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Administrative Officer, Environmental Sustainability & Inclusiveness P-2, DFAM, Istanbul, Turkey, #121861


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Istanbul
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Banking and Finance
    • Environment
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Closing Date: Closed

As part of the Environmental Sustainability and Inclusiveness unit under Administrative Management Services in DFAM this position will be located in Istanbul - Turkiye helping to achieve the organizational goals that UNICEF has set for our global field office network, namely in improving environmental sustainability, accessibility and inclusiveness of operations and premises.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope...

As part of the Environmental Sustainability and Inclusiveness unit under Administrative Management Services in DFAM this
position will be located in Istanbul - Turkey helping to achieve the organizational goals that UNICEF has set for our global
field office network, namely in improving environmental sustainability, accessibility and inclusiveness of operations and

The Administrative Officer (Environmental Sustainability & Inclusiveness) is responsible for supporting the planning,
implementation of strategies, and reporting progress on resource use efficiency and inclusion across UNICEF globally, to
achieve concrete results and improve environmental sustainability and inclusion of UNICEF’s office network and

How can you make a difference?

Key functions of this position include:

  • Support implementation of Environmental Sustainability and Inclusiveness projects to help achieve accessibility levels and GHG emissions reductions targets.
  • Support offices to identify the key environmental factors, set targets and establish individual action plans.
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange between offices for new initiatives, project updates and progress, towards operations goals.
  • Strategic support to country offices in the Greening & Accessibility funding application process and in monitoring efficiencies of ongoing and completed projects.
  • Support the implementation of innovative initiatives including solar leasing, smart energy metering project and accessibility helpdesk.
Environmental Inventory, data collection, reporting and analysis
  • Support offices in mandatory reporting, quality assurance and analysis of resource consumption, carbon emissions, accessibility levels, and operating costs.
  • Monitor the Key Performance Indicators, scorecards, and progress towards environmental sustainability and inclusiveness strategy goals.
  • Assist offices to use performance outcomes to prioritize implementation of environmental sustainability and inclusiveness projects.
  • Monitors the energy and resource use data and assists offices in contracting services for energy and water audits.
  • Assist offices to collect and disseminate success stories on greening and accessibility initiatives.
Work planning, progress and financial monitoring
  • Propose adjustments/changes, recommendations, new approaches, methods and practices on work
    plans to supervisor.
  • Monitor DFAM funds allocation and disbursement for Greening and Accessibility projects.
  • Global monitoring of progress and efficiencies of ongoing and completed projects to maximize results.
UN Coherence through coordination, collaboration and engagement
  • Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN agencies and private sector, to exchange information on environmental sustainability and accessibility.
  • Attend meetings and contribute to the inter-organizational working groups.
  • Collaborate with the country offices operations team to establish and maintain sound internal controls
  • supportive of eco-efficiency endeavors.
  • Engage staff and Green Teams network on sustainable behavior and awareness raising.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Education: A university degree in Sustainability, Energy, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Information Management, and/or any other relevant field of discipline, is required. 
  • Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience of relevant work, at both the national or international work experience levels, in environmental inventory management, implementing and communicating greening initiatives, is required.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF/UN rules, regulations, policies, and procedures is considered an asset.
  • Language requirement: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is now closed.
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