Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
For the past four decades, the United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, 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.
The UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) aims to carry out cutting-edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change. The Institute’s research promotes policies and programmes to reduce these risks, while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors. The Institute is located in Bonn, Germany.
The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU-EHS and has the responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration, and programmes of the Institute under the direction of the Rector of UNU. The Director will be responsible for maintaining excellent donor relationships and securing fundraising for the Institute’s programmes. S/he will also ensure the effective implementation of the UNU Gender Action Plan, including gender mainstreaming throughout the Institute’s research programmes.
The Director should have academic qualifications that lend to UNU-EHS prestige in the international scholarly community, guarantee scientific excellence, and provide leadership and guidance for the conduct of UNU-EHS activities. His/her focus shall be on identifying and supervising innovative research to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of communities and societies in the face of environmental risks in light of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals. S/he shall also strengthen the Institute’s efforts in offering evidence to key policy makers in the host country and beyond.
Requires qualifications include:
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
Approximate net annual salary of US$109,188 including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of United Nations entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses, and home leave.
For more specific information please visit http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/index.html.
The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower category.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to complete a written assignment as part of the interview process.
The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Rector after consultation with the Advisory Board and the Chair of the UNU Council.
The period of initial contract is for a four-year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65.
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 15 September 2018.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by email and should submit:
Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a written assignment as part of the interview process.
c/o Office of the Rector
United Nations University Headquarters
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku