Job Opening

Posting Title: Environmental Management Officer, P3
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 19 October 2018 - 02 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-ECA-104909-R-Addis Ababa (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

This position is located in the Facility Management Section (FMS), within the Division of Administration, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Environmental Management Officer reports directly to the Chief of Facility Management Section, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of Division of Administration. The Environment Management Officer is primarily responsible for reporting on all aspects of the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), a framework that helps the Organization achieve its environmental goals through consistent review, evaluation, and improvement of its environmental performance.


Within delegated authority, the Environmental Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Coordinates the development, implementation and operation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) of the UNECA premises in Addis Ababa; monitors and analyzes the EMS development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

• Performs the coordination work of an operational EMS working group, representing key stakeholders during the EMS implementation; performs assignments on information collation and needs assessment, in collaboration with relevant parties within the UN system, including UNEP, UN SUN system/GHG monitoring and all other offices at the ECA premises, by liaising, planning, and facilitating workshops, and other interactive methods in developing EMS plan, policy, and documentations required for the ISO 14001 certification. Collects data related to carbon emissions from various sources in UNECA premises, work on mitigation strategies for its reduction, conduct energy audits and provide advice on energy saving strategies.

• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources to support the formation of all aspects of the EMS.

• Assists in the development of the EMS specification to define objectives, formalize actions, and build key performance indicators for monitoring progress; assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares recommendations for decision making for the steering group.

• Prepares schedule and cost estimates for the implementation of the EMS, as well as various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications and the like. Takes the lead in working with identifying EMS related projects and coordinate with relevant stakeholders notably FMS, SSS, CMS in realizing the projects, reporting on the progress. And preparing reports to DDOA, SMT, and GA on ECA undertakings related to EMS

• Develops a communication strategy and plan for all outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc; suggests activities to facilitate staff’s behavioral changes for improved environmental sustainability; makes presentations on EMS topics/activities to a wide range of audiences and leads meetings and task forces.

• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.

• Performs other related duties as and when requested by Chief of Section and Director of Administration.



Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

•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.

• Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; 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 or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental Management, environmental sciences/architecture, environmental engineering or a related field. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Training or certification in any of the below would be highly desirable:
• ISO 14001, ISO 14031 or EMAS or other Environmental Management Certification
• PRINCE2 (foundation or practitioner) and/or PMP (PMI)
• Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
• Environmental Health and Safety Management Specialist (EHS)
LEED, BREEAM, Green Star and/or Estidama.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, programme management related to environmental management, environmental engineering, use of clean technology or related areas, is required. A minimum of three years of experience in an Environmental Management/ Environmental Engineering System implementation is required. Proven experience in methodologies (i.e. PRINCE2) and knowledge of standards (i.e. PMI) for project management, and experience in the evaluation and oversight of environmental compliance and the development of environmental KPI is desirable. Experience preparing and reviewing technical environmental documents, plans and reports is desirable. Experience analyzing, interpreting and assessing compliance with complex environmental regulations and recommending and implementing solutions is an asset.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

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 need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the 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 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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