Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 16 April 2021 - 15 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-UNLB-152966-R-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

This position is located in the Environmental Technical Support Unit, Planning and Sourcing Support Section, Supply Chain Service, based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. The incumbent will report to the Chief Environmental Technical Support Unit UNGSC.


Within delegated authority, the Environmental Engineer (Water & Wastewater) will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Administration
•Introduces and implements the Department of Operational Support (DOS) Environmental Guidelines in missions;
•Supports the implementation of the DOS Environment Strategy by providing technical support to field missions on request, subject to capacity, in the areas of water and wastewater management in particular and supports the implementation's working group;
•Provides guidance in accordance with DOS Environment and Waste Management Policies and host country environmental standards for the establishment and implementation of the missions’ environmental objectives and plans;
•Supports missions in the development of their respective budgets with focus on improving water and wastewater management systems, including wastewater risk management;
•Prepares consolidated reports on environmental actions of all mission sites and identifies problem areas to be addressed by the relevant Sections within the mission.

2. Planning
•Reviews statements of work, contracts and services for engineering projects related to the disposal of wastewater in accordance with international and local environmental standards;
•Formulates and evaluates wastewater procedures and projects for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost;
•Develops conceptual designs, feasibility studies and multi-year plans of wastewater management systems to be implemented in field missions;
•Prepares an environmental action plan, guidance materials and instructions aimed at achieving environmental objectives.

3. Implementation
•Assesses existing wastewater management infrastructure in missions (including, but not limited to, local infrastructure) and proposes innovative technical solutions to reduce wastewater-related risks;
•Supports the development of training activities aimed at building mission capacity to meet mission environmental objectives;
•Develops and maintains liaison with other UN agencies, local authorities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the mission area;
•Keeps up to date on environmental developments.

4. Performs other duties, as assigned.


Professionalism - Thorough knowledge of environmental engineering with specific experience in sustainability and wastewater management; ability to develop comprehensive arguments for and against the suitability of pragmatic and robust solutions that provide benefits towards risk management and sustainability improvements in field mission operations; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and strives to incorporate the gender perspective in programmatic and operational work. 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 and 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.

Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals -Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others -Places team agenda before personal agenda -Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position -Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering, environmental engineering, wastewater engineering or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (02) additional years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in water & wastewater, environmental engineering or related fields is required.

Experience in wastewater management is desirable.
Wastewater management experience in international peacekeeping, post conflict environment, field or military operations is desirable.
Experience with methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of environmental compliance (risk management) standards is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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