Environmental Affairs Officer

  • Full Time
  • kenya

United Nations

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Posting Title: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 02 March 2023 – 15 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-200160-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (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.

UNEP’s Corporate Services Division (CSD) is the guardian of UNEP’s corporate interest, mitigating its exposure to risk and supporting the organization with management tools, plans and related capacity building. It oversees UNEP’s efficient and effective management, in line with UNEP’s accountability requirements, rules, regulations and UN core values.

This position is located in the Operations and Risk Management Section which focuses on operations and risk management within CSD at the Nairobi duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Operations and Risk Management Section, the Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities
1. Policy and Guidance:
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Support CSD in implementing UNEP Environmental Management System (EMS) and implementing internal environmental policy and in identifying needs for drafting new or for modifying relevant specific guidance.
• Provide guidance on travel and programs to reduce travel emissions.
• Undertakes survey initiatives, designs data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Delivery of Guidance on Emissions Reductions to UNEP headquarters and regional offices.

2. Management of UNEP Environmental Management System (EMS) and High Level Steering Committee:
• Manage the environmental activities and coordinates team towards the achievement of objectives.
• Complete the UNEP annual environmental inventory.
• Identify the achievements of the UNEP EMS cycle for each of the five (5) environmental aspects, specifically: climate/energy, water, waste, staff sensitization, and sustainable procurement.
• Manage the Steering Committee Meetings: agenda, compilation of presentations, logistics and communication with members; draft meeting minutes and reports.
• Compile supporting documentation that can help discussions.
• Respond to technical queries in liaison with the relevant team experts.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
• Finalise and present the EMS report for senior management inclusive of recommendations to accelerate UNEP’s internal sustainability efforts.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

3. Awareness and Training/ Mainstreaming:
• Promote awareness on environmental issues.
• Undertakes outreach activities, conducts training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Outreach to regional offices, assist them in implementing emissions reduction measures and report back to the Steering Committee.
• Manage sustainability aspects in the UN reform offices and assist other offices when needed including for Business Operations Strategy (BOS).

4. Coordination and Partner Relations:
• Liaise on environmental issues with local authorities and relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, as well as regional organisations and diplomatic community when relevant.
• As required, support other UN agencies in reaching their sustainability targets, including providing trainings and advising on EMS plans and providing technical expertise when requested.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change. This includes managing projects related to the enhancement of UNEP’s remote meetings culture.
• Ensures that the section maintain high-quality standards and provides client-oriented services that are innovative, effective and efficient.
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the section and across organizational boundaries.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development and environment. Ability to perform a broad range of functions related to general aspects of environment management and evaluation including conceptual and analytical skills and the ability to understand technical documents and review valuation reports. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.

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.

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Additional university level or technical qualification in environmental management and related areas is desirable.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental management or related field with a national government/administration, a large firm or an international organization or related field is required.

Experience working with Microsoft Office package is required.

Work experience with procedures of Environmental Sustainability including evaluation and oversight is desirable.

Work experience with drafting reports and guidance documents/policies/standard operating procedures is desirable.

Work experience in providing training on subject matter such as environmental data and/or environmental risk assessment is desirable.

Experience in project planning is desirable.

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

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

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

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

Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.

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.

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