EVES Internship

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Bonn, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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UNU-EHS : established  in  December  2003,  addresses  the  risk  and  vulnerability  aspects  of human  security  and  the  consequences  of  complex  environmental  hazards  for  sustainable development.  The  work  of  UNU‐EHS  helps  to  improve  the  in‐depth  understanding  of  the cause  effect  relationships  to  find  ways  to  reduce  risks  and  vulnerabilities.  The Institute supports policymakers and decision makers with evidence‐based research and information. www.ehs.unu.edu.

Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services (EVES) Section:The EVES section at UNU-EHS conducts original, policy relevant research addressing the vulnerability and resilience of social-ecological systems. Specifically, EVES aims to understand how social ecological systems are affected by environmental hazards of diverse nature such as water and land degradation, floods, droughts, and other hazards. EVES not only considers the impacts of single hazards, but also investigates multiple hazard situations, identifying cumulating or cascading impacts and feedbacks between hazards of contrasting nature such as floods and droughts. The concept of ecosystem services is of central importance in most of the research conducted by EVES researchers. For detailed information please visit: https://ehs.unu.edu/about/sections/eves

GlobeDrought Project:

The BMBF-funded GlobeDrought project aims at developing, testing and implementing a drought risk information system to characterize drought events and the risk of adverse impacts on agricultural systems and water supply at global and regional scales (with case studies in Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, and the USA). Within this scope, the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will analyse vulnerabilities and risks using indicator-based approaches.


 Support literature reviews and reference searches on relevant vulnerability indicators in South Africa;

  • Support the acquisition, cleaning and statistical analysis of relevant (time-series of) secondary data (incl. census data) in the case studies and/or at the global level;
  • Support the analysis of temporal changes in vulnerability and risk to drought at the global level;
  • Support the development of a drought impact/loss database at the global level;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Field of Study: Master or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Geography, Geosciences, Geographical Information Systems, Statistics, Spatial Planning, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management or other relevant discipline.

Essential Skills and attributes:

  • Excellent command of English;
  • Knowledge of vulnerability and risk concepts;
  • Demonstrated experience with spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.);
  • Basic statistical skills and prior experience with statistical software packages (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.);
  • Ability to be flexible and to take iniciative;
  • Ability to work in an international team.

Desired Skills:

  • Background in data collection and analysis assistance will be looked on favourably;
  • Prior experience in vulnerability and risk assessment is an asset;
  • Experience with regression models is an asset;
  • High motivated and team oriented person;
  • Willingness to learn new concepts, technological skills and methods;
  • Interest in scientific research and science-policy-interaction in the field of vulnerability and risk research.

Teaching/learning objectives:

  • Gain understanding of the project work and related activities of UNU and the UN System;
  • Experience in indicator-based vulnerability and risk assessment.

Duration: The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis for a contractual period ranging from 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

Starting Date:       03 June 2019