Environmental Affairs Officer, P3

Environmental Affairs Officer, P3

UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Geneva, Switzerland

Under the supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) the incumbent will be responsible for managing capacity-building and awareness raising activities to promote the effective implementation of the Convention and the Protocol. He/she will also support the secretariat in servicing the intergovernmental bodies under the two multilateral environmental agreements, in the areas related to technical assistance, and in increasing the visibility of the work carried out.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Manages technical assistance and awareness raising activities under the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA in particular in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus:

  • Identifies in cooperation with beneficiary countries and partners, development needs and opportunities;
  • Drafts annual work programmes and develops proposals for project activities, including country-specific performance reviews, legislative assistance, training courses, workshops, and pilot projects. Develops detailed plans and budgets for their implementation;
  • Is responsible for the financial, administrative and organizational aspects of the activities;
  • Organizes and supervises implementation of activities by consultants and institutional contractors, ensuring that deadlines and objectives are met and finances used appropriately;
  • Liaises and coordinates with beneficiary countries, donors, ECE, consultants and partner organizations in the development and implementation of the activities; and identifies opportunities for partnerships and cooperation, as appropriate;
  • Manages relevant trust funds, prepares periodical financial and substantive reports and provides any other information requested by donors;
  • Participates in relevant meetings to present information and to provide technical and substantive advice and support;
  • Prepares and reviews reports, documentation and project deliverables;
  • Promotes the activities at the relevant forums and makes their outcomes available through the internet and media;
  • (Monitors and assesses the implementation of the activities and ensures their follow-up.

Contributes to increasing the visibility and awareness of the Convention and its Protocol:

  • Develops and supports development of awareness raising and capacity building material and press releases;
  • Contributes to the continual maintenance of the official website;
  • Presents the Convention and the Protocol and the work of the secretariat at relevant regional and international forums; and coordinates this work with related activities carried out under other ECE programmes, UN bodies and international organizations;
  • Maintains contacts with national focal points and other relevant contacts, drafts correspondence and provides information to delegations as required.

Assists the secretariat in preparing for, servicing and following-up to the meetings of the intergovernmental bodies under the Convention and its Protocol, in the areas related to technical assistance, including in:

  • drafting of meeting reports and pre-session documentation;
  • assisting elected officers and the Convention Bureau in the pre-session preparations and conduct of the meetings.

Provides other substantive and administrative support to the secretariat as required, including to assist it in complying with assignments from the managerial staff within the Division, ECE or other parts of the UN.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:

In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Proven capacity in project management and financial reporting. Professional competence in and knowledge of relevant multilateral environmental agreements and policies, and understanding of compliance and implementation aspects of agreements and policies, particularly in countries with economies in transition. Persistent when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make recommendations, and provide expert advice and guidance; 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.

TEAMWORK:

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing technical cooperation projects in the field of environment is required, preferably in countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, and related to environmental assessment. Experience in environmental assessments, international environmental policy cooperation and law is desirable. Experience in servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes, preferably in connection with global or regional environmental legal instruments is desirable.

Languages

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

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