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United Nati­ons Uni­ver­sity (UNU-FLO­RES) - Sus­tain­able use and integ­rated man­age­ment of envir­on­men­tal resources.

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/

Head of Research Pro­gramme: Resource Nexus Ana­lyt­ics, Inform­at­ics, and Data (AID) FTA - IP-P3

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United Nations Uni­versity (UNU)
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.

About United Nations Uni­versity Insti­tute for Integ­rated Man­age­ment of Mater­ial Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
UNU-FLORES is one of 13 research and train­ing Insti­tutes that com­prise the think tanks in the UNU sys­tem. 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. For more inform­a­tion, please visit https://flores.unu.edu/

Head of Research Pro­gramme: Resources Nexus Ana­lyt­ics, Inform­at­ics, and Data (AID)

To enable the Resource Nexus approach to integ­rated resource man­age­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, UNU-FLORES is launch­ing a new research pro­gramme in 2022. This new pro­gramme that will turn UNU-FLORES into the global hub for Resource Nexus Ana­lyt­ics, Inform­at­ics, and Data (AID) is focused on identi­fy­ing, devel­op­ing, and pro­mot­ing data, inform­a­tion, com­pu­ta­tional tech­niques, and ana­lyt­ical tools that facil­it­ate the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of water, soil, waste, energy, and geo-resources based on nexus think­ing.

The Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme will bene­fit and involve an inter­na­tional net­work of AID sci­ent­ists and pro­fes­sion­als who work at the inter­face of sci­ence-policy-soci­ety to facil­it­ate the regional and global col­lab­or­at­ive efforts to tackle the triple plan­et­ary crisis of cli­mate, nature, and pol­lu­tion and ful­filling the 2030 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs). As sug­ges­ted by its name, the pro­gramme has three main pil­lars:

Resource Nexus Data
The Data pil­lar aims to facil­it­ate data exchange and fill the data gaps for ana­lys­ing resource nexus in coupled human-envir­on­ment sys­tems. This pil­lar invent­or­ies the exist­ing resource nexus data and iden­ti­fies the data gaps using a prob­lem-driven approach that help gov­ern­ments, soci­et­ies and busi­nesses tackle the global envir­on­mental chal­lenges.
Resource Nexus Inform­at­ics
The Inform­at­ics pil­lar aims to build and improve the capa­city for com­put­ing and pro­cessing resource nexus data. This pil­lar invent­or­ies, devel­ops, and pro­motes the state-of-the-art tools and best prac­tices to store, pro­cess, ana­lyse, and man­age resource nexus data in coupled human-envir­on­ment sys­tems.
Resource Nexus Ana­lyt­ics
The Ana­lyt­ics pil­lar aims to facil­it­ate the extrac­tion of inform­a­tion from data and inform decision-mak­ing by invent­ory­ing, devel­op­ing, and pro­mot­ing the state-of-the-art resource nexus ana­lyt­ical tools and frame­works
The pur­pose of this pos­i­tion is to play a vital role in estab­lish­ing a glob­ally recog­nised and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research pro­gramme and build­ing an innov­at­ive research cul­ture across UNU. Under the lead­er­ship of the selec­ted can­did­ate, the Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme will aid aca­dem­ics, busi­nesses, poli­cy­makers, soci­et­ies, the United Nations, and inter­gov­ern­mental agen­cies to nav­ig­ate through com­plex­ity and exam­ine the inter­re­lated­ness and inter­de­pend­en­cies of the com­pon­ents of coupled human-envir­on­ment sys­tems.

This pos­i­tion holder will also make a fun­da­mental con­tri­bu­tion to strengthen the Nexus Approach to integ­rated and sus­tain­able man­age­ment of envir­on­mental resources cham­pioned by UNU-FLORES. The selec­ted can­did­ate will play a key role in deliv­er­ing UNU's grant gen­er­a­tion goals through devel­op­ing a sig­ni­fic­ant net­work of sup­port and part­ner­ships. The Head of the Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme will also con­trib­ute to the super­vi­sion of post-gradu­ate stu­dents, includ­ing the Doc­toral Research­ers in the Resource Nexus for Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Trans­form­a­tions (NEX­tra) pro­gramme.

The selec­ted can­did­ate will also have the oppor­tun­ity of being co-opted as an Hon­or­ary Pro­fessor at the Tech­nis­che Uni­versit­aet Dresden (TU Dresden), for up to five years in their field of study, provided that the formal require­ments for such status as determ­ined by the rel­ev­ant fac­ulty at TU Dresden are ful­filled.

