UNV Environmental Officer

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

United Nations Volunteers Programme, by agreement with the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) and Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), deploys UN Volunteers to support DFS/DPKO peace operations in a range of countries. Within this framework, UNV maintains a Field Office to support UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei).

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Environmental Affairs Unit, the Environmental Officer will be responsible for coordinating and managing actions on environmental and cultural issues in the mission; establishing, implementing, monitoring and revising as necessary the mission’s Environmental Management System (EMS). The duties listed below are part and parcel of this task on the mission’s EMS:

Task description •Support the of Chief of Environmental Affairs Unit in the drafting and/or review of the mission’s environmental policy and objectives (including directives, Annual Mission Environmental Statement, Standard Operating Procedures, etc); •Contribute and be proactive in the development and co-ordination of cross-mission Environmental Sustainability Awareness Campaigns such as water and energy consumption reduction, solid/liquid waste reduction/recycling schemes and sustainable procurement; •Within the existing setups, assist with the monitoring and lead on the analysis of data management with regards to consumption of water and energy and waste production against set targets in conjunction with the Water and Sanitation and Facilities Management team; •Take environmental audits reports into considerations during the implementation of tasks. •Advise on the promotion of best practices in relation to environmental management and sustainability, ensuring compliance with UN legislations and the UN Environmental Policy; •Prepare and support the implementation of the requirements of the mission’s Environmental Management System, Environmental Preparedness and Response Plan and Environmental Strategy. •Provide and analyses data from the Field Remote Infrastructure Management (FRIM) portal and integrate such information in the management of SMART camps across the mission. •Implementation of DOS Environmental Strategy Phase 2 and Implementation of multi-year environmental projects in UNISFA as per budget requirement. •Phase 2 FRIM implementation/identify requirements for smart camp concept in all team sites. •Capacity building of Environment Focal Points and increase environmental awareness of UNISFA personnel. •Collaborate with appropriate Units/Cells to ensure environmental and sustainable aspects are integrated into projects. •Promulgate the Environmental Emergency Preparedness Response Plan. •Review by Environmental Affairs Unit of all tender packages that have an impact on environment before submission to Procurement. •FRIM data analysis to track the mission’s consumption on water, electricity and fuel. •Encourage sustainable principles such as the use of recycled materials (e.g. compost, crushed bottles etc). •Produce detailed contaminated land reports and provide guidance on land contamination risks and water pollution issues in all UNISFA sites; •Provide full package of recommendations and scope of requirements for the implementation of soil remediation projects. Oversee the implementation of recommendations. •Conduct environmental assessments and surveys of operations in the mission, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA); •Produce the mission’s Environmental Baseline Study (EBS), if no such study has been done, or update existing EBS as necessary; Produce the mission’s •Maintain a record of environmental issues and actions thereon at the mission, including, for example, a list of potentially hazardous installations within the mission (e.g. petrol station, warehouse storing flammables) in cooperation with fire marshals or other staff at the mission designated to deal with emergencies; •Provide environmental briefings to all mission personnel including police and military contingents during induction training and to other personnel to improve overall environmental awareness of the mission; •Liaise on environmental issues with local authorities and the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and relevant United Nations bodies and agencies present in the country or region hosting the mission; and •Carry out any other tasks required to support the DOS Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions and the environmental objectives of the mission as directed by the Chief of Mission Support. •Performs other duties, as assigned.

•Professionalism: in-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment; ability to develop comprehensive arguments for and against the suitability of pragmatic and robust solutions that provide benefits towards sustainability improvements in field Mission operations, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. •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 •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. •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.

progressively responsible experience in the environmental management/engineering or related field with a national government/administration, a non-governmental organization, the private sector or an international organization is required. Experience with methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of environmental compliance standards and proven ability in analytical work is desirable. Experience of writing and assessing complex detailed environmental, waste management and contaminated land reports, detailed remediation Schemes and verification reports is desirable. Excellent report writing skills to write professional detailed technical and complex information, with the ability to effectively communicate detailed technical information to specialist professionals and non-specialist elected members, officers and the public.

General: This assignment is based in the UNISFA Headquarters – Abyei - Sudan. Currently this duty station is designated as non-family. Due to the terrain, the area is prone to flooding during the rainy season which lasts from late May until Mid-November. The average rainy season temperature is 30°C and temperatures in the dry season average 37°C. Accommodation: Due to the security situation in Abyei, coupled with the fact that there are limited residential accommodation options in the community that meet UN security and safety standards for staff, expatriate UN staff deployed to Abyei are generally provided secured UN accommodation in a camp-style environment. The UN-provided accommodation is equipped with minimum room furniture and is configured as single room with bath and toilet facilities. Power and water (including purified water) is provided inside the camp by the UN. As per OHRM rules, a reasonable cost recovery for accommodation is made from VLA. Due to the duration of the issuance of the Sudanese visa, UNVs may temporary and/ or permanently be assigned to Gok-Machar which is one of the UNISFA sectors where visas for Sudan are not required. Accommodation and conditions in GokMachar are similar to those in Abyei. Food and Diet: There is a UN managed cafeteria inside the UN Camp in Abyei. The standard and quality of food is limited with a repetitious daily menu. Wide varieties of food are not available and may not be to the personal taste of UNVs. Volunteers may wish to cook their own meals in common kitchen facilities situated at convenient locations within the camp. This would require the volunteer to obtain basic cooking items such as saucepans, fry pans, plates, knives, etc. Health: UN Volunteers should be aware that they could be exposed to a number of tropical diseases and should complete all medical formalities specified in the Offer or Travel Advisory before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria, Polio and Meningitis are recommended if confirmed by the volunteer’s physician. UN Volunteers, like other international personnel, are to bring their Vaccination Card to the mission. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to large numbers of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic (Level 1) inside the UN Camp at Abyei and 24-hour access to a fully operational military hospital (Level 2) within same camp at Abyei. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel in UNISFA, including UN volunteers, are entitled to a 6 -week Rest and Recuperation (R&R) cycle. This means that after every 6 weeks of being in the mission area, the volunteer is entitled to take a break in either Entebbe (UNISFA designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The entitlement is 5 calendar days R&R, 1 day official (Admin) and 2 travel days. The UN flight from Abyei or any other deployed site in the mission area to Entebbe can be used for free (return flight). However, personnel are responsible for their accommodation, meals and any other expenses while on R&R. R & R trips must be approved by the supervisor. https://www.unv.org/

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