Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship – Minamata Initial Assessments

Organizational Unit: Chemicals and Waste Managment

Duration of contract: 6 months (some flexibility)

Indicative starting date: As soon as possible

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2017

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

General objectives

The UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management is offering an internship/traineeship position for young professionals or postgraduate students. The working experience is designed to allow interns/trainees to strengthen their knowledge and gain practical experience in the work of UNITAR on the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste, in particular mercury. They will also benefit from working in a multicultural and vibrant environment.

UNITAR has been supporting countries on the implementation of chemicals and waste related multilateral environmental agreements, including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutant, the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers and other related activities.  Since 2014 UNITAR has also been assisting countries in mercury management related issues. Currently, UNITAR is supporting countries in the execution of a large number of Minamata Initial Assessments (MIAs), National Action Plans (NAPs) for Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) and Swiss-funded projects to advance the ratification of the Minamata Convention.

CWM is now accepting applications from interested and qualified candidates for an internship/traineeship on a full-time basis at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.

Overview of responsibilities

The intern/trainee will provide ongoing support to the mercury team of CWM, with a focus on research and drafting support for the Minamata Initial Assessments.

The services requested include:

  • Assist in compiling and drafting of the MIAs in a maximum of 12 countries by undertaking background research, screening and gathering of existing data, materials and outputs;;
  • Assist in the development of strategies for the mainstreaming of mercury management objectives into national development planning in 5 countries;
  • Assist in the development of socio-economic studies on selected national mercury priority sectors (e.g. dental amalgam, waste) in 5 countries;
  • Contribute to the development of country-level awareness-raising strategies in MIA projects;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support, as needed, for the UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Programme and other CWM related programmes.


We particularly welcome applications from candidates in the following fields:

  • Environmental engineering, chemistry or related field
  • International relations, international law or related field

The candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to distill information from reports; good analytical skills
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Good planning and organization; delivery according to agreed upon deadlines
  • Knowledge of international chemicals management, in particular the Minamata Convention on Mercury is an asset


Proficiency in English and French.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to quoting “Minamata Initial Assessments Traineeship/Internship” in your subject line.

Intern/Trainees are not financially remunerated by UNITAR. They receive a monthly lump-sum to cover transportation.