Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.
The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute to the development of integrated and sustainable management strategies for the use of water, soil and waste resources, in particular in developing and emerging countries, in scientific, educational, managerial, technological and institutional terms. Potential issues of focus include urban water management, nutrient cycles and budgets, methods for reclamation and rehabilitation of degraded sites, site-specific river-basin-scale water management; interaction of land use management and water inventory under differing climate conditions, and efficient site-adapted waste management strategies, among others. The Institute will develop innovative concepts for target- and region-specific knowledge transfer as well as appropriate methodologies and approaches for postgraduate and professional education. The Institute is located in Dresden, Federal Republic of Germany.
For more information please visit http://flores.unu.edu.
UNU-FLORES consists of five academic units:
And the following management support units:
Global Change, SDGs, Nexus Approach
The first of the biennial Dresden Nexus conferences (DNC2015) will take place in Dresden, Germany, 25-27 March 2015, as a follow up of our kick-off workshop on “Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste“ organized in 2013.
The Nexus Approach to the sustainable management of water, soil and waste integrates environmental management and governance across sectors and scales. This approach is based on the understanding that environmental resources are inextricably intertwined. Global change will put additional pressure on environmental resources and related ecosystem services as well as on economic development. The DNC2015 will deal with these challenges.
There will be three thematic topics on three consecutive days; each day will deal with one aspect of global change: climate, urbanization and demography. It will be discussed how the integrated management of environmental resources guided by the nexus approach may help to achieve the potential targets of the post-2015 agenda.
The DNC2015 will assemble policymakers and managers of environmental resources, academic, educational and research institutions; national and international organizations, including UN organizations and UNU institutes; NGOs; and others who work on and are interested in environmental resources management.
UNU-FLORES jointly with TU Dresden has launched a joint doctoral (PhD) programme on Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste. The first cohort is expected to commence its research from October 2014. Considering that the theme of the joint doctoral programme is new and unique in the academic world, prospective students are expected to come from a variety of backgrounds. To ensure that the students have an evenly-matched starting point, and also to introduce the basic concepts of the nexus of water, soil and waste, the programme comprises 35 course credits in addition to 175 dissertation credits. This total of 210 credits spans 7 semesters. The credits are defined in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
All coursework is science-based and all courses require basic knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics at an undergraduate level. In addition, the courses will also require basic knowledge in social sciences. In line with the UNU-FLORES research agenda, research topics for dissertations will be focused on solving current challenges related to the nexus of water, soil and waste. Courses will be offered by academic staff at both universities. Doctoral dissertations will also be co-supervised by advisors from both universities.
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and direct supervision of the Manager, Office of the Director, and Academic Officers, the Programme Support Assistant is embedded in the Office of the Director providing programmatic and logistical support to the academic units. The successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:
1. Doctoral and educational programme and support
2. Support for the organization of conferences, meetings and workshops
Other logistical support
3. Provide general and programmatic support to the academic units
Remuneration will commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.
This is full-time employment (40 hours per week) for an initial period of one (1) year (renewal will be subject to performance and funds availability) on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-FLORES, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.
The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract based in Dresden, Germany, and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
As soon as possible.
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail (to email@example.com), and must include the following:
A written test may be required to screen the writing ability of the candidates.
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org