Advisor Environment

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 February 2019

Job Description

Environmental degradation associated with armed conflicts can have lasting consequences for human health, livelihoods and security. Environmental issues are also increasingly accepted as risk factors for insecurity and conflicts. As part of moves to better address the environmental dimensions of conflict prevention and response, peacebuilding and recovery, a growing number of organisations involved in humanitarian response and peacekeeping are identifying and implementing environmental policies in their operations. However, efforts to fully address the environment in the mine action sector - which is often a first responder after conflicts - remain underdeveloped.

NPA is starting a new project to increase the environmental safeguarding in humanitarian disarmament operations. The objective is to develop, and help implement, environmental safeguarding policies in our operations. The project will ensure that NPA’s humanitarian disarmament field operations address not only the acute, explosive threats to civilians, but also relevant medium and longer-term threats to the environment related to conflict. It will also contribute towards minimising the environmental footprint of NPA’s activities.

In this position your main responsibilities will be:

  • Undertake an audit of NPA’s current activities to identify where and how it already addresses the environmental dimensions of armed conflict
  • Develop and implement improved standards for minimising the environmental footprint of NPA’s humanitarian disarmament activities
  • Cooperate with our partner organisations in the implementation of our Environment and Armed Conflict projects
  • Identify, evaluate and characterise the typical environmental hazards in NPA’s areas of operations
  • Identify low cost, practical field methodologies and equipment for environmental assessment and monitoring
  • Produce recommendations on environmental risk communication and education for use in conflict and post-conflict settings

To be succesfull in this role you must have:

  • Relevant higher education or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience from environmental work, preferably on both policy and enviromental program level
  • Knowledge of relevant stakeholders
  • Experience and proven ability to manage project

The chosen candidate must have good written communication- and networking skills. Futhermore be innovative in development and expansion of NPA policy and programs.

We consider it an advantage if you also have:

Knowledge of standards for protecting the environment in armed conflict. Experience from working in international context, UN or Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Knowledge of more than two languages.

In return we offer:

An interesting, challenging work environment. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. we offer 5 weeks of annual holiday. Flexible workhours, possibility to workout 1 hour weekly in workhours.

This position is temporary for 2,5 years with possibility of extension, within salary step 44-58 ( 440 144,- 546 414,- NOK) depending on relevant education and experience.

One of NPA’s overall objectives is to promote diversity and gender equality in our organization.

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About the Organization

The vision of Norwegian People's Aid is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement's humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people's living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA's international work covers three core areas: Humanitarian Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises Response.

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