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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.

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Job Vacancies

Candidates interested in applying for employment with the United Nations University can only apply for the vacant positions listed below.

Please note, unsuccessful applications can unfortunately neither be acknowledged nor returned.

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Vacant Positions

  1. Assistant to the Executive Office

    The United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE):

    UNU-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to five UNU entities in Bonn (http://www.bonn.unu.edu/). The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organization, please visit the following websites: www.vie.unu.edu

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Vice-Rector in Europe and the Director of UNU-EHS and the supervision of the Associate Executive Officer, the responsibilities of the successful candidate will be, but are not limited to:

    • providing assistance by screening telephone calls/enquiries/requests and routing them when appropriate;

    • management of the agenda of the Vice-Rector/Director and scheduling internal and external appointments;

    • welcoming and looking after visitors of the Vice-Rector and Director; in this regard liaising with the UN Security;

    • general office administration and documentation support, maintaining the archive;

    • correspondence/reports in English/German and other UN languages;

    • coordinating and arranging travel and accommodation based on UN Rules;

    • assisting in the organization of major academic and administrative events;

    • liaising as a communication channel with different constituents of UNU in Bonn and on an international scale;

    • preparation of presentations, handouts, and statistics;

    • management of the conference rooms, i.e. handling preparations, attending to participant requests, and tidying up afterwards.

    • other projects/duties as assigned. |Read more

  2. Programme Assistant (PSA)

    The United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE):

    UNU-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to five UNU entities in Bonn (http://www.bonn.unu.edu/). The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organization, please visit the following websites: www.vie.unu.edu

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Vice Rector in Europe/Director of UNU EHS and the supervision of EHS section head(s) as well as in close coordination with Finance and Administration Section, the specific tasks for the Programme Support Assistant shall encompass:

    Assist Academic Section Head(s) and project owners on all financial matters as related to third party funded academic research projects. The specific tasks would include:

    Project Finance Management

    • Maintain budgetary and financial overview on given project portfolios and advice Section Heads and project staff on all matters as related to project budgetary and financial status,

    • Process project expenditure transactions such as processing payment vouchers in UNU ERP system for project related expenditures;

    • Prepare financial reporting to donors (EC, NGOs, Funding Organizations…) in observance to donor’s conditions and deadlines and initiate timely actions for cost recoveries with project donors,

    • Liaise and coordinate with project donors on matters related to project finances and financial reporting,

    • Monitor project financial and budgetary status; maintain overview of availability of project funds;

    • Liaise with UNU Bonn Finance and UNU Centre (KL) teams concerning any financial matters and perform month end and year-end financial closure tasks;

    • Take charge in operational and financial closure of projects

    • Contribute to initiatives to improve workflow and streamline financial processes to enhance efficiency and productivity, including implementation of the new International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and any other accounting and finance related projects and initiatives;

    • Any other duties as may be assigned or required |Read more

  3. PhD Position – Pollution and food safety (Doctoral Fellowship Award) (Readvertised)

    DeltAdapt Project

    The DeltAdapt project is a BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funded project aiming to explore the socio-ecological sustainability of coastal agro-ecosystems in the Mekong and Red River Delta, Vietnam and their adaptation options to increasing salinity intrusion. The main focus is on management shifts between paddy rice, rice-shrimp farming, and saline aquaculture and the consequences of these on-farm adaptation processes to salinity intrusion on soil quality, biodiversity, climate, and livelihoods. UNU-EHS leads work package 4 on “Pollution and food safety”. The work is based on the assumptions that salinity intrusion as well as directly or indirectly salinity-driven changes in land use and irrigation patterns will influence the application (amount, timing, and spatial distribution) of pesticides and antibiotics in the coastal areas. The different levels of salinity intrusion as well as the related land use may alter the soil properties, and consequently also modify the fate and bioaccumulation processes of these chemicals in the environment

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the Head of the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services (EVES) section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:

    • Field research (e.g. questionnaires, interviews) to understand typical application rates of pesticides and antibiotics used in agriculture and aquaculture in coastal areas of both deltas and to determine recent changes in application rates in the context of increasing salinity intrusion and salinity driven land use changes;

    • Field research (sampling, laboratory analysis) to determine typical current pesticide and antibiotic concentrations in coastal soils and sediments of both deltas;

    • Research (Laboratory studies, analysis) to determine the effect of different salinity levels on the fate (dissipation, bioaccumulation) of selected, relevant pesticides and antibiotics;

    • Research about the effect of land use change on the release and bioaccumulation of these pollutants.

    Required qualifications and Experience

    • Minimum Masters degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Agricultural Sciences or related fields;

    • Experience in analytical chemistry;

    • Experience in empirical work linked to social sciences (questionnaire, household interviews) is an asset;

    • Excellent command of oral and written English;

    • Knowledge of Vietnamese is an asset. |Read more

Employment information

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United Nations University Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE)

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