Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This post is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station.
Under the direct supervision and within delegated authority of the Regional Director of UN Environment West Asia Office, the incumbent will carry out the following duties: 1. Policy: Serves as a policy officer, advising UN Environment, and particularly the Coordinator for the Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme, on overall policy direction in the region on specific issues; Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. Draws on knowledge of the impact of humanitarian activities on the environment, serves as the primary focal point in the region on specific topics or policy-related issues; on the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-crisis initiatives and related policy issues. 2. Coordination: In consultation with the Regional Director, coordinates the regional input into UN Environment’s programming related to the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-crisis initiatives. Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in assigned country/area, identifying where best an environmental dimension is warranted. Facilitates a coordinated approach in the region to the environmental dimension within international humanitarian/emergency assistance of complex emergency/disaster situations and in large, complex projects; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries. Assists in the integration of an environmental dimension to the production of appeals within the UN system for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through West Asia Office in relation to the environmental dimension of such assistance. Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc. Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms. 3. Partnerships: In consultation with the Regional Director, coordinates in collaboration with the relevant UN Environment division (s), UN Environment’s work in the region to assist Member States in capacity-building, technical cooperation and technical assistance for handling the environmental dimension of emergency situations and disaster response preparedness; develops region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information. Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UN Environment’s work in the region related to the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-crisis. Organizes and prepares strategies on the environmental aspects of humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues for the region; ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports. keeps abreast of latest developments; liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc.; ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues. Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, as it relates to the interface of the environment and humanitarian activities. Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters. Organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues. Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations. 4. Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff; Performs other duties as required.
– PROFESSIONALISM: Strong management and organization skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, development and monitor
work plans and management budgets and adapt them to changing situations. Strong wiring, presentation and reporting skills are also highly desirable. Ability to apply various United
Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluate skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues,
formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievement; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is
conscientious and efficient in meeting commitment, observing deadlines and achieving results in client-orientation manner; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns’
shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, remains calm in stressful situation.
– 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.
– PLANNING & 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment protection, environment, humanitarian affairs or development related field. A first university degree with a combination of two additional years of professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environment related: humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development or other related area. Experience in Environment protection is an asset. Experience in Project / Programme Management / Coordination is an advantage.Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Arabic is desirable; Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.