Chemicals Analyst

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 18 Mar 2021

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of key responsibilities:

The Chemicals and Health Branch, Knowledge and Risk Unit requires the services of a consultant to provide assistance to the Branch in activities related to the generation and the sharing of knowledge (project 522.3), and in particular on Persistent Organic Pollutants Global Monitoring Programme, Global Chemical Outlook II, projects supporting the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and on issues of concern.

The ICA will deliver on mandates related to Persistent Organic Pollutants Global Monitoring Programme, and UNEA-2 and UNEA-4 mandates on Global Chemical Outlook II, and on issues of concern.

Under the supervision of the responsible Programme Officers, the duties of this assignment are to:

Sharing of Knowledge (POPs GMP, GCO II, issues report, Mercury):

  • Develop thematic or sectoral summaries of technical information, to be used as the content for communication material such as infographics or 2 pagers.

  • Assist in making data, figures, and key messages accessible to various stakeholders and the public through various media, including web, charts and infographics and newsletters. Prepare scripts for videos as needed. Liaise with UNEP Communications Division as needed.

  • Distil and compile relevant data from the GCO-II, the issues report , the POPs GMP work on mercury, in a user-friendly format for outreach and communication purposes, with a specific focus on linking and disseminating through existing databases under the MEAs and UNEP (such as SCP hat, or the world environment situation room), and other relevant locations.

  • Organize webinars, briefings and outreach events, and support high level representation, including power point presentations, as needed.

Generation of knowledge (GMP POPs, Issues of concern):

  • Provide input to the development of the addendum to the issues report and technical reports of the POPs GMP work.

  • Conduct further targeted research (through literature review or surveys) on issues of concerns or recommendations from the GCO II.

  • Facilitate workshops and meetings for the organization and ensure the outcomes are properly documented by means of reports.

Cross cutting tasks:

  • Contribute to project development and monitoring, including review of partners inputs and deliverables.

  • Contribute to drafting reports to donors and providing lessons learned and best practices for the purposes of UNEP corporate reporting.

  • Support the Knowledge and Risk Unit in preparations for the fourth session of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Intersessional Process and the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 5), including on topics related to issues of concern, indicators framework, and GCO II in the Science Policy interface discussions. This can take the form of documents and events to organize.

In addition, the ICA will provide further support as required and requested by the Head of the Knowledge and Risk Unit.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

Measurable outputs and milestones

Sharing of Knowledge (POPs GMP, GCO II, issues report, Mercury):

  • Outreach and awareness-raising materials, drafted

  • Data, figures, and key messages from POPs GMP, Mercury, and GCO II and issues report are transformed into charts and infographics, newsletters, video scripts or web stories.

  • Data and information distilled and compiled for the communication of information related to GCO-II, the issues report and the POPs GMP work.

  • Successful organization of webinars, outreach events and high level representation, with power point presentations prepared.

Generation of knowledge (GMP POPs, Issues of concern) :

  • Addendum to the issues report and technical reports of the POPs GMP work prepared.

  • Targeted research conducted on issues of concerns or recommendations from the GCO II.

  • Successful organization of related workshops and meetings, with reports prepared.

Cross-cutting tasks

  • The UNEP website is updated in a timely manner with content and updates, including communication and outreach materials

  • Background documents and contributions from UNEP to IP4 and to ICCM5 include well summarized recommendations, in a timely manner, and events well organized.

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  • A university degree in Chemistry, Health, Environment, Economics / or Natural Sciences with a proven professional experience is required.

  • A Master's Degree in Sustainable Development, Environment, or Health is an asset.


  • Minimum two years of experience related to sound management of chemicals in intergovernmental organizations or related fields is required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of international chemicals and waste management topics is required.

  • Experience in managing, analyzing and synthesizing information, including related to technical topics on sound chemicals management is required.

  • Experience in supporting development of science-based reports, in particular research as well as management of comments from a large array of stakeholders is required.

  • Experience working with partners and diversity of stakeholders from various countries, including developing countries is desirable.

  • Experience working with UNEP or other UN agencies is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages (Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is an asset.

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