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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 https://ias.unu.edu.
BDS is an Academic Programme of UNU-IAS that implements activities to promote Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) by enhancing academic excellence. Based on the research outputs, the programme contributes to biodiversity related global discussions such as the negotiation for Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). It also implements capacity development activities based on accumulated experience and knowledge on SEPLS, such as promoting other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) and assisting Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to promote landscape approaches through the process of revision and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) to contribute to the GBF and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The BDS programme also provides operational support for the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), serving as its secretariat in a fair and participatory manner and leading its multi-stakeholder engagement process.
Under the overall supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, and the direct supervision of the Project Manager for the BDS programme, the Partnerships Associate will engage in biodiversity-related policy discussion, capacity development programmes, operational support of networks managed by UNU-IAS, and assistance of research activities to contribute to the promotion of BDS programme, through the following duties:
Required qualifications and experience include:
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.
UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will range from JPY 413,167 to 456,417 per month. There are no other fringe benefits.
This is full-time employment on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-IAS. Initial appointment will be for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding 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.
June 2021 (negotiable).
Interested applicants should submit their applications online through Impactpool and upload the following documents there:
Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.