Organizational 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-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to three UNU entities in Bonn (www.vie.unu.edu/). The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, and Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organization, please visit www.vie.unu.edu.
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 Education unit manages all processes related to a small, compact portfolio of educational products that are offered by UNU-EHS in collaboration with faculties of the University of Bonn as well as with a variety of international partner organisations and networks. UNU-EHS research is translated into educational products including a master of science programme, seminars, and workshops. Professionals from the research sections are actively participating in the educational activities. The Education Unit is also in charge of collaboration and support of networking activities with academic institutions from a German federal to an international level, with a specific educational focus on postgraduate education for the developing world. UNU-EHS research and teaching expertise is in the areas of disaster management, risk reduction, adaptation to climate change, environmental migration, environmental impacts, social and economic vulnerability and security considerations, as well as sustainable resource use.
The Education unit is managing the joint MSc programme on Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security as an international degree programme with a research-oriented profile. Our partner, the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn, has a rich history that spans 130 years of teaching and research. It is the largest and one of the most distinguished geography departments in Germany, and has fourteen independent research units that encompass a wide variety of geographical topics.
The two-year programme educates students in an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manner on how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management. It offers an in-depth introduction into both problem-oriented research methods, theory, and concepts as well as real life challenges and problems that the UN and other international organisations are dealing with, deriving from research areas such as vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human–environment systems, global climate change, and land desertification as well as environmentally induced internal displacement and transboundary migration.
Under the overall authority of the Director UNU-EHS, the appointee shall be entrusted with the following tasks:
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at GS-6 level of the General Service salary scale (for Bonn, Germany) of the United Nations Common System, plus benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/germany.htm.
This is full-time employment. Initial appointment will be on a fixed-term appointment of one (1) year, with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance. The mandatory age of retirement for new United Nations staff is 65 years.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation allowances apply. The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower job level than that is advertised. UNU is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
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 University. Rector reserves the right to appoint the candidate to a level below that which is advertised.
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