Environment Management Systems (EMS) Officer

Geneva, , CH

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information – Job-specific

The purpose of the REACT project is to promote the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in the UN system, focusing in particular on peacekeeping operations, by supporting the United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS) in their efforts to improve their own environmental and energy performance. Peacekeeping operations are international missions mandated by the UN Security Council to operate in specific countries and parts of countries for specific periods. The operations usually take place in locations with a fragile environment and a serious lack of infrastructure. The environmental footprint of UN Peacekeeping Operations is not bench marked against any specific standard or other organization but it is considered to have significant room for improvement in a large number of critical areas. UN Peace operations represents over 50% of the current UN system Climate Footprint and as such are instrumental in reaching the UN wide target of Climate Neutrality by 2020 that is demanded by the Secretary General and the UN Chief Executives’ Board.

With help from REACT, the DFS field missions will be supported in implementing mission specific Environment Management Systems (EMS) following the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycles towards continuous environmental improvement and assist the mission to implement it via the development of mission specific environmental action plans and scorecards, which will be the base for DFS to track progress at mission level.  
Functional Responsibilities

The EMS officer will oversee the implementation of a systematic approach to environmental impacts reduction via EMSs by DFS field missions and connect DFS efforts with the UN wide environmental sustainability management work and greening the blue campaign.

The position is full time time with an expected 50% of time travelling to field missions.

He/she will:

Coordinate, support and enable implementation of EMSs in Field missions

  • Assess the EMS implementation, main challenges and capacity building needs in each mission via a series of field trips and plan the assistance needed mission by mission;
  • Act as Help Desk for EMS implementation in missions by reviewing existing EMSs and Environmental Management Plans; regularly maintaining contact with the environmental managers in field mission, investigating on EMS progress and challenges faced, providing technical assistance on EMS where needed and reminding (where appropriate) about deadlines and reporting commitments;
  • Liaise with the other REACT experts and mission experts to ensure the various REACT work streams (energy, waste, etc.) are well integrated in the overall EMS plans for the mission;
  • Prepare regular communications from DFS and UNEP on EMS progress;

Contribute to develop and organize the REACT-DFS EMS Capacity building and the connected awareness raising and training on EMS for Field missions staff

  • Based on the needs assessed above: train and provide capacity to field missions on EMS anchoring this effort in the existing materials and experiences available in the context of UN environmental sustainability management and peacekeeping;
  • Assist DFS in facilitating experiences exchange among missions on EMS implementation, coordinate efforts, and prompt information and lessons sharing;
  • Assist field missions in integrating environment into their existing communications plans or strategies targeting internal and external actors;
  • Assist missions in implementing the communication and training components in their EMS (i.e. informing and involving staff on the systematic environmental reductions efforts underway);
  • Ensure that EMS results are communicated appropriately via the appropriate DFS, REACT or Greening the Blue campaign channels;

Scorecards and reporting on the progress of EMS and other environmental indicators in field missions

  • Train and assist DFS staff on the filling up of the above EMS scorecards;
  • Verify and collate scorecards;
  • Assist missions in finding a stable way to provide timely and complete inputs (via DFS) in the UN wide environmental sustainability management reporting system;
  • Assist REACT project management in reporting to UNEP and DFS (PIMS and donor reports);

Set up the liaison between REACT and the system wide environmental sustainability management efforts and facilitate the IMS Greening field operations working group (20%)

  • Assist DFS in contributing with the missions specific experience in the SUN managed UN working group on EMS;
  • Manage the UN working group on “Greening Field operations” and facilitate exchange of experiences therein so as to enrich the work of the REACT project, and share its lessons with other field and humanitarian agencies;
  • Outreach on the work of REACT to other (non UN) humanitarian agencies as appropriate;
  • Work as member of the Sustainable UN team taking part in team meetings and in the life of the related UN wide sustainability network as appropriate;

Key Competencies

Professionalism – Proven ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend solutions. Familiarity with UN rules, regulations and policies. Ability to work systematically, accurately and under pressure.

Planning and organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.

Result-oriented – Ability to focus on the result for the clients and respond positively to feedback.

Communication – Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally. Good report writing skills.

Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and different stake holders with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Analyzing Skills – Ability to make rational judgments for the available information and analysis and probe for further information or greater understanding of a problem and present with alternative options.

Technological awareness – Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely; Good working knowledge of MS Office applications including proficiency in Excel, Spreadsheets & Database Software.

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Management support
  • Monitoring/Evaluation
  • Knowledge management
  • Project management
  • Capacity building
  • Result Orientation

A Master’s degree in engineering is required.  A Bachelor’s Degree with Additional 2 years of relevant work experience to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree. Specialized education Environment Management Systems, including CSR /GRI reporting .  

Minimum 5 years of direct working experience in environment management systems in a “field “or similar context (peacekeeping or humanitarian field, field based industries; military context, or large field based office compounds) is required.

Proven experience in training and capacity building is required.

Working experience with UN Agencies in the development of environmental sustainability strategies, CSR /GRI reporting is desirable.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is desirable.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: International Specialist Level 2 (IICA 2)
Contract duration: 1 year renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.