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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.

Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and Out­reach Asso­ci­ate

Working field:

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

1. Gov­ernance and Admin­is­tra­tion

Sup­port the imple­ment­a­tion of the UN Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Strategy at UNU-FLORES
Sup­port the col­lab­or­a­tion among UNU insti­tutes to stream­line the imple­ment­a­tion of the strategy UNU;
Develop work­flows and guid­ance mater­ial in line with the strategy;
Sup­port with the devel­op­ment of con­cepts for fun­drais­ing activ­it­ies; and
Act­ively con­trib­ute to ideas for Insti­tu­tional devel­op­ment.
2. Out­reach, Advocacy, and Impact

Sup­port with capa­city devel­op­ment and out­reach activ­it­ies to rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers;
Organ­ise SDG events with our part­ners, includ­ing the UN-Day and con­trib­ut­ing to major UNU-FLORES events such as the Dresden Nexus Con­fer­ence;
Write art­icles and social media posts to pro­mote Sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the SDGs and the Nexus Approach; Con­duct qual­ity con­trol on com­mu­nic­a­tions and doc­u­ments related to sus­tain­ab­il­ity; and
Sup­port with organ­ising activ­it­ies such as work­shops related to Sus­tain­ab­il­ity.
3. Research, Innov­a­tion, & Devel­op­ment

Con­duct research related to Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Man­age­ment
Sup­port the Insti­tute’s research pro­jects related to advan­cing the resource nexus and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, includ­ing sup­port for data ana­lysis, and data col­lec­tion;
Man­age day-to-day research activ­it­ies from plan­ning to imple­ment­a­tion, includ­ing apply­ing for fund­ing;
Per­form lit­er­at­ure reviews and assist in the eval­u­ation and exam­in­a­tion of research; and
Design and ana­lysis of ques­tion­naires and case stud­ies.
4. Edu­ca­tion & Capa­city Build­ing

Provide timely updates and responses to part­ner organ­isa­tions, coordin­ate and con­trib­ute to meet­ings with key stake­hold­ers on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity mat­ters;
Be an act­ive mem­ber of the work­ing groups of TU Dresden’s Kom­mis­sion Umwelt and other work­ing groups in the DRESDEN-concept net­work
Draft pro­ject deliv­er­ables and reports, and con­trib­ute to dis­sem­in­a­tion;
Con­trib­ute to pub­lic­a­tions and pub­lish in peer-reviewed journal art­icles, books, and policy briefs; Mentor, super­vise, and/or provide junior team mem­bers and interns as well as provide guid­ance to PhD and Mas­ter’s stu­dents; and
  • Con­trib­ute to the Insti­tute’s teach­ing activ­it­ies, espe­cially e-learn­ing and capa­city devel­op­ment.
5. Per­form other duties as assigned by the super­visor or the Dir­ector

Key per­form­ance indic­at­ors
Timely and qual­ity devel­op­ment and imple­ment­a­tion of the assigned per­form­ance goals
Suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment and imple­ment­a­tion of the UN sus­tain­ab­il­ity strategy
Suc­cess­ful organ­isa­tion of sus­tain­ab­il­ity-focused events with local part­ners
Advance­ment of UNU(-FLORES)’ sus­tain­ab­il­ity per­form­ance
Qual­ity and pro­act­ive level of engage­ment with UNU-FLORES part­ners (research part­ners, gov­ern­ment, donors) and
Con­tri­bu­tion to the pos­it­ive repu­ta­tion of UNU-FLORES as a reli­able and trust­worthy part­ner among research part­ners, gov­ern­ments, donors, and civil soci­ety

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


A Mas­ter's degree or equi­val­ent in Envir­on­mental Sci­ences, Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ences, Com­mu­nic­a­tion or other rel­ev­ant field with at least two (2) years of post-gradu­ate rel­ev­ant pro­ject deliv­ery exper­i­ence work­ing in the field of sus­tain­ab­il­ity or
A Bach­elor’s degree or equi­val­ent in Envir­on­mental Sci­ences, Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ences, com­mu­nic­a­tion other rel­ev­ant field with at least four (4) years of rel­ev­ant exper­i­ence;
Know­ledge and exper­i­ence in deliv­er­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity-related pro­jects and pro­grammes;
Demon­strated exper­i­ence in pro­ject plan­ning and man­age­ment;
Demon­strated interest in deal­ing with the link­ages between sus­tain­ab­il­ity and integ­rated resource man­age­ment, as well as an under­stand­ing of policy devel­op­ment and national and inter­na­tional levels;
Excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tions, writ­ing, and ana­lyt­ical skills with exper­i­ence in draft­ing reports, com­mu­nic­a­tions, and present­a­tions with a high degree of atten­tion to detail is required;
Exper­i­ence and extens­ive know­ledge of Microsoft Office;
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;
Pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence with envir­on­mental issues of the global south, regional exper­i­ence and famili­ar­ity with the world’s com­plex­it­ies is bene­fi­cial;
Exper­i­ence with stake­holder engage­ment, out­reach, and event organ­isa­tion is an asset;
Exper­i­ence with grant writ­ing and fun­drais­ing would be desir­able;
Flu­ency in Eng­lish and Ger­man is required, and know­ledge of another UN offi­cial work­ing lan­guage is an asset.

What we offer:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be employed under l PSA con­tract. UNU offers an attract­ive com­pens­a­tion pack­age, includ­ing a monthly net salary EUR 3,187, 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.

Dur­a­tion of con­tract

The dur­a­tion of the ini­tial con­tract is 1 year. This is Per­son­nel Ser­vice Agree­ment (PSA) con­tract with UNU, with the pos­sib­il­ity for renewal sub­ject to require­ments and sat­is­fact­ory work per­form­ance. The com­bined dur­a­tion of a PSA con­tract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The man­dat­ory age of retire­ment for PSA hold­ers is 65 years.

Expec­ted start date: as soon as pos­sible

How to apply:

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.