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Adjunct Professor/Researcher on the Resource Nexus (Consultancy Roster)

United Nations University


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Join the Esteemed UNU-FLORES Team as an Adjunct Professor/Researcher to Impact Global Sustainability


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Dresden, DE

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In-person- Dresden Germany

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary

Engage with the United Nations University (UNU), a scholarly hub dedicated to resolving global issues through research and knowledge sharing. For over 40 years, UNU has influenced policy-making and united efforts to tackle challenges across the Sustainable Development Goals. With a vast network of researchers and partnerships, UNU is a beacon for creating a positive global impact. Learn more at UNU's official website and explore UNU-FLORES in Dresden, focusing on sustainable resource management, at UNU-FLORES.

Role Summary

  • Conduct collaborative research in the Resource Nexus field.
  • Partake in budgeting, funding, and fundraising activities.
  • Publish research findings in respected journals and other mediums.
  • Advise on policy, capacity development, and governance concerning resource management.
  • Contribute to UNU-FLORES's educational and institutional initiatives.

Role Requirements

  • PhD in a field related to environmental resource management.
  • At least five years of post-PhD research experience.
  • Proven publication track record in integrated resources management.
  • Proficiency in English, with German being advantageous.
  • Strong planning, organization, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.
  • Consultant Contract (CTC) is for 6-12 months, adhering to UN service limits.

About United Nations University

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. For more information, please visit

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.

Adjunct Professor/ Researchers at UNU-FLORES

UNU-FLORES invites highly motivated and committed local and international experts with relevant experience in the field of the integrated management of environmental resources, who are available for short-term assignments/projects on the Resource Nexus, and who wish to support the research and training development of the Institute, to apply to our Adjunct Professor/Researchers Roster.

Experts applying to the roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise. They can be available rapidly and go through an expedited contractual process. Experts joining this roster are also invited to actively apply to other vacancy announcements posted on our website. Selected candidates holding the Professor title shall be employed as an Adjunct Professor, those not holding this title shall be employed as Adjunct Researcher. The successful candidates will be invited to spend a sabbatical period of initially 6 to 12 months on a part-time basis at the Institute.

The following indicates a generic description of tasks and responsibilities. UNU-FLORES may select candidates from the roster once there is a suitable opportunity in the future and a more specific description of the position will then be shared.


Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-FLORES and in close collaboration with the academic team at the Institute, the successful candidate will perform the following tasks and duties:

  • Conduct research activities in the field of the Resource Nexus carried out by the Institute in collaboration with junior and senior researchers;
  • Initiate and participate in activities related to budget funding and fundraising;
  • Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and policy briefs;
  • Conduct policy analysis and advise on capacity development and governance issues relevant to the integrated resources management;
  • Contribute and participate in the ongoing work of UNU-FLORES such as lecture series, and institutional meetings;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.



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 PhD related to the integrated management of environmental resources;
  • A minimum of five years of post-PhD research experience;
  • Track record of research publications in areas related to integrated resources management;
  • Proficiency in English, both in oral and written communications, and knowledge of German would be highly beneficial;
  • Excellent writing skills with proven success publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Highly self-motivated, innovative, and organised, yet detail-oriented, with a professional and conscientious attitude with the ability to independently prioritise;
  • 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.

Duration of contract

The successful candidate will be retained under a Consultant Contract (CTC) for a period of 6-12 months. Consultants engaged by UNU may not provide services for more than twenty-four (24) months in a thirty-six (36) month period.

Proposed payment schedule

Payment will be made based on the completion of specified deliverables. Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualification and experience of the successful candidate. Employment on a CTC contract of former UNU staff members who receive a pension from the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is subject to restrictions, pursuant to applicable administrative issuances of the United Nations.

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 the contractor.

UNU-FLORES is not responsible for any health insurance arrangements. The contract carries no entitlement to annual leave nor sick leave.

Travel Considerations

Should “mission travel” be required, UNU will pay for travel. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, completion of the BSAFE online course, travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

Travel cost will be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel.Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals must not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at

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 do not use 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.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Selection process

Individual consultants will be evaluated according to the following process:

Stage 1: Establishing a Roster

  • All applicants will be screened against the minimum requirements specified above for inclusion on a long list.
  • Long-listed applicants will be evaluated through a desk review and/or interview against the following criteria based on evidence in the submitted application:
    o academic qualifications
    o relevant professional experience
    o demonstrated competencies
  • Successful candidates will be included in the UNU-FLORES Experts Roster for a period of 2 years.

Stage 2: Contracting

When a request for services arises, Human Resources will contact relevant individual(s) with the Terms of Reference, location, and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as other costs such travel costs and subsistence allowance, as appropriate.

The daily fee quoted by the individual during this application process will remain as the ceiling fee and cannot be increased upwards for any offered individual assignment(s).

Special Notice

UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Scam warning

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