Programme Associate


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    Personnel Service Agreement
    Tokyo, Japan
    UTC +9

    Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.

    UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

    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

    International Satoyama Initiative (ISI)

    The International Satoyama Initiative (ISI) project at UNU-IAS supports the Satoyama Initiative concept through a range of activities, including (a) network building, (b) capacity building, (c) outreach and communication, and (d) research activities. The Satoyama Initiative is a global effort to realise societies in harmony with nature, through promoting the maintenance and rebuilding of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being. ISI also serves as Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI).

    For details, please visit the ISI project page or ISI website, or the IPSI website.


    Under the overall supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, and under the direct guidance and supervision of the Project Director of the International Satoyama Initiative (ISI), the Programme Associate will be responsible for the following duties:

    • coordinate various administrative work related to the project, including travel arrangements, contracts, procurements, and related payments
    • provide logistical support to the organisation and follow-up of conferences, meetings and other events
    • assist the day-to-day management and operation of programmatic activities, such as fund-raising, programme outreach, event coordination and logistics, writing, editing, translation and other tasks
    • perform any other duties as may be assigned or required by the project

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • diploma, advanced diploma, or bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related fields of study with at least three (3) years of work experience in office administration or related duties, preferably in international environment
    • knowledge or background in Environmental Science, Development, Social Sciences, Public Policy or a related discipline would be desirable
    • knowledge and working experience of organisation of conferences, logistical and financial arrangements is preferable; work experience in international organisations or promoting major international initiatives is an asset
    • excellent communication skills with proficiency in both oral and written English and Japanese
    • ability to prioritise tasks, to complete them within a limited time frame and to handle multiple concurrent activities
    • a good team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


    Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and can range from JPY 330,000 to 360,000 per month. There are no other fringe benefits.

    Duration of contract

    This is 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. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceeding six (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.

    Starting date

    April 2017 (negotiable)

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to, and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a curriculum vitae and a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • a brief resume in Japanese (for Japanese only)
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/IAS/PSA/PA/06)

    Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

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