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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 eco­nomy


Capa­city Devel­op­ment and Gov­ernance

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, through research, capa­city devel­op­ment and dis­sem­in­a­tion of know­ledge, to the res­ol­u­tion of press­ing chal­lenges in the area of sus­tain­able use and integ­rated man­age­ment of envir­on­mental resources (water, soil and waste), par­tic­u­larly in devel­op­ing and trans­itional coun­tries. It aims to serve within the UN as the think-tank on resources man­age­ment and be inter­na­tion­ally recog­nized as major hub and intel­lec­tual focal point pro­mot­ing integ­rated man­age­ment strategies address­ing in par­tic­u­lar the needs of devel­op­ing and emer­ging coun­tries. The Insti­tute is loc­ated in Dresden, Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many. For more inform­a­tion please visit

Capacity Devel­op­ment and Gov­ernance Unit:
Research activ­it­ies of UNU-FLORES have a strong applied and policy-ori­ented focus, in line with the gen­eral mis­sion of UNU. Trans­lat­ing research into prac­tice and the ques­tion how to imple­ment man­age­ment strategies receives ample con­sid­er­a­tion. There­fore, the Capa­city Devel­op­ment and Gov­ernance Unit (CDG) at UNU-FLORES devel­ops imple­ment­a­tion con­cepts and man­age­ment strategies, focuses on gov­ernance of envir­on­mental resources and capa­city devel­op­ment at the indi­vidual and insti­tu­tional levels.

The Nexus Obser­vat­ory Pro­ject
The Nexus Obser­vat­ory is an import­ant pro­ject of the CDG Unit. The goal of the Nexus Obser­vat­ory is to facil­it­ate the organ­iz­a­tion of data and ana­lyt­ical tools to sup­port innov­a­tions in research and know­ledge trans­la­tion for evid­ence based decision mak­ing. In this regard, an import­ant focus of the CDG Unit is the devel­op­ment of meth­od­o­lo­gies for mon­it­or­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDG’s) and innov­at­ive approaches to capa­city devel­op­ment that would advance the nexus approach for the man­age­ment of envir­on­mental resources. Since the incep­tion of the Insti­tute the CDG Unit has organ­ized regional con­sulta­tion work­shops, pro­duced high impact pub­lic­a­tions and sup­por­ted col­lab­or­at­ive research based on agree­ments with UN agen­cies and rel­ev­ant Min­is­tries in Africa. Import­ant les­sons have also been drawn from two rounds of online courses on nexus top­ics. The activ­it­ies dur­ing the incep­tion phase of the CDG Unit have res­ul­ted in a renewed interest by external part­ners in col­lab­or­at­ing to advance research and capa­city devel­op­ment efforts with a likely emphasis in the fol­low­ing areas: (a) insti­tut­ing a regional call within the con­text of the Africa Points of Excel­lence (APE) research con­sor­tium and (b) typo­logy devel­op­ment for organ­iz­a­tion of data work­flow for the Nexus Obser­vat­ory and (c) train­ing courses tar­get­ing decision makers to advance the imple­ment­a­tion of Wastewa­ter Reuse Effect­ive­ness Index (WREI) as a mon­it­or­ing tool for SDG tar­get 6.3.


Under the author­ity of the Dir­ector of UNU-FLORES and dir­ect super­vi­sion of the Aca­demic Officer – Capa­city Devel­op­ment and Gov­ernance, the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate shall carry out the fol­low­ing tasks:

