Environment Officer (MINUSCA)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic 🇨🇫

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the supervision of the Chief of Operations and Resource Management and Chief Environment Unit, the Environment Officer will be responsible for managing the Environment Unit in the sector and for coordinating and managing actions on environmental and cultural 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 Operations and Resource Management and the Chief Environment Unit in review and/or development and implementation of the mission’s environmental policy and objectives (including directives, audit follow-up, Mission Environmental Action Plan, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.);
  • Conduct environmental assessments and surveys of operations in the mission, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA);
  • Liaise with Military at camps to assure assessment actions are completed;
  • Provide environmental support and guidance to clients within the mission;
  • Produce the mission’s Environmental Baseline Study (EBS), if no such study has been done, or update existing EBS as necessary;
  • Implement the Environmental Action Plan in the sector of responsibility;
  • Implement and collect data for the environmental Action Planning and Performance (eAPP)
  • Produce the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;

Management of Environmental Unit:

  • Manages the Environment Unit of the Sector. Incumbent will be the sole person in Environment Unit in the Sector and will need to be creative, motivated, and somewhat self-directed;
  • Oversees the execution of all environmental actions in the sector;

Environmental Action Plan – Implementation:

  • Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the environmental Action Planning and Performance (eAPP) including data collection and reporting
  • conducting regular environmental inspections and risk assessment
  • 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 Environment Unit including policy compliance status reports as required for DOS;
  • Recommend to the Chief Environment Unit 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 and as needed;
  • Conduct environmental training to all mission personnel.

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 country or region hosting the mission;
  • Carry out any other tasks required to support the DPO/DOS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the mission as directed by the Director of Mission Support.


Required degree level

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Educational additional comments

Advanced university degree (Bachelor 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.Required experience24 MonthsExperience remark

A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental management field with a national government/administration, a non-governmental organisation, the private sector or an international organization is required. Experience in project planning, evaluation and oversight of environmental compliance is desirable. Experience of coordination of multi stakeholders initiative within a post conflict environment is desirable. Experience in wastewater, solid and hazardous waste management, or enviromental auditing is desirable. Experience in Energy including renewable energy is desirable. Experience in management of data or database is desirable.

Language skills

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Working Knowledge
  • French(Mandatory), Level – Working Knowledge

Area of expertise

Other energy, environment and climate change related experience, Policy, regulation, planning and education and capacity building, Development programme management

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Competencies values

Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams

Application procedure*

Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 30-07-2021