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Environmental Affairs Officer
P3 (temporary)


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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Division of Administration, Central Support Services. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Central Support Services.


Within delegated authority, the Environmental 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 and starting establishing UNOG’s Environmental Action Plan.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Policy and Guidance
• Participates in 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);
• Drafts 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;
• Assists in policy development including the review of all UNOG Policies, and providing 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.

Environmental Action Plan - 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 Chief, Central Support Services including policy compliance status reports as required for the UNOG Environmental Policy;
• Recommends to the Chief, Central Support Services 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.

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.


In-depth knowledge of ISO 14001. 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in environmental management, science, engineering, law or related area. 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

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management is required. Experience in establishing environmental management systems preferably guided by ISO14001 within the United Nations system is desirable. Experience in preparing complex PowerPoint presentations would be highly desirable.


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

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