Programme Officer (Environmental and Waste Management)
United Nations Department of Operational Support (UN DOS)
Department of Operational Support
Closed on 11 Sep 2020
Location: New York (United States)
Grade: P-4, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Environment Section, Office of the Under-Secretary-General in the Department of Operational Support. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of the Section. The focus of this position is to lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities in an assigned functional area of environmental management.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, specifically, the implementation of the UN Environment policies and strategies ; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; develops and monitors reporting mechanisms and processes, reviews relevant documents and reports, such as mission environmental objectives and plans for waste, wastewater, and energy management plans, wider impact and environmental management systems ; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. Also reviews other DPO and DOS guidance documents, other publications and proposed requisitions, statements of work and statements of requirement for good and services to mainstream environment.

• Contributes to the development of Environmental Management Systems within the UN Secretariat.

• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources; including current and new environmental practices.

• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, recommends policy revisions and changes to procedures.

• Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. Collects relevant lessons learnt and best practices to improve mission activity. Manages a net based Community of Practice and/or Unite community.

• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. Supports field recruitment of environmental affairs and waste management personnel.

• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance, budget review and expert advice to field missions on environmental issues to other Secretariat Departments, other UN bodies, specialized agencies, other international organisations and national agencies (particularly those with a presence in the field). Establishes contact with and work with member state Permanent Missions on contributions and support for environment and waste management actions in the field including coordination with the Contingent-Owned Equipment (COE) unit and the Military and Police Advisers on troop and police contingent contribution activities to improve environmental management and reduce waste in the field.

• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties as required, including supervising and managing assigned staff.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

• 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; 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 degree) in business administration, management, environment, engineering or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, or related area is required.
Experience in or in support of a field operation of an international level is desirable.
Experience in the design and implementation of environmental management systems is desirable.
Experience at an international level, particularly in fragile settings, is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Operational Support.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

No Fee


About UN DOS

The Department of Operational Support (DOS) provides operational support to UN Secretariat entities globally, including advisory, operational and transactional support services and, where needed, exercises delegated authority on behalf of clients. DOS supports the entire UN Secretariat, consisting of almost 100 entities located around the globe.

DOS is built on five key pillars. It provides end-to-end service delivery and integration of operational support in:

  1. Human resources, health-care management and occupational safety services;
  2. Supply chain management including logistics, procurement and support for uniformed capabilities;
  3. Operational planning and support to start-up, surge, draw-down and liquidation in UN Secretariat entities;
  4. UNHQ administrative services and campus support; and
  5. Operational information and communications technology (ICT)

DOS has become operational on 1 January 2019 as part the Secretary-General's Management Reform and is located in the UN Secretariat Headquarter in New York. Read more: Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations.

The Department's role is designed to fully support managers and business partners in operating entities throughout the Secretariat to respond effectively and rapidly to the changing needs of those the Organization serves. In line with this approach, DOS will mostly focus on providing advisory and capacity-building support, so to say ‘second tier’ services, for more empowered entities across the Secretariat.

Department of Operational Support (DOS) - Organizational Structure