Respons­ib­il­it­ies
Under the over­all author­ity and dir­ect super­vi­sion of the Dir­ector of UNU-FLORES, the incum­bent shall be respons­ible for the fol­low­ing duties:

1. Estab­lish, develop, and lead the Resource Nexus Ana­lyt­ics, Inform­at­ics, and Data (AID) pro­gramme and asso­ci­ated pro­jects
Man­age and fur­ther develop the Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme and other high-value pro­jects and pro­grammes related to the UN SDGs, integ­rated resources man­age­ment; and the Resource Nexus in col­lab­or­a­tion with the Aca­demic team of UNU-FLORES;
Man­age activ­it­ies related to budget fund­ing and fun­drais­ing (pro­ject devel­op­ment and sub­mis­sions, pro­gress reports, fin­an­cial state­ments) and pre­par­a­tion of related doc­u­ments and reports for the Research Pro­gramme;
Design, imple­ment and man­age research pro­jects to advance the Resource Nexus approach and the Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme;
Identify and con­trib­ute to emer­ging issues in the Resource Nexus AID area that are of interest to the United Nations, mem­ber states, and poli­cy­makers, and sub­sequently artic­u­late policies, strategies, and approaches to address them; and
Line man­age staff within the research devel­op­ment depart­ment, set­ting and mon­it­or­ing team object­ives, includ­ing identi­fy­ing train­ing and/or devel­op­ment require­ments and per­form­ance man­age­ment issues as appro­pri­ate.

2. Insti­tu­tional Devel­op­ment
Sup­port the Dir­ector with the shap­ing and imple­ment­a­tion of the Insti­tute's stra­tegic and imple­ment­a­tion plans;
Scru­tin­ise and cri­tique research, pro­pos­als, and grant applic­a­tions;
Advise the Dir­ector of UNU-FLORES and the man­age­ment team in Insti­tute-wide stra­tegic pro­gram­ming;
Over­see the imple­ment­a­tion of the Data Man­age­ment Plan (DMP) at the Insti­tute, includ­ing new and exist­ing data, tools and meth­ods used and developed by the UNU-FLORES; and
Act­ively con­trib­ute to an inclus­ive and diverse inter­na­tional work envir­on­ment.

3. Know­ledge Shar­ing and Col­lab­or­a­tion
Pub­lish research out­comes in peer-reviewed journal art­icles, books, reports, and policy briefs and act­ively rep­res­ent the Insti­tute by present­ing papers when appro­pri­ate;
Lead and col­lab­or­ate with the Advocacy and Polit­ical Affairs Officer to estab­lish con­tacts with the national, and inter­na­tional sci­entific com­munity, and open new oppor­tun­it­ies for the Insti­tute;
Sup­port col­lab­or­a­tion and part­ner­ship with TU Dresden, includ­ing PRISMA, the Centre for Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Assess­ment and Policy at TU Dresden;
Dis­sem­in­ate com­plex inform­a­tion in a man­ner that ensures the under­stand­ing of col­leagues, using work­shops, teach­ing moments, and indi­vidual coach­ing; and
Author, co-author, and con­trib­ute to the UN- and UNU-wide net­works and reports rel­ev­ant to the Resource Nexus.

4. Edu­ca­tional Devel­op­ment
Con­trib­ute to teach­ing mod­ules for joint post­gradu­ate pro­grammes of the Insti­tute with TU Dresden and super­vise research­ers, Doc­toral Research­ers, Mas­ter thesis stu­dents, and interns in the covered areas;
Sup­port the advance­ment of the Insti­tute's edu­ca­tional pro­grammes, includ­ing the recruit­ment of Doc­toral Research­ers; and
Con­trib­ute to the Insti­tute's teach­ing activ­it­ies, espe­cially e-learn­ing and capa­city devel­op­ment.

5. Capa­city Devel­op­ment
Con­duct policy ana­lysis and advise on any legal or gov­ernance issues rel­ev­ant to Resource Nexus AID, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, and integ­rated resource man­age­ment;
Cre­ate innov­at­ive and dynamic capa­city devel­op­ment activ­it­ies to advance the UNU-FLORES capa­city devel­op­ment endeav­ours;
Man­age the design and imple­ment­a­tion for res­ults-focused capa­city devel­op­ment activ­it­ies to advance the research pro­gramme and asso­ci­ated pro­jects such as organ­ising work­shops, meet­ings, sym­posi­ums, and field activ­it­ies; and
Engage in inter­na­tional policy pro­cesses and agen­das of rel­ev­ance based on the research pro­gramme.

6. Per­form other duties as assigned by the super­visor

Key Per­form­ance Indic­at­ors
Devel­op­ment and imple­ment­a­tion of a high-qual­ity research pro­gramme for UNU-FLORES, includ­ing the deliv­ery of research out­puts, capa­city devel­op­ment;
A high level of aca­demic excel­lence as seen by the pub­lic­a­tion of research out­puts, includ­ing an increase in sus­tain­able third-party fund­ing from diver­si­fied resources;
High-qual­ity devel­op­ment of the Resource Nexus AID Research Pro­gramme and exten­sion of its scope by adding new mod­ules, estab­lish­ing new work­ing groups, and recruit­ing inter­na­tional col­lab­or­at­ors
Con­tri­bu­tion to the pos­it­ive repu­ta­tion of UNU-FLORES as a reli­able and trust­worthy part­ner among research part­ners, gov­ern­ments, donors, and civil soci­ety;
Dir­ect reports achieve their goals and KPIs sup­port­ing the pro­gramme to pro­duce high-qual­ity research.

