Social and Environmental Analyst

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This is a IICA-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's an external contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education. More about IICA-1 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

The retainer will support the SSC/HSSE Social and Environmental Specialist with a variety of tasks, work packages and projects dealing with SE management, including the planning, preparation and delivery of the corporate Environmental Inventory. We are seeking qualified applicants who may have Environmental Management, Social Development Studies, Sustainability, Engineering, Political Science or a related subject as background.

Since 2010 UNOPS performs a greenhouse gas inventory of its operations, covering its scope 1, scope 2 emissions and emissions from business travel. During the years, the inventory has expanded to include waste and water reporting, and it is constantly reworked to improve coverage, accuracy and data quality. In addition to reporting, UNOPS has a Social and Environmental (SE) management system that aims at mitigating the impacts on our activities worldwide. Climate mitigation in particular is becoming an increasingly important area of activity. This is coordinated by the SSC/HSSE team in HQ, which is looking for a retainer to support the 2024 reporting round, and its other activities.

The Analyst will report to the Social and Environmental Specialist and work in collaboration with the regional offices, and with the wider network of Country Office focal points appointed to perform the Environmental Inventory.

Functional Responsibilities

The Analyst will support the Social and Environmental Specialist in managing the 2024 Environmental Inventory round; facilitate the monitoring and daily implementation of the SE management system; and support other work-streams of the team. The responsibilities of the Social and Environmental Analyst include the following:

  • Support the general work on social and environmental management through document management, drafting of presentation, desktop research, data management, etc.
  • under the supervision of the Social and Environmental Specialist, support the corporate GHG reporting process with field offices, the coordination with the 2024 focal points network, and the data assurance process
  • Get acquainted with the online reporting platform used by UNOPS, facilitate liaison with the product support team, perform user testing and ensure UNOPS requirements are properly reflected on the platform
  • Assist in the preparation of the training plan for the Inventory, and facilitate the delivery of webinars and other outreach events
  • Coordinate the 2024 drafting of the yearly Inventory Management Plan for the GHG inventory process, my managing the recording all procedural steps
  • Coordinate the daily queries and interactions with field offices and colleagues seeking guidance on the Inventory and on other aspects of the SE management system; and perform other ad hoc tasks in support of the team activities as requested.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


An Advanced University Degree or a Master's Degree in: Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Engineering, Political Studies, International Relations, Development Studies, or related fields is required.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the field of climate change (mitigation and adaptation), environment and sustainable development is required.

Experience in GHG inventories/ databases is an advantage.

Experience in knowledge, communication, or information management particularly in regard to the development of promotional material is desired.

Knowledge of Google Workspace, preferably Google sheet, Google doc, Google slides and Google drive, is required.

Language: Fluency in English is a requirement. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA, Retainer Contract level: IICA 1 (ISC8) Contract duration: 100 days

A retainer Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor may be required intermittently.

A retainer ICA will specify a unit price (e.g. amount per day actually worked). For budgetary purposes, a monetary limit will be specified at the time the ICA is awarded and issued.

UNOPS shall have no obligation to obtain any minimum quantity of Services from the Individual Contractor during the duration of the retainer ICA.

Payment will be made only after completion of assignments (if any) or reaching agreed milestones.

A retainer ICA does not accord any exclusivity to the Individual Contractor with respect to the Service

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions:

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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