Environmental Sustainability Officer

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Geneva, , CH

The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.


The following are eligible to apply:


– Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

– External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to [email protected].


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here: https://jobs.ilo.org/content/Non–and-under-represented-member-States/


The position is located in the Facilities Management Unit (FACILITIES) within the Internal Services and Administration Department (INTSERV), under the Management and Reform (MR) portfolio. INTSERV is responsible for the general management of facilities, environmental sustainability; safety and security; logistics and services, including printing, publishing and distribution, mail handling, diplomatic privileges. FACILITIES is responsible for the space management, upkeep, maintenance and operations of the headquarters building in Geneva and for the property management of all ILO offices. FACILITIES is responsible for supervising the environmental sustainability aspects of ILO’s operations and the position will provide support to the Head of FACILITIES in the coordination of these activities.

The incumbent will report to the Head of FACILITIES.


1. Collect data on greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste from headquarters and the field offices and ensure input in the dedicated calculation software. Check the data quality and reliability and compile the data in a report in coordination with the United Nations Environmental Programme.   
2. Prepare comparative reports on greenhouse gas emissions for headquarters and the field offices for presentation to the Environmental Sustainability Committee and the respective field offices. Prepare information and provide technical support in the assessment of ILO’s environmental performance by auditors. 
3. Participate in Interagency meetings dealing with environmental sustainability aspects of operations; prepare presentations of measures implemented at ILO when needed. Share the knowledge and best practices obtained from other agencies with the relevant ILO stakeholders at headquarters and in the field offices.
 4.  Provide technical support to greening the ILO operations, including but not limited to input for the environmental requirements in bidding documents, assistance in the analysis of proposed technical solutions and operating procedures and the analysis of the technical and financial feasibility of environmental measures.  
5. Provide support in the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Policy on operations at headquarters and in field offices, including during the development and implementation of sustainability projects.
6. Coordinate the input and update of the operational section of the environmental sustainability action plan.
7.  Collaborate with the Green Jobs unit on the development of staff engagement and staff awareness raising campaigns.
8.  Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

First level university degree in environmental science or a related field.


At least two years of experience in environmental management and sustainable development of building operations and activities in an office environment.  Experience in Greenhouse Gas Inventory, environmental impact assessment and auditing of building operations would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of French and Spanish would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies:

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines, ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques, ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work, ability to draft press releases, discussion papers, reports, good computer skills.

Knowledge of methodologies for carbon accounting. Knowledge of facilities operations, including energy, water, natural resources and waste management.  Excellent knowledge of office software (Excel, Powerpoint).

Behavioural competencies:
Effective client oriented behaviour, analytical skills and attention to detail, Ability to work cooperatively and to communicate technically complex information in a clear manner to different stakeholders.  Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes..