Vacancy Announcement – Training Associate

Organizational Unit: Chemicals and Waste Management Programme

Duration of contract: 12 months

Date of issuance: 15 March 2017

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for Application: 14 April 2017


Depending on the professional background and experience the range of remuneration is CHF 5,460 to CHF 6,950 per month.  The benefit package includes six weeks of annual leave and a limited health insurance plan.  It does not include a pension contribution.  Please note that this vacancy is located in Geneva and is a locally recruited position with no international benefits. This is not a regular post but a type of contract specific to UNITAR.


UNITAR CWM has a number of key project activities in a wide range of programme areas requiring assistance based in Geneva, including but not limited to: SAICM, PRTR, GHS, mercury, and preparation of new GEF project proposals.  The mercury programme area is currently expanding and includes a number of national projects and broader global and international initiatives such as the Mercury:Learn platform, a joint UNEP-UNITAR initiative built in support of the ratification of the Minamata Convention. The mercury programme needs a professional to assist with the supervision of the mercury portfolio, particularly the informal mining activities.

The mercury programme area is one of the most successful initiatives in UNITAR CWM with more than 6 Mio USD in projects distributed in all continents and in partnership with different UN organizations.  Two main donors provide support to the UNITAR CWM mercury programme area: the Swiss government and the Global Environment Facility.  It is important to highlight that most of the UNITAR CWM mercury portfolio has UNEP as a main partner.  Activities under UNITAR CWM the mercury programme area include development of Minamata Initial Assessments (MIA) and National Action Plans (NAP) for artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) and development of Minamata Ratification Dossier.


The Training Associate will support the activities of the mercury management programme area, namely, to assist with project monitoring and supervision as well as the development of training materials and tools. The Training Associate will also assist the programme manager with project development and resource mobilization activities for the overall CWM Programme.  Additionally, Training Associate will assist with the programmatic approach to mercury, identifying common priority areas by region and drafting possible implementation actions.   

  1. Assist to implement mercury management related projects and activities, by: 
  • Developing and periodically updating a roster of experts and collection of tools and methodologies for the development of National Action Plans (NAP) on Artisanal Small Scale Mining;
  • Undertaking consultations with NAP countries and Partnership members to identify tools and methodologies most needed for NAP development;
  • Developing tools and methodologies, in close collaboration with UNEP and the Global Mercury Partnership;
  • Assisting to organize capacity building workshops in Africa, LAC regions, and Asia Pacific
  • Assisting to draft legal agreements to be concluded between the Executing partner and National Partner involved in hosting and contributing to the training workshop
  • Supporting the preparation of the workshops including developing agenda and engaging participants and experts
  • Participating at the workshops and preparing the workshop reports
  • Developing and implementing a roadmap for the knowledge management and information exchange through the Global Mercury Partnership, in which UNITAR is a member, by using existing information and tools 
  1. Support cost effective approaches on chemicals management, by: 
  • Identifying potential areas of cooperation between the mercury and other UNITAR CWM programme areas;
  • Exploring possibilities to further work in partnership with the Minamata Interim Secretariat and UN organizations and GEF;
  • Developing innovative tools to conduct technical work in support of the National Action Plans (NAPs);
  • Assisting to develop supporting documents, materials and e-learning modules to facilitate the work of national and international partners. 
  1. Support effective project planning, management and administration, by: 
  • Supporting the organization of national, global and regional meetings and workshops;
  • Providing support to internal and external Programme reporting and evaluation; and
  • Supporting the Programme with other tasks, as required by the Manager of the Chemicals and Waste Programme

Results expected

  • At least two reports of regional or national NAP workshops;
  • Roster of experts and collection of tools and methodologies developed;
  • At least three visual or guidance materials developed to assist countries with NAP development.
  •  At least two legal agreements for the organization of NAP workshops or delivery of NAP training and guidance materials
  • At least three areas of cooperation with the Minamata Secretariat identified and followed-up;
  •  At least three training sessions at NAP workshops successfully organized 


  • Professionalism: Good understanding and knowledge in the field of Chemicals and Waste management, particularly sound management of mercury and related programme areas such as Waste Management, Global Monitoring of mercury emissions, green production and green chemistry; understanding e-learning principles; training and facilitation skills, practical  experience in programme/project management and administration; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; familiarity with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and organizing – Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work programme, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure, efficient, reliable and conscientious.
  • Communications – Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports, reports, training materials, studies and other communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style.
  • Technology Awareness – Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, graphics software, spreadsheets and other statistical applications, Internet, etc.
  • Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance.


Education: Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Public Administration, Political Science, Trade/Commerce or related field or relevant combination of qualifications and relevant work experience might be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in in project management, environmental science research, and/or communications and training / capacity building preferably in a multicultural setting; experience working within a partnership setting; experience developing tools for ASGM stakeholders.  Knowledge of UNITAR institutional policies and guidelines as well as knowledge of the UN system an advantage.

Other skills: experience in editing and writing reports and articles; ability to use data visualization and graphic design tools; ability to develop and maintain website content. Good coordination and excellent negotiation skills to reach agreement with key partners is highly desirable. 

Language: Fluency in English (oral and written). Knowledge of another UN official language, particularly French and Spanish, is an advantage.

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Priority will be given to the applicants from the underrepresented regions at UNITAR.  There will be a probation period of 3 months.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent to:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.