Environmental Affairs Officer, Field Locations
Environmental Affairs Officer, Field Locations

Job description

Organization:DFS - Department of Field Support
Category:Field Mission/Work
Grade: P4
Deadline: 8 February 2017


The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the [insert job code] roster.

The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations. This position of Environmental Affairs Officer usually reports directly to the Director / Chief of Mission Support.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for managing the Environmental Unit (when created) 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), in accordance with the Department of Field Support (DFS) Environment Strategy.

The duties listed below are part and parcel of this task on the DFS EMS implementation in the mission

Policy and Guidance

Support the Director / Chief 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 Unit

Manages/supervises the environmental unit of the mission;

Oversee the administration and recruitment of personnel of the environmental unit;

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 / Chief 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.


Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in environmental management, sciences, engineering, law or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experiance

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.


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 solutions that provide benefits towards environmental sustainability improvements in field mission operations; familiarity with the UN Environment policies and ability to demonstrate experience in successfully meeting similar requirements. 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.

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.

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.

Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into
results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with
a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing
mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the
courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender
perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge
of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/Decision-Making: - Identifies key issues in complex situations, and comes to the heart of problems
quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions
prior to making them; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying
needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


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. Working knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable.

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