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This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations for a finite period of at least one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
The Senior Environmental Affairs Officer reports to the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support through the Chief of Office and is tasked with effectively supporting peace operations in meeting their environmental responsibilities to host countries and communities and in meeting the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as part of the global and UN system wide effort.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategy across DFS and peace operations to improve environmental management and reduce negative environmental impact within existing rules and regulations; directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; Leads review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
• Coordinates policy development; commissioning and review of assessments in relevant areas, preparation of guidance, evaluations or research activities and studies, ensures coherence with UN-system wide efforts and policies.
• Manages the development of a data structure to define baselines and track performance on environmental performance across missions; undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on environmental management, environmental conflict and sustainable development issues.
• Provides direct substantive support to consultative and intergovernmental meetings, including conferences, by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on, post-conflict environmental management and environmental performance / climate neutrality of UN operations.
• Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on relevant issues at various forums of intergovernmental, governmental, inter-agency, expert or multi-stakeholder nature.
• Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., gives lectures or presentations on assigned topics/activities on relevant issues.
• Coordinates system readiness for new missions to be deployed in an environmentally responsible way, makes linkages at all levels between conflict and the environment in mission planning, mandate implementation and review.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or capacity development on post-conflict environmental management, environmental conflict and sustainable development issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) on sustainable development issues.
• Establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
• Takes the lead in task forces, working groups, inter-agency groups, as needed on relevant issues.
• Ensures gender mainstreaming, including in legislation, policies or programmes.
• Manages Environment Team both substantively and administratively, as appropriate.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environmental management, environmental conflict and sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development; Solid understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in relevant areas; Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications. 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.
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.
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.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, environmental management, economics, public policy, public administration, natural resources management, conflict studies, development, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of additional relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, including policy-oriented work, on a broad range of issues relevant to environmental management, environmental conflict or sustainable development is required. Experience in managing and coordinating environmental issues, or networking environmental issues with various partners, is desirable. Experience working in a field environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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