Environmental Advisors (multiple retainer contracts)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Background Information - Job-specific

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management unit falls under the UNOPS SSC Group. It is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of environmental management good practices in UNOPS projects and operations. The HSSE unit also helps to set the environmental management policy and strategic direction of UNOPS in line with the UN common system standards and international best practices. 

A key component of the work of the HSSE unit is to provide tools and advice to make UNOPS projects more environmentally sustainable throughout their project life cycle. This support includes carrying out or coordinating the carrying out of environmental due diligence and developing of appropriate environmental frameworks for managing the projects. The environmental management for UNOPS projects also involves monitoring performance and addressing deviations from expectations.

Therefore, the organisation requires the services of senior environmental experts that shall be on retainer contracts to carry out short term work packages when required. 

Please note that the selected candidates who will successfully undergo the assessments will be offered a contract for 1 year (renewable) but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director of SSC and the Head of the HSSE unit, in shaping the strategic direction and policies of UNOPS in environmental management matters. 
  • Provide innovative environmental management advice that helps UNOPS to assume a leadership position in implementing environmental management interventions and contributing to sustainability in project implementation. 
  • Carry out or coordinate the carrying out of project due diligence including environmental and social screening and impact assessments. 
  • Carry out environmental due diligence of partners, contractors and suppliers prior to commencement of project work to ensure that the ones with unsatisfactory performance are not engaged.  
  • Carry out or coordinate the monitoring of environmental performance during project execution.
  • Develop and implement environmental management frameworks including environmental safeguards tools and processes for projects managed on behalf of a broad range of partners. 
  • Develop and implement training programmes to develop the capacity of partners and UNOPS personnel in implementing UNOPS environmental requirements.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or Environmental Management is required. 
  • An additional 2 years of relevant work experience in combination with a relevant first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) may substitute for the requirement for a Master’s degree. 


  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in the environmental management sector is required (with an advanced university degree). 
  • Experience in a project worth above USD $50m is an asset. 
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of some of the following areas is desirable: biodiversity, pollution, resource conservation, waste management, climate action, environmental impact assessment.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of either French or Spanish is an asset.


  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
  • Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: ICA
  • Contract level: I-ICA 3 (retainer)
  • Contract duration: 1 year (renewable, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)

Please note that as this is a retainer contract, successful candidates will be offered a contract for 1 year but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

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