Environmental Affairs Officer (UNECE Water Convention)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Transboundary Cooperation Section of the Environment Division of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).
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 manager of the water unit and Secretary to the Water Convention.
Under the general supervision of the Chief, Transboundary Cooperation Section and the direct supervision of the manager of the water unit and Secretary to the Water Convention, the incumbent will be responsible for:
- Serving as Secretary to the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management by:
- preparing substantive documentation for Working Group's meetings;
- supporting the implementation of the programme of work of the Water Convention, in particular the global opening;
- enhancing the programme website;
- preparing reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy on water issues;
- making presentations at and contributions to meetings outside;
- contributing to the UNECE media strategy by writing press releases and inputs to UNECE general reports, newsletters and brochures.
- Contributing to water-related activities in the UNECE and its Environment Division
- Drafting specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of transboundary water cooperation.
- Attending international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
- Assisting in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, workshops on transboundary water cooperation issues.
- Preparing speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
- Designing and implementing capacity-building programmes to strengthen transboundary water cooperation and water management in developing and transition countries by:
- consulting with Governments and the civil society, UN agencies, and other partners;
- mobilizing extrabudgetary resources and managing the Water Convention Trust Fund including the preparation of relevant programme budgets, cost plans, medium-term plans, allotment advices and programme performance/evaluation reports;
- organizing training workshops and consultations, and publishing guidance documents.
- Contributing to the environmental performance review programme, upon request, by:
- drafting chapters on country review reports on water and other relevant issues; and
- participating in country review missions.
- Sound knowledge and ability to apply environmental policy theories and concepts to support sustainable development.
- Professional competence and knowledge in the field of water resources management and transboundary water cooperation.
- Demonstrates professional competency in project implementation and administration, including fund-raising, budgeting and donor reporting.
- 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.
- 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 audience;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- 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, law, 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 in servicing intergovernmental meetings and stakeholder processes is desirable. Experience in supporting transboundary water cooperation processes 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 French or Russian is highly desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available for eleven months beginning 1 September 2019 with a possibility of further extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- 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, 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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