Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - Translation & Development of training materials and Research

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
29 June 2022
Organizational Unit
Chemicals and Waste Management Programme Unit (CWMPU)
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Integrated Chemicals Management, mercury management, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Management, Globally Harmonized System for Chemicals Classification and Labelling (GHS), global research on mercury and POPs related topics and organization of events and logistical support for the mercury programme


UNITAR has been supporting countries on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) since 2004.  UNITAR has supporting countries in developing POPs inventories, action plans and identifying priority areas at the national level.  Furthermore, UNITAR has assisted countries to properly manage unintentionally produced POPs, such as Dioxins and Furans resulting from Open Burning Practices.  Currently UNITAR is assisting countries to implement the Globally Harmonized System for Chemicals Classification and Labelling (GHS).  The assignment will allow to further support French speaking countries to implement the GHS system.

General objectives of the contract:

To provide ongoing support to the CWMPU team, including the translation of the online course on GHS into French and to assist with research on key specific topics related to capacity building on Chemicals and Waste Management. 

Responsibilities/description of professional services:

The services requested include:

  • Conduct research and obtain data on Open burning of wastes, mercury related issues, pollutant release and transfer registers, and other priority topics;
  • Understand and analyze the key principles of the Globally Harmonized System for Chemicals Classification and Labelling (GHS)
  • Translate the GHS related publications and cross reference with the existing literature, in particular the GHS Purple Book.
  • Assist with the development of training materials for the Programme.
Learning Objectives:
  • To have a good understanding on the technical support provided by UNITAR and United Nations (UN) bodies and how this support addresses key national priority topics.
  • To better understand the dimension of the chemicals and waste issues and impacts in human health and environment.
  • To understand the benefits of a multisectoral approach to Waste management.
  • To understand the benefits and impacts of the GHS system implementation;
  • To understand how research can shape the design of capacity building and training activities.
Measurable outputs/deliverables/schedule of deliverables:
  • Analyze the current GHS online course and provide your views on it;
  • Assist to translate the GHS online course to French (currently in English);
  • Provide support to the development of a Waste Management related training programme on key priority areas – training materials;
  • Overall report on the traineeship in UNITAR.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Materials developed are of high quality and international standards;
  • Research papers developed of high quality and providing guidance to shape the development of training materials;
  • GHS course translated (draft version).
Reporting structure

The trainee will report to Manager, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme Unit

Minimum requirements

Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree or diploma in French Translation or be a recent graduate of the aforementioned qualifications.  The trainee would preferably be a French native speaker and should also have a good command over the English language.


Trainees 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 Trainees for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Trainee on payments made under the Traineeship contract.

The Institute will arrange health insurance coverage for Trainees.

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.

Please submit your application along with a motivation letter. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.