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

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Vacant Positions

  1. PhD Position – Drivers of change (Doctoral Fellowship Award)

    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:

    • Literature and field research to determine the history and spatial/temporal dynamics of land use and land use changes in the coastal areas of both deltas and specifically analyse different social and ecosystem drivers such as environmental change, soil properties, policy change, market forces, etc.;

    • Understand the relative importance of the increasing salinity levels in water and soil resources as driver for land use changes and adjustments in the agricultural production;

    • Analyse the trajectories of these changes, i.e. which drivers can be predicted to gain importance in the future and what will be the relative importance of salinization?;

    • Develop an analytical framework to capture the drivers and changes.

    Required qualifications and Experience

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

    • Ability to understand both social and ecological processes and work at their interface;

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

    • Excellent command of oral and written English;

    • Knowledge of Vietnamese is an asset. |Read more

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

    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

  3. Research Assistant (PSA)

    Advancing research on climate-related loss and damage

    At the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP-19), the Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts was established to promote “implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (…) in a comprehensive, integrated and coherent manner”. The outcome is a notable step forward because it creates a legitimate policy space to discuss and address the negative consequences of climate change if society´s efforts to mitigate and adapt are not sufficient. What values are at risk—like food and livelihood security, culture, habitable territory—and what changes could society undergo when those values are threatened and when adaptation limits are approached or crossed? What can be done to help vulnerable people who are already feeling the negative consequences of climate change?

    UNU-EHS seeks an excellent researcher who is familiar with the topic of disaster risk reduction, loss and damage and adaptation limits/constraints and interrelationship between environmental, social, and other factors which contribute to vulnerable situations, and to consolidate and strengthen our position in this emerging field of research.

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and guidance of Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation (EMSVA) section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:

    1. Research and fund raising

    • Further develop the high-quality research profile in loss and damage, adaptation limits/constraints and disaster risk reduction through assessing, interpreting and evaluating the outcomes of research, and develop ideas for the application of research outcomes;

    • Develop research proposals, expressions of interest and full project proposals relating to climate risk management, climate change adaptation, resilience, and how these concepts relate to loss and damage;

    • Seek external funding for research proposals both to sustain the Institute's costs and to meet financial targets;

    • Develop new concepts and ideas to extend loss and damage understanding and inform policy;

    • Support fieldwork activities in developing countries by testing the methods toolbox (site selection,

      desk study, fieldwork training).

    2. Capacity Building and Project Management

    • Work closely with the Head of section and Associate Academic Officer, researchers, practitioners in developing countries to increase their capacity to assess and address loss and damage;

    • Coordinate work of UNU-EHS, including research–related work, fieldwork logistics, case study deliverables, reporting, and activities in case study countries, and budget management;

    • Provide technical support on international and national level advocacy (analysis and messaging);

    • Process, report on and summarize the findings of the research conducted including strategic summaries. |Read more

  4. Operations Assistant (PSA)

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

    UNU-ViE is an integral part of the Rector's office and the first Vice Rectorate of UNU outside theheadquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Established in May 2007 in Bonn, UNU-ViE aims at strengthening institutional growth of UNU in the world with particular emphasis on Europe and Africa. A further task is dedicated to capacity development in developing and emerging countries and to assist the establishment of UNU “Twin” institutes.

    United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS):

    UNU-EHS, established in December 2003, is part of the UNU system, a worldwide network of Research and Training Institutes. Its mission is to advance human security through knowledge-based approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks. 

    Responsibilities:

    Under the overall authority of the Vice Rector in Europe and the direct supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer and the HR and Operations Focal Point, the incumbent shall assist with the operation and administrative functions as related to general office administration, procurement, recruitment, personnel contract management and staff services. The main tasks are:

    Administration

    • Assist in managing UNU office premises including coordinating office space assignments and moves

      in coordination with Common Services Unit (CSU)

    • Maintain and update UNU Workstations and Floor plan

    Procurement

    • Assist in planning and undertaking the procurement activities of UNU entities in Bonn (i.e. office supplies, printing services, IT services);

    • Market research of potential suppliers, and solicit supplier offers for goods and services, finalize and issue purchase orders to suppliers, and follow up on subsequent logistics, take lead in receipt of goods/services and clear and process vendor invoices for payment. Conduct supplier evaluations upon the completion of the PO

    Asset and Inventory Management

    • Maintain and update fixed assets and other inventory items data in UNU ATLAS ERP system

    • Maintain and update personnel property receipt records, especially with focus on asset items of interest

    Human Resources

    • Assist with the recruitment of personnel (advertisement of VAs, applications flows)

    • Assist with the maintenance of staff attendance records in line with UNU’s policies and procedures

    Travel Management

    • Process travel payments based on established UNU rules and regulations,

    • Close of travel cases by reviewing and clearing staff claims |Read more

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