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Insti­tute for Inte­gra­ted Manage­ment of Mate­rial Flu­xes and of Resour­ces (UNU-FLO­RES)
UNU-FLO­RES was esta­blis­hed to cont­ri­bute, through rese­arch, teaching, advan­ced
trai­ning, capa­city deve­lop­ment and dis­se­mi­na­tion of know­ledge, to
the reso­lu­tion of pres­sing chal­len­ges in the area of sustainable use and inte­gra­ted
manage­ment of the envi­ron­men­tal resour­ces water, soil and waste
that are of con­cern to the United Nati­ons and its Mem­ber Sta­tes. In line with
the gene­ral mis­sion of UNU to fos­ter sustainable deve­lop­ment, UNU-FLO­RES
advan­ces the deve­lop­ment of inte­gra­ted manage­ment stra­te­gies for the sustainable
use of the envi­ron­men­tal resour­ces water, soil and waste con­side­ring
impacts of glo­bal change on resour­ces manage­ment and its nexus to green

Sec­ret­ary of the Dresden Nexus Con­fer­ence

(Per­sonal Ser­vice Agree­ment)

Work­ing field:

United Nations Uni­versity Object­ives:
The United Nations Uni­versity (UNU) is an inter­na­tional com­munity of schol­ars engaged in research, post­gradu­ate teach­ing and capa­city devel­op­ment, and dis­sem­in­a­tion of know­ledge in fur­ther­ance of the pur­poses and prin­ciples of the Charter of the United Nations. The mis­sion of UNU is to con­trib­ute, through research and capa­city build­ing, to efforts to resolve the press­ing global prob­lems that are the con­cern of the United Nations and its Mem­ber States. For more inform­a­tion, please visit

United Nations Uni­versity Insti­tute for Integ­rated Man­age­ment of Mater­ial Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES):
The mis­sion of UNU-FLORES is to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of integ­rated and sus­tain­able man­age­ment strategies for the use of water, soil and waste resources in par­tic­u­lar in devel­op­ing and emer­ging coun­tries in sci­entific, edu­ca­tional, mana­gerial, tech­no­lo­gical and insti­tu­tional terms. Poten­tial issues of focus include: urban water man­age­ment, nutri­ent cycles and budgets, meth­ods for reclam­a­tion and rehab­il­it­a­tion of degraded sites, site-spe­cific river-basin scale water man­age­ment, inter­ac­tion of land use man­age­ment and water invent­ory under dif­fer­ing cli­mate con­di­tions, effi­cient site-adap­ted waste man­age­ment strategies, among oth­ers. The Insti­tute will develop innov­at­ive con­cepts for tar­get- and region-spe­cific know­ledge trans­fer as well as appro­pri­ate meth­od­o­lo­gies and approaches for post­gradu­ate and pro­fes­sional edu­ca­tion. The Insti­tute is loc­ated in Dresden, Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many. For more inform­a­tion please visit

Dresden Nexus Con­fer­ence (DNC):
The Dresden Nexus Con­fer­ence is a plat­form developed to advance the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment agenda by bring­ing act­ors together who apply a Nexus Approach to resource man­age­ment. Side by side, research­ers and imple­menters (policy- and decision makers) from uni­versit­ies, national and inter­na­tional organ­iz­a­tions, UN entit­ies, min­is­tries and gov­ern­mental agen­cies, as well as indi­vidual research­ers and stake­hold­ers from the private sec­tor and civil soci­ety dis­cuss cur­rent research and ini­ti­at­ives apply­ing the Nexus Approach and the bene­fits for achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.

Under the author­ity of the Officer-in-Charge of UNU-FLORES and dir­ect super­vi­sion of the Aca­demic Officer – Water Resources Man­age­ment and Com­mu­nic­a­tions & Advocacy Officer the incum­bent shall per­form the fol­low­ing tasks:

