Environmental Affairs Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Kinshasa, in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The Environmental Affairs Officer reports to the Director of Mission Support.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Mission Support, the Environmental Officer will be responsible for managing the Environmental Unit and for coordinating and managing actions on environmental issues in the mission, chiefly establishing, implementing, monitoring and revising as necessary the mission’s Environmental Management System (EMS).
Policy and Guidance:
- Support the Director of Mission Support in the drafting and/or review of the mission’s environmental policy and objectives (including directives, Annual Mission Environmental Statement, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.).
- 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.
- Produce the mission’s Environmental Action Plan (EAP).
- Prepare the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices.
Management of Environment Unit:
- Manages/supervises the Environment Unit of the mission.
- Oversees the administration and recruitment of personnel of the Environment Unit.
- Provide regular reports to MHQ on ongoing projects as well as new requirements for the Sector, implementing feedback received from MHQ.
Environmental Action Plan - Implementation:
- Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the mission’s EAP, 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 of other staff at the mission designated to deal with emergencies.
- Investigate complaints or reports of pollutions, contamination, health hazards and other environmental-related incidents.
- Submit periodic reports on environmental issues at the mission, to the Director of Mission Support including policy compliance status reports as required by DFS.
- Recommend to the Director of the Director 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 operation of the mission.
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.
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.
- Carry out any other tasks required to support the DKPO/DFS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the mission as directed by the Director of Mission Support.
- PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Proven ability to organize and service intergovernmental bodies and technical meetings. 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.
- MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
- 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, science, engineering or related area. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental management field with a national government/administration, a large firm or international organization is required. Experience of coordination of environmental management within the UN System and representation in interagency network is highly desirable. Knowledge of methodologies for project planning, evaluation and oversight of environmental compliance is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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.
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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