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Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Specialist (home-based retainer)

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
    • Security and Safety
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-16

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Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Functional Responsibilities

By its very nature, the field of mine action has developed international standards in health, safety and environment, including the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). Health and safety, in particular, are incredibly important due to the risk of injury and death due to explosive hazards.   

The HSE Specialist will be responsible for assisting UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC), particularly its Project Units, to reconcile existing mine action policies, standards and systems with UNOPS Environmental Management System (EMS) and the Health & Safety (HS) system. The HSE Specialist will report to the Manager, Risk, Quality and Partnerships (RQP).


Reporting to the Risk, Quality, and Partnerships Manager, the HSE Specialist will:

  • Contribute to the analysis of PSC’s HSE risk profile and determination of key controls;

  • Provide technical advice to project developers on what needs to be included in project proposals to embed HSE management into new projects;

  • Carry out training on EMS and HS in line with UNOPS standards and best practices;

  • Implement the process for incident reporting and analysis and for carrying out quantitative analysis of HSE performance; 

  • Assist project teams to develop and implement Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) and Health & Safety plans;  

  • Assist PSC Project Units to establish monitoring of HSE performance through inspections, meetings, reporting and internal auditing;

  • Assist PSC Project Units to embed HSE issues into the processes of design and construction of infrastructure;

  • Assist PSC Project Units to meet UNOPS HSE standards and, if necessary, to prepare for and meet the requirements of external audits for ISO 14 001 and OHSAS 18 001;

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the quality assurance system for mine action.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education 

  • Advanced university degree (master or equivalent) in Health and Safety Management, Occupational Medicine, Environmental Science/Management, Civil Engineering, Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline with five years of relevant experience is required; OR

  • First-level university degree (bachelor or equivalent) in Health and Safety Management, Occupational Medicine, Environmental Science/Management, Civil Engineering, Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline with seven years of relevant experience is required

Work Experience 
  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in the area of environmental, health, or safety management systems

  • Experience in mine action is required

  • Experience in the delivery of environmental and health and safety management systems (preferably certified) in construction, manufacturing, mining or similar production environments is desired

  • Relevant experience working in developing countries is required

Languages
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA (home-based retainer)

Contract level: IICA-2 (ICS-10)
Contract duration: 12 months


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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