Environmental Affairs Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Transboundary Cooperation Section of the Environment Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). 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.
Under the general supervision of the Chief, Transboundary Cooperation Section and the direct supervision of the manager of the water unit and Secretary to the Water Convention the incumbent will be responsible for:
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of transboundary cooperation and climate change adaptation.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics .
•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, workshops on climate change adaptation issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental meetings.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on climate change issues for intergovernmental processes.
•Participates in missions on climate change adaptation, usually as a member of a team.
•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.
•Performs other related duties as required to assist in the implementation of the Water Convention, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services and project management.
•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.
Accurately analyses current and emerging environmental 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 sustainable development in recipient countries.
Professional competence and knowledge in the field of water resources management and understanding of relevant multilateral environmental agreements and climate change.
Demonstrates professional competency in project implementation and administration, including fund-raising, budgeting and donor reporting as well as in preparing intergovernmental meetings. 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.
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 audience;
Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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 environmental management, natural or social science, law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, environmental policy, policy formulation. Experience in organizing and implementing projects is required. Experience in servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes and meetings is desirable as well as experience in climate change adaptation.
For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; fluency in Russian is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until from 1 January 2019 for a period of 4 months, with a possibility of further extension.
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.
• 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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