Environmental Affairs Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Environment Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva.
Under the responsibility of the Chief of Section of the Environment for Europe and Sustainable Development Section, the incumbent will assist the secretariat in servicing the official processes related to the follow-up on the decisions of 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia, 08-10 June 2016), including the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
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.
Economic or sector analysis
•Drafts specified inputs for briefing notes, background documents, technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of environment, education, and economic development.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on environment, education, and sustainable development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for organizing meetings of intergovernmental bodies including the UNECE Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development (SC ESD) and its Bureau.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. for intergovernmental processes, including the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region (17-18 March 2021, Geneva).
•Assists in the activities related to the preparation of the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, including the Third High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries (to be held in Nicosia, the Republic of Cyprus, 5-7 October 2022).
•Facilitates and supports regular communication with the members and observers of SC ESD as well as with relevant parties and partners in the ESD process.
•Participates in missions on education for sustainable development issues, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Supports the development and maintenance of the ESD website.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Colleagues and senior staff within the UNECE Environment Division and peers in the UNECE. Officials of UN agencies and other international organizations.
Government officials, academics and other members of civil society.
Prepares reports and policy proposals that are useful to governments and other clients; engages in technical cooperation activities that contribute to economic development in recipient countries; provides contribution to the organization of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region (17-18 March 2021, Geneva), and the implementation of the decisions of 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia, 08-10 June 2016) including the implementation of the UNECE Strategy for ESD as well as to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; provides contribution to the preparation of the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, including the Third High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries (to be held in Nicosia, the Republic of Cyprus, 5-7 October 2022).; guides and assists especially countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia with regard to their participation and commitments in the above processes.
Ability to apply environment and economic theories and concepts in different sectors of environment, economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on environment and economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, natural or environmental sciences or international law. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic and/or environmental research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area.
Previous experience of work with the UNECE intergovernmental processes is desirable. Experience of work with the UNECE ESD Strategy implementation is an advantage.
Fluency in English and Russian (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available from 1 January 2021 for a period of one month, 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.
• 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.
• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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