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5 Oct 2019

Environmental Advisors- home based (multiple retainer contracts)

Job Description





Job categories               Health, Safety and Environment

Vacancy code                VA/2019/B0058/18595

Level                               ICS-11

Department/office         FA, SSC, Shared Services Centre

Duty station                   Home based

Contract type                 International ICA

Contract level                IICA-3

Duration                         1 year (renewable, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)

Application period      23-Sep-2019 to 14-Oct-2019


Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.


 Background Information – Job-specific


The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management unit falls under the UNOPS SSC Group. It is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of environmental management good practices in UNOPS projects and operations. The HSSE unit also helps to set the environmental management policy and strategic direction of UNOPS in line with the UN common system standards and international best practices.

A key component of the work of the HSSE unit is to provide tools and advice to make UNOPS projects more environmentally sustainable throughout their project life cycle. This support includes carrying out or coordinating the carrying out of environmental due diligence and developing of appropriate environmental frameworks for managing the projects. The environmental management for UNOPS projects also involves monitoring performance and addressing deviations from expectations.

Therefore, the organisation requires the services of senior environmental experts that shall be on retainer contracts to carry out short term work packages when required. 

Please note that the selected candidates who will successfully undergo the assessments will be offered a contract for 1 year (renewable) but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

 Functional Responsibilities


  • Assist the Director of SSC and the Head of the HSSE unit, in shaping the strategic direction and policies of UNOPS in environmental management matters.
  • Provide innovative environmental management advice that helps UNOPS to assume a leadership position in implementing environmental management interventions and contributing to sustainability in project implementation.
  • Carry out or coordinate the carrying out of project due diligence including environmental and social screening and impact assessments.
  • Carry out environmental due diligence of partners, contractors and suppliers prior to commencement of project work to ensure that the ones with unsatisfactory performance are not engaged.
  • Carry out or coordinate the monitoring of environmental performance during project execution.
  • Develop and implement environmental management frameworks including environmental safeguards tools and processes for projects managed on behalf of a broad range of partners.
  • Develop and implement training programmes to develop the capacity of partners and UNOPS personnel in implementing UNOPS environmental requirements.

 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or Environmental Management is required.
  • An additional 2 years of relevant work experience in combination with a relevant first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) may substitute for the requirement for a Master’s degree.


  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in the environmental management sector is required (with an advanced university degree).
  • Experience in a project worth above USD $50m is an asset.
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of some of the following areas is desirable: biodiversity, pollution, resource conservation, waste management, climate action, environmental impact assessment.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of either French or Spanish is an asset.

 Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: ICA
  • Contract level: I-ICA 3 (retainer)
  • Contract duration: 1 year (renewable, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)

Please note that as this is a retainer contract, successful candidates will be offered a contract for 1 year but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

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

 Background Information – UNOPS


UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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