Senior Research Assistant

UNU, Dresden, Germany

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th October, 2020

Job Description

About UN University

  • For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 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.
  • United Nations University for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)


Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and direct supervision of the Associate Programme Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • assist with UNU-FLORES’ research activities through researching, extracting, and compiling of information and data related to one or more of its ongoing projects
  • sort, consolidate, and process data and enter it into relevant databases
  • perform literature reviews and assist in the evaluation and examination of research
  • assist in the maintenance of relevant research tools and platforms
  • support the preparation and submission of progress reports, donor reports, project reviews, financial reports, audit reports, and any other required project reports
  • support the preparation of project proposals related to integrated resource management (Resource Nexus
  • prepare a variety of reports and presentations, infographics, tables, and diagrams
  • handle communication with external stakeholders
  • prepare abstracts/bibliographic descriptions for inclusion in publications
  • assist with proofreading of written materials for accuracy before publication
  • assist with the institute’s teaching activities, especially e-learning and capacity development
  • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the director
  • Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • a master’s degree in international relations, development studies, sociology, political sciences, conflict management, business administration, environmental economy, or a related field
  • a minimum of one year of experience in water and gender-based research; experience of wastewater management in the European context would be highly advantageous
  • must have a good understanding of the circular economy, integrated resources management, and the development sector
  • proven experience of project organisation and communication with diverse partners
  • must have the ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
  • experience in developing stakeholder maps is essential; experience organising online workshops and stakeholder dialogues would be an asset
  • demonstrate professional confidence and show persistence when facing difficult problems or challenges
  • strong planning, organisation, and time management skills; must be flexible with the ability to establish priorities, as well as be able to communicate clearly and efficiently
  • proficiency in both oral and written communication in English is mandatory, proficiency in German would be highly advantageous
  • proficiency with the full MS Suite is mandatory
  • 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.


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