6th Edition of Biogas

The 6th edition of Biogas is taking place on the 1-2 October in San Francisco. The event brings together over 30 top level speakers who will share best practice case studies of agri, waste, landfill, sewage and wastewater biogas, providing an excellent platform for networking, knowledge transfer and new business development.

Learn from leading project developers, utilities, financiers and policy makers, including:

  • David Albers, President, BioEnergy Solutions
  • Philip Brown, President & Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Energy
  • Kevin Best, Chief Executive Officer, RealEnergy
  • Brian Gannon, President, Biogas Energy
  • Mitch Pratt, Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Clean Energy
  • Ken Brennan, Senior Project Manager, Business Development, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Martha Krebs, Deputy Director, California Energy
  • Jeff Reed, Director of Market Development & Emerging Technology, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Chris Voell, Program Manager, EPA AgSTAR
  • Steve Wilburn, President, Firm Green Energy
  • William Zobel, Clean Transportation Program Manager, Sempra Utilities
  • Jason Patrick, Vice President, Merrill Lynch Commodities
  • Paul Douglas, Supervisor, Renewable Procurement and Resource Planning, California Public Utility Commission

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Don’t miss this opportunity to network with and question leading market experts during 2 days of high level debate Register Now!

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
13-20 March 2010
Saguaro Lake Ranch, AZ

Application Deadline
31 August 2009
Participation limited to thirty-four early career scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses supported by the National Science Foundation

The Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse), connects natural and social scientists engaged in research related to climate change, impacts and solutions. The goal is to broaden perspectives and establish a collegial peer network to address climate challenges at the interface of science and society. A report and list of participants from the most recent symposium is available at http://disccrs.org/reports/DISCCRS_IV_Symposium_Report.pdf

During the week-long symposium — held in the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix, Arizona — participants will present and discuss their research, hone interdisciplinary communication and team skills, and discuss emerging research, societal and professional issues with each other and with established researchers invited to serve as mentors. Confirmed mentors include Julia E. Cole (University of Arizona), Jonathan T. Overpeck (University of Arizona), Billie L. Turner (Arizona State University), and David A. Randall (Colorado State University).

Participation will be limited to thirty-four early career scholars identified by an interdisciplinary committee of research scientists based on review of submitted applications.

PhD requirements completed April 1, 2007 – July 31, 2009. Selection will favor applicants who plan to engage in interdisciplinary research careers in any subject within or relevant to climate change, its impacts and solutions. We encourage applicants from the natural and social sciences, economics, mathematics, engineering, or any other field so long as the research focus relates to climate change, its impacts or solutions. While the emphasis is on the U.S. research system, we welcome applicants from all countries who are interested in learning about the U.S. research system and connecting with U.S. researchers.

Symposium Application instructions:

Register your PhD dissertation and search for other recent climate change dissertations:
(over 900 PhDs have added their dissertation abstract on climate change to this database).   http://disccrs.org/register.html

Electronic newsletter:
with jobs and other time-sensitive announcements is available to those who register dissertations.

Public webpage:
includes the dissertation registry, numerous early career resources, and symposium application instructions.  http://disccrs.org/


Ronald B. Mitchell, University of Oregon; Paul H. Yancey, Whitman College; Jennifer R. Marlon, University of Oregon; and Ruth A. Ladderud, Whitman College.

This Symposium is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation through grants to the University of Oregon and Whitman College.


For a printable color poster of information about DISCCRS V in PDF format, please go to: http://disccrs.org/DISCCRSposter.pdf — please distribute widely.

Solar Economics Forum USA

The Meeting Place for U.S. Solar Policy and Business
Washington, D.C., USA: 9-10 September 2009

Last chance to save up to $222.00 – click here

The Solar Economics Forum USA conference and exhibition takes place in Washington D.C. on the 9-10 September 2009. Learn, network and debate with utility companies, project developers, investors, banks and policy makers at this leading solar finance event.

In a recent report by PR Newswire, Fresco Solar has announced that it will contrust solar photovoltaic ground arrays of one megawat or more in size anywhere in the USA for $2.95 per watt. This new breakthrough pricing, when coupled with Federal tax credits and other local initiatives such as the California Solar Initiative, brings solar photovoltaic power within the realm of grid parity.

