Research Consultant — Water and Resource Management Programme

United Nations University , Tokyo, Japan

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th August, 2021

Job Description

  • The United Nations University (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.


  • UNU-IAS is a UNU institute based at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. The mission of UNU-IAS is to serve the international community through policy relevant research and capacity development focused on sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions. UNU-IAS builds on a strong tradition of UNU research and capacity development in Japan, undertaken in collaboration with a global network of professionals and scholars, particularly in Africa and Asia. For more information please visit


  • The Water and Resource Management (WRM) programme is one of key thematic research areas of UNU-IAS, aiming to promote multi-disciplinary policy research and international partnerships for sustainable water management. The Programme consists of two research projects supported by the Japanese government: 1) Water for Sustainable Development project, investigating the role and value of water in the economy in Asia (, and 2) Smart WaterDomain project promoting water reuse by private sectors and implemented jointly by UNU-IAS, UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), and partner universities in Europe. The project will develop a comprehensive framework that will serve as an assessment mechanism for companies to promote the reuse of waste water into their value chain. The WRM programme also serves as the UNU-IAS focal point on water vis-à-vis external partners, promoting international collaboration and managing various networks and partnerships world-wide.


Under the supervision of UNU-IAS Academic Programme Officer, and in cooperation with WRM team members, the Consultant will perform the following assignments:

  • ensure the research implementation for the SMART-WaterDomain project, in particular its case study in Japan
  • organise, participate in, and/or present at project meetings with international partners
  • strategically plan and prepare the publications, conference presentations, and other outreach activities
  • take charge of regular donor reporting
  • perform other duties assigned by WRM team or by the UNU-IAS Director


Required qualifications and experience include:

  • a doctor’s degree in environmental engineering, sustainability science, natural resource management, or a related field
  • over five (5) years of academic research background in emerging water problems, particularly in waste water treatment and waste water re-use; additional professional experience with private companies in the field of water-related research & development a plus
  • excellent communication skills in English and Japanese, both oral and written
  • organisational skills to ensure timelines and quality without losing overall objective
  • interpersonal skills to understand and utilise team dynamics in achieving a common objective.


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