Academic Programme Officer

United Nations University
Tokyo, Japan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 


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UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

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. Through its postgraduate education programmes UNU-IAS develops future international leaders with the interdisciplinary understanding and skills needed to advance creative solutions to problems of sustainability. 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


Under the supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, the Academic Programme Officer will manage a set of academic programmes and projects and develop relevant activities in the institute’s three thematic areas: sustainable societies, natural capital and biodiversity, and global change and resilience. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • providing academic oversight and leadership of the UNU-IAS postgraduate degree programmes
  • developing, planning, organising, and managing academic and research activities as well as publication and dissemination efforts in the programme area(s)
  • producing original, policy-oriented research and developing policy recommendations on issues relevant to the wider UN community
  • disseminating research outputs through policy papers, participation in conferences, and media commentary
  • securing external funding for academic and research activities in the programme areas
  • planning and organising scientific meetings and workshops
  • developing and maintaining collaborative links with the UN system and international organisations, and representing the University in related conferences and meetings
  • formulating project proposals and assessing external proposals and refining them for implementation by UNU or for submission for external funding
  • monitoring and evaluating activities and submitting periodic reports, and preparing descriptions of programme activities as required
  • designing and coordinating courses, delivering lectures, and supervising students as part of the UNU-IAS postgraduate degree programmes
  • performing other duties as assigned
Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • advanced university degree (PhD) in environmental science, sustainability, or a related field
  • at least seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience in university-level teaching, research and programme development, or within international organisations or research/training institutions
  • detailed knowledge of the UN system and of its functions and activities
  • demonstrated ability and experience in the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of research and training programmes
  • a strong international research background, with proven academic achievements in relevant fields and an excellent publication record
  • knowledge of, and familiarity with, funding sources and a proven ability to raise external funds
  • ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment is required; in this context, a broad range of contacts within the international community of scholars, especially in developing countries, should be demonstrated
  • proven sensitivity to gender issues
  • English fluency is essential, and so is computer literacy; working knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.