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United Nations University 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. https://flores.unu.edu/
Adjunct Professor/ Researchers at UNU-FLORES
UNU-FLORES invites highly motivated and committed local and international experts with relevant experience in the field of the integrated management of environmental resources, who are available for short-term assignments/projects on the Resource Nexus, and who wish to support the research and training development of the Institute, to apply to our Adjunct Professor/Researchers Roster.
Experts applying to the roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise. They can be available rapidly and go through an expedited contractual process. Experts joining this roster are also invited to actively apply to other vacancy announcements posted on our website. Selected candidates holding the Professor title shall be employed as an Adjunct Professor, those not holding this title shall be employed as Adjunct Researcher. The successful candidates will be invited to spend a sabbatical period of initially 6 to 12 months on a part-time basis at the Institute.
The following indicates a generic description of tasks and responsibilities. UNU-FLORES may select candidates from the roster once there is a suitable opportunity in the future and a more specific description of the position will then be shared.
Terms of Reference
Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-FLORES and in close collaboration with the academic team at the Institute, the successful candidate will perform the following tasks and duties:
Conduct research activities in the field of the Resource Nexus carried out by the Institute in collaboration with junior and senior researchers;
Initiate and participate in activities related to budget funding and fundraising;
Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and policy briefs;
Conduct policy analysis and advise on capacity development and governance issues relevant to the integrated resources management;
Contribute and participate in the ongoing work of UNU-FLORES such as lecture series, and institutional meetings;
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
Required Qualifications and Experience
A PhD related to the integrated management of environmental resources;
A minimum of five years of postgraduate research experience;
Track record of research publications in areas related to integrated resources management;
Proficiency in English both in oral and written communications, knowledge of German would be highly beneficial;
Excellent writing skills with proven success publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
Highly self-motivated, innovative, and organised, yet detail-oriented, with a professional and conscientious attitude with the ability to independently prioritise;
Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills as 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.
Individual consultants will be evaluated according to the following:
All applicants shall be screened against the minimum requirements for inclusion on a long list.
Long-listed applicants shall be evaluated and interviewed.
Successful candidates will be included on the UNU-FLORES Expert roster for a period of two years.
Inclusion on the roster does not guarantee a contract with UNU-FLORES.
When the need for services arises, the Human Resources Unit will contact the applicant(s) matching the role to discuss their availability and Terms of References. If agreed, the selected person shall receive a contract for the work assignment.
Duration of Contract
The successful candidate will be employed under a consultant contract (CTC) based in Dresden, Germany and will not hold an international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
The Conditions of Service for Consultants shall apply (see Annex II to the UNU Personnel Policy available on the UNU website).
Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualification and experience of the successful candidate. Employment on a CTC contract of former UNU staff members who receive a pension from the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is subject to restrictions, pursuant to applicable administrative issuances of the United Nations.
UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of the contractor.
UNU-FLORES is not responsible for any health insurance arrangements. The contract carries no entitlement to annual leave nor sick leave.
As soon as a position becomes available
Interested applicants should submit their application and all required documents listed below online through Impactpool:
Cover letter detailing how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position and the specific contributions you can make to the UNU. Please include the vacancy announcement reference number: 2020/UNU/FLORES/CTC/AR/91
Description of your expertise, focus areas, research questions, and your approach to UNU-FLORES’ research topics;
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.