Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.
This post is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station.
Under the direct supervision and within delegated authority of the Regional Director of UN Environment West Asia Office, the incumbent will carry out the following duties : 1.
Policy : Serves as a policy officer, advising UN Environment, and particularly the Coordinator for the Disasters and Conflicts sub-
programme, on overall policy direction in the region on specific issues; Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Draws on knowledge of the impact of humanitarian activities on the environment, serves as the primary focal point in the region on specific topics or policy-
related issues; on the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-crisis initiatives and related policy issues.
2. Coordination : In consultation with the Regional Director, coordinates the regional input into UN Environment’s programming related to the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-
crisis initiatives. Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief / management programmes or emergency situations in assigned country / area, identifying where best an environmental dimension is warranted.
ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries.
ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through West Asia Office in relation to the environmental dimension of such assistance.
Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-
depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms. 3. Partnerships : In consultation with the Regional Director, coordinates in collaboration with the relevant UN Environment division (s), UN Environment’s work in the region to assist Member States in capacity-
develops region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information. Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UN Environment’s work in the region related to the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-
ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports. keeps abreast of latest developments; liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc.
ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues. Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-
governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, as it relates to the interface of the environment and humanitarian activities.
Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-
related matters. Organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-
making on important issues. Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc.
Performs other duties as required.
work plans and management budgets and adapt them to changing situations. Strong wiring, presentation and reporting skills are also highly desirable.
Ability to apply various United
Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluate skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues,
formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievement; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is
is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns'
shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, remains calm in stressful situation.
Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment protection, environment, humanitarian affairs or development related field.
A first university degree with a combination of two additional years of professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environment related : humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis / emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development or other related area.
Experience in Environment protection is an asset. Experience in Project / Programme Management / Coordination is an advantage.
Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Fluency in oral and written Arabic is desirable; Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
Staff members are subject to the authority of Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-
Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-
Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
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The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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