Solar Economics Forum USA will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Understand the economics of the U.S solar industry and why solar has been given a key role in the US response to the economic crisis
  • Compare the true cost curves for different technologies (PV, Thin Film, CSP, CPV)
  • Hear how manufacturing is being scaled up
  • Gain insight into which technologies are attracting investment and how projects can be financed in a difficult climate
  • Find out the details surrounding the US policy developments at federal and state level, what this means for solar businesses and how policy is driving the market forward
  • Understand how the U.S market has developed across utility, commercial and residential sectors

To download the full event brochure click here

Register today to take advantage of the earlybird discount – available until 22 July 2009.

Expert speakers include:

  • Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Representative, D-AZ
  • Jigar Shah, Founder, Sun Edison, USA
  • Julia Hamm, Executive Director, Solar Electric Power Association, USA
  • David Arfin, Vice President, SolarCity, USA
  • Rainer Aringhoff, President, Solar Millennium, USA
  • Matt Cheney, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Ventures, USA
  • Carrie Cullen Hitt, President, The Solar Alliance, USA
  • Shawn Kravertz, President, Esplanade Capital, USA
  • Nancy E. Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors, USA
  • John Woolard, Chief Executive Officer, Brightsource Energy, USA
  • John Bartlett, Financial Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Adam Browning, Executive Director, The Vote Solar Initiative, USA
  • Jeanne Fox, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, USA
  • Nancy Hartsoch, Director, CPV Consortium and Vice President, SolFocus, USA
  • Kevin Law, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Power Authority, USA
  • Arnold Leitner, Chief Executive Officer, SkyFuel, USA
  • Brian Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, PrimeStar Solar, USA
  • Mike Nedd, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, USA
  • William Nesbitt, Managing Director, Good Energies, USA
  • Scott Stephens, Solar Energy Technology Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Darren Van’t Hof, Vice President, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation
  • Sanjay Wagle, Renewable Energy Advisor, Recovery Act Team, U.S. Department of Energy

Also announcing Solar Technologies 101:

An introductory to solar technology and markets for non engineers – 8th September 2009

Whether you are new to the industry or simply want to refresh and update your knowledge, this one-day training course will ensure you are up-to-speed with the key, fundamental aspects of the Solar energy industry.

You will learn about the different applications and technologies for harnessing the sun’s energy, including both photovoltaics and solar thermal. These will be placed in their relevant business context both within the energy market as a whole and by considering the commercial, economic and regulatory factors affecting both demand and supply.

For more information on training courses available click here

To register for training click here

Sponsorship Opportunities:

The Solar Economics Forum USA attracts top level executives and key decision makers in the industry. Sponsoring this event will enable you to showcase your leadership position within the US solar power industry. Our sponsors receive  unparalleled media and marketing exposure before, during and after the conference. Stay connected and partner with  the leading solar finance conference in the US.

For more information contact William Todd

Green Power Conferences

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New Energy Finance
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Founded in 2003, Green Power Conferences was the first dedicated company to offer professionally organised events focusing on the renewable energy, climate change and sustainability sectors. We have now welcomed over 10,000 delegates from 92 countries and built a global database of 400,000+ contacts. Our expertise lies in producing high quality, interactive conferences that provide ample networking opportunities for delegates and partners alike.
Each event is developed by a team of market research professionals who ensure our events provide in-depth discussions and the latest industry updates in these fast-moving sectors. With a global portfolio of 50+ events, Green Power Conferences is helping to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy, climate change mitigation projects and sustainable business practices from Rio to Hong Kong. We also walk the talk, by offsetting all our commercial activities through renewable energy projects around the world.

Join our Green Energy Training Group on LinkedIn – click here

Forthcoming Conferences

Optimizing Wind Power Performance, Houston, TX, USA, 2-3 September
Solar Economics Forum USA, Washington DC, USA, 9-10 September
Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement, New York, USA, 14-15 September
Carbon Markets USA, Washington DC, USA, 21-22 September
Forestry Carbon Markets & REDD, Washington DC, USA, 23-24 September
Next Generation Biofuels, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28-30 September
Carbon Markets Turkey, South Caucasus & Central Asia, Istanbul, Turkey, 29-30 September

