Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.
The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is a unit of the United Nations University based in Canada. It was created in 1996 with its core funding provided by the Government of Canada, and is hosted at the McMaster University, Hamilton. Its vision: A world free of water problems where sustainable human development and environmental health and security are assured for all. Its mission is to help resolve pressing water challenges that are of concern to the United Nations, its Member States, and their peoples, through knowledge-based synthesis of existing bodies of scientific discovery; through cutting-edge targeted research that identifies emerging policy issues; through application of on-the-ground scalable solutions based on credible research; and, through relevant and targeted public outreach.
UNU-INWEH’s programme structure represents a proactive, selective and longer term strategy to programme development. Three core functions are:
These core functions are applied to two programme areas, each representing a critical aspect of the global water challenge:
The programme on Water and Human Development leads the development of a global community of best practice that identifies, synthesizes, evaluates, generalizes and disseminates practical methods and innovative approaches to accelerate solutions to global and regional challenges at the interface of water and human development. This programme tackles three inter-connected and closely linked challenges: ensuring water-health security, safeguarding and sustaining water availability, and securing food supply for all.
We are looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment to international service and the potential to bring a significant contribution to the worldwide expansion of UN University’s operations. For more information on UNU-INWEH, please visit http://inweh.unu.edu/.
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Research Fellow, and working closely with colleagues across UNU-INWEH, the Project Assistant will provide timely programme support for Water and Human Development projects and take responsibility for delivering specific programme elements including, but not limited to, the following:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience. The position carries a salary in the range of CAD35,000 to CAD40,000 per annum, commensurate with experience. The salary is exempt from Canadian income taxes.
This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-INWEH with possibility for contract renewal subject to satisfactory work performance and availability of funds. The combined duration of this appointment is not to exceed six (6) years, as per the UNU Personnel Policy.
The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. Suitably qualified women applicants and individuals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail in the form of an Adobe Acrobat PDF file to vacancy.INWEH@unu.edu. Applications must include the following:
Incomplete applications that do not include all of the requested information will not be considered.