Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS OFFICER (available until 31 March 2022), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 09 November 2021 - 22 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Humanitarian Affairs-UNEP-167248-J-Bangkok (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

This position is based in UNEP, Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director and overall supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Serves as the primary UNEP focal point in the region on the environmental dimension of crisis and disaster risk reduction , climate resilience and post-crisis initiatives and related policy issues, drawing on knowledge of the impact of humanitarian activities on the environment; keeps abreast of latest developments.
• Reviews and provides strategic and technical advice and written analysis on a diverse range of policy and geo-political issues in the region related to disaster risk reduction and climate resilience as they relate to the environment.
• Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in assigned country/areas, with recommendations for environmental dimension interventions prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements for attention.
• Facilitates a coordinated approach in the region to the environmental dimension within international humanitarian/emergency assistance of complex emergency/disaster situations and in large, complex projects; ensures necessary support (such as staff, funding, specialized equipment or supplies, among others);
• Assists in the integration of an environmental dimension to the production of appeals within the UN system for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA in relation to the environmental dimension of such assistance.
• Coordinates in collaboration with the Global Subprogramme Coordinator, relevant UNEP division(s), UNEP's work in the region to assist Member States in capacity-building, technical cooperation and technical assistance for handling the environmental dimension of emergency situations and disaster response preparedness; develops region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information.
• Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UNEP's work in the region, in collaboration with the Global Subprogramme Coordinator, related to the environmental dimension of crisis and disaster risk reduction, climate resilience and post-crisis
• Organizes and prepares strategies on the environmental aspects of humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues for the region; organizes follow-up work in the region, including interagency technical review meetings to
support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; and ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports.
• Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non- governmental organizations, diplomatic missions or media, among others; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, as it relates to the interface of the environment and humanitarian activities.
• Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the environmental dimension of a wide range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues; Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to include ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response; Demonstrated problem solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems; Knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement; Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to environment and humanitarian affairs and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations; Ability to relate humanitarian affairs issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected country/region. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in humanitarian affairs, environmental studies, political ecology or development related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, green reconstruction and rehabilitation, integrated environment and development approaches or other related areas is required.

Experience working on environmental issues in the context of crisis/disaster risk reduction, post-crisis/disaster initiatives and/or humanitarian/emergency response is desirable.

Experience with project management, resource mobilization, partnerships and capacity building is desirable.

Languages

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

NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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

• 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.

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

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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.

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