Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Programme Officer Disasters and Conflicts), P4

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 10

Position description

The post is located in UN Environment, in the Asia & Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is an “A” duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and overall supervision of the Global Sub-programme Coordinator for Disasters and Conflict, respectively.

UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.


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

  • Serves as the primary UN Environment focal point in the region on the environmental dimension of disaster and conflict risk reduction and post-crisis initiatives, advising UN Environment Regional office, UN Environment, including the UN Environment Global Coordinator for the Disasters and Conflicts Sub-programme, on overall policy directions, trends in the region; Reviewing and providing advice on a diverse range of policy issues in the region related to humanitarian affairs as they relate to the disaster and conflict risk reduction and the environment.
  • Coordinates the regional input into UN Environment's programming related to the environmental dimension of disaster and conflict risk reduction and post-disaster and conflict initiatives;
  • Draws on experience of the impact of humanitarian activities on the environment; keeps abreast of latest developments; liaises with other humanitarian, development and environment organizations, donors, etc.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in assigned country/area, identifying where best an environmental dimension is warranted.
  • Facilitates a coordinated approach in the region to the environmental dimension within international humanitarian/emergency assistance of complex emergency/disaster situations and in large, complex projects; ensures necessary support (such as staff, funding, specialized equipment or supplies, among others); prepares situation reports to national , regional and international communities, apprising as needed of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries.
  • Assists in the integration of an environmental dimension to the production of appeals within the UN system for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through UN Environment, OCHA and other agencies in relation to the environmental dimension of such assistance.
  • Coordinates in collaboration with the relevant UN Environment offices, UN Environment's work in the region to assist Member States in capacity-building, technical cooperation and technical assistance for handling the environmental dimension of emergency situations and disaster risk management and response preparedness; develops region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information.
  • Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UN Environment's work in the region related to the environmental dimension of crisis risk reduction and post-crisis.
  • Organizes and prepares strategies on the environmental aspects of humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues for the region; organizes follow-up work in the region, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; and ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions or media, among others; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, as it relates to the interface of the environment and humanitarian activities.
  • Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the environmental dimension of a wide range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues; Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to include ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response; Demonstrated problem solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems; Knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement; Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to environment and humanitarian affairs and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations; Ability to relate humanitarian affairs issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected country/region. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in humanitarian affairs, political science, environmental studies, ecology, earth science, international studies, development or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

Work Experience


  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, green reconstruction and rehabilitation, integrated environment and development approaches or other related areas.


  • Experience working on environmental issues in the context of crisis/disaster risk reduction, post-crisis/disaster initiatives or humanitarian/emergency response.
  • Experience with project management, resource mobilization, partnerships or capacity building.


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

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