Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Environmental Affairs Officer, P1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Assistant Environmental Affairs Officer
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 July 2021 - 09 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Environmental Affairs-ECE-157906-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Environment Division, Transboundary Cooperation Section, Protocol on Water and Health. Assistant Environmental Affairs Officer reports to the co-Secretary of the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health, and works in close cooperation with and under the guidance of the Environmental Affairs Officer supporting the servicing of the Protocol.

The broad aim of UNECE's environment activities is to safeguard the environment and human health, and to promote sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda. The joint UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health is a legally binding multilateral environmental agreement aimed at protecting human health and well-being through sustainable water management, by protecting water ecosystems and preventing, controlling and reducing water-related diseases. The objectives and the core principles of the Protocol fully align with the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, water-related aspects of SDG targets 3.3 and 3.9 and several other SDGs.

Responsibilities

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

•Works with beneficiary countries, partners and colleagues to facilitate the implementation of activities under the programme of work of the Protocol on Water and Health; monitors specific aspects of programme development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; liaises with national focal points and other relevant contacts, drafts correspondence and provides information to delegations; maintains contact with internal and external counterparts; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Carries out research on selected aspects of the Protocol work, including collecting, analyzing and presenting data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
•Provides substantive support for policy coordination, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in research activities and studies.
•Participates in survey initiatives; assists with design of data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
•Contributes to the preparation of written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Contributes to increasing the visibility and awareness of the Protocol, including development of promotion material, contributing to the continual maintenance of the official website and social media, presenting the work of the Protocol at the relevant fora, coordinating this work with related activities carried out under other ECE programmes, UN bodies and international organizations.
•Provides administrative and substantive support to intergovernmental meetings and technical workshops, including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
•Supports implementation of extrabudgetary and other projects, as relevant.
•Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
•Supports activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (project proposals, programme of work and its budget, etc.).
•Performs other substantive and administrative duties, as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff within work unit/section; staff of WHO/Europe as part of the Protocol joint secretariat; staff of other international and partner organizations working on related issues; representatives and officials in national governments; academics and representatives of civil society, both NGOs and the academic community.

Results Expected:
Provides well researched and sound analysis of issues and developments affecting programme implementation, etc. Provides thorough, well-reasoned written contributions. Effectively supports inter-governmental processes, under the direction or guidance of a senior staff member. Effectively, and in a timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of international relations and public policy. Understanding of environmental and public health issues. Professional competence in and knowledge of relevant multilateral environmental agreements and policies. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with 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. Ability to coordinate processes and consolidate information from a range of different sources. 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-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, sustainable development, international relations, international law, public policy, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Applicants to positions at this level who have an advanced university degree in a relevant field of study are not required to have professional work experience. For applicants who have a first level university degree, two additional years of qualifying work experience is required.
Progressively responsible experience in environment and water-related policy formulation at the international level and legal and/or policy research and analysis is required.
Experience in servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes, preferably in connection with environmental legal instruments, is desirable.
Experience in water and health issues is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. . For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English, with excellent drafting and editing ability is required.. Knowledge of French or another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available 1 August 2021 to 31 January 2022 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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, 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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No Fee

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