Job: Environmental Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva

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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Economic Commission for Europe
GENEVA
11 January 2013-26 January 2013
13-ENV-ECE-25315-R-GENEVA (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity



 
Org. Setting and Reporting
 
This post is located in the Environment for Europe and Sustainable Development Team in the UNECE Environment Division.
 
Responsibilities
 
Assist the secretariat in servicing the official processes related to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and promote the effective implementation of the Convention through awareness-raising and capacity-building. In particular, assist the secretariat in preparing for, servicing and following-up to the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and meetings of subsidiary bodies established by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention: e.g. task force on access to information and task force on access to justice; provide the required support to the Working Group of the Parties and the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties. This includes drafting e.g. thematic background documents, reports of meetings, discussion papers, publications and other material.

Service the capacity-building interagency mechanism under the Aarhus Convention; supervise and organize capacity-building activities, in particular in countries with economies in transition, including workshops and expert meetings; supervise inputs to an on-line jurisprudence database and ensure its maintenance.
Provide support to the secretariat in relation to the work of the Compliance Committee: e.g. assist in servicing the meetings of the Compliance Committee and taking the required follow-up actions, notably by contributing to the completion of the meeting report and other post-session documentation and by preparing correspondence with concerned Parties and communicants; taking the necessary steps with respect to new communications to the Committee from members of the public; upload compliance-related documentation to the website, as required.

Support the secretariat's work in relation to promotion and raising awareness of the Convention through cooperation with partner organizations and institutions, as well as through participation in relevant regional and international events and processes on issues relevant to the Convention; Maintain contacts with national focal points and other relevant contacts, draft correspondence and provide information to delegations as required.

Provide other support to the secretariat as necessary, including contracting consultants, individual contractors and other experts in preparation of relevant documents and research studies; maintenance of relevant pages of the Convention’s website, preparing entries for the Clearinghouse, dealing with written enquiries from the public, supporting fund-raising efforts; support to the Unit Chief (Secretary to the Convention), to other activities of the Aarhus Convention UNIT; and assisting the secretariat in complying with requests from other parts of the Division, UNECE or other parts of UN.


The incumbent will perform the functions under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and within the framework of the Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development Team.
 
Competencies
 
• Professionalism: knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to the international environmental law, sustainable development, democratisation, human rights, civil society engagement; practical experience in programme/project management; excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; Demonstrated expertise in the field of legal and policy analysis with the special focus on legislative frameworks of countries with economies in transition is required; Significant experience with servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes, preferably in connection with global or regional environmental legal instruments is required; knowledge of the Aarhus Convention, including the processes and mechanisms established under its auspices, is an asset; Significant experience in organizing capacity-building activities and expert meetings, in particular, in countries with economies in transition is required.

• Planning and organization: ability to work independently and plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and cope with additional pressure in peak periods;

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

• Teamwork: good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain working relations in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
 
Education
 
Advanced university degree in one of the following fields: law or international relations, preferably with a specialisation in environmental law, environmental policy, or similar discipline.
 
Work Experience
 
• Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas of international environmental law, sustainable development, democratization, human rights, civil society engagement or a related field is required;
• Demonstrated expertise in the field of legal and policy analysis with the special focus on legislative frameworks of countries with economies in transition is required;
• Significant experience with servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes, preferably in connection with global or regional environmental legal instruments is required; knowledge of the Aarhus Convention, including the processes and mechanisms established under its auspices, is an asset;
• Significant experience in organizing capacity-building activities and expert meetings, in particular, in countries with economies in transition is required.
 
Languages
 
Fluency in English and Russian is required.
 
Assessment Method
 
Competency based interview.
 
Special Notice
 
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
 
United Nations Considerations
 
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
 
No Fee
 
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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