This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
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.
ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
This position is located in the Office of the Chief, of the Central Support Services Section (CSSS), in the Division of Administration. The Environmental Management Officer reports to the Steering Committee on all aspects of the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), a framework that helps the Organization achieve its environmental goals through consistent review, evaluation, and improvement of its environmental performance.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Central Support Services Section and within delegated authority, the Environmental Management Officer is required to perform the following duties:
• Coordinates the development, implementation and operation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) of the UN premises in Bangkok; monitors and analyzes the EMS development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Performs the coordination work of an operational EMS working group, representing key stakeholders during the EMS implementation; performs assignments on information collation and needs assessment, in collaboration with relevant parties within the UNESCAP, including UNEP and all other offices at the UN Building, by liaising, planning, and facilitating workshops, and other interactive methods in developing EMS plan, policy, and documentations required for the ISO 14001 certification.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources to support the formation of all aspects of the EMS.
• Assists in the development of the EMS specification to define objectives, formalize actions, and build key performance indicators for monitoring progress; assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares recommendations for decision making for the steering group.
• Prepares schedule and cost estimates for the implementation of the EMS, as well as various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Develops a communication strategy and plan for all outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; suggests activities to facilitate staff’s behavioral changes for improved environmental sustainability; makes presentations on EMS topics/activities to a wide range of audiences.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.
• Performs other related duties, as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
• 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.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, environmental sciences, engineering and/or a related field. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, programme management related to environmental management, or related areas, is required. A minimum of three years of experience in an EMS implementation is required. Proven experience in methodologies (i.e. PRINCE2) and knowledge of standards (i.e. PMI) for project management, and experience in the evaluation and oversight of environmental compliance and the development of environmental KPI is desirable. Experience preparing and reviewing technical environmental documents, plans and reports is desirable. Experience analyzing, interpreting and assessing compliance with complex environmental regulations and recommending and implementing solutions is an asset.
Training or certification in any of the below would be highly desirable:
• ISO 14001, ISO 14031 or EMAS or other Environmental Management Certification
• PRINCE2 (foundation or practitioner) and/or PMP (PMI)
• Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
• Environmental Health and Safety Management Specialist (EHS)
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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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