Environmental Affairs Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Operational Activities and Review Section, Environment Division of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). UNECE Environment Division contributes to the overall objectives and mandate of UNECE as a multilateral platform facilitating greater economic integration and cooperation among its member States, and to the broad aim of the Environment subprogramme to safeguard the environment and human health, and to promote sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Section of the Operational Activities and Review Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:
1. Serving as Secretary to the intergovernmental Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment by:
(i) preparing substantive documentation for Working Group's meetings;
(ii) supporting the preparation of periodic pan-European environmental assessments in the context of the Shared Environmental Information System;
(iii) enhancing the programme website;
(iv) preparing reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy on monitoring and assessment issues;
(v) making presentations at and contributions to meetings outside;
(vi) contributing to the UNECE media strategy by writing press releases and inputs to UNECE general reports, newsletters and brochures.
2. Serving as Co-Secretary (together with a staff member from the Statistical Division) to the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators (JTF) by:
(i) organizing the preparation of substantive documentation for JTF meetings;
(ii) organizing and servicing JTF meetings;
(iii) preparing reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy on environmental indicators issues;
3. Designing and implementing capacity-building programmes to strengthen environmental observation capacities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe by:
(i) consulting with Governments and the civil society, UN agencies, EEA, OECD and other partners;
(ii) mobilizing extrabudgetary resources and managing the Environmental Monitoring Trust Funds including the preparation of relevant programme budgets, cost plans, mediumterm plans, allotment advices and programme performance/evaluation reports;
(iii) organizing training workshops and consultations, and publishing guidance documents.
4. Contributing to the environmental performance review programme, upon request, by:
(i) drafting chapters on country review reports on environmental monitoring and other relevant issues; and
(ii) participating in country review missions.
•Professionalism: Sound knowledge and ability to apply environmental policy and information management theories and concepts to support sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research in the area of environmental monitoring, data and assessments, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental management, economics, natural science or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience on environment in Government service, research institutions, non-governmental or in international organizations, of which preferably a minimum of 3 years at the international level. Experience working with countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia is desirable. Experience of environmental information management is desirable. Experience in project/programme management and administration is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Russian is highly desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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