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Corporate Environmental Specialist

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-27

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting

CSLI is responsible for providing the facilities and sustainable services to the FAO headquarters building and to the FAO Decentralized Offices. It aims to maximise efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of FAO resulting from operations.

Reporting Lines

The consultant will report directly to the Chief, Infrastructure Service.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will be in charge of supporting the implementation of the FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy and related projects and leading the internal environmental efficiency efforts of FAO hereby ensuring FAO’s status as a climate neutral organization while enforcing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste production of FAO’s offices globally.

Tasks and responsibilities

Manage the implementation of FAO’s Environmental Management System:

  • Analyze emissions data of Decentralised Offices based on Regions and office size and identify offices that require most assistance with reducing their emissions;
  • Develop individual action plans for each office to reduce emissions and create cost effective solutions depending on the local circumstances, including green building design and analysis of passive and active sustainable technologies;
  • Support Green Focal Points in Field Offices with implementation of climate neutral measures and advocacy within the Office Management Team;
  • Use specific Buildings Software to identify best value for money solutions for targeted offices;
  • Ensure best practices are shared easily between field offices, and repeated/scaled as applicable with local circumstances;
  • Set up interactive checklists and communication material for Environmental Management Systems.

Managing FAO GHG emissions calculation:

  • Liaise with other UN entities to follow relevant developments and trends for CO2 emissions calculation;
  • Ensure that each Decentralised Offices submits GHG emissions data by a specific deadline;
  • Analyse the collected data and report accordingly to internal and external parties;
  • Identify solutions to reduce GHG emissions and provide technical advise on sustainable facilities and operations (global waste, water, wastewater & energy data analysis and reporting).

Participate in the coordination of an interdivisional working group for the new Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy implementation:

  • Suggest agenda items and tasks for the working group to work on;
  • Distribute agreed workplan and ensure that members follow up on agreed tasks;
  • Organize and coordinate meetings of the working group;
  • Keep minutes of the meetings and follow up on required action;

Managing and coordinating internal and external communication on environmental efficiency related matters:

  • Coordinate and ensure external communication related to corporate environmental responsibility through the FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility page Internet and Intranet page is up-to-date;
  • Keep the internal Green Champions and Environmental Focal Points community up to date and ensure regular improvements and posts to disseminate internal information;
  • Raise awareness within the organization on all matters related to climate neutrality through innovate approaches and training sessions;
  • Encourage Decentralised Offices to share environmental success stories;
  • Implement awareness campaigns and business reports, organize side events;
  • Participate in the coordination of an interdivisional working group for the new Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy implementation.
  • Act as liaison with other units to ensure coordination of their efforts such as in the area of environmental safeguards or green procurement


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in Environmental studies, Engineering, Architecture, or a related field.
  • 5 years of general experience in implementation of environmental efficiency projects at the national and international level.
  • Prior experience in working within the UN system is a distinct advantage.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian) for COF.REG; working knowledge of English or one of the other FAO official languages for PSA Subscribers;

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

  • ;Extend of experience in the implementation of environmental efficiency projects at international level.;
  • Ability to manage Data, such as GHG emissions and calculate energy efficiency projects
  • Experience/knowledge of green building rating systems (e.g. BREEAM, LEED etc.)
  • Knowledge of visual analytics and business intelligence software (e.g. Tableau,)
  • Ability to write reports and communication documents in English

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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