Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
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.
UNU-EHS, established in December 2003, is part of the UNU system, a worldwide network of research and training institutes. Its mission is to advance human security through knowledge-based approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks. For more information please visit ehs.unu.edu.
The EVES section at UNU-EHS conducts original, policy-relevant research addressing the vulnerability and resilience of social-ecological systems. Specifically, EVES aims to understand how social ecological systems are affected by environmental hazards of diverse nature, such as water and land degradation, floods, droughts, and other hazards. EVES not only considers the impacts of single hazards, but also investigates multiple hazard situations, identifying cumulative or cascading impacts and feedbacks between hazards of contrasting nature such as floods and droughts. The concept of ecosystem services is of central importance in most of the research conducted by EVES researchers.
For detailed information please visit: ehs.unu.edu/about/sections/eves.
EVES is looking for an experienced Research Associate to support the BMBF-funded GlobeDrought project (2017–2020). GlobeDrought aims at developing, testing, and implementing a drought information system to characterise drought events and their impact on water resources, crop productivity, food trade, food security, and the demand for international food aid. Within this scope, the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will analyse vulnerabilities and risks with regard to meteorological, hydrological, and agronomic droughts at global and regional levels (incl. South Africa).
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS/Vice-Rector in Europe and the overall supervision of the Head of the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services (EVES) section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
Required qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This is part-time (30 hours/week) employment on a 12 (twelve) month Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract, with possibility for renewal subject to satisfactory work performance and availability of funds. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation 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 UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
As soon as possible
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org), and must include the following:
By Email: email@example.com