Unit: UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.
The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute, through research, capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge, to the resolution of pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources (water, soil, and waste), particularly in developing and transitional countries. It aims to serve within the UN as the think tank on resources management and be internationally recognised as a major hub and intellectual focal point promoting integrated management strategies addressing, in particular, the needs of developing and emerging countries. The Institute is located in Dresden, Federal Republic of Germany. For more information please visit http://flores.unu.edu.
Research activities of UNU-FLORES have a strong applied and policy-oriented focus, in line with the general mission of UNU. Translating research into practice, and the question how to implement management strategies, receives ample consideration. Therefore, the Capacity Development and Governance (CDG) unit at UNU-FLORES develops implementation concepts and management strategies, and focuses on governance of environmental resources and capacity development at the individual and institutional levels.
The Nexus Observatory is an important project of the CDG unit. The goal of the Nexus Observatory is to facilitate the organisation of data and analytical tools to support innovations in research and knowledge translation for evidence-based decision-making. In this regard, an important focus of the CDG unit is the development of methodologies for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and innovative approaches to capacity development that would advance the nexus approach for the management of environmental resources.
Since the inception of the Institute, the CDG unit has organised regional consultation workshops, produced high-impact publications, and supported collaborative research based on agreements with UN agencies and relevant ministries in Africa. Important lessons have also been drawn from two rounds of online courses on nexus topics. The activities during the inception phase of the CDG unit have resulted in a renewed interest by external partners in collaborating to advance research and capacity development efforts with a likely emphasis in the following areas:
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and direct supervision of the Academic Officer – Capacity Development and Governance, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:
Policy-relevant research assistance
Tutoring and administration of online courses
Required qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-FLORES, with the possibility for renewal subject to fund availability and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointment shall not exceed six (6) years.
The successful candidate will be employed under a personnel service agreement, will be 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.
Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
Interested applicants should submit their applications (by email) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and must include the following:
The e-mail and the application documents must indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/FLORES/PSA/RA/49).
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