Senior Technical Advisor – Climate change mitigation and adaptation

The International union of railways (UIC) is looking for a Senior Technical Advisor – Climate change mitigation and adaptation, in Paris.

The UIC is a worldwide 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, reduce environmental risks and create business opportunities,
  • Build a common roadmap for the sector in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation in line with international agreements (Paris agreements, SDGs, etc.), in order to
  • Promote rail’s environmental credentials towards international organizations, making this a competitive advantage compared to other modes of transport for the benefit of UIC members.

The activities of the Sustainable Development Unit of UIC include:

  • Promotion of rail on world-wide level to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainability,
  • Reduction of CO2e & other emissions of rail and increasing energy efficiency,
  • Promotion of effective management of other railway environmental impacts such as reduction of noise, sustainable land use, circular economy, protection of biodiversity, sustainable door-to-door solutions, sustainable finance, etc.

The Senior Technical Advisor will be expected to support reduction of CO2e of rail activities by completing the following duties:

  • Drive the Energy and CO2 network in the set up/revision of the sector’s commitments with regard to CO2 emissions reduction;
  • Develop key partnerships with external stakeholders in order to better assess the sector’s performance, provide a comprehensive picture of the role of the railway sector at a global level;
  • Develop existing tools enabling to communicate on the railway sector’s carbon impact (Eco passenger, Eco transit, etc.);
  • Promote actions among members on adaptation to climate change and risks management;
  • Participate to the writing of reports with various external partners (IEA, Sum4all, SLoCaT, etc.);
  • Support the head of unit in the promotion of rail’s environmental credentials towards international organizations;
  • Provide expertise in order to raise awareness on issues at stake towards UIC members and external stakeholders.

It also includes:

  • Support for project management: preparation of scopes, review of tenders, coordination, preparation and review of technical & other documents,
  • Communication: delivery of presentations, preparation of articles, newsletters and brochures,
  • Coordination of UIC Expert Networks: organization of meetings, workshops, conferences and other events,
  • Processing of environmental data collection.

The Senior Technical Advisor will work in close collaboration with the Technical advisor on Energy of the Sustainable Development Team and directly report to the Unit Manager and Department Director.
The ideal candidate would have:

  • University degree in Environment or Engineering with focus on environment,
  • A strong professional experience in these fields, in the railway sector,
  • High ability and experience in managing projects, preferably in an intercultural work environment,
  • A very good overview of sustainable development, particularly climate issues, with an emphasis on transport and railways,
  • 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 12 July 2019.
Applications will be treated in confidence.