1. Policy rel­ev­ant research assist­ance:
  • Under­take ori­ginal research with the object­ive of pub­lish­ing in high impact journ­als on top­ics cov­er­ing meth­od­o­lo­gies for mon­it­or­ing of drought risk and wastewa­ter reuse;
  • Assist in mon­it­or­ing devel­op­ments/issues on sub­jects related to High Level Polit­ical Forum (HLPF) of the UN and dis­cus­sions on the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals;
  • Pre­pare a vari­ety of reports, present­a­tions, tables, lists, graphs, charts and/or lit­er­at­ure to sup­port col­la­tion of read­ing mater­ial for deliv­ery of online train­ing courses offered by CDG Unit;
  • Con­trib­ute towards the devel­op­ment of a reader on envir­on­mental gov­ernance to sup­port deliv­ery of the UNU-FLORES - TUD joint PhD pro­gramme man­dat­ory course on the sub­ject;
  • Sup­port fun­drais­ing efforts includ­ing pro­ject pro­posal devel­op­ment with a par­tic­u­lar focus on:
(a) the role of indices in sup­port­ing know­ledge trans­la­tion, (b) train­ing courses for nexus prac­ti­tion­ers on mon­it­or­ing meth­od­o­lo­gies for drought risk and/or wastewa­ter reuse and (c) typo­logy devel­op­ment for organ­iz­a­tion of work­flow for the Nexus Obser­vat­ory;
  • Assists with inter­act­ing with other Aca­demic Units to facil­it­ate trans­la­tion of sci­entific research out­puts into mater­ial that sup­ports policy dia­logue on gov­ernance of envir­on­mental resources;

2. Tutor­ing and Admin­is­tra­tion of online courses:
  • Assist in man­aging stu­dent regis­tra­tion and respond to quer­ies;
  • Assist in pro­du­cing and man­aging con­tent for the online course web page, moodle and pro­mo­tional mater­ial;
  • Main­tain strong links between online courses;
  • Liaise with the ICT Asso­ci­ate to ensure the sound oper­a­tion of the online E-learn­ing plat­form;
  • Assist in tutor­ing at least two online courses on the nexus approach to man­age­ment of envir­on­mental resources based on prior aca­demic train­ing;

3. Other:
  • Assist in the admin­is­trat­ive tasks con­cern­ing the unit and the Insti­tute; includ­ing organ­iz­ing meet­ings and pre­par­ing sum­mar­ies of meet­ings;
  • Per­form other duties as assigned by the super­visor or the need of the Insti­tute;
  • Sup­port know­ledge dis­sem­in­a­tion on nexus top­ics through present­a­tion of ori­ginal nexus rel­ev­ant research at con­fer­ences/work­shops;
  • Sup­port innov­a­tions in capa­city devel­op­ment by iden­ti­fic­a­tion of rel­ev­ant lit­er­at­ure and didactic approaches for train­ing courses tar­get­ing nexus prac­ti­tion­ers.

Required Qual­i­fic­a­tions and Exper­i­ence:
  • A Mas­ter’s degree in nat­ural sci­ences, engin­eer­ing or in a social sci­ence field such as geo­graphy, eco­nom­ics, polit­ical sci­ence or stat­ist­ics;
  • A PhD in a rel­ev­ant area would be an asset;
  • Min­imum one (1) year of pro­fes­sional work exper­i­ence in the area of pro­gramme or pro­ject man­age­ment cov­er­ing issues of envir­on­mental resources, ser­vices and/or risks;
  • Work exper­i­ence in a Non-Gov­ern­mental Organ­iz­a­tion or UN would be an asset;
  • Exper­i­ence with aca­demic tutor­ing in fields of rel­ev­ance to nexus gov­ernance would be an asset;
  • Exper­i­ence with draft­ing pro­ject pro­pos­als would be an asset;
  • Demon­strated abil­ity of under­tak­ing aca­demic writ­ing on the topic of data visu­al­iz­a­tion and trans­form­a­tion tech­niques in bridging the sci­ence-policy divide in envir­on­mental gov­ernance;
  • Pro­fi­ciency in oral and writ­ten Eng­lish is required. Know­ledge of another UN lan­guage would be an asset;
  • Abil­ity to work within agreed timelines;
  • 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.

What we of­fer:

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

Dur­a­tion 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: Septem­ber 2017

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 sample of ori­ginal pub­lished aca­demic research as first author that are of rel­ev­ance to the vacancy (journal paper or book chapter);
  • A cur­riculum vitae and a com­pleted and signed UNU Per­sonal His­tory form (P.11) down­load­able from the UNU Web­site. Please avoid using sim­ilar forms provided by other United Nations organ­iz­a­tions;
  • The e-mail and the applic­a­tion doc­u­ments must indic­ate the ref­er­ence num­ber of the vacancy announce­ment (2017/UNU/FLORES/PSA/RA/49).

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)