Department/Office:Field Missions
Duty Station:Field Locations
Posting Period:14 October 2019 – 13 November 2019
Job Opening Number:19-Engineering-FMADFS-121758-P- (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Field Peacekeeping Operations, Special Political Missions, Service Centres and Offices as applicable. The Waste Management Officer at this level reports to the Chief of Section/Unit PS/P4 Engineering and Facility Maintenance and supports the implementation of the mission waste management plan in the mission.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent supports the Director of Mission Support I Chief of Mission Support in the drafting and/or review of the mission’s Waste Management Directive and Waste Management Plan; records and monitors waste management data and issues, conducts assessments and providing reports; reviews, waste disposal plans and proposed waste actions and activities made by other areas of the mission to ensure they conform with the Waste Management Policy and the mission’s waste management plan; undertakes regular inspections of waste management practices; prepares reports on waste management issues.


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


•Record and monitor waste management data and issues, conduct assessments and provide quarterly reports on the implementation of the Waste Management Plan; and provide and submit required data through the MEAP for the Environmental Performance and Risk Management System;
•Work in close coordination with military and police contingents, including respective environmental l focal points, and collect regularly data on inventory of hazardous substances;
•Work with other sections and stakeholders and review waste disposal plans and proposed waste actions and activities made by other areas of the mission to ensure they conform with the Waste Management Policy for UN Field Missions and the mission’s Waste Management Plan;
•Undertake regular inspections of waste management practices in all mission locations and all waste disposal sites used by the mission with a focus on risk assessment; provide recommendations and undertake them accordingly; and share feedback to Mission’s Environmental unit;
•Monitor specific waste disposal actions when required;
•Undertake regular inspections of any contractor’s waste disposal processes and practices in coordination with contract managers and ensure those processes are undertaken in accordance with the relevant contract;
•Work closely with the mission Environmental Officer on all waste related issues including mission Environmental Baseline Studies and ensuring the mission’s Waste Management Plan is established under the Environmental Policy and Strategy Objectives and is coordinated with the mission-wide Environmental Action Plan(MEAP) Prepare the Head of Mission’s annual progress and status report on mission waste management issues for submission to Headquarters.


•Support the Director of Mission Support I Chief of Mission Support in the drafting and/or review of the mission’s Waste
Management Directive and Waste.Management Plan and any associated Standard Operating Procedures;
•Identify, research and review the relevant Waste management laws and regulations, UN treaties and conventions, and those the host country is signatory to when considering mission waste management actions;
•Assess host country’s waste management infrastructure and available services to check compliance compatibility with the
DPKO/DFS Waste management policy objectives;
•Develop and undertake mission training on waste management and periodic awareness training and notifications;
•Confirm that waste management requirements, including on hazardous waste, under the responsibility of other areas of the mission are included by that area in their budget submission;
•Develop conceptual design, feasibility studies and multi-years plans of waste management (including hazardous wastes)
systems to be implemented in the mission in coordination with DOS/LSD and GSC/ETSU;
•Develop scope of works accordingly, in compliance with UN environmental and occupational hea lth and safety requirements;
•Ensure waste considerations are included in the specifications of other contracts established and managed by the mission;
•Review accordingly statements of work, contracts and services to support waste minimization during the sourcing phase and support the DOS Supply Chain Management strategy;


•Implement and coordinate the DPKO/DOS Waste Management Policy in the mission. Support the implementation of the DOS Environment Strategy’s technical pillar on waste by providing technical support to the mission and contribute to the Strategy’s Waste working group as needed.
•Provide guidance to the mission in accordance with PKO/DOS Waste management and Environmental (when related to waste) Policies for the establishment and implementation of the mission-wide environmental action plan (MEAP), as regards to waste, with the view to implement the 4 Rs (reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery).
•Perform other related duties as required.


Thorough technical knowledge of different waste management solutions, including on hazardous waste; capacity to write detailed Scope of Works with clear performance indicators and monitoring skills; strong analytical skills to both collect data and interpret them; ability to simplify complex information and communicate such information to less-technically trained team members; Good adaptability skills to find creative solutions depending on contexts; 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering or environmental engineering. Specialization on waste management is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two (02) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental engineering or related fields, is required.
Experience in the management of a wide range of residential or commercial waste streams (e.g. liquid, solid, hazardous), is required.
Environmental and engineering (including waste) experience in international, volatile, post conflict environment, field or military operations, is desirable.
Experience in project planning and implementation, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency (oral and written) in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Waste Management Officer P3 roster.

The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members.

Roster membership does not guarantee selection United Nations

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.

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