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Biodiversity loss is one of the most acute crises threatening human wellbeing. Many vital economic activities depend on biodiversity and the associated ecosystem services. For example, biodiversity forms a crucial basis of the economy and livelihoods in Namibia, where 70% of the population depend on biodiversity and natural resources. Thus, it is essential to enhance the sustainable use of biodiversity. In close collaboration UNU-FLORES, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will support research and capacity building in the field of Biodiversity Economics in Namibia.
The successful PhD candidate will be given the opportunity to conduct research work on the topic of Biodiversity Economy, under the guidance of the PhD supervisors at both UNU-FLORES and Technische Universitaet Dresden. The primary aim of the PhD project is to conduct and support the research needed to underpin the approach and mainstreaming of biodiversity economy in Namibia and support selected communities to maximise livelihood opportunities from biodiversity sustainably. Through this collaboration, UNU-FLORES aims at integrating biodiversity assessments (impact and dependencies) into business strategies. In selected case studies in Namibia, the natural capital protocol (NCP), an internationally recognised framework, will be applied for sustainability assessment. Upon completion of the PhD, it is expected that the successful candidate will take the knowledge back to their home country and disseminate the research results in a way that is beneficial for developing country’s capacity and personal career.
Responsibilities of the position include:
Required qualifications and experience include:
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UNU-FLORES will provide a monthly salary of EUR 2,231.25 for the PhD position for a maximum of 3 years. Funding is provided by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This salary is expected to cover relocation, living, and education expenses. Please note that while the PhD programme is tuition-free, semester fees of approximately EUR 250-300 will need to be paid directly to TU Dresden for enrollment. For additional information on the programme and the admission procedure, please visit our website.
This position is being offered as a part-time (75%) position on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-FLORES, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance and the completion of specific milestones. The combined duration of the contract shall not exceed three (3) years.
The successful candidate will be employed under a personnel service agreement based in Dresden, Germany and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
This position carries an annual leave entitlement of 1.875 working days per month (a total of 22.5 days of paid annual leave), and a private health insurance coverage.
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Interested applicants should submit their application and all required documents listed below through Impactpool:
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation as part of the interview process.