Environmental Affairs Officer

Kinshasa, , CD

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) based in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) with Duty Station Kinshasa. The incumbent will report to the Director of Mission Support Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Mission Support Division (DMS) the Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for managing the EPU and for coordinating and managing actions on environmental issues in the Mission, chiefly 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 DMS 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;
•Produce the Mission’s Environmental Action Plan (EAP);
•Produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan (EEPP) with relevant offices;
•Develop and implement environmental projects that contribute to Socio-economic development of vulnerable communities affected by armed conflict. 
•Support the mainstreaming of environmental indicators in the Mission operations including procurement processes.
Management of Environmental Protection Unit
•Manages/supervises the EPU of the Mission;
•Oversee the administration and recruitment of personnel of the EPU;

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, explosives) 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 DDMS including policy compliance status reports as required for DFS;
•Recommend to the DDMS 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
•Develop and implement an environmental education programme, appropriate for peacekeeping missions.
•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
•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 Mission area; and
•Carry out any other tasks required to support the DPKO/DFS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the Mission as directed by the DMS.
Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism – Thorough knowledge of environmental affairs with specific experience in sustainability, energy and waste management; ability to develop comprehensive arguments for and against the suitability of pragmatic and robust technologies that provide benefits towards sustainability improvements in field Mission operations; familiarity with the UN Environment policies and ability to demonstrate experience in successfully meeting similar requirements,

Communication – 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- communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates way openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork – 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.

Client orientation – Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets time line for delivery of products or services to clients.


Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, Environmental management and engineering or related field. A first level university degree in combination with 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A training in waste management is required.

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 in project planning is required. Experience in evaluation and oversight of environmental compliance is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is highly desirable.


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