Environmental Affairs Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Environmental Affairs Officer will be based in MONUSCO, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The incumbent will report to the Director of Mission Support.
The Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for managing and coordinating environmental issues in the mission, establishing, implementing, monitoring and revising as necessary the Department of Field Support's Environmental Management System (EMS) in the mission in accordance with the DFS Environment Strategy. The duties listed below are part and parcel of this task on the mission’s Environmental Unit:
Policy and Guidance:
- Support the Director of Mission Support in implementing the DPKO/DFS environmental policy and objectives and in identifying needs for drafting new or modifying relevant specific guidance for the Mission (including directives, Annual Mission Environmental Statement, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.) ;
- Undertake regular environmental inspections in all mission’s sites as well as contractors’ disposal sites if any, identifying priority potential risks and recommending remediation actions. Conduct environmental assessments and surveys of operations in the mission, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA);
- Produce the mission’s Environmental Baseline Study (EBS), if no such study has been done, or update existing EBS as necessary;
- Coordinate with the relevant sections to develop the mission wide's Environmental Action Plan (MEAP); and liaise with data owners to ensure that the Mission Environmental Performance and Risk Management System is completed and submitted;
- Produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;
Management of Environmental Unit
- Manages/supervises the environmental activities and coordinates team towards achievement of objectives;
- Oversees the administration and recruitment of personnel of the environmental unit;
Mission-wide Environmental Action Plan (MEAP)- Implementation
- Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the MEAP, including data collection and reporting;
- Maintain a record of environmental issues and actions thereon at the mission, including, for example, a list of potentially hazardous installations within the mission (e.g. petrol station, warehouse storing flammables) in cooperation with fire marshals or other staff at the mission designated to deal with emergencies;
- Investigate complaints or reports of pollution, contamination, health hazards and other environment-related incidents;
- Submit periodic reports on environmental issues at the mission, to the Chief of Mission Support including policy compliance status reports as required for DFS;
- Recommend to the Director / Chief of Mission Support to undertake such measures as may be required to prevent or mitigate environmental problems;
- Advise relevant officers or offices on environmental issues arising from the assessments, studies and plans, including environmental information relevant to the operations of the mission;
- Liaise with relevant sections and Military and Police Environ mental Focal points to get a regular update on inventory of hazardous substances;
Awareness and Training:
- Promote awareness on environmental issues;
- Provide an environmental briefing to all mission personnel including police and military contingents during their induction training;
- Mainstream environment into mission-level SOPs, and other relevant guidance and processes;
- Engage with contractors, in close coordination with contract management colleagues, on responsibilities when relevant
Coordination and Partner Relations:
- Liaise on environmental issues with local authorities and the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and relevant United Nations bodies and agencies present in the country or region hosting the mission, as well as regional organizations and diplomatic community when relevant; and
- Carry out any other tasks required to support the DPKO/DFS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the mission as directed by the Chief of Mission Support.
- PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental assessments. 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 ensures equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- PLANNING AND 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental law or related area. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental management field with a national government/administration, an environmental Institute, a large firm or international organization is required. Experience in project planning and management is desirable. Knowledge and experience in oversight of environmental compliance is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2019, with the possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- The united nations secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.
- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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