Environmental Affairs Officer

Abyei, XV 🇽🇻

Special Notice

Notes:
This Temporary Job Opening is for an initial period of 6 months. Further extensions are subject to availability of funds. Both internal and external candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The Environmental Affairs Officer reports directly to the Chief of Mission Support.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission Support, the Environmental Officer will be responsible for coordinating and managing actions on environmental and cultural issues in the mission; establishing, implementing, monitoring and revising as necessary the mission’s Environmental Management System (EMS). The duties listed below are part and parcel of this task on the mission’s EMS:

Policy and Guidance:
•Support the Chief 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);
•Produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;

Management of Environmental Unit:
•Manages/supervises the environmental unit of the mission;
•Oversees the administration and recruitment of personnel of the environmental unit;

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 or other staff at the mission designated to deal with emergencies;
•Investigate complaints or reports of pollution, contamination, health hazards and other environment-related incidents;
•Submit periodic reports on environmental issues at the mission, to the Chief of Mission Support including policy compliance status reports as required for DFS;
•Recommend to the Chief 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 operations 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; and
•Carry out any other tasks required to support the DPKO/DFS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the mission as directed by the Chief of Mission Support.

Competencies

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

Education

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.

Work Experience

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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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