Environmental Engineer

United Nations

Brindisi, , IT

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Engineering Standardization and Design Centre (ESDC), Logistics Services, based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi, Italy.

The incumbent will report to Director Supply Chain and Operations Service, with a secondary reporting line to the Chief of the Environment Section in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support (DFS).

The position is responsible for overseeing the GSC team that supports technical implementation of the DFS Environment Strategy, as well as planning and implementation of the environmental engineering activities to support the logistics of UNGSC.


Within delegated authority, the Environmental Engineer will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Management of the Environmental Unit by (a) providing leadership to environmental engineers, additional contractors and partners, and local staff; setting objectives and targets with them, monitoring and appraising their performance, identifying their training needs and facilitating teamwork and high productivity, (b) managing all non-human resources of the environmental programme in GSC and in support to field missions in the most effective and efficient way.

2. Implementation
• Support to the implementation of the DFS Environment Strategy by providing technical support to field missions on request, subject to capacity, in the areas of energy, water and wastewater, and waste management
• Leads efforts of team studying critical problems relating to design or construction of environmental systems and equipment in line with the DFS Supply Chain Management strategy.
• Makes recommendations for resolution of problems in environmental specialized areas for both GSC and field missions
• Ensures that measures to support implementation of the DFS Environment Strategy are mainstreamed across the work of GSC.

3. Administration
• Prepares environmental engineering budget of GSC, including developing scope of works to purchase equipment and support to field missions for similar needs.

•Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents and analyses design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
•Analyses and advises on planning, design, construction and maintenance of environmental systems and services and other environmental engineering activities needed to support the logistics of the mission.
•Recommends solutions to environmental engineering problems to field missions.
• Keeps abreast of environmental issues through relevant literature with a view to keeping up with improved methods and equipment.

5. Coordination
• Maintains close contact with DFS divisions and DFS Environment Section, UN system organizations, in particular the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the REACT partnership implementation, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Member States as needed
•Facilitates contacts between the mission support and the aforementioned organizations, and extensively travels to all areas in different field missions upon request.

6.Performs other duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to serve as a technically responsible specialist and apply engineering skills to design “fit-for-purpose” solutions in the environmental engineering field; 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.

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.

Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Environmental Engineering or related fields; including waste management, water and wastewater management, or renewable energy.

A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in scientific and engineering aspects of environmental engineering or related fields. Experience on environmental engineering or environmental engineering management in either an international setting, peacekeeping, field or military operations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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.

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