Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
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UNU-IAS is a UNU institute based at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. The mission of UNU-IAS is to serve the international community through policy-relevant research and capacity development focused on sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions. UNU-IAS builds on a strong tradition of UNU research and capacity development in Japan, undertaken in collaboration with a global network of professionals and scholars, particularly in Africa and Asia. For more information please visit http://ias.unu.edu.
ESDA started as a project of the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace, in October 2008, to develop and test — with the participation of eight leading African universities — a graduate-level education programme for professionals to be engaged in sustainable development in Africa. The project benefited from the support of Japanese and European universities as well as international organisations active in this area, including UNESCO, UNEP, UN-HABITAT, and the African Development Bank.
After four-and-a-half years of developmental work, ESDA generated problem-solving fieldwork-oriented master’s programmes in three areas: sustainable integrated rural development, sustainable urban development, and mineral and mining resources. In the fall of 2013, the African partner universities started implementing these programmes on the basis of MOUs concluded with UNU and with guidance from the ESDA consortium, consisting of the senior faculty representatives from the partner universities and chaired by one of the Vice Chancellors of the partner universities. Combined, these universities have so far produced 14 master’s graduates. ESDA has also established a Next Generation Researchers (NGR) team, consisting of young researchers nominated by the partner universities, to conduct joint research in support of the master’s programmes. The team’s research focuses on such topics as gender, corruption and governance, rural-urban linkage, ageing of society, and youth entrepreneurship.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of UNU-IAS, and under the direct supervision of the Project Manager of ESDA, the ESDA/NGR Coordinator shall perform the following tasks:
Required qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
This is full-time employment on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-IAS. Initial appointment will be until 31 July 2018, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance and availability of the project fund. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. 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. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.
November 2017 (negotiable)
Interested applicants should submit their applications by email (to email@example.com), and must include the following:
Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
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