Environmental Affairs Officer

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Operational Activities and Review Section, Environment Division of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The position is focused on environmental monitoring and assessment. The Environmental Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Operational Activities and Review Section.

UNECE Environment Division contributes to the overall objectives and mandate of UNECE as a multilateral platform facilitating greater economic integration and cooperation among its member States, and to the broad aim of the Environment subprogramme to safeguard the environment and human health, and to promote sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the duties of the Environmental Affairs Officer will fall mainly into the following:

Economic or sector analysis
•Develops databases or links to national databases of environmental indicators and datasets, online tools for assessing performance and quantitative and qualitative information necessary for periodic pan-European environmental assessments in the context of the Shared Environmental Information System.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies related to global, regional, national or sector aspects of environmental monitoring and assessment and environmental statistics and indicators.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to environmental monitoring and assessment.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars and workshops on environmental monitoring and assessment issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Prepares inputs for reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy, the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment and the Joint Task Force on Environment Statistics and Indicators.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and senior Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels and round tables on issues related to environmental monitoring and assessment as well as environmental statistics and indicators for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services and project management.
•Advises on updates to the programme website.
•Contributes to the UNECE media strategy.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Colleagues and senior staff within immediate work unit and peers in the broader organizational unit.
Middle level officials of UN agencies, regional and global development banks and other international organizations.
Government officials, academics and other members of civil society.

Results Expected:
Accurately analyses current and emerging environmental development issues obtained by applying sound principles and concepts, by using valid data and, as necessary, by applying appropriate models; prepares reports and policy proposals that are useful to governments and other clients; engages in technical cooperation activities that contribute to environmental sustainability and economic development in recipient countries.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Sound knowledge of and ability to apply environmental policy and information management theories and concepts to support sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research in the area of environmental monitoring, data and assessments, and determine the suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Practical experience in project or programme management and administration. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, statistics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, environmental statistics or environmental policy research and analysis, or related area in the pan-European region, of which at least three years should be at the international level is required.
The ability to carry out environmental data collection, data production and indicator and statistical analysis is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available from 1 September 2021 for two months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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