Environmental Enforcement Expert

United Nations University (UNU)

Bonn, Germany 🇩🇪

About the United Nations University (UNU)

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 Sustainable Development Goals, 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.

UNU 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 organization, please visit http://ehs.unu.edu/vice-rectorate.

SCYCLE programme

The UNU-ViE Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) programme was launched on 1 January 2016, succeeding the former UNU-IAS SCYCLE operating unit. 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 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 and advances sustainable e-waste management strategies based on life-cycle thinking. See http://scycle.vie.unu.edu.


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

His/her tasks will include, among others:

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

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • at least a bachelor’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 some explicitly for the United Nations (UN)
  • Previous experience in capacity building and training; environmental compliance checking, inspections, and enforcement; multilateral environmental agreements; waste management; working in 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 backgrounds
  • fluency 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, etc.) experience desired

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Remuneration & duration of contract

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

The successful candidate shall work part-time under a Personal 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; 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)