Biogas USA, San Francisco, USA, 1-2 October 2009
Carbon Markets Mexico & Central America, Mexico City, Mexico, 6-7 October
Biofuels Markets Mexico & Central America, Mexico City, Mexico. 7 October
Jatropha Markets Americas, Mexico City, Mexico, 8-9 October
Voluntary Carbon Markets, London, UK, 12-13 October
Carbon Capture & Storage Congress, Doha, Qatar, 20-21 October
Carbon Markets MENA, Cairo, Egypt, 27-28 October
BioEnergy Markets West Africa, Accra, Ghana, 27-29 October

Carbon Markets Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 10-11 November


World Biofuels Markets, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 March 2010

Green Power Academy Courses:

Introduction to Renewables, London, 11-12 August
Introduction to Solar Technology and Markets, London, 13-14 August
Wind 101, A 1-day primer for non-engineers, Houston, 1 September
Solar 101, A 1-day primer for non-engineers, Washington DC, 8 September
Introduction to Renewables, London, 12-13 October
Introduction to Solar Technology and Markets, London, 14-15 October
Introduction to Renewables, Dubai, 15-16 November
Introduction to Solar Technology and Markets, Dubai, 17-18 November

For more information on our academy courses please visit www.greenpoweracademy.com

Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week

Call for Participants: The 1st Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week

A new opportunity for scientists to influence public policy

This August, AIBS – with the support of Event Sponsors: Sevilleta Field Station; Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry–North America; and the Natural Science Collections Alliance – will launch the 1st Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week, August 17-21, 2009.

The 1st Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week is an opportunity for scientists and graduate students, regardless of their policy experience, to meet with their members of Congress. AIBS will prepare participants for their Congressional meeting(s) via an interactive, online training session.

Throughout the week, participating scientists and research facilities (e.g., field stations, natural science collections) will meet with their members of Congress to show them first-hand the importance of sustained federal investments in biological science research and education. Participating scientists will either set-up meetings with their elected officials at their district office or may invite them to visit a research facility, laboratory, or classroom to experience first-hand how science is done and taught.

How to Participate

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited. The deadline for registering is August 5, 2009. If you would like to participate, please contact AIBS Public Policy Associate, Julie Palakovich Carr, at jpalakovichcarr@aibs.org or 202-628-1500 x 225, to provide your name, affiliation, contact information (mailing address), and how you heard about this event. If you plan on inviting your members of Congress to your research facility, please include the mailing address of your facility in your correspondence.

Organizations wishing to support this effort may still become a Sponsor or Supporter of the event. Please contact AIBS Director of Public Policy, Dr. Robert Gropp, at 202-628-1500 x 250 for additional information.

Visit aibs.org for the full announcement and more details, http://www.aibs.org.

Event Sponsors

– Natural Science Collections Alliance

– Sevilleta Field Station

– Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – North America

Fulbright Scholar Program for US Faculty and Professionals for 2010-2011 is open

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers 105 awards in lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research in economics, including seven Fulbright Distinguished Chairs and the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program.  Even better, faculty and professionals in economics also can apply for one of the 144 “All Discipline” awards open to all fields.

What does Fulbright offer in economics?  Here are a few of the awards for 2010-2011:

Western Hemisphere: Award #0542 – Business Administration and Economics in Jamaica; Award #0548 – Economics in Nicaragua; Award #0552 – Business Administration in Panama.

Middle East and Northern Africa: Award #0458 – Business Administration and Management in Oman; Award #0417 – Middle East/North Africa Regional Research; Postdoctoral research awards in Egypt and Israel.

Southern and Western Europe: Award #0222 – Business and Finance in Bulgaria; Award #0258 – Economics in Ireland; Award #0394 – Business Administration and Economics in Turkey; Award #0199 – Austrian Hungarian Joint Research Award; multiple awards pertaining to U.S. economics in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Northern and Eastern Europe: This region offers unique opportunities for specialists to conduct research on post-communist economic transitions or assist in the development of new economics and MBA programs. Opportunities exist in a broad range of specializations including finance, micro or macroeconomics (such as Award #0277 in Iceland), and econometrics.

Distinguished Chairs: Award #0032 – Fulbright-UCP Chair in International Commercial Trade and Business Law in Portugal; Award #0012 – Fulbright-Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration Distinguished Chair in Austria.

The application deadline is August 1, 2009.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For a full, detailed listing of all Fulbright programs and other eligibility requirements, please visit our website at www.cies.org or send a request for materials to scholars@cies.iie.org.

