03 Jul, 2019

ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER [Temporary]

  • DataCareer GmbH
  • Vernier, Switzerland
Big Data

Töö kirjeldus - job description.

This position is located in the Transboundary Cooperation Section of the Environment Division of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
UNECE Environment Division contributes to the overall objectives and mandate of UNECE as a multilateral platform facilitating greater economic integration and cooperation among its member States, and to the broad aim of the Environment subprogramme to safeguard the environment and human health, and to promote sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

ResponsibilitiesUnder the general supervision of the Chief, Transboundary Cooperation Section and the direct supervision of the manager of the water unit and Secretary to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), the incumbent will support the work related to monitoring and reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2, for which UNECE is co-custodian, together with UNESCO. In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Environmental analysis:

  • Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative information pertaining to progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2 from, countries and regions.
  • Maintains databases and programmes for database management and organizes non-quantitative information.
  • Assists in the design, testing, operation and modification of models and systems to gather and analyse of the data.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies on monitoring progress on transboundary water cooperation.
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares agendas, summary reports and similar material.
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc on transboundary water cooperation issues for inter-governmental processes.

Technical cooperation:

  • Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the area of transboundary water cooperation.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General: 

  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff within work unit/section and peers in department/regional commission; staff of other international organizations working on related issues; academics and representatives of governments, civil society, both NGOs and the business community.

Results Expected:
Efficiently maintains information system, databases and models; provides sound analyses of specifically defined aspects related to transboundary water cooperation of developing countries and economies in transition; provides practical assistance in project development and implementation; effectively supports inter-governmental processes, under the direction or guidance of a senior staff member.Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge in the field of water management and transboundary water cooperation.
Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection.
Ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations and write reports.
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.

Planning& 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 environmental management, natural or social science, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in the area of water management.

Experience of multilateral environmental agreements, preferably in the framework of the United Nations, is desirable.

Experience of monitoring implementation of multilateral environmental agreements or SDGs is also desirable.

Experience with data analysis and database development and management is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Fluency of French is desirable. Fluency of Spanish is also desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice• This position is temporarily available from 15 July to 31 December 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee

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