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    Consultant (CTC)
    Dresden, Germany
    UTC +1

    About UN University

    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.

    United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that are of concern to the United Nations and its Member States — particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus.

    The Saxon Biodiversity Dialogue

    Although the consequences of biodiversity loss will affect all of society, there is a lack of awareness of biodiversity in the wider community. A collaboration between UNU-FLORES and the Technische Universität Dresden aims to address this issue in “The Saxon Biodiversity Dialogue”.

    “The Saxon Biodiversity Dialogue” was awarded the eku Zukunftspreis 2020, funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture (SMEKUL) to increase the awareness of biodiversity in the region. UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden have planned a series of public panel discussions with diverse stakeholders from Saxony, where different aspects of biodiversity will be explored and explained to the public. Individuals and society’s roles will be at the centre of this public debate to strengthen voluntary commitment, increase public knowledge, and encourage behavioural changes to protect biodiversity better.


    Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and direct supervision of the Communications and Advocacy Lead and the Partnerships and Liaison Officer, the successful candidate shall support in the administrative work of the project by performing the following tasks:

    • assist with administrative tasks related to the project such as minute taking, organisation and preparation of meetings, archiving, and drafting documents
    • support with the coordination of project activities such as workshops, seminars, and contacting experts and partners on behalf of the Principal Investigators
    • assist with tasks on knowledge dissemination and support the development of communication products
    • support with timely follow-ups with the project’s stakeholders
    • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisors and the Director

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience incldue:

    • currently enrolled in a university in the field of natural sciences, social sciences, economics, political sciences, or a related field
    • proficiency in both oral and written communication in English and German with the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently
    • proven experience in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services, advocacy, and/or public relations would be highly advantageous
    • experience working with stakeholders would be desirable
    • strong knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and PowerPoint
    • experience and/or interest in photography and graphic design would be highly advantageous
    • be results and detail-oriented
    • must be flexible with the ability to establish priorities and work within prescribed timelines
    • must have the ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
    • excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

    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.

    Duration of contract

    This position is being offered as part-time employment (average of 8 hours per week) for a maximum duration of 40 weeks.

    The successful candidate will be employed under a consultant contract (CTC) 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.

    Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, the selected candidate may be required to start the appointment remotely and until further notice.


    The remuneration for this assignment is EUR 10.00 per hour.

    UNU-FLORES is not responsible for any health insurance arrangements. The contract carries no entitlement to annual leave nor sick leave.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible.

  • Interested applicants should submit their application and all required documents listed below online through Impactpool:

    • a curriculum vitae
    • a cover letter detailing how your qualifications and experience match the position’s requirements and the specific contributions you can make to the UNU; please include the vacancy announcement reference number (2021/UNU/FLORES/CTC/SA/12)
    • digital copies of your degree certificate(s)/diploma(s)

    Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    As part of the recruitment process, candidates may be asked to complete written tests and demonstrate language skills.

    The United Nations University does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training, visa, or other fee). UNU will never ask for an applicant’s bank information as part of a recruitment process.