Conservation Int’l – Sr. VP, Science & Knowledge

Job Title:  Senior Vice President, Science + Knowledge

Client: Conservation International

Status:  Full Time

Div/Dept:  Science + Knowledge

Location:  Washington, DC, USA

Supervisor Title:  Chief Operating Officer

Date:  April 2, 2009

Background: At Conservation International, we envision the nations of the world maintaining the health and vitality of Earth’s natural resources, especially her biodiversity, so that people today and tomorrow can live full and healthy lives.  Our work seeks to inspire and help societies manage nature’s assets for the equitable benefit of current and future generations.

The SVP position is an expansion of CI’s former head of Conservation and Applied Biodiversity Sciences (CABS) role. Poised for continued success, CI is seeking a Senior Vice President of Science + Knowledge who will have full responsibility for developing and implementing CI’s science-to-action agenda to support CI’s new mission of delivering human well-being through conservation of healthy ecosystems and their goods and services.

The most critical component of the science-to-action agenda is to better understand and quantify how human well-being is provided and can be sustained through conserving natural ecosystems, ecological processes, and biodiversity, and thereby maintaining ecosystem services.  CI will focus on the conservation and restoration of healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and benefits to human well-being – climate, food, water, and health security, and option value – as well as the risks and costs of losing these benefits.

The SVP will lead the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of CI’s Science + Knowledge, will lead a global staff, and will play a prominent leadership role in communications, fundraising, and partnerships throughout the local, national, and international communities where we work.  The Senior Vice President works with programs and staff within a matrix organization to lead the implementation of CI’s science-to-action agenda.

Ideal Candidate: The SVP will bring internationally significant credentials and a proven track record of successful leadership, fundraising, and management of people and fiscal oversight of large programs.  S/he will demonstrate outstanding communication skills, the ability to set priorities and achieve aggressive results.  Applicants with experience in establishing the linkage between ecosystem services and human welfare will be given special consideration.  In addition, a background in biodiversity and/or conservation ecology science is a plus.

The successful candidate will be a powerful internal and public presence, entrepreneurial and strategic, a results-driven leader with a proven track record of successfully managing an organization of similar size, complexity, and trajectory.  The SVP will have successful change management experience as a willing, inspired, and capable agent of achieving change in a constructive manner.  S/he will be an innovative and global thinker, able to maximize current partnerships while identifying and establishing new collaborations, capitalizing on unrealized opportunities, and translating CI’s ambitious plans into realistic strategies through a diversely funded operation.  The SVP will have the foresight and ability to effectively adapt to and influence CI’s infrastructure and organizational culture. S/he will champion CI, our resources, and talents to extend the reach of our science and knowledge through creative and high quality services which leverage and maximize technology, adaptive research, and human potential.

Key Responsibilities:

The tasks, duties and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

Task/Duty/Responsibility/Time Percentage

  1. Develop and implement the strategy of Science + Knowledge by leading CI’s science-to-action agenda to support CI’s new mission of delivering human well-being through conservation of healthy ecosystems and their goods and services. 20%
  2. Build the science that best measures contributions toward and interactions with human well-being benefits from ecosystem conservation.  Generate metrics for assessing and monitoring the status of ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human well-being benefits over time.  Monitor success toward the strategic plan through metrics as generated, and oversee adaptive management and ongoing refinement as CI implements the plan. 20%
  3. Fundraise and secure gifts at the multimillion-dollar level from corporate, foundation, individual, government and multilateral donors to ensure the funds to carry out the Science + Knowledge strategy.  20%
  4. Represent CI in forums and build the partnerships needed to advance CI’s ‘Science to Action Agenda’ of conserving healthy natural ecosystems and their provision of human well-being.  Secure broad buy-in and support of our efforts.  This includes leading interactions with industry leaders, governments and multilateral organizations, NGOs and the private sector.  10%
  5. Oversee management of staff and budgets.  Provide oversight and guidance to senior staff to implement new Science + Knowledge initiatives.   Align staff toward objectives and manage performance.  Ensure fiscal oversight of divisional budgets. 20%
  6. Create and lead the overall communications strategy for Science + Knowledge.  10%

Education, experience, skills and abilities: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and overall skills:  Ph.D. in a field related to CI’s Science + Knowledge agenda and 12+ years of experience at a comparable level of seniority an excellent command of written and spoken English excellent communications and interpersonal skills as demonstrated by success in influencing and communicating with authorities and leaders globally international experience preferably in a developing country setting significant leadership, management, and strategic experience in an NGO, corporation, government or university or related experience ability to create and lead innovative strategies, partnerships, and programs to improve human well-being by ensuring healthy ecosystems across multiple geographic areas and multi-disciplinary teams published scientist.

