Ukraine nationals: Environmental Consultant (Environmental Damage Assessment) (UNDP)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Kyiv, Ukraine 🇺🇦


Description of assignment title: Environmental Consultant (Environmental Damage Assessment)

Assignment country: Ukraine

Expected start date: 16/10/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 13. Climate action

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity: UNDP Ukraine

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 2

Duty stations: Kyiv (2)


Mission and objectives
UNDP supports strategic capacity development initiatives to promote inclusive growth and sustainable human development. Together with national, regional and local authorities, civil societies, private sector, UNDP strives to support Ukraine in its efforts to eliminate poverty, develop people’s capacity, achieve equitable results, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance. UNDP is in line with 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to achieve national strategic capacity development.

One of the main goals of the Project is to support the governmental bodies in the development of necessary legislation on environmental damage assessment caused by the Russian military invasion, as well as practical mechanisms to collect the evidence throughout Ukraine. Considering emergency needs for recovery actions and the limited capacities of the governmental bodies, there are significant needs for external support from international partners.

The Environmental Consultant will support the development of relevant recommendations in environmental protection and environmental damage assessment to support the development of legislation in cooperation with the legal consultant/expert and provide inputs to the procedures, including relevant provisions or practical cases in the international/EU law.

The Environmental Consultant will work under the project “Mitigating the risks of long-term environmental disasters in Ukraine through the establishment of a Coordination Centre on Environmental Damage Assessment”.

The project “Mitigating the risks of long-term environmental disasters in Ukraine through the establishment of a Coordination Centre on Environmental Damage Assessment” (Environmental Damage Assessment) aims to establish the Coordination Centre on Environmental Damage Assessment. It will enable governmental authorities to execute their mandate, including advisory and operational support for the development of the legal framework and institutional capacities.
To maintain the goals of the State Operational Center on Environmental Damage Assessment, the project is expected to provide expert support in environmental damage assessment which is one of the Governmental priorities.
The UNDP Energy and Environment Portfolio is seeking a National UN Volunteer Specialist to support the Environmental Damage Assessment project in their activities.

Task description
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Legal Specialist will be responsible for advising the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine in the development of legal acts in the field of climate change, environmental damage, and preparation for COP28.

S/he will ensure the provision of quality and timely services and processes for the Project.
-Perform various consultancy activities for the State Environmental Inspectorate and the Project Manager;
-Provide comprehensive advice and guidance to the development of legislation or procedures on environmental damage assessment as defined by the State Environmental Inspectorate or Project Manager;
-Participate in the meetings, conferences, and trainings if required by the State Environmental Inspectorate and/or Project Manager;
-Prepare analytical/policy papers if requested;
-Ensure that all project needs are met through the timely provision of legal services support under the supervision of the Project Manager;
-Perform other duties as may be required by UNDP management.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience
3 years of experience in development of policy papers, analytical research, and legislation, preferably climate, environmental protection, Green Deal

  • Working experience with Government, civil society, private sector, and international organizations in the format of direct contractual relations and/or in the format of joint participation in projects organized by such entities/institutions in climate change
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. Sound security awareness
  • Have affinity with or interest in the SDG, green recovery, climate change, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System

Area(s) of expertise: Energy and environment , Legal affairs

Driving license: .

Ukrainian, Level: Fluent, Required
English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Ecology, Environmental Studies, Legal Affairs, International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Energy, Climate Change, Business, Economics, Finance, or other related fields.

Competencies and values

  • Accountability
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Planning and organising
  • Professionalism
  • Self-management

Other information

Living conditions and remarks
As it is a national UN Volunteer’s assignment, the volunteer shall organize his/her accommodation by themselves. Taking into account the current circumstances in the country, telecommuting arrangements can be applied by the Host Entity. This is a full-time contract.

Entitlements of National UN Volunteer Specialist (Kyiv Duty Station)

This is a full-time assignment. The contract lasts for the period indicated in the vacancy with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.


  • Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA): A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) 1534 USD (equivalent in UAH) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. This includes Well-Being Differentials for the period while the ICSC applies hardship classification to duty stations in Ukraine as “E”.
  • USD 400 entry lump sum, one-time payment.

Medical and life insurance:

  • Medical insurance: The UN Volunteer and eligible PFU dependents will receive UNV provided medical insurance coverage. Coverage for UN Volunteers begins from the Commencement of Service and normally ceases one month after the last day of the UN Volunteer Contract date.
  • Life Insurance: UN Volunteers are covered by life insurance for the duration of the UN Volunteer assignment. If a UN Volunteer dies during the UN Volunteer assignment, the eligible designated beneficiaries will be entitled to receive a life insurance lump sum.
    Leave entitlements:
  • Annual leave:  UN Volunteers accrue an entitlement to 2.5 days of Annual Leave per completed month of the UN Volunteer assignment. Unused accrued Annual Leave up to a maximum of 30 days is carried over in case of a contract extension within the same UN Volunteer assignment. Unused accrued Annual Leave may not be carried over in case of reassignment or a new assignment.
  • Learning leave: Subject to supervisor approval and exigencies of service, UN Volunteers may request up to ten working days of Learning Leave per consecutive 12 months of the UN Volunteer assignment, starting with the Commencement of Service date, provided the Learning Leave is used within the contract period
  • Certified Sick Leave: UN Volunteers are entitled to up to 30 days of certified sick leave based on a 12-month cycle. This amount is reset every 12-month cycle.
  • Uncertified Sick Leave: UN Volunteers receive seven days of uncertified sick leave working days in a calendar year. This amount will be reset at the established interval period.

Full entitlements at the duty station:

The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy






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