Job Opening

Posting Title: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Environmental Sustainability), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 September 2022 - 21 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Environmental Affairs-UNOG-173098-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Chief of Central Support Services, Division of Administration (DA) at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Central Support Services on environmental sustainability policy matters, the incumbent reports to the Programme Management Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Environment Affairs Officer commences the first stages of the establishment of UNOG's Environmental Management System (EMS). Duties include drafting UNOG's environmental policy, producing baselines, timelines, resource requirements providing environmental expertise in the areas of facilities management, maintenance, construction, and engineer projects and starting establishing UNOG's Environmental Action Plan.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Policy and Guidance
• Leads the drafting of UNOG’s environmental policy and objectives (including directives, Annual Mission, environmental Statements, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.);
• Drafts environmental assessments and surveys of operations in the missions, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA);
• Develops and guides UNOG's Environmental Baseline Study (EBS);
• Drafts UNOG's Environmental Action Plan (EAP) guided by ISO 14001;
• Produces the template for Environmental Emergency Preparedness Plan with relevant offices;
• Based on organizational guidance documents and internal consultations, develops UNOG policy, and provides inputs to mainstream environment in all guidance documents;
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. input to publications, briefing notes and talking points for senior management.

• Leads the working on UNOG EMS implementation;
• Coordinates and monitors the implementation of the missions' EAP, including data collection and reporting;
• Maintains a record of environmental issues and actions thereon at UNOG, including, for example, a list of potentially hazardous installations in cooperation with other stakeholders;
• Investigates complaints or reports of pollution, contamination, health hazards and other environment-related incidents;
• Submits periodic reports on environmental issues to the Director of Administration including policy compliance status reports as required for the UNOG Environmental Policy;
• Recommends to the Director of Administration and management to undertake such measures as may be required to prevent or mitigate environmental problems;
• Advises relevant officers or offices on environmental issues arising from the assessments, studies and plans, including environmental information relevant to the operations of the mission;
• Participates in the UN system issue Management Group (IMG) on environmental sustainability.

Awareness and Training
• Undertakes outreach activities, promotes awareness on environmental issues;
• Liaises with UNOG Integrated Training Services to develop a strategy of environmental briefing to all mission personnel including police and military contingents during their induction training;
• Coordination and Partner Relations;
• Liaises with relevant UN entities on environmental issues;
• Performs any other tasks as required.


Professionalism : In-depth knowledge of ISO 14001 standard on environmental management systems and ISO 50001 standard on energy management. Knowledge of green building standards. 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in environmental management, science, engineering, law or related area is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in the specified fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management is required.

Experience of ISO 14001 standard on environmental management systems and ISO 50001 standard on energy management, as well as experience in implementation, is desirable.

Experience in implementing sustainable practices, improving performance, heightening efficiency and reducing environmental impact in existing buildings through enhanced operations and maintenance is desirable.

Experience in producing sustainability communication materials and implementing/reporting carbon accounting about facilities greenhouse emissions is desirable.

Experience writing, reviewing, and presenting client project proposals is desirable.

Experience about the regulatory and normative context of the host country (Switzerland) in topics such as construction and the operation of low-energy and passive buildings; implementation and monitoring of the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) which is a standard in Switzerland; preservation of biodiversity and light pollution; emissions wastewater and rainwater, internal recovery of water discharges; reduction at the source of waste production, reuse, recycling, recovery; means of transport and multimodality, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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