Management of programs, budgets, and people:

  1. Experience in a leadership role within a multi-geographic, multi-cultural setting
  2. Ability to identify strategic issues and priorities, develop implementation teams and plans, and serve as the key decision-maker on programmatic, fundraising and operational issues
  3. Strong management skills with the ability to mentor and motivate staff and provide leadership across a diverse team of technical and operational professionals
  4. Ability to build organizational capacity and lead and align teams
  5. Successful experience managing cross-functional teams of distributed professionals in a matrixed management structure

Partnerships & Influence:  Demonstrated ability to embrace the mission and strategies of Conservation International and to influence governments, corporations, foundations and individuals to support our efforts.   Ability to collaborate with senior levels of management.  Demonstrated capacity for fundraising in the science arena with foundations and individuals with Demonstrated results at securing multimillion dollar gifts

Supervision / Authority allocated:  The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent. Authorities refer to many things for which permission is not necessary, including: resources the position is allowed to commit, people with whom the position may openly communicate, meetings the position is allowed to convene, agreements the position may make, etc.

  1. Direct supervision of Senior Staff in Science + Knowledge, and oversight of staff of entire function.
  2. Authority to establish partnerships with government agencies, multi-lateral agencies, NGOs and other organizations to achieve Science + Knowledge objectives.
  3. Authority to negotiate on behalf of CI with executives of corporate, government, and organizational partners.
  4. Authority to raise and commit resources from foundations, development agencies, governments, multilaterals and individual donors.
  5. Authority to represent CI and its views to the media and to the public.
  6. Authority to convene formal and informal CI-wide working groups as needed to advance strategic objectives.

Working conditions: The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment. Indicate how much travel, if any, is expected.

Travel to advance program objectives and to CI project sites in the field, at times under physically demanding circumstances.  Position requires the ability to travel extensively throughout the world, at times in rigorous and physically demanding travel conditions, and at times with little or no notice.

Other: Personal characteristics that contribute to an individual’s ability to excel on the job, or other important information regarding the position or its requirements.

  1. Recognized stature in ecosystem conservation and/or human well-being
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills
  3. Personable and trusting
  4. Adaptive and flexible
  5. Effective, efficient and collaborative work style
  6. Team player
  7. Significant energy and ambition and a dedication to international conservation.
  8. Individuals with a demonstrated capacity for developing innovative strategic vision related to conservation science and/or human well-being are especially encouraged to apply.

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.


To learn more about Conservation International please visit our website http://www.conservation.org Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled, ideally on or before July 1, 2009. All interested persons must submit the following material for initial consideration to Jsolomon@globalrecruitment.net

Cover letter; Curriculum vitae/resume; Publication list full

Please direct any questions to Jill Solomon, Global Recruitment Specialists Senior Recruiter; Jsolomon@globalrecruitment.net 973-379-7325 (USA)




Professor of Life Cycle Assessment

Massey University – Institute of Food, Nutrition & Human Health, College of Sciences

We seek a world class LCA Methodology Specialist for a tenured Chair to launch and direct an exciting new funded National Research Centre focused on footprinting New Zealands landbased industries.

Location is Palmerston North; Term of Contract is Permanent; Salary Information; Closing Date is June 14, 2009

Massey Universitys extended campus is the hub of agrifood research in New Zealand and one of the strongest concentrations of scientists in this field in the world.

We seek to appoint a world-class researcher to a funded Chair in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The successful candidate will have a proven record of LCA and related methodologies development and a clear vision of the role of LCA in the sustainable development of agricultural industries including forestry. This vision may include how LCA can be integrated with methods such as exergy analysis, input-output analysis, footprinting and material flows analysis. You will already have a strong reputation in the international agribusiness LCA community and a proven record of collaborations with land-based industries and international organisations or colleagues.

The permanent appointment will be at professorial level and is established by Government funding. The Chair will launch and direct a new, collaborative National Research Centre in LCA for land-based industries, with membership including relevant Crown Research Institutes and other universities. The Foundation Professor of Lifecycle Assessment will lead the development of new post-graduate programmes in LCA methodologies and applications.

