Vacancy Announcement – Traineeship – PRTR and ASGM Assistant

Organizational Unit: Chemicals and Waste Management Programme

Duration of contract: 6 months (some flexibility)

Indicative starting date: February 2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for Application: 31 January 2018

General objectives

The UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management is offering a traineeship position for young professionals or postgraduate students. The working experience is designed to allow trainees to strengthen their knowledge and gain practical experience in the work of UNITAR. They will also benefit from working in a multicultural and vibrant environment.

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: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), nano, Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR), Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), mercury, and preparation of new Global Environment Facility (GEF) project proposals. The Artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) and PRTR is currently expanding and includes a number of national projects and global and international initiatives. With regards to PRTRs this will include developing contents for and maintaining the PRTRs platform, conduct a research on the different emission estimation techniques used in PRTRs, and assisting in developing outreach materials on UNITAR PRTRs Programme. With regards to ASGM this will include conducting background research, assisting the development of project proposals on ASGM, assisting the development of training materials, assisting UNITAR’s Minamata Initial Assessment and National Action Plan projects, and assisting the development of dissemination materials for UNITAR’s Formalization Toolkit.

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

Overview of responsibilities

The trainee will provide ongoing support to the team.

The services requested on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) theme include:

  • Assistance in the development of contents, information, guidelines, events and project highlights on the PRTR platform.
  • Conduct research on current emission estimation techniques used in PRTR systems, such as E-PRTR, US TRI, RETC Spain, etc.
  • Administrate and moderate topics of the PRTR Forum, posting updates and find strategies to improve users’ participation.
  • Assistance in developing awareness raising materials about PRTRs, with a particular focus on Public, Industries and Governments and outreach materials on UNITAR PRTR Programme.
  • Support the organization of meetings, workshops and cross-cutting activities.
  • Other duties as requested by the Manager.

The services requested on the Artisanal and Small-scale Goldmining (ASGM) related issues include:

  • Assist in conducting background research and developing project proposals on ASGM (e.g. women empowerment, formalization, better mining practices, etc.);
  • Assist in the development of training materials for both face-to-face and long-distance delivery in various forms, including power point presentations, group and individual exercises, videos on ASGM topics;
  • Assist with UNITAR’s MIA+NAP projects in the DRC, Sierra Leone and Eritrea, as per discussion with UNITAR’s socio-economic ASGM specialist;
  • Assist in the development of dissemination materials (e.g. E-learning courses, PowerPoint Presentations, etc.) for UNITAR’s Formalization Toolkit.
  • Other duties as requested by the Manager.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the traineeship, the incumbent will be able to:

  • To have a good understanding of key issues and impacts of chemical-related interventions
  • Improved understanding of the development of scientific research that provides a solid basis for UNITAR interventions in the field of Chemicals and Waste and Artisanal Mining
  • To understand how science and policy are combined through UN processes in order to support national governments’ agendas
  • To understand how project proposals are developed in Intergovernmental Organizations
  • To understand key socio-economic and political issues related to the ASGM sector


Applicants must have completed their higher education either in Economics, Business Management, Political Science, International Relations or a related subject.

Candidates should also have:

  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Analytical, research and creative skills;
  • Administrative and organizational skills;
  • A high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Good knowledge of French and Spanish would be a valuable asset.

Duration of contract: 6 months (some flexibility)

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2018

Indicative starting date: February 2018

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to quoting “Traineeship– PRTR and ASGM” in your subject line.

General conditions of contracts for the service of Traineeship apply. The trainee will be hosted on UNITAR-Geneva premises. In order to cover transportation and other miscellaneous costs during the traineeship, a monthly lump-sum of CHF 700 will be paid.