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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. UNW-DPC Team Assistant (PSA)

    UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC):

    The UN-Water Decade Programme Office has been founded to strengthen the activities of the more than two dozen UN organizations and programmes already co-operating within the inter-agency mechanism known as UN-Water, and to add value and facilitate the activities of the UN-Water members and support them in their efforts to achieve the millennium goals related to water. This is not just a matter of capacity development related to water, but also of education, training and institutional development. In keeping with this aim, UNW-DPC’s Mission Statement ‘is to enhance the coherence, credibility and integrated effectiveness of UN-Water by strengthening its capacity development programmes, particularly in developing countries and economies in transition. In so doing, UN-Water will demonstrate a vanguard role and leadership in bringing together stakeholders in the capacity development field and creating added value for their programmes.

    The United Nations have declared the years 2005-2015 as the international decade for the campaign ‘Water for Life’. Through this campaign, the UN hopes to protect the precious resource of water and raise public awareness about its sustainable use and the need to ensure this.

    Responsibilities:

    • Under the authority of the Officer-in-Charge (OiC) of UNW-DPC and the supervision and guidance of the Programme Officer and Programme Assistant, the successful candidate shall be entrusted with the following tasks:

    • Responsible for the UNW-DPC front office

    • Contact person for information and enquiries relating to the organization;

    • Manage the OiC’s travel arrangements and other formalities including visa issues; checking, amending and formatting official letters and other documents;

    • Draft, formulate, translate correspondences in German and English;

    • Update UNW-DPC’s contact database;

    • Act as the focal point for the UNW-DPC internship programme. |Read more

  2. Research Officer (2 Positions) (P-2)

    United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR):

    The new UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) will undertake policy research related to issues of peace, international security and global development, drawing on work elsewhere in the UNU system and more widely. The Centre will aim to serve the United Nations by making its work available for the organization’s most pressing and urgent debates on which knowledge, analytical and other gaps continue to exist.

    The UNU-CPR work programme will aim to (i) strengthen public policy research relevant to the UN; (ii) advocate change in policy frameworks to improve decision-making; and (iii) identify strategies for creating value in the dissemination of research.

    Responsibilities:

    The Research Officers will support one of CPR’s two research programmes, on International Peace and Security as well as Global Development. The Research Officers will report through the Senior Policy Adviser of the respective research programme to the Director of UNU-CPR. Both programmes will cover a wide range issue areas high on the agenda of the United Nations and related policy communities. The Research Officer’s responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to: researching and collecting data on relevant issues; drafting policy briefs, research papers, meeting summaries, conference reports and correspondence; providing editing and drafting support; fact and citation checking; organizing, coordinating and attending seminars and conferences; and administrative support. |Read more

  3. Senior Policy Advisor - Global Development (P-5)

    United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR):

    The new UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) will undertake policy research related to issues of peace, international security and global development, drawing on work elsewhere in the UNU system and more widely. The Centre will aim to serve the United Nations by making its work available for the organization’s most pressing and urgent debates on which knowledge, analytical and other gaps continue to exist.

    The UNU-CPR work programme will aim to (i) strengthen public policy research relevant to the UN; (ii) advocate change in policy frameworks to improve decision-making; and (iii) identify strategies for creating value in the dissemination of research.

    Responsibilities:

    The Senior Policy Adviser will have overall responsibility for directing and managing CPR’s research agenda in the field of Global Development, reporting to the Director of UNU-CPR. Among the issue areas the Senior Policy Adviser is expected to cover are: the post 2015 UN development framework, UN peacebuilding, and humanitarian affairs. Specifically, the Senior Policy Adviser will produce and commission original, policy-oriented scholarship; develop policy recommendations on relevant issues to the wider UN community; and help disseminate CPR’s output through policy papers, participation in conferences and media commentary. The Senior Policy Adviser will also contribute to fundraising activities. Senior Policy Adviser’s qualifications should lend to his/her position the necessary credibility in relevant policy communities. |Read more

  4. PhD Position – “Root causes of disaster risk and vulnerability pathways” (Doctoral Fellowship Award)

    PEARL Project

    The PEARL project is a European Union funded project with 24 international partners, encompassing high level national universities and colleges such as Imperial and King’s College, as well as UN institutions such as WMO and UNESCO. The project deals with the management of risks due to extreme events and vulnerability. UNU-EHS contributes particularly to the development of a methodology and a framework to examine root causes of risks and also contributes with its high level expertise on the assessment of vulnerability and resilience. The overall goal of the project is the strengthening of the resilience of communities and cities exposed to extreme events, particularly flooding. Case study areas are in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the Head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:

    Support the systematic evaluation of root causes and drivers of disaster risk in flood prone coastal zones in selected case studies in Europe or Asia;

    Focus on how to identify drivers and root causes of disaster risk, particularly examining factors that increase the exposure, susceptibility of people or assets at risk;

    Explore options to examine potential development pathways of vulnerability for future scenarios;

    Develop and test different criteria and indicators to assess vulnerability in different case studies. |Read more

  5. RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Personnel Service Agreement – PSA)

    PEARL Project

    The PEARL project is a European Union funded project with 24 international partners, encompassing high level national universities and colleges such as Imperial and King’s College, as well as UN institutions such as WMO and UNESCO. The project deals with the management of risks due to extreme events and vulnerability. UNU-EHS contributes particularly to the development of a methodology and a framework to examine root causes of risks and also contributes with its high level expertise on the assessment of vulnerability and resilience. The overall goal of the project is the strengthening of the resilience of communities and cities exposed to extreme events, particularly flooding. Case study areas are in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

    Responsibilities:

    Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the supervision of the Head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:

    • Support the development of a framework to identify root causes of crises and disaster risk linked to flooding and extreme events in cities, coastal areas and flood plains;

    • Support the development of a framework for the assessment of vulnerability and risk in urban areas exposed to extreme events;

    • Develop indicators and criteria;

    • Gather data; evaluate and analyze statistical data;

    • Measure social, economic, cultural and institutional aspects of vulnerability and resilience. |Read more

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