Research Fellow, Land and Water Resources

Vacancy Announcement- Research Fellow, Land and Water Resources

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is currently looking for an outstanding individual to fill the position of Research Fellow, Land and Water Resources.


Under the supervision of the Director of UNU-INRA, the Research Fellow for Land and Water Resources will:

• Lead in the review and coordination of research activities of the institute in the thematic area of land and water resources;
• Conduct research on land and water resources problems and analyze related policies to help the institute to achieve its goals and objectives;
• Coordinate and support development of methodologies for the management of land and water resources;
• Create awareness, train national collaborators, and provide guidelines for effective implementation of land and water resources with a view to ensuring sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation and maintenance of environmental quality;
• Supervise graduate students in their research work;
• Develop research and training proposals for funding;
• Plan, organize and participate in national and sub-regional conferences/meetings/workshops;
• Prepare and publish research outputs in high quality publications, including peer-reviewed journals, extension and
• Perform any other professional duties as may be required by the Director of UNU-INRA.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

• A PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy, Crop Sciences, Soil Sciences or a related discipline);
• At least six years of relevant work experience in the bio-physical aspects of natural resource management and conservation problems, preferably in an international environment;
• Demonstrated competence in and knowledge of geographical information systems and remote sensing methods;
• Good computer application skills and use of statistical packages;
• Good writing, presentation and communication skills; and demonstrated experience in organizing training workshops, conferences, and fundraising activities, as well as forging partnerships with international agencies, national institutions and NGOs;
• Good working knowledge of English is essential; knowledge of French would be an advantage;
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and under tight deadlines; and
• Proven interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

The remuneration will commensurate with academic qualification and experience.

Duration of contract:

This is a full time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with the possibility for contract renewal subject to satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.

Starting date: 1 July 2016 or earlier.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by e-mail (to recruit-inra@unu.edu) and must include the following:

• A cover letter setting out how qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
• A curriculum vitae and a completed and signed unu personal history (p.11) form downloadable from unu website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other united nations organizations;
• An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2016/unu/inra/psa/rf/39).

The complete vacancy announcement is available at the related tab.
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