Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, 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.
UNU-IAS is an UNU institute based at the 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 the strong tradition of UNU’s 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
Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) is a multi-disciplinary policy research and capacity development project that aims to stimulate sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific. Started in 2018, this four-year project will investigate the role of water in the society, economy and natural environment, and will scientifically demonstrate how the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular its goal six, will contribute to the development of the region. These objectives will be achieved through following activities:
The research results will be fed into international policy process through publications and presentations and will be shared with beneficiary countries through consultation workshops, capacity development training courses, and outreach events.
Information on WSD can be found at:
Reporting to WSD Programme Coordinator, and under the guidance of Senior Research Advisor, the Research Associate will conduct research on the social aspect of water resource management, and assist Research Fellows with their tasks. The responsibilities of the Research Associate will include the following:
Depending on the applicant’s qualifications and experiences, remuneration will be from 413,000 to 456,000 Japanese yen. There are no fringe benefits.
This is a full-time employment on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-IAS. Initial appointment will be for one (1) year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances will apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will neither 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.
1 January 2019
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Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
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