Vacancy announcement
Bonn, Germany

Senior Scientific Specialist – P4 (workload at 50%)

Vacancy type Fixed-term regular staff
Duration of the contract
12 months
Deadline for submission of applications
14 October 2021
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GDCCPU)

Under the supervision of the Senior Manager SCYCLE the incumbent shall

  1. Supports the development and implementation of the UNITAR Sustainable Consumption and Production portfolio by:

    • Heading SCYCLE's implementation and circular economy work;
    • Heading the implementation of framework contract and exemption work for the European Commission;
    • Contributing to the overall SCYCLE strategy in expanding the SCYCLE on the ground implementation and the acquisition of funds, and by this to maintain or even expand UNITAR’s strong position in the sustainable production, usage and disposal of ubiquitous goods;
    • Drafting the future work plans to align work with other international activities such as the PREVENT Initiative of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) or the German Institute for Standardization (DIN);
    • Building bridges within the team to link on the ground implementation to statistics, national policy development, e-waste academies, societal and technological aspects (IoT, blockchain, robotization, environmental crime, circular economy, etc.);
    • Overseeing the overall quality of exemption work for the European Commission, new training products on for on the ground implementation and circular economy;
    • Provide substantive support in the establishment and maintenance of annual work plans, and oversight for technical and financial reporting.
  2. Supports Project Management by:
    • Maintaining, building and strengthening the relations with various UN divisions on the ground implementation, circular economy and sustainable consumption and production. For instance UNIDO, UNEP, UNDP, World Bank and UNOPS; 
    • Maintaining, building and strengthening the existing network with top universities and research centres, such as Fraunhofer Society, TU Berlin, Delft University, and others;
    • Serving as Officer-in Charge in case of absence of the Senior Manager of the SCYCLE Project;
    • Supporting the financial management and project planning of SCYCLE, and human resources management of the on-the-ground implementation and exemption work team , and providing input for internal/external programme reporting.
  3. Engages in resource management activities by:
    • Leading the conceptualization of new project concepts and project proposals around especially exemptions to policies and legislations, on the ground implementation, and circular economy.
    • Identifying, in consultation with the Senior Manager SCYCLE, potential resource mobilisation opportunities, carrying out related research and meetings, and leading on the preparation of project proposals;
    • Leading the financial negotiations;
    • Preparing related legal and contractual documentation;
    • Performing any additional functions as requested by the supervisor.

The Incumbent’s work implies frequent Interaction with the following which may, at times, require more than routine exchanges in order to clarify administrative procedures:

The incumbent will be an important client interface for the SCYCLE project also focusing on programme promotion. Combination of credible authoritative capacity with independent responsibility for originating specific project initiatives creates opportunities for expanding and developing new client relationships. In order to support diversifying the funding base and help to scale up SCYCLE’s mission of sustainable consumption and production of ubiquitous goods with a focus on following:

  • Provide technical advice and assistance to programming partners as required;
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
  • Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders in international organizations, governments and the business sector.
Results Expected:

The incumbent will be expected to affect the overall execution of projects or service / functional areas and teams' reputation and success with functions cover the following:

  • Proven strategic coordination support in the design and implementation of innovative development programmes and partnerships with significant impact on the overall effectiveness of the SCYCLE;
  • Professional leadership of larger and multiple teams;
  • Team management for overall strategy, quality and delivery of results;
  • Effective coordination with technical teams, including coordination with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects, etc.;
  • Manage subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment;
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors, acts without consideration of personal gain, resists undue political pressure in decision-making, does not abuse power or authority, stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular, takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.
  • Professionalism – In-depth knowledge of and experience in project management related to humanitarian programming and knowledge management, including knowledge of and experience with stakeholder analysis, needs assessments, designing learning solutions, third party monitoring; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows pride in work and in achievements, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns, shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, and remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Respect for Diversity - Works effectively with people from all backgrounds, and treats all people with dignity and respect, treats men and women equally, shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making, examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses and does not discriminate against any individual or group
  • Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately, asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication, tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience, and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others, places team agenda before personal agenda, supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position, shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocated appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Minimum requirements


Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in one or more of the following: environment, chemistry, development studies or other equivalent related technical field; sound knowledge sustainable consumption and production of electronic electrical equipment, e-waste, and its statistics, training and policies.


  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at the national and international level in the area of environment, sustainable consumption and production, statistics, of waste and e-waste and any other relevant fields, among which working with governments, industry and other stakeholder groups, experience in leading international expert group discussions e.g. on circular economy, critical raw materials, hardous substance policies is required
  • At least five years of working experience in the area of global, regional and national modelling or related area, is desirable
  • Experience in managing teams and development planning; specialized in research and authoring high impact publications is considered an important asset.
  • Experience in the capacity building programme is desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office advanced Excel, MS Access (including VBA), Outlook, PowerPoint, is required


  • Working level proficiency in English is required.
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

Please submit your application along with a motive letter as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.