Environmental Affairs Officer

United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

Abyei, , XV

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

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission Support, the Environmental Officer will be responsible for managing the Environmental Unit and for coordinating and managing actions on environmental 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;
  • Develop and produce the mission’s Environmental Action Plan (EAP);
  • Develop and produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;

Management of Environmental Unit: 

  • Manages/supervises the environmental unit of the mission, including the development of work plans and budget proposals;
  • 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:

  • Coordinate and 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 region; and
  • 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.


  • 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.

For the position advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required.

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

Special Notice
This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.