Com­pet­en­cies
Val­ues:
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.

Beha­viours:
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

Requirements:

Required Qual­i­fic­a­tions and Exper­i­ence:
A PhD in a field related to integ­rated man­age­ment of envir­on­mental resources, com­plex sys­tems ana­lysis, remote sens­ing, geo­spa­tial ana­lyt­ics, earth sys­tem sci­ence, data sci­ence, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI), oper­a­tions research, or sus­tain­able devel­op­ment
At least five (5) years of post-PhD pro­gress­ively respons­ible work exper­i­ence, includ­ing man­aging research pro­grammes in aca­demia, research, or related insti­tu­tions, together with super­vis­ory func­tions, is required; exper­i­ence in an inter­na­tional set­ting would be highly advant­age­ous;
Com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge of the research agenda in integ­rated resource man­age­ment, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, and AID;
Recog­ni­tion by the sci­entific com­munity, as demon­strated by invit­a­tions to edit­or­ial boards of journ­als, Advis­ory Com­mit­tees, and key­note speeches;
Track record of research pub­lic­a­tions in areas related to data, ana­lyt­ics, inform­at­ics, remote sens­ing, AI, com­plex sys­tems, coupled human-nature sys­tems, resource nexus, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and integ­rated resource (e.g., water, energy, cli­mate, soil, biod­iversity, food, …) man­age­ment;
Exper­i­ence in suc­cess­fully obtain­ing research fund­ing from a vari­ety of national and/or inter­na­tional sources;
Estab­lished skills in both pro­ject and team man­age­ment;
Highly self-motiv­ated, innov­at­ive, and organ­ised, yet detail-ori­ented, with a pro­fes­sional and con­scien­tious atti­tude and the abil­ity to inde­pend­ently pri­or­it­ise;
Will­ing to travel as required both loc­ally and inter­na­tion­ally;
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;
Flu­ency in Eng­lish is required; Flu­ency in Ger­man is desir­able, and know­ledge of another UN offi­cial work­ing lan­guage is an asset.

Desired Qual­i­fic­a­tions and Exper­i­ence:
Expert­ise in spe­cific envir­on­mental issues in devel­op­ing or emer­ging coun­tries;
Exper­i­ence in man­aging and ana­lys­ing big data sys­tems;
Exper­i­ence in remote sens­ing and geo­spa­tial sys­tems ana­lysis;
Pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence in teach­ing post­gradu­ate pro­grammes;
Good famili­ar­ity with organ­ising con­fer­ences, work­shops, and sum­mer schools, prefer­ably at the inter­sec­tion of research and policy.

What we offer:

Remu­ner­a­tion
UNU offers an attract­ive, tax-exempt com­pens­a­tion pack­age, includ­ing an annual net salary and a post adjust­ment, (at the FTA-IP-P3 Level) which reflects the cost of liv­ing in a par­tic­u­lar duty sta­tion and exchange rates (sub­ject to man­dat­ory deduc­tions for pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions and health insur­ance). Other bene­fits include: 30 days of annual leave, depend­ency bene­fits, a pen­sion plan, and a health insur­ance scheme. Bene­fits for inter­na­tion­ally recruited staff may include home leave, travel and removal expenses on appoint­ment and sep­ar­a­tion, edu­ca­tion grants for depend­ent chil­dren, assign­ment grants and rental sub­sidies. For more inform­a­tion, please see: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL

Duration of con­tract

This is a full-time, fixed-term appoint­ment. The ini­tial appoint­ment will be for one (1) year with the pos­sib­il­ity of renewal on a fixed-term appoint­ment basis, sub­ject to sat­is­fact­ory work per­form­ance.

For aca­demic pos­i­tions, the com­bined dur­a­tion of fixed-term appoint­ments with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The man­dat­ory age of retire­ment for United Nations staff is 65 years.

Expec­ted start­ing date: As soon as pos­sible

How to apply:

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:
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);
provide a cover let­ter set­ting out how the qual­i­fic­a­tions and exper­i­ence match the require­ments of the pos­i­tion;
answer a few ques­tions that are tailored to the pos­i­tion; and
apply via the apply link.
You may wish to refer to the UN Val­ues and Beha­viours Frame­work for more inform­a­tion.

Applic­a­tion Dead­line: 09 Octo­ber 2022
Assess­ment
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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