Environmental Enforcement Expert

United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe

Bonn, Germany 🇩🇪

About the United Nations University

For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 SDGs, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies, and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

The United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) 

UNU-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to UNU entities in Bonn. The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organisation, please visit the following websites: http://ehs.unu.edu/vice-rectorate

SCYCLE Programme 

UNU ViE-SCYCLE was launched on 1 January 2016 succeeding the former UNU-IAS Operating Unit SCYCLE. It is an independent programme hosted by UNU-ViE in Bonn (Germany). SCYCLE envisions to enable societies to reduce the environmental load from production, use, and 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 and advances sustainable e-waste management strategies based on life-cycle thinking: http://scycle.vie.unu.edu


Under the overall authority of the Vice-Rector in Europe, and under the direct supervision of the Director of UNU-ViE SCYCLE, the Environmental Enforcement Expert will provide support to UNU-ViE SCYCLE’s team with project assignments.

Her/his tasks will include, among others:

  • support the coordination and development of the various project work packages
  • develop inspection and enforcement tools
  • deliver training to law enforcement officers
  • liaise with the lead agency (IMPEL), project partners, and external parties and stakeholders

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • at least a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Environmental Management or a related field
  • at least 10 years of experience working for international organisations in research and project management, of which 5 years have been explicitly for the United Nations
  • previous experience in:
    • capacity building and training
    • environmental compliance checking, inspections and enforcement
    • multilateral environmental agreements
    • waste management
    • working on international projects
    • criminal investigations
  • ability to work independently, but contributing to a good team environment;
  • interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with people of different national and cultural
  • fluency in in both oral and written English
  • willingness to frequently travel internationally
  • general computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and content management systems (e.g. WordPress ) desired

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Remuneration & Duration of Contract 

Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.

The successful candidate shall work part-time under a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) for a fixed period of 12 months with the possibility of renewal. The combined duration of appointments under a PSA shall not exceed six (6) years.

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.

Starting Date

As soon as possible (preferably in October 2018)