Environmental Affairs Officer

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Juba, , SS

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Juba classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Business Process Management Section as the first reporting officer and the Deputy Director of Mission Support (DDMS) as the second reporting officer. The P-4 Environmental Affairs Officer will assist the Chief of Business Process Management Section (CBPMS) under the office of the Deputy Director of Mission Support (DDMS) on managing the Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety and Health Unit with the overall direction of the Director of Mission Support.


Within delegated authority, the Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible 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) and coordinating/supervising on occupational health and safety in the mission, as well as environmental health, in accordance with the Department of Field Support (DFS) Environment Strategy and Occupational Health and Safety Programme. The duties listed below are part and parcel of this task on the DFS EMS and OHS implementation in the mission:

Policy and Guidance
•Support the Director 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;
•Produce the mission’s Environmental Action Plan (EAP);
•Produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;

Management of Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety and Health Unit
•Manages/supervises the environmental compliance unit of the mission;
•Oversee the administration and recruitment of personnel of the environmental compliance unit;
•Manages and supervises mission’s Occupational Health and Safety Strategy and supervises Occupational Safety Officers, Occupational Safety Focal Points; 

Environmental Action Plan – Implementation
•Lead development of, and 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 Director / Chief of Mission Support including policy compliance status reports as required for DFS;
•Recommend to the Director 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
•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 Director / Chief of Mission Support.

Occupational Health and Safety
• Manages and supervises the development and implementation of a mission specific Field Occupational Safety Risk Management Programme (FOSRM);

Perform other duties as required.



  • In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. 
  • Proven ability to organize and service intergovernmental bodies and technical meetings. 
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
  • Shows persistence when faces with difficult problems or challenges.
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Takes responsibility in incorporating gender perspectives and ensures 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 the 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

Managerial Competencies

Managing Performance

  • Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority
  • Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member
  • Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills
  • Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines
  • Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff
  • Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
  • Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
  • Appraises performance fairly


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in environmental management, sciences, engineering, law, or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven 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. Experience in occupational safety and health is desirable. Experience in environmental health is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


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