Head of unit Sustainable development

The International union of railways (UIC) is looking for a Head of Unit - Sustainable Development in Paris.

The UIC is a world-wide organisation for international cooperation among railways and promotion of rail transport.

Sustainable Development and Environmental activities are of strategic importance to UIC members, and are of growing importance for railways all over the world. The aim of the Sustainable Development Unit of UIC is in particular to:

  • Provide all members with technical expertise to enhance their Environmental & Sustainability performance, create business opportunities and reduce environmental risks;
  • Promote rail’s environmental credentials towards international organisations, making this a competitive advantage compared to other modes of transport for the benefit of UIC members.

The new Head of Unit will coordinate the work of the Sustainable Development Team and directly report to the management and the members of UIC. The activities of the Sustainable development Unit support in particular the:

  • Promotion of rail on world-wide level to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainability,
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions of rail and increasing energy efficiency,
  • Reduction of Noise emissions of rail,
  • Reduction of polluting emissions from the railway system,
  • Sustainability of Land Use (biodiversity, vegetation management, soil remediation),
  • Promotion of rail towards financial institutions for a better access to green funding,
  • Implementation of circular economy in railways organisation.

The ideal candidate would have:

  • University degree in environment, engineering, sustainable development or a related discipline with a focus on environment,
  • Significant professional experience, preferably in the railway sector,
  • A very good knowledge of sustainable development issues, with an emphasis on transport and/or finance,
  • Good knowledge and experience regarding the management of energy and CO2 for railways,
  • High ability and experience in coordinating teams and managing projects, preferably in an intercultural work environment,
  • Excellent communication skills, tact and diplomacy, intercultural competence, network and social skills,
  • Excellent skills in English (spoken and written),
  • Dynamic attitude and strong commitment to Environment and Sustainability,
  • Very good analytical and presentational skills.

Contact and deadline

Interested candidates should submit a letter of motivation and a C.V. electronically to: Laurence SIMON


and Carole Escolan-Zeno

before 15 July 2019.
Applications will be treated in confidence.