Advisor - Climate Technology Transition

Tuesday 27 Apr 21

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UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. UDP is part of the Department for Technology, Management and Economics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

As a collaborating center of UN Environment (UNEP), UDP works with a large range of international institutions, national governments, advisory agencies and research institutions, to assist developing countries in their efforts to move towards low carbon and climate resilient sustainable development. UDP has a staff of approximately 70 professionals from 20 different countries with backgrounds covering economics, science, geography, energy and environment planning. UDP currently implements project activities in more than 60 developing countries.    

About the Technology – Transitions and System Innovation Section
The newly established Technology - Transitions and System Innovation section is working on identifying and assessing barriers and enablers for climate technology transfer and diffusion. We support the national government's needs in technology deployment and facilitate market based innovation, private sector engagement, and local development with an overall emphasis on creating enabling frameworks for technology transfer and market creation across developing country contexts.

In each of these areas, the section is engaged in project implementation, research, capacity building, and provision of technical support, combined with methodology development. In addition, the section provides policy advice and engages in knowledge dissemination.

Currently, we are expanding our portfolio of activities and are seeking to recruit an advisor with a focus on sustainable energy, technology transfer and inclusive development to join a team of 15 colleagues. The successful candidate will contribute to expanding and implementing advisory activities within UDP's three strategic focus areas.

Key tasks and responsibilities
The successful candidate would have already obtained some experience with project management and would have a strong methodological background and proven experience in adapting and applying various analytical and research methods and tools in a developing country context, relevant to sustainability transitions and technological innovation systems.  

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Design and conduct advisory work that contributes to UDPs strategic work areas;
  • Support and strengthen the section and UDP's work with production and dissemination of knowledge, tools and methodologies, and practical guidelines;
  • Initiate new strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, such as development agencies and the private sector, and contribute to the development of UDP's work in private sector engagements;
  • Initiate, contribute to, and/or lead resource mobilization activities, including project concept development and preparation of project proposals;
  • Contribute to high-impact publications, including policy briefs and reports;
  • Cultivate and maintain effective networks and partnerships with policymakers, country partners, and partner agencies;
  • Represent UNEP DTU Partnership and the section at expert meetings, regional consultations, workshops, and seminars.

Selection Criteria
We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced team player who possesses strong knowledge and expertise in the climate change, technology transfer, and sustainable development area and who meets the following criteria:

  • Master's or PhD in sustainable energy transitions, low-carbon technology diffusion, or other relevant fields, with a focus on Africa;
  • Minimum 8 years' of  work experience in the areas of climate change, sustainable development, clean energy, just transitions, socio-economic impacts etc.;
  • Relevant project management and fieldwork experience in African countries (especially in East Africa). Additional experience in other developing countries would be an advantage;
  • Proven track record of dissemination in an international context, and of  using analysis and research to influence policy and practice;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Working proficiency in other languages would be an asset;
  • Experience with developing project proposals, grant writing, securing funds competitively, and developing new project ideas;
  • Experience with liaising, networking and building collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Experience of implementing projects in co-operation with donor agencies, advisory agencies, research organizations, international experts, industry associations, and developing country institutions;
  • Experience of working with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams;

The working language at UDP is English.

What we offer
UDP offers an international setting with room for professional and personal development with a possibility to work across teams. Staff members have a high degree of freedom and responsibility in organizing their work, they play different roles in different projects, and project teams vary from one project to another. 

Terms of employment
UDP is part of the Department of Technology, Management and Economics at the Technical University of Denmark and employees are university staff. The successful candidate will be employed in a full-time position according to the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The position is a permanent position. 

How to Apply
Please submit your online application no later than 12 May 2021 (Danish time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach:

  • Application letter;
  • CV with full personal data and contact details;
  • Indication of three references; and,
  • A copy of your diploma(s)

 Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Further information
For further information please contact Sara Trærup, Head of Technology - Transitions and System Innovation Section, phone: +45 4533 5277, email:

Further information is also available at the UDP website,

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion, or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

DTU Management
DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics - in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. In our research, we focus on the path to an efficient and sustainable society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable development. The UNEP DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale. The department offers a broad range of courses and programs at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. DTU Management employs about 300 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.