  • Serve as the sec­ret­ary of the Dresden Nexus Con­fer­ence 2019;
  • Provide coordin­a­tion and logist­ical sup­port for pre­par­at­ory meet­ings within and out­side of the organ­isa­tion;
  • Sup­port the devel­op­ment of sub­stant­ive input to the con­fer­ence organ­isers such as a theme and pro­gramme for the event, the iden­ti­fic­a­tion of speak­ers, mod­er­at­ors, pan­el­list, ses­sion con­veners, etc.;
  • Assist in draft­ing and dis­sem­in­at­ing of diverse com­mu­nic­a­tion includ­ing concept notes, logist­ics note(s), calls for sub­mis­sions, invit­a­tion let­ters, and other exchanges as deemed neces­sary by the super­visor(s);
  • Sup­port par­ti­cipant man­age­ment in cooper­a­tion with co-organ­isers by using spe­cial­ized con­fer­ence soft­ware to, for instance, ensure the timely sub­mis­sion of all present­a­tions prior to the con­fer­ence from selec­ted speak­ers and their regis­tra­tion;
  • Coordin­ate venue man­age­ment in cooper­a­tion with co-organ­isers such as the selec­tion pro­cess of a venue and the on-site over­sight of the arrange­ments (audio-visual equip­ment, cater­ing, etc.);
  • Assist in mon­it­or­ing the effect­ive deliv­ery of inform­a­tion mater­ial, such as an up-to-date con­fer­ence web­site dis­play­ing sub­mis­sion and regis­tra­tion pro­cesses, the venue, travel arrange­ments, speak­ers, and any other devel­op­ments;
  • Assist in post-con­fer­ence man­age­ment includ­ing fol­low up with par­ti­cipants, and the post-event ana­lysis of data for the pro­duc­tion of an internal sum­mary report and de-brief;
  • Any other duties assigned by the super­visor(s).


Required Qual­i­fic­a­tions and Exper­i­ence:
  • (Uni­versity) degree in com­mu­nic­a­tions, social or nat­ural sci­ences and/or event/hotel man­age­ment (hos­pit­al­ity); or equi­val­ent tech­nical qual­i­fic­a­tions;
  • 2 years of pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence, prefer­ably in event man­age­ment within the aca­demic or polit­ical sec­tor and oper­a­tions logist­ics in a mul­ti­cul­tural envir­on­ment;
  • Highly motiv­ated in coordin­at­ing and plan­ning events;
  • Exper­i­ence in the usage of com­puters and office soft­ware pack­ages (MS Word, Excel, etc) required with a par­tic­u­lar emphasis on con­fer­ence man­age­ment sys­tems;
  • Demon­strated abil­ity to liaise with gov­ern­ment, aca­demic, civil soci­ety organ­iz­a­tions and other rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers in a pro­fes­sional and friendly man­ner;
  • A good team player with strong inter­per­sonal skills demon­strated by the abil­ity to work in a multi-cul­tural, multi-eth­nic envir­on­ment with sens­it­iv­ity and respect for diversity;
  • Excel­lent admin­is­tra­tion, organ­iz­a­tional and time man­age­ment skills;
  • Excel­lent writ­ten and verbal com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish and Ger­man is a must.

What we of­fer:

Remu­ner­a­tion will be com­men­sur­ate with qual­i­fic­a­tion and exper­i­ence of the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate.

Spe­cific­a­tions of Con­tract:
This is a full-time employ­ment on a one (1) year Per­son­nel Ser­vice Agree­ment (PSA) con­tract with UNU-FLORES, with the pos­sib­il­ity for renewal sub­ject to fund avail­ab­il­ity and sat­is­fact­ory work per­form­ance. The com­bined dur­a­tion of appoint­ment shall not exceed six (6) years.

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be employed under a per­son­nel ser­vice agree­ment 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.

Applic­a­tions from suit­ably qual­i­fied woman can­did­ates and those from devel­op­ing coun­tries are par­tic­u­larly encour­aged.

Start­ing Date: as soon as pos­sible

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tion Pro­ced­ure:
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 down­load­able from the UNU web­site. Please avoid using sim­ilar forms provided by other United Nations organ­iz­a­tions;
  • the email and the applic­a­tion must also indic­ate the ref­er­ence num­ber of the vacancy announce­ment 2017/UNU/FLORES/PSA/DNC/98

Please note that only short-lis­ted can­did­ates will be noti­fied.

The United Nations shall place no restric­tions on the eli­gib­il­ity of men and women to par­ti­cip­ate in any capa­city and under con­di­tions of equal­ity in its prin­cipal and sub­si­di­ary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, art­icle 8)