About United Nations University
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering 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 the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’ full breadth, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe. For more information, please visit http://unu.edu.
United Nations University for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that are of concern to the United Nations and its Member States – particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus. https://flores.unu.edu/
Knowledge Academy of the REsource Nexus (KARE) at UNU-FLORES Expert Roster
UNU-FLORES invites highly motivated and committed local and international experts with relevant experience in education and knowledge transfer, who are available for short-term or part-time assignments/projects focusing on education, capacity building, and knowledge transfer.
As a member of this dynamic team, you will play a critical role in shaping the future of KARE and will have the opportunity to:
- Mainstream the Resource Nexus, bringing together practitioners from various fields, including the economy, environmental protection, and conservation;
- Influence political agendas and decision-making by advocating for the Resource Nexus perspective;
- Connect with other branches of science, methods, and research to broaden your understanding of resource management;
- Learn from other participants and exchange knowledge with partners from around the world.
To achieve our goals, we will create a cutting-edge digital platform that shares best practices and resources for inclusivity, while offering some in-person training for exclusivity. Join us today and be a part of the solution to one of the most pressing challenges of our time!
Experts applying to the Roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise and shall go through an expedited contractual process. The following descriptions are a generic list of tasks and responsibilities.
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and the supervision of the Project Manager and in close collaboration with the academic team at the Institute, depending on the nature of the assigned task and the expertise of the candidate, the scope of work may include the following: 1. Contribute to the development of the Knowledge Academy;
- Support with developing and implementing a strategy for the Knowledge Academy that aligns with the Institute’s mission and objectives, including mainstreaming the Resource Nexus concept across practitioners in the economy, environmental protection, and conservation;
- Develop and support the development of content for the KARE programme, providing advice and inputs to other team members, including reviewing previously created content, or advising on the finalisation of content;
- Create and oversee a knowledge agenda that supports better decision-making by influencing political agendas to better incorporate the perspective of the Resource Nexus;
- Facilitate connections between the Knowledge Academy and other branches of science, methods, and research to promote interdisciplinary work and knowledge exchange;
- Foster collaboration with participants and partners to learn from their experiences and exchange knowledge, enhancing the application of the Resource Nexus in policy and practice;
- Develop and manage a digital platform that shares good practices of Resource Nexus applications, focusing on virtual activities and resources for inclusivity, and partially offering training in person for exclusivity;
- Increase public engagement and visibility of the Institute’s work on education, capacity building, and knowledge transfer related to the Resource Nexus to inspire communities and attract partners to collaborate with;
- Manage activities related to budget and fundraising (project development and submissions, progress reports).
2. Conduct research activities in the field of the Resource Nexus carried out by the Institute in collaboration with junior and senior researchers;
- Identify and contribute to emerging issues in the field of “Resource Nexus” as it relates to the activities of KARE;
- Manage activities related to budget and fundraising (project development and submissions, progress reports;
- Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journal articles, books, reports, and policy briefs and actively represent the Institute by presenting papers when appropriate;
- Disseminate complex information in a manner that ensures the understanding of colleagues, using workshops, teaching moments, and individual coaching;
- Author, co-author, and contribute to the UN- and UNU-wide network and reports that are relevant to KARE;
3. Outreach, Advocacy, & Impact
- Scrutinise and critique research, proposals, and grant applications;
- Advise the Director of UNU-FLORES and the management team in the strategic direction of KARE;
- Contribute to the management and use of data at the Institute, including new and existing data, tools, and methods;
- Contribute and participate in the ongoing work of UNU-FLORES, such as lecture series, and institutional meetings;
- Contribute to teaching modules for joint postgraduate programmes of the Institute e.g., with Technische Universitaet Dresden and potentially support the supervision of researchers, Doctoral students, Master thesis students, and interns in the covered areas;
- Conduct policy analysis and advise on any legal or governance issues relevant to integrated resources management;
- Create innovative and dynamic capacity development activities to advance the UNU-FLORES capacity development endeavours;
- Support the Communications and Advocacy unit in highlighting key messages and identifying suitable strategies to package and deliver these messages to promote the outcome and activities of UNU-FLORES.
4. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the Director
- Inclusion — take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity
- Integrity — act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards
- Humility — demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others
- Humanity — act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet
- Connect and collaborate — build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN
- Analyse and plan — seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action
- Deliver results with positive impact — hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves
- Learn and develop — pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others
- Adapt and innovate — demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways
Required Qualifications and Experience
- A PhD degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, integrated resource management, sustainability, or educational management;
- At least five (5) years of post-PhD progressively responsible and relevant experience managing and delivering education, capacity building, and knowledge dissemination programs in a research or academic institution, which must include experience with innovative didactic formats, educational platform development, or knowledge management for e-learning ;
- Experience developing educational programmes with UN agencies would be highly beneficial;
- Excellent writing skills with proven success publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
- Comprehensive knowledge of the research agenda related to the Resource Nexus;
- Experience in drafting complex reports, communications, and presentations is required;
- Expertise in the Resource Nexus concept, its applications, and its relevance to achieving the SDGs;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to foster collaborations with diverse stakeholders;
- Proven track record of developing and implementing successful strategies for education, capacity building, and knowledge dissemination programs;
- Strong project management skills, with the ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously and deliver results on time and within budget;
- Strong planning, organisation, and time management skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently;
- Must be flexible with the ability to establish priorities and work within prescribed timeframes;
- An excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
- Highly self-motivated, innovative, and organised, yet detail-oriented, with a professional and conscientious attitude with the ability to independently prioritise.
Individual consultants will be evaluated according to the following process: Stage 1: Establishing a Roster
- All applicants will be screened against the minimum requirements specified above for inclusion on a long list.
- Long-listed applicants will be evaluated through a desk review and/or interview against the following criteria based on evidence in the submitted application:
o academic qualifications o relevant professional experience o demonstrated competencies
- Successful candidates will be included in the UNU-FLORES Experts Roster for a period of 2 years in one of three bands:
Band 1 – Specialist/Implementation Support: PhD in a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience,
Band 2 – Technical Expert: PhD in a relevant field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience; international experience is desirable
Band 3 – Senior Advisory: PhD in a relevant field with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience; international experience required.
Inclusion in the roster does not guarantee a contract with UNU-FLORES
Stage 2: Contracting
When a request for services arises, Human Resources will contact the relevant individual(s) with the Terms of Reference, location, and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability and other costs such as travel costs and subsistence allowance.
The daily fee quoted by the individual during this application process will remain as the ceiling fee and cannot be increased upwards for any offered individual assignment(s).
Duration and remuneration
General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants apply. Consultants will not hold international civil servant status nor be a ‘staff member’ as defined in the UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
The services of a consultant will be limited to twenty-four months of accrued service within a period of thirty-six calendar months.
Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and based on a daily rate to be submitted as part of the application procedure. This contract carries no entitlement to paid annual leave nor sick leave.
Starting Date: as soon as possible
How to Apply:
To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:
- Apply via the apply link;
- fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);
- provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form); and
- answer a few questions that are tailored to the position.
You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.
Candidates who do not provide all required documents will not be considered. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Application Deadline: open until position is filled
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks and references.
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