Education Programme Associate

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Bonn, , DE

Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

United Nations University objectives

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of 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.

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

UNU-EHS, established in December 2003, is part of the UNU system, a worldwide network of research and training institutes. Its mission is to advance human security through knowledge-based approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks. For more information, please visit

EduSphere Section

The EduSphere section addresses the activities of UNU-EHS in the area of enhancing educational capabilities of its partner institutions, especially in developing and transitional countries.

The section conceptualises and implements the use of innovative methodologies, technologies, and best practices across a full range of education and training activities, including technology-enhanced learning. As a principle goal, EduSphere aims at strengthening the research and educational capacities of UNU-EHS, its partner institutions, as well as scientists and practitioners on a global scale.

The EduSphere section investigates the teaching–research nexus to enhance the graduate education and research training of the Institute. The section develops open educational resources on vulnerability and risk for sharing with educators, students, and self-learners to use, reuse, and adapt them in teaching, learning, and research. Information Communications Technologies (ICT) play a key role in the activity of the section with regard to eLearning/distance education, open source technologies, and new media in context WEB 2.0 technologies to facilitate communication and knowledge-sharing, to enhance project work, and to design and deliver learning materials.

In the frame of the projects Higher Education Cooperation with PAUWES, Water and Energy Security in Africa (WESA), and Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa (RARSUS), EduSphere is supporting development of the Pan-African University Institute for Water And Energy Sciences (incl. climate change) by enhancing its teaching and research activities; design and development of ICT-based solutions to support teaching, research, social, and professional networking; and institutional capacity building with regard to the educational programmes.

The Pan-African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES) is one of the five hubs of the Pan-African University (PAU) hosted at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria. The-Pan African University was initiated by the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2008 with the objective to promote higher education, science, and technology on the African continent at a high academic level. The focus is on the development of postgraduates, PhD candidates, and applied research


Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the direct supervision of the Head of the EduSphere section and the eLearning team leader, the chosen candidate will principally be responsible for the following:

  • support the planning, organisation, and post-documentation of a Pan-African networking, research, and practice conference in Africa
  • support the planning, organisation, and post-documentation of educational events and strategic meetings/workshops: webinars and online lectures, online and traditional summer school and block courses, and online training courses in the frame of PAUWES-related projects in the EduSphere section
  • support the establishment and maintenance of networks and relationship with other Pan-African institutes, centres of excellence in Africa, and Pan-African and international actors and institutions active in the areas of water, energy, and climate
  • support the management and administration of an online community of practice at PAUWES, and the communication and dissemination of results of PAUWES-related projects mentioned in the EduSphere section
  • support the administration and financial operations of PAUWES-related projects in accordance with UNU’s policies, United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations (UNFRR), and established operational procedures, and ensure that proper and accurate accounting records are maintained
  • assist in monitoring financial and project budgetary status of projects, and provide officers responsible with information as required
  • support the preparation of financial reports in accordance with the terms and conditions of donor contracts

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or other relevant field
  • working experience with minimum of two (2) years in educational and institutional management, preferably in an international and multi-cultural environment
  • experience in project administration and financial management
  • ability to work independently and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • experience in the planning, organisation, and post-documentation of conferences, educational events, and strategic meetings
  • experience in communication, management, and administration of online community of practice
  • excellent command of French and English; German-language capacity will be considered an asset
  • working experience in Africa is an advantage
  • willingness to travel in the region


Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duration of contract

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

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status, nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

Starting date

As soon as possible.