• Added Date: Monday, 17 September 2018
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Operational Activities and Review Section, Environment Division of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). 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.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Section of the Operational Activities and Review Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:

1. Serving as Secretary to the intergovernmental Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment by:

(i) preparing substantive documentation for Working Group's meetings;
(ii) supporting the preparation of periodic pan-European environmental assessments in the context of the Shared Environmental Information System;
(iii) enhancing the programme website;
(iv) preparing reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy on monitoring and assessment issues;
(v) making presentations at and contributions to meetings outside;
(vi) contributing to the UNECE media strategy by writing press releases and inputs to UNECE general reports, newsletters and brochures.

2. Serving as Co-Secretary (together with a staff member from the Statistical Division) to the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators (JTF) by:

(i) organizing the preparation of substantive documentation for JTF meetings;
(ii) organizing and servicing JTF meetings;
(iii) preparing reports to the Committee on Environmental Policy on environmental indicators issues;
(iv) contributing to the UNECE media strategy.

3. Designing and implementing capacity-building programmes to strengthen environmental observation capacities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe by:

(i) consulting with Governments and the civil society, UN agencies, EEA, OECD and other partners;
(ii) designing projects and programmes responding to country needs;
(iii) mobilizing extrabudgetary resources and managing the Environmental Monitoring Trust Funds including the preparation of relevant programme budgets, cost plans, medium- term plans, allotment advices and programme performance/evaluation reports;
(iv) organizing training workshops and consultations, and publishing guidance documents.

4. Contributing to the environmental performance review programme, upon request, by:

(i) drafting chapters on country review reports on environmental monitoring and other relevant issues; and
(ii) participating in country review missions.


Sound knowledge and ability to apply environmental policy and information management theories and concepts to support sustainable development.
Ability to conduct independent research in the area of environmental monitoring, data and assessments, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources.
Practical experience in project/programme management and administration.
Shows skill in developing sources for data collection.
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.

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& 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.


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

Work Experience

At least 5 years of professional experience on environment in Government service, research institutions, non-governmental or in international organizations. Knowledge of specifics of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia is an asset. Relevant experience of environmental information management is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Russian is highly desirable.


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 November 2018 to 31 July 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 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. 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.

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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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