Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
The United Nations University (UNU) brings together an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. UNU serves as a think tank for the United Nations system — it is a platform for new and creative ideas, as well as academic and policy dialogue. To carry out its mission, UNU acts as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide.
UNU-IAS is a leading research and teaching institute dedicated to advancing efforts towards a more sustainable future. The Institute serves the international community and contributes to UN debates by offering policy-oriented research and capacity development that addresses the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Its activities span transformations toward sustainable societies, natural capital and biodiversity, and global change and resilience. Through its postgraduate education programmes UNU-IAS develops future international leaders with the interdisciplinary understanding and skills needed to advance creative solutions to problems of sustainability. UNU-IAS is based in Tokyo, Japan.
The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU-IAS and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration, and programmes of the Institute under the direction of the Rector of UNU. The Director oversees the fundraising, development, and strengthening of research programmes, and ensures that research outputs are of the highest quality and that policy recommendations are channelled effectively to the UN system, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
More specifically, the Director shall:
The Director should have academic qualifications that lend to UNU-IAS prestige in the international scholarly community and guarantee scientific excellence; guarantee scientific excellence; and provide leadership and guidance for the conduct of the institute’s activities.
Candidates must have:
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
Approximate net annual salary of USD 151,407 including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of UN 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 will 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 conditions of service of the Director shall be determined by the Rector in accordance with University practices. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65.
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 2019.
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.
UNU-IAS Director Selection Committee
c/o Office of the Rector
United Nations University Headquarters
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku