Research Assistant - Japan and Korea GIAHS Research Project
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UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK)
The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) was established in April 2008 with strong support by local governments of Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City in Japan. OUIK has provided local and regional input into UNU’s sustainable development and international cooperation efforts in collaboration with other organizations, including UN agencies, academic institutes and local partners by implementing research on sustainable utilization of biodiversity and ecosystem services. OUIK also aims at developing communication and networks with local stakeholders through public outreach and capacity building, while sharing information about international trends.
Japan and Korea GIAHS Research Project
UNU-IAS and the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea (RDA) are conducting a 3 year joint research project from 2018 to 2021, titled “Introduction of technologies on characteristic analysis and conservation management in Agricultural Heritage Systems”, with the aim to develop conservation management indicators and guidelines on evaluation of the sustainability of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System(GIAHS) in Japan and Korea, designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Under the overall guidance of the Director of UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and under the direct guidance and supervision of the Director of UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK) in collaboration with the Project Researchers, the Research Assistant will carry out the following tasks:
support the UNU-IAS research on Korea GIAHS through collecting, inputting, and analyzing data of academic papers and related documents in Korean and English, and consolidating the findings into English reports for the Japan and Korea GIAHS Research Project,
support in drafting of the aforementioned project final report and other outputs as relevant,
support other activities in organizing workshops, seminars, symposiums and other events related to the aforementioned project, and
perform other duties as may be required by the Director of UNU-IAS OUIK
Required Qualifications and Experience
a Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Rural and Agricultural Planning or a related field
excellent writing and communication skills in English; knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset
sound proficiency in Korean language
demonstrated ability to coordinate and conduct policy-relevant research on sustainability assessments and governance for sustainable development in an interdisciplinary approach
computer and web literacy required. Strong IT skills would be an asset
experience in organizing of research workshops and other events is an asset
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
Duration of contract
The successful candidate will be retained under a Consultant Contract (CTC) for the above-mentioned project for six months. Consultants engaged by UNU may not provide services for more than twenty-four (24) months in a thirty-six (36) month period.
Proposed payment schedule
Monthly lump sum payment will be made on a monthly basis, inclusive of all fees, upon submission of monthly time sheet and monthly progress report.
Should “mission travel” be required, UNU will pay for travel. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, completion of the BSAFE online course, travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.
Travel cost will be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals must not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org).
Expected start date
1 July 2021
Interested applicants should submit their applications via Impactpool and must upload the following:
a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position and your expected daily fee
a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from the UNU website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations; and
a full CV in English with a list of publication.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and a competency-based interview.
UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.
Consultants do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
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