New Zealand is highly dependent on its land based industries and pristine environment. For over 80 years, Massey University lecturers, researchers and graduates have shaped and continue to define forward looking agrifood and forestry businesses. This Chair will be a critical part of defining our sustainable future.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be addressed to Professor Richard Archer, tel +64 6 350 5104 (e-mail R.H.Archer@massey.ac.nz), or Professor Mike Hedley, tel +64 6 356 9099, extn 7419 (e-mail M.Hedley@massey.ac.nz).

More information can be found at http://jobs.massey.ac.nz/positiondetail.asp?p=5943.

Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, D-1



ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Environment Programme



The Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.  Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.  In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.   More Info…

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) works with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements. The work of UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch (ETS) examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels, It makes the economic case for the environment, in particular through the “Green Economy Initiative,” This post is located in the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of UNEP/DTIE in Geneva, The position reports to the Director DTIE and as Branch Chief, is responsible for the formulation and management of UNEP’s Programme on Economics and Trade with the following main functions:

  1. Ensures the integration and use of economic rationale, analyses and tools across the various UNEP priority areas and Divisions and maintains a network of institutions and experts to provide inputs/advice to UNEP’s work on economics and trade.
  2. Evaluates and analyses the developmental and environmental implications of policies, plans and programmes proposed by governments, advise on policies that facilitate sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  3. Provides technical advice and assistance to UNEP clients, including governments, NGOs on developing and implementing conceptual frameworks to achieve sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  4. Integrates and ensures coherence and consistency between the economics related activities developed by the Branch with other relevant activities developed and implemented across the United Nations Environment Programme and provides expert advice to UNEP Management on the interface between environment, economics and development.
  5. Develops programmatic strategies and policies and determines the related financial and human resource requirements.
  6. Manages the personnel and financial resources of the Branch.


Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental economics with specific focus on the sustainable development dimensions of macroeconomic and sectoral policies and the impacts of such policies on ecosystems and the services they provide. Ability to prepare reports and papers on related technical issues and to review, analyze, and comment on research papers; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; performs efficiently under stressful situations. Communication: communicates both verbally and in writing clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others not only informed but involved in the design and implementation of programmes and activities. Negotiates to align parties, builds networks, listens and communicates effectively to engage others Teamwork: Builds support for mandate toward achieving a vision; inspires others to translate vision and values into day-to-day activities and behaviors. Works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Strong network inside and outside the UN and ability to create teams across the organization, Planning and Organizing: Formulates, implements and evaluates; Establishes courses of action that ensure that work is completed efficiently; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Accountability: Is conscientious and efficient in meeting deadlines and commitments, and achieving results; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. Leadership: inspires staff members to perform their duties willingly, competently and enthusiastically; imaginatively directs, guides and influences goals by mediating between individuals and the organization in such a manner that both gain maximum satisfaction; leads by example and talent; performs a directing role and yields influence over others; empowers others to translate vision into results; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.



Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics and environmental accounting, A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of working experience, some of which should be at the international level, strong track record in environmental economics, human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field. Developing country experience is essential and experience in working in or with the United Nations an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.

Other Skills

Knowledge of the structures of the UN and other bodies and of the different structures of international coordination mechanisms. Solid knowledge of UNEP’s global environmental strategy, the Bali strategic plan and issues related to mainstreaming the environment in development policies, poverty reduction strategies, environmental economics and trade and environment. Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, e-mail, internet) are required,

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations -Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


A Policy Agenda for NAFTA

On Tuesday June 2 one of the 2 p.m. parallel sessions will feature Rethinking trade and environment:  a policy agenda for NAFTA. The session will be chaired by Kevin Gallagher.  Mr. Gallagher is the Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University (B.A., Northeastern University; M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University).

This panel will serve as a round table among ecological economists and members of civil society who will discuss the need to reform NAFTA to make it more environmentally sustainable and provide specific proposals for reform.

Panelists will include Tim Wise, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University; Jeffrey Schott, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Margrete Strand, Sierra Club; and Mark Linscott, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

For more information on the 2009 USSEE Conference visit our website at http://www.ussee.org/conference09.  Online registration ends today at midnight PST.   Avoid long lines at the registration desk by preregistering today!

Transforming the Economy for a Just and Sustainable World