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Health Safety and Environment Coordinator

Nicosia (Cyprus)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Nicosia (Cyprus)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-20

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The UNDP Projects Management Office (PMO) in Nicosia, Cyprus, seeks to contract on behalf of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) a Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator.

The principal mandate of the CMP is to establish the fate of the people that went missing as a consequence of the tragic events of 1963-1964 and 1974 and to provide answers to anguished families.  One important aspect of this work is to exhume, identify and return remains of missing persons.  This process enables the relatives of the victims to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and provide closure to a long period of anguish and uncertainty, thereby promoting a process of reconciliation, healing and dialogue between both communities. This project also aims to strengthen the capacity for civil society to engage in sustained cooperation and reconciliation, through the important participation of bi-communal scientific teams in all stages of the process. This bi-communal cooperation will strengthen civic participation toward an issue that is critical for the healing of old wounds, and will sustain partnerships of cooperation and trust between both sides.

The CMP Project includes the following phases:

Archaeological Phase (Phase I) related to the exhumation of the remains of missing persons;

Anthropological Phase (Phase II) related to the analysis of the recovered remains at the CMP Anthropological Laboratory (CAL);

Genetic Phase (Phase III) related to the DNA analyses; and

Identification and Return of Remains (Phase IV) related to the reconciliation of all pertinent information obtained in the previous phases and to the establishment of a formal identification. This phase includes the return of the identified remains to their relatives and the provision of psycho-social support to help the families cope with the difficult task of coming to terms with their loss.

The Health Safety and Environment Coordinator is based in the CMP Anthropological Laboratory (CAL). The incumbent reports to the UNDP PMO Operations Manager and works in a close contact with the CMP and UNDP operations team.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Coordination of health, safety and environment issues at worksites, implementing measures to ensure that work hazards are reduced, ensuring that proper warning systems and evacuation procedures are in place.
  • The CMP Health Safety and Environment coordinator looks after health, safety and environment issues and takes precautionary measures in the different worksites of this bi-communal project which are located in the southern and northern parts of the island. The Health and Safety Coordinator reports to the two Field Coordinators who ensure that CMP Members are swiftly informed of any arising risk or accident in order to take the appropriate decisions.  He/she has to follow weekly exhumation plans produced by the coordinators and scheduled his/hers programs accordingly.
  • He/she plays a vital role in the worksite and is responsible for planning and implementing measures to ensure that work hazards are reduced.  He/she will coordinate efforts in ensuring that proper warning systems and evacuation procedures are in place in each worksite.
2. Health safety and environment standards
  • He/she is delegated to ensure that CMP adhere to health safety and environment standards.
3. Development, implementation and update of health safety and environment procedures and plans, risk management procedures to ensure safe working environment
  • He-she will be responsible for the development, implementation and updating of required written health safety and environment procedures, risk assessments, emergency plans, working site organization plans, risk management procedures and plans.
  • The job involves also developing risk management procedures to ensure safe working environment. Work will be performed both at the worksites (excavations) and CMP Laboratory premises.
4. Undertake training programs that will cultivate safe work procedures.
  • He/she is also required to undertake training programs that will cultivate safe work procedures.

5. Other duties may include as needed:

  • Risk assessments for all worksites and laboratory;
  • Hazard Communication procedures;
  • Exposure Control procedures and programs;
  • Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment procedures (PPEs);
  • Respiratory Protection procedures;
  • Chemical Hygiene procedures (including Laboratory Safety);
  • Working in Confined Space procedures;
  • Working under adverse weather conditions;
  • Risk management procedures for unexploded Ordinance;
  • Emergency Action Plan;
  • Having an up-to-date knowledge of the current Health Safety and Environment Procedures and Practices.
  • Preparing and presenting Health Safety and Environment Strategies;
  • Conducting periodic health safety and environment walk-through inspections of all worksite facilities for potential health safety and environment problems;
  • Ongoing inspections to ensure assigned policies have been implemented and adhered to;
  • Identifying risks and consequently safety procedures;
  • Ensuring the periodic safety and environment training and other specifically required training is provided for all employees and other personnel;
  • Ensure that incident-accident log of occupational injuries and illnesses is maintained;
  • Prepare a weekly health safety and environment report to be submitted to the Field Coordinators ahead of weekly CMP meetings;
  • Prepare a monthly health and safety report to be shared with the Members by Mail;
  • Conduct accident – injury investigations and illnesses exposure monitoring;
  • Establish and monitor a program for reporting and investigating “near-miss situations”;
  • Preparing and implementing fire drills at the worksites;
  • Conduct investigations into employees inquiries, suggestions and complaints;
  • Maintain required safety and health documents / files;
  • Ensure periodic inspections of all motorized vehicles and machinery;
  • Liaise with relevant authorities as required.
  • Supervision of CMP Anthropological Laboratory gardener and cleaner if appointed.

The role is mainly linked to ensuring a safe environment at excavation sites and at the CMP Anthropological Laboratory (CAL). The Health Safety and Environment Coordinator will be based at the CAL.  He/she will be expected to attend meetings with UNDP and CMP as required.




  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work


  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


  • Ability to get things done



Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position;
  • Ability to understand complex procedures and practices and translate into everyday language;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Organizational Skills

  • Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions;
  • Client Orientation;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Good understanding of the sensitive and bi-communal work of CMP;
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.


Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents innovative strategies and new approaches; and
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.

Promoting Accountability

  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion; and;
  • Prepares timely inputs to reports.

Team Work

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum Secondary Education is required.
  • BSc degree in Engineering would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.
  • Additional university degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Health and Safety will be considered as an asset.


  • Minimum 5 years of post-graduate experience in the supervision and / or study of construction and / or technical projects;
  • Previous experience in Occupational Safety and Health will be considered as an asset;
  • Previous experience in preparing Health Safety and Environment Strategies will be considered as an asset; and
  • Previous experience in working with local communities in a post-conflict setting will be considered as an asset.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent knowledge of English is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of Greek or Turkish is required.


  • Minimum of 35 hours attendance in Occupational Health & Safety training, covering the following subjects (must be completed prior to the job application):
  • Occupational Safety and Health Management and Occupational Risk Management;
  • Technical Training in Occupational Safety and Health in Construction; and
  • Safety and Health Plan and Safety and Health Coordinator.


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