Vacancy announcement
Bonn, Germany

Consultant - E-waste Data Collection and Analysis Middle East

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
2 years (full time – 40 hours/week)
Indicative contract starting date
01 September 2021
Deadline for submission of applications
18 June 2021
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GDCCPU)
To be defined in accordance with competences and experience of the candidate
Area of Specialization/Thematic Area

E-waste Data Collection and Analysis Middle East


UNITAR-SCYCLE is an independent Programme co-hosted by UNITAR and the United Nations University in Bonn (Germany). SCYCLE works to enable societies to reduce the environmental load from production, use and the disposal of ubiquitous goods and especially electrical and electronic equipment to sustainable levels by means of independent and both comprehensive and practical research providing more thorough fact bases for policy development and decision making. Therefore, SCYCLE activities are focused on the development of sustainable production, consumption and disposal patterns for electrical and electronic equipment, as well as other ubiquitous goods. SCYCLE leads the global e-waste discussion, is a member of the UN E-waste Coalition, and advances sustainable e-waste management strategies based on life-cycle thinking.;;

E-waste quantification

The UNU-ViE -SCYCLE quantifies e-waste flows world-wide and provides fact-based recommendations on how to improve respective policies and e-waste systems. Since 2015, SCYCLE publishes the global e-waste monitor, which is an over-arching monitor that receives great media exposure in over 90 countries. To support evidence-based policy making, work has been done for the European Commission (EC), and several national detailed studies have been conducted in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Portugal and Romania, to name a few. Further, the expertise and knowledge of SCYCLE will be used to support better and faster understanding of the data world-wide.

The project contributes to the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, an international initiative to improve the availability and quality of e-waste data and indicators particularly in developing countries. In this partnership, The SCYCLE Programme cooperates with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Solid Waste Association (ISWA. Its main objectives are to improve and collect worldwide e-waste statistics. The partnership will also raise visibility on the importance of tracking e-waste, and deliver capacity building workshops.

General objectives of the contract

The Consultant will lead to data collection and consolidation of e-waste in two countries in the Middle East, and lead e-waste projections, training, and stakeholder forums in three or four countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States Region.

Responsibilities/description of professional services
  • Responsible to integrate data of household surveys in the global methodology for e-waste statistics at country level, and performing environmental and resource impact assessments.
  • perform e-waste projections into the future
  • Writing a technical publication of the results
  • Conduct national stakeholder analysis and national stakeholder forums to that facilitate policy formulation, and improvements of e-waste collection rates in the countries
  • Prepare training material on e-waste statistics;
  • Assist in fundraising, including project proposal development, contracting and maintaining a dialogue with potential donors and other work related to fund-raising;
  • Proofread project documents and other publications as required;
  • Assist in the organization of workshops, conferences and meetings as required;
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.
  • Assist in the development of publications (e.g. Annual Reports, White Papers) by formatting publications in corresponding templates, registering publications as online- and in-print publications, posting publications to pertinent stakeholders etc.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results
  • Effective communication with partners and colleagues;
  • Timely and quality preparation of all deliverables;
  • High degree of professionalism.
Skills and Competencies expected from the individual
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Knowledge of life cycle analysis, circular economy;
  • Result-oriented, proactive, self-motivated and “hands-on” with the ability to prioritize work and multitask;
  • Demonstrable oral and writing skills in English, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct and lively style;
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • General computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
Reporting structure

The incumbent will report to the Senior Manager SCYCLE.

Minimum requirements

a. Education

  • PhD / MSc Diploma or equivalent in environmental study, chemistry, or another related science

b. Work Experience

  • At least five (5) years of progressively experience in the waste management area and at least three (3) years in the international domain;
  • Experience in modelling, projections, and data management, preferably in R;
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, environmental policy development, preparation of publications, presentations and communications with external stakeholders
  • Experience in capacity building and working with developing countries;
  • Experience in planning of work and pro/actively communicate to stakeholders

c. Languages

  • Oral and written fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages such as, Russian, and/or Arabic is an asset.

General conditions of contracts for the service of Consultant apply.

Consultants are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse Consultants for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Consultant on payments made under the consultancy contract.

The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for Consultant, and Consultant are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.

This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

The United Nations 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).

How to apply

Please submit your application along with a short motivation letter as soon as possible.

UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.

Note: Those applicants, who had applied for the initial announcement do not need to submit their application once again.