Vacancy announcement

Senior Manager SCYCLE – P5 (Regular staff) - Bonn, Germany

Vacancy type Regular staff members
Duration of the contract
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is recruiting a Manager for the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Project. This individual will also carry out representative functions as UNITAR’s Head of the Bonn office. SCYCLE envisions enabling 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 and training 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 and advances sustainable e-waste management strategies based on life-cycle thinking. The SCYCLE Project is actually transitioning from United Nations University (UNU) to UNITAR and shall become fully integrated into UNITAR by 2022.


Under the supervision of the Director, Division for Planet, for all activities related to the SCYCLE project, the incumbent:

  • Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the SCYCLE Project by setting general direction and strategies; overseeing the development and execution of the  annual work plan (including programmatic coordination, delivery, monitoring, reporting (e.g. statistics on research and training and production of timely substantive and financial reports to donors), quality control, proposal development, fundraising, budgetary planning and financial execution (e.g. processing of grants), and other administrative and human resource-related tasks;
  • Conceptualizes and implements new programme areas and projects to expand the Programme portfolio by identifying new opportunities; providing policy and technical guidance for new activities; and forging and maintaining innovative relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Oversees the research, policy advice and implementation work and the organization of training and capacity development activities, the production of publications and other UNITAR/SCYCLE products in cooperation with other relevant research and training entities to assist in sustainable production, consumption and disposal with Agenda 2030, as well as contributing to knowledge sharing.
  • Interacts with relevant organizations and represents SCYCLE, in accordance with the Delegation of Authority given to him/her and in close consultation with the UNITAR headquarters, to enhance collaboration by liaising with governments, civil society, organizations of higher education and private sector organizations; interacting closely with intergovernmental organizations including leading UN bodies, agencies and programmes engaged in sustainable production, consumption and disposal, such as the UNEP, UNIDO, ITU, ILO, UNDP, UNFCCC and BRS secretariats, WHO; UN regional economic commissions, entities of the European Commission, bi-lateral donors, research and training institutions, country partners etc. to ensure  coordination and synergies; presenting information, observations, opinions, arguments and science based advice to partners and stakeholders regarding making our production, consumption and disposal of ubiquitous goods more sustainable; Attending regional and international meetings related to production, consumption and disposal of ubiquitous goods to actively represent UNITAR and contribute to its visibility.
  • Maintains the reputation of the Project by following high scientific standards in research and capacity development and service provision management; ensuring compliance with rules and regulations; managing the SCYCLE’s public relations strategy by overseeing the construction and up-dating of the website,  production of  promotional material and furthering the established network of professionals and alumni in the thematic subject area; liaising with media, opinion leaders and partners to showcase benefits, advice and results; nurturing and expanding cooperation with other academic institutions;
  • Maintains the positive work environment of the SCYCLE team by communicating professional expectations, planning, monitoring and appraising team’s results, overseeing, coaching and counselling team members, initiating, coordinating and enforcing system policies, and procedures, maintaining a secure working environment and developing personal growth opportunities.
  • Keeps senior management informed of new initiatives, developments and performance by preparing appropriate and timely inputs to decision-making and planning processes, audits, and substantive and/or managerial reports; participating in management and staff meetings; and interacting with UNITAR departments, programmes and units as appropriate; sharing best practices/lessons learnt and adapting current management strategies to meet guidelines and policies agreed upon by the Institute.
  • Ensures sustainable funding for SCYCLE by maintaining appropriate relations with the typical donors while identifying potential donors and developing relations with interested funding agencies, being accountable to donors for all funding disbursed to the Project, undertaking public outreach and awareness raising initiatives/missions as appropriate within and outside the UN system to present and publicise the work of the Project and attract donor funding to cover related expenditure and secure funding to cover salaries for the Project staff and operations, assessing and selecting new initiatives and innovative formulas capable of attracting new forms of funding for the Project.

Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will also act as Head of the UNITAR Office in Bonn representing the Executive Director in especially Germany, but also selected high-level UN forums, in meetings with Member States and donors. The incumbent:

  • Coordinates the development of the UNITAR Office in Bonn working closely with the office of the Executive Director and liaising with the local authorities, UNV and other UN organizations at the UN Campus in Bonn; 
  • Assists in strategically expanding UNITAR’s science based research
  • Supports fundraising efforts for the Institute.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following

The Incumbent’s work requires engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and implies interaction with the following:

  • Managers and staff of other departments and units within UNITAR and the senior management and other institutes and programmes of UNU, because till 2022 SCYCLE is co-hosted by UNITAR and UNU.
  • Heads of Agencies and other senior staff from all Germany based UN organizations and a wide range of organizations in the United Nations system, as well as other inter-governmental organizations.
  • Directors and senior representatives of specialized ministries in especially Germany and North-Rhine Westphalia, the EU and other UN member states.
  • Senior representatives of partner institutions, universities, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

The incumbent will play a lead role in advocating UNITAR Bonn’s position and be fully responsible for maintaining and building alliances with different branches of the Government of Germany as well as key international organizations. As Manager of the SCYCLE programme the incumbent leads on development of a narrative for SCYCLE’s work and acting as its chief exponent in all exchanges both within UNITAR and externally.


Supervises staff, fellows, consultants, and interns working in the SCYCLE Project.

Results Expected

The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that SCYCLE becomes a fully-fledged and financed part of Division for Planet, with a forward looking and diversified financing strategy. The post will build on the existing profile of the SCYCLE project as a leader in e-waste towards a broader range of activities in the promotion of the circular economy. 


  • Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge of and practical experience in project management and expertise in designing science-based research, policy advice and professional training. Sound knowledge of substantive topics covered by the Programme. Proven management, leadership and supervisory skills. Strong facilitation, research and analytical skills. Experience with scientific research, implementation work, capacity assessment and training methodologies. Ability to analyze and integrate diverse information. Mastering of multitask and multilevel decision-making. Ability to anticipate requirements, set priorities and making sound decisions by evaluating alternatives and considering the impact on the organization as a whole. Establishment of productive and cooperative relationships with staff, colleagues, partners and donors. High level of integrity.  Creativeness and vision to apply new approaches and methodologies, to improve existing programmes and incubate new ones;
  • Planning & Organizing – Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work programme, work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines; Leadership skills to develop vision at Programme level;
  • Communications – Excellent communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, including ability to produce a variety of written communications products and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
  • Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Empowering others in the team by demonstrating the following:
    • Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work
    • Encourages others to set challenging goals
    • Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility
    • Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise
    • Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort
    • Involves others when making decisions that affect them


Minimum requirements
  • Advanced degree in a relevant scientific or social academic discipline, such as environmental studies, political or social sciences;
  • Fluency in English and German;
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and international level, including management experience, in the specific programme area associated with this post (waste management, environmental science, capacity building).
Desired requirements

Fluency in one other official languages of the United Nations is desirable

Special Notice

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee


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 are to be sent at: with the following subject line: “S/P/2020/009: Senior Manager SCYCLE – P5, Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit”, plus full name of candidate.

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

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