Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
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.
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. For more information, please visit www.ehs.unu.edu.
The EduSphere section addresses the activities of UNU-EHS in the area of enhancing educational capabilities of its partner institutions, especially in developing and transitional countries. The section conceptualises and implements the use of innovative methodologies, technologies, and best practices across a full range of education and training activities, including technology-enhanced learning. As a principal goal, EduSphere aims at strengthening the research and educational capacities of UNU-EHS, its partner institutions, as well as scientists and practitioners on a global scale.
In the frame of the project Higher Education Cooperation with PAUWES, successfully completed from 2014 to 2016, EduSphere has supported the development of the Pan-African University Institute for Water And Energy Sciences (incl. climate change) by enhancing its teaching and research activities; designing and developing ICT-based solutions to support teaching, research, social, and professional networking; and contributing to institutional capacity building with regard to the educational programmes, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer activities.
PAUWES is hosted at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria. The institute is part of the Pan-African University – a project initiated by the African Union to revitalise higher education and research in Africa. It is a project that will exemplify excellence, enhance the attractiveness and global competitiveness of African higher education and research, and establish the Pan-African University at the core of Africa’s development as part of a broad, integrated system of higher education across the African continent. With support of the German government, the institute offers graduate students access to leading academic research and the latest theoretical and hands-on training in areas vital to the future of African development: water, energy, and the challenge of climate change. PAUWES will be a centre of attraction for renowned international faculty and highly qualified students from across the African continent.
In addition to academic training, PAUWES will also conduct research in the areas of water, energy, and climate change. For the creation of a favourable research environment and the coordination of research projects/activities, PAUWES has established this position funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-EHS/Vice-Rector in Europe, and the co-supervision of the Director of PAUWES and the Head of the EduSphere section at UNU-EHS, the successful candidate will:
Required qualifications and experience include:
We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-2 level, commensurate to the level of experience, and allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the UN Common System, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses, and home leave.
For more information about United Nations salary and entitlement/benefits, please visit http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm.
UNU Rector reserves the right to appoint a suitable candidate at a lower level than advertised.
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment and an internationally recruited post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of fixed-term appointments shall not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 65 years.
Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.
As soon as possible
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org), and must include the following:
The application must also indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2016/UNU/EHS/FTA/AAO/93).
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