Student Assistant

United Nations University, Dresden, Germany

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th December, 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)
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.

Biodiversity Economy project

  • Under the project “Biodiversity Economy in Selected Landscapes in Namibia”, UNU-FLORES, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Biodiversity Research Center (BRC), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) collaborate to support research and capacity building in the field of Biodiversity Economics in Namibia.
  • The primary aim of the project is to overview, conduct, and support the research needed to underpin the approach and mainstreaming of biodiversity economy in Namibia, and support selected communities to sustainably maximise livelihood opportunities from biodiversity.
  • The Student Assistant will provide essential support to the administrative tasks of the project.

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

  • assist with administrative tasks related to the project such as minute taking, organisation and preparation of meetings, archiving, and drafting documents
  • support with the coordination of project activities such as e-learning, workshops, and contacting experts and partners on behalf of the Principal Investigator
  • assist with dissemination and communication
  • support with timely follow ups with the project’s stakeholders
  • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the Director
  • Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • currently enrolled in a master’s degree or PhD programme in the field of business or economics; students in the final year of their bachelor’s degree in the aforementioned fields are also welcome to apply
  • proven experience in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services would be highly advantageous
  • experience working with international stakeholders would be desirable
  • strong knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • be results- and detail-oriented
  • must be flexible and proactive with the ability to work independently, to establish priorities, and to work within prescribed timelines
  • proficiency in both oral and written communications in English is mandatory; proficiency in German would be advantageous
  • ability to communicate clearly and efficiently
  • 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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