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Environmental Affairs Officer

UN Economic Commission for Europe

Under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
(1) Supports the preparation and servicing of meetings of the Executive Body to the Convention, and its subsidiary bodies, including the Working Group on Strategies and Review and the Implementation Committee as appropriate. This will comprise supporting the preparation, servicing and follow-up of meetings both in administrative and substantive terms including:
(a) drafting of meeting reports and pre-session documentation;
(b) reviews of national policies and strategies, documentation on institutional and methodological aspects, and analytical studies in the fields of environmental assessment;
(c) elaboration of draft decisions, recommendations for action and proposals for new activities to be undertaken by above intergovernmental bodies;
(d) assistance to elected officers and the Bureau of the Convention in the pre- session preparations and conduct of the meeting;
(e) implementation of the decisions taken by these bodies;
(f) compliance and implementation monitoring; and
(g) maintaining the necessary contacts and correspondence.

(2) Reviews the implementation of the Convention and support the Working Group on Strategies and Review, including:
(a) issue of questionnaires on the implementation of the Convention;
(b) drafting and later publication of reviews of implementation of the Convention ; and
(c) handling of correspondence and substantial information under the compliance procedure for the Convention, preparation of summaries and background notes, and provision of other support and advice.

(3) Plans and implements national and subregional seminars, workshops and projects aimed at promoting awareness of, and capacity for implementation of, the Convention, including:
(a) organizational support to host authorities;
(b) coordination of consultants, rapporteurs and government- designated experts;
(c) drafting reports and minutes of meetings;
(d) developing concepts for future activities;
(e) mobilizing the necessary resources.

(4) Provides practical, technical and legal advice to stakeholders concerning the implementation of the Convention.
(5) Expands the range of information materials and publicity for the Convention, and prepares publications, press releases, public relations bulletins and other media work.
(6) Publishes information on the website for the Convention.
(7) Coordinates relevant activities carried out under other ECE programmes, other UN bodies, other international organizations and institutions, and represents the ECE Secretariat at intergovernmental and non-governmental meetings in the incumbent's field of competence.
(8) Guides and coordinates government-appointed rapporteurs and consultants to the secretariat, interns and other resource persons in the drafting of legislation and preparation of draft proposals, research studies and background papers on subjects related to the programme. 

In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge of air pollution abatement and/or prevention. Knowledge of international legal instruments in the field of environment. Demonstrated ability to service intergovernmental bodies. Proven ability to draft meeting reports and pre- session documents. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given. Excellent drafting and editing ability in English. 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.

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. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 AND ORGANIZING: Plans own work and manages conflicting priorities; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as needed. 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 environmental law, international relations, political affairs or environmental science or related fields. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in government, international organizations or the private sector, concerned with environmental policy, environmental law or practice, of which a minimum of three years at the international level is required. Proven experience in drafting legislation and policy documents is required. Previous work experience in servicing intergovernmental bodies is highly desirable. Experience with international legal instruments in the field of the environment and in reviewing compliance of Parties with their obligations under multilateral environmental agreements is also desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of Russian is highly desirable.


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