusiveness of operations and premises.

The Administrative Manager, (Eco -Efficiency) is responsible for leading the technical work required for planning, implementing and reporting on resource use efficiency and inclusiveness projects across UNICEF’s global field office network, to achieve concrete results according to the work plan developed by the Administrative Management Section to improve the ecoefficiency and inclusiveness of UNICEF’s office network and operations.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: Portfolio Management and Quality Assurance

• Identify goals and targets for UNICEF’s eco-efficiency and office accessibility strategy.

• Identify and track corresponding key performance indicators (KPIs).

• Strengthen real time Data Collection, manage and analyze the data collection process contributing to refining goals and targets including quality assurance.

• Provide technical assistance to UNICEF offices and help them achieve UNICEF goals and targets at the country and regional levels, through developing and implementing action plan based on data collection to reduce the environmental footprint and resource consumption.

• Analyze projects submissions to ensure effectiveness and quality assurance for approval, monitor implementation and take initiatives to ensure achievement of objectives.

• Provide inputs to the preparation of the UNICEF strategic plan on Climate Change, including, data Analysis, briefings or short notes to the Senior Management as needed.

• Engage and nurture relationship with Programme and Supply Division to encourage climate considerations in policies to meet the UNICEF objectives on greenhouse gas reduction, reduction in water consumption and promotion of accessibility.

Technical Support to Field Offices

• Provide local operations teams with technical training pertaining to energy and water efficiency projects and coordinate with Head of Operations ongoing and planned projects.

• Support offices in drafting technical terms of reference for energy, lighting, and water efficiency projects.

• Review the technical aspect of bids and assist offices select adequate contractors and service providers.

• Identify offices in need of accessibility and coordinate actions and necessary projects across UNICEF offices to improve accessibility and meet UNICEF Strategic Plan target.

Implementing EDGE and renewable energy solutions, in new, renovated, and existing UNICEF offices

• Provide technical support to the Contracting Unit in Supply Division and coordinate the early-on application of energy and water efficiency features in new and renovated UNICEF offices.

• Continuously identify and address high demand products and services that contribute to improving the cost and resource use efficiency of UNICEF offices.

• Support Supply Division with technical terms of reference for high demand eco-efficiency products and services, including solar photo-voltaic solutions, that are identified to be procured globally.

• Where applicable, support the local Design teams with implementing the requirements of green building certifications, such as EDGE.

• Provide technical support to country offices when implementing renewable energy/solar projects, and energy efficiency projects.

Co-Managing the Greening and Accessibility Fund

• Provide technical assistance to operations teams in completing applications to access the Greening and Accessibility Fund (GrAF).

• Evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of projects and present a recommendation to the approving authority.

• Manage the monitoring process of the ongoing and completed projects and report periodically to the Chief of section.

Innovations and initiatives toward reduction of energy consumption and contributing to meeting UNICEF Strategy plan goals and objectives.

• Develop initiatives, including new approaches and technology to promote eco efficiencies and accessibility while contributing to reduce environmental footprint.

Managing the Inclusive & Sustainable Operations Team

• Manage the eco-efficiency Team, build capacity and provide professional mentoring to the team regarding global climate commitments and strategy work streams.

• Plan work strategize to achieve objectives and report progress.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in sustainability or similar, in addition to a degree in architecture, engineering or other relevant disciplines.
  • EDGE Expert, LEED Accredited Professional or BREEAM certifications are an asset.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • International work experience in energy efficient building construction, organizational greening, sustainability, and energy systems is an asset.
  • Proficiency in Autocad and energy management software is an asset.
  • Knowledge of vehicle Management Systems is desired
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with Emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core competencies ▪ Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2) ▪ Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) ▪ Works Collaboratively with others (2) ▪ Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2) ▪ Innovates and Embraces Change (2) ▪ Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) ▪ Drives to achieve impactful results (2) ▪ Manages ambiguity and complexity (2) Functional Competencies: ▪ Analyzing (2) ▪ Applying Technical Expertise (2) ▪ Planning and Organizing (3) UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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