Head of Strategy - UNEP DTU Partnership

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a UN Environment (UNEP) collaborating centre and a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. The partnership works with a large range of international institutions, national governments and research institutions, to assist countries in their efforts to move towards climate resilient and sustainable development.

UDP is institutionally part of the Department for Management at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with its offices located in the UN City Copenhagen.

New strategy and new organization

We have recently stated implementing a new strategy and new organizational structure to reflect the evolving needs of our partner countries in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

In this process we are seeking highly motivated and experienced experts to be part of our Strategic Management Team.

Activities are organized in three strategy areas:

  • Climate Planning and Policy
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Business Models and Markets

Projects in the three strategy areas draw in a matrix structure on staff organized in five substantive sections.

In order to consolidate and strengthen the new organization we are recruiting Heads of Strategy for both the Transparency and Accountability area and for the Business Models and Markets area.

On Transparency and Accountability, UDP is assisting countries and non-state actors to establish transparency systems that facilitate reporting and documentation of the results and impacts of the NDCs. The strategic area is a direct response to article 13 of the Paris Agreement.

On Business Models and Markets, the focus is to support well-functioning markets and business models to be established and deployed in developing countries and thereby unlocking investments in mitigation and adaptation actions from the private sector.

Expectations for a Head of Strategy Main functions include:
  • Development of the strategic focus area with clear and ambitious targets and KPIs
  • Ensure that the project portfolio follows the plans and deliver results
  • Initiate development of new projects and actively lead on fundraising
  • Maintain relations internally at DTU and with UN Environment counterparts, country partners and strategic donors and collaborators

Key Qualifications The successful candidates are expected to be highly motivated and experienced team players in order to fit in our informal and multi-cultural work environment.

The positions require very strong knowledge and expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation issues and/or energy sector development with a focus on energy efficiency.

The positions have no direct personnel management responsibilities, but strong management experience is required, and we expect the successful candidates to have significant experience from positions with both strategic and staff management to ensure efficient interaction in the matrix structure.

On the formal qualification side, we expect:
  • A PhD degree in planning, economics, geography, engineering or other relevant field;
  • Min. 15 years of experience with climate change and development including engagement with analytically founded technical assistance
  • Min. 5 to 10 years in management functions, including fundraising
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, communication, and presentation skills in English. Working proficiency in French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage;
  • Strong experience with implementation of projects in co-operation with development aid donor agencies, international experts, and developing country institutions and experts;
  • Experience with teamwork and an ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure.


The working language at UDP is English. Working proficiency in Spanish and/or French is a strong asset.

We offer

UDP offers an international work environment located in the UN City in Copenhagen with a multi-disciplinary team of approx. 70 staff members from 26 countries.

As a Head of Strategy you will have profound influence on UDPs future development and engagements and will have a broad interface with both UN Environment, DTU and our country partners.

We apply a dialogue-based Scandinavian management style and we offer a family friendly work place with a documented positive work environment where there is room for a good work-life balance for our staff.

Terms of employment

UDP is part of the Department of Technology, Management, & 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. Individual supplement reflecting the responsibility of the position will be negotiated.

The place of work is the UN City based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

How to apply

Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 2019 (Central European 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 John Christensen, Director on +45 4533 5300 / or Peter Skotner, Deputy Director on +45 4533 5303 /

Further information is available at the UDP website, Note that a new website reflecting the new strategy and structure will be launched end of May, so for more detailed information contact John Christensen or Peter Skotner.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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