Environmental Field Adviser

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Boa Vista, State of Roraima, Brazil 🇧🇷

Result of Service

Environmental impacts of the situation in Brazil and of the humanitarian response to it are identified, known, and mitigated, reducing risks to public health and risks of local tension. Opportunities to use environment / natural resource management as a means by which to promote social integration and durable solutions are developed.

Work Location

Boa Vista, Brazil

Expected duration

Four months or until 15th February 2022, whichever comes first.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is recruited as a national consultant contract under terms and conditions to be determined according to the profile of the selected candidate.

In order to respond to the Venezuela situation UNHCR has established presence in Boa Vista, Manaus, followed by Belém through the creation of field Units. Due to the continued political and socio-economic situation in Venezuela, more individuals are compelled to leave their country to find protection in neighbouring countries. Brazil is one of the countries that have an open-door policy and will continue to implement, providing humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, including temporary shelter, voluntary relocation program and integration in different Brazilian cities.

UNHCR Office in Brazil mobilized efforts to support with planning, developing and supporting implementation of activities aimed at minimising the adverse impacts to the environment from the protracted crisis or escalating situation. The main entrance point for the Venezuelan is the North of Brazil at Amazon region on the States of Roraima. The region has several challenges such as sustainable energy, environmental rehabilitation, and environmental impact mitigation, livelihoods activities in green sector, and low impact technologies such as climate sensitive architecture.

The position is based in the UNHCR office in Boa Vista and the incumbent will provide support to all sites; preparing evaluation of environmental reports in collaboration with municipal and state government department and technical advice to UNHCR and other agencies in the Field.

The consultant salary is financed by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Activity funds will be provided by UNHCR directly, without transfer of funds between the two agencies. The consultant will be based in the UNHCR office in Boa Vista, Brazil, and have one reporting line to the head of office.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office in the UNHCR Boa Vista Field Office and in close coordination with several concerned units, The Environmental Field Advisor is expected to interact with national and local authorities, international agencies, local partners and sectoral working groups present in the country to ensure that key environmental considerations are identified and addressed across clusters/sectors projects and programming.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

• To complete assessments of the current situation regarding population movements, humanitarian response and environmental impacts, as well as conflict risks related to environmental issues.
• To identify opportunities and gaps to address environmental issues and strengthen the response of all humanitarian actors on the ground, such as Municipal and State actor, also including the Federal Government, Brazilian Army, other UN Agencies and NGOs.
• To develop opportunities on livelihoods activities in the green sector, supporting the integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
• To advise on implementation of the environmental dimension of integration and peaceful coexistence activities in collaboration with partners,
• To support resource mobilization to pilot and facilitate the scale up of projects on sustainable energy and environmental rehabilitation.
• To implement environmental activities based on the assessment needs being prioritised and agreed.
• To report on all activities and funds spent to both UN Environment and UNHCR.
• To promote training and capacity building of beneficiaries on the use of aquaponic and biodigesters.
• Perform any other related duties required.

Supervision will be provided under the overall guidance of the Head of Office in the UNHCR Boa Vista field office, in close coordination with the Office of the Representative in Brasilia, and with the support of the Regional Deputy Director and Representative in the UNEP LAC office in Panama City, the UN Environment Brazil country office in Brasilia, and the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) and UNHCR energy and environment office in Geneva.

Additionally, this consultancy includes a 40 hour work week from Monday to Friday and with monthly payments upon presentation and approval of monthly reports. Some flexibility may be required, considering the emergency context.

Qualifications/special skills


  • University degree in Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, Biology or related fields is required.
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, natural sciences, social anthropology, disaster management (with an emphasis on environment), or another demonstrably relevant field is desirable


  • A minimum of 4 year of relevant experience in the environment and in the civil protection / emergency response fields, preferably within the UN is required.
  • Experience of environmental work in a humanitarian/relief context and or post-crisis setting is a strong advantage;
  • Familiarity with environmental assessment tools and frameworks and ability to conduct environmental assessments using international tools and guidelines (environmental impact assessments, risk assessments, etc.) is desirable;
  • Professional work experience in the environment field in Brazil is an asset;


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Portuguese is required. Desirable: Conversational fluency in Spanish is highly advantageous.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


No Fee