Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
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 Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) aims to bridge the gap between science and natural resource management policies in Africa, and to contribute to Africa’s sustainable development in a way that maintains the quality of the natural environment and transforms lives. To this end, the Institute engages in interdisciplinary research and capacity building on the development, management, and governance of Africa’s renewable and non-renewable natural resources as well as on the green economy. The Institute operates from its main office in Accra, Ghana, and carries out some of its programme activities through a network of Operating Units and a College of Research Associates.
The Director will oversee the development and strengthening of research programmes and ensure that quality research outputs and policy recommendations are channelled to the wider UN system, policymakers, and other stakeholders, in a manner that is compelling and accessible for maximum uptake and impact.
More specifically, the Director shall:
Candidates must have:
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
Approximate net annual salary of US$126,000 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.
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 Director shall normally serve for four years, and may be eligible for reappointment for one more term of four years or less, subject to satisfactory work performance. Conditions of the 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 years.
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 1 October 2018.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by email and should submit:
Executive Officer, Office of the Rector
c/o Office of the Rector, United Nations University Headquarters
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku