Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
United Nations University Objectives:
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of
scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and 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 more information please visit http://unu.edu.
United Nations University - Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES):
The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute to the development of
integrated and sustainable management strategies for the use of water,
soil and waste resources in particular in developing and emerging
countries in scientific, educational, managerial, technological and
institutional terms. Potential issues of focus include: urban water
management, nutrient cycles and budgets, methods for reclamation and
rehabilitation of degraded sites, site-specific river-basin scale water
management; interaction of land use management and water inventory under
differing climate conditions, efficient site-adapted waste management
strategies, among others. The Institute develops innovative concepts for
target- and region-specific knowledge transfer as well as appropriate
methodologies and approaches for postgraduate and professional
education. The Institute is located in Dresden, Germany.
In 2016, UNU-FLORES will continue its mission and support the policy
relevant research and capacity development. The institute has launched a
joint Doctoral programme (PhD) together with Dresden University of
For more information please visit http://flores.unu.edu.
Under direct supervision of the Director of UNU-FLORES, and in close
collaboration with Heads of Units (Administration and Programme) and
project partners as needed, the Executive Associate provides direct
support to the Director in a wide range of management tasks. The
incumbent builds and maintains strong internal and external
communications and relations for the overall effectiveness of the
management of the institute and will carry out the following tasks:
· Facilitate the maintenance and development of relationships with
key partners including the preparation of Memoranda of Understanding
(MoU), cooperation agreements, fundraising proposals etc.;
· Coordinate and facilitate the annual work planning of the OD and
ensure stock-taking and adjustments, as required, in regular intervals;
· Plan, co-ordinate, and prepare major institutionally focused
meetings and international events including the preparation of reports
for the annual Advisory Committee Meeting, the bi-annual CONDIR
meetings, the UNU Council session, etc.;
· Participate in the planning, development, implementation and
evaluation of programme and projects, through monitoring and analysis,
review of documents and reports, identification of problems and issues
to be addressed and proposal and tracking of follow-up actions;
· Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
· Supervise personnel in the Office of the Director;
· Perform supervisory functions as required.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
· First level university degree in Business Administration,
Natural/Social Sciences, or other fields relevant to the functions of
· Minimum three (3) years of progressively relevant professional work
experience in the field of executive office, administration or in a
related area with a minimum of two (2) years at the international level;
· Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with high level stakeholders;
· Prior experience managing and coordinating multi stakeholder projects is desirable;
· Proven skills to work in teams and generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
· Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
· Outstanding presentation, writing, and reporting skills;
· Strong planning and organization skills, ability to work independently, take initiatives and prioritize work tasks;
· Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and complete tasks within given timeframes;
· Excellent communication skills with fluency in spoken and written
English. Working knowledge of German is a strong asset; knowledge of
another United Nations official language would be advantageous.
· Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by
the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with
sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Remuneration will commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.
Duration of Contract:
This is a full time employment (40 hours per week) on a one (1) year
Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-FLORES, with the
possibility for renewal subject to fund availability and satisfactory
work performance. The combined duration of appointment shall not exceed
six (6) years.
The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and
will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member”
as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. Starting date: As soon as possible.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail before the application closing date, and must include the following:
· A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
· An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2016/UNU/FLORES/PSA/EA/81);
· Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful
applications will neither be acknowledged nor returned. Please note that
applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men
and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of
equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United
Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).