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For the past four decades, United Nations University (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, 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.
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 Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices Section (EMIC) undertakes pioneering research to strengthen the evidence base on the multiple linkages between human mobility and environmental change. EMIC research informs policy and action of UN organizations, governments and civil society. Specific themes within the migration-environment nexus include environmentally induced migration and displacement, trapped populations, migration into risk-prone environments, and environmental impacts of migration. Cross-cutting research themes include decision-making, health, well-being, livelihoods, adaptation, risk, ecosystem services, food security, development, urbanization, gender, conflict, social cohesion and culture. An important feature of the EMIC Section is its people-centered approach, showing the human face of climate change and migration. EMIC researchers have also played an important role in advancing the science on the emerging topic of ‘loss and damage’ from climate change.
Under the authority of the Vice-Rector/Director of UNU-EHS and the direct supervision of the Head of the EMIC section, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
1. Conduct quantitative, qualitative and policy-relevant research in the fields of Migration and Environment
2. Contribute to the successful implementation of two large EU-funded research projects – LOCOMOTION and RethinkAction
3. Support capacity building with focus on the below
4. Support communication, media and outreach activities
5. Contribute towards securing funding for the Section
6. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
Completed Master’s degree in Geography, Climate Change, Migration, Disasters or another relevant field. Candidates with a PhD may also be considered.
The successful candidate will be employed under a national PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a health insurance scheme.
UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of PSA holders.
This is a full-time employment on a twelve (12) months Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for PSA holders is 65 years.
This post is open to applicants from all countries and UNU will aid the successful applicant in securing a work visa for Germany, as necessary. It is, however, a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The duty station will be Bonn, Germany. While Bonn is the official duty station, the possibility exists to request a flexible working arrangement.
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National PSA only: UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.
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