Call for Research Fellow – Environmental Policy

Related Files
  • October 11, 2018     Accra

    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, Environmental Policy.


    Reporting to and under the supervision of the Director of UNU-INRA, the Research Fellow will:

    • Participate in the review and coordination of research activities of UNU-INRA
    • Draft bankable proposals using empirical environmental science and knowledge of natural resources as a foundation
    • Conduct studies and analyse a wide range of environmental policy issues to help UNU-INRA achieve its goals and objectives
    • Ability to identify and exploit growth areas and new trends in environmental science and natural resource governance
    • Knowledge of key trends in blue and green economy, climate change, minerals and extractives and general concepts that underpin environmental resource management
    • Strong analytical skills in resource governance and management of Africa’s natural resources – including current financial, institutional, biophysical challenges that are impacting Africa countries’ ability to secure environmental sustainability and inclusive growth
    • Review, vet and identify pathways for getting good buy-in vis a vis key resource management related proposals
    • Conduct field or desk research, create awareness, train national collaborators, and provide guidelines for effective implementation of global environmental legal frameworks and treaties, with a view to ensuring sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation and maintenance of environmental quality.
    • Undertake research, develop and recommend policies, procedures and guidelines with a view to translating the objectives of international environmental conventions to various sub-regional levels in Africa, as well as national/governmental level organizations; and develop and produce strategic, economic and regulatory advice on environmental policy to industry, regulators, governments and sub-regional bodies in Africa.
    • Prepare research and training proposals for funding; plan, organize and participate in national and sub-regional conferences/meetings/workshops, prepare policy briefs on UNU-INRA research and training activities for dissemination to policy-makers.
    • Perform any other policy-related duties as may be assigned.


    Required Qualifications:

    • A Masters or Ph.D. Degree in Natural Resources or Environmental Economics, International Environmental Law, Environmental Science or Policy Analysis or a related discipline;
    • At least six years of relevant work experience in policy analysis relating to natural resources management and conservation, preferably in an international environment;
    • Knowledge of the principles, theories and tools for the analysis of legal and policy issues relating to natural resources management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection;
    • 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; and
    • Excellent communication and drafting skills, with fluency in both oral and written English. Good working knowledge of French language would be an advantage.
    • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required.
    • Entrepreneurism and dynamism combined with good interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.



    Remuneration will be commensurate with academic qualification and work experience according to the suitability of candidates.

    Duration of contract:

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

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

    Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

    Starting date: By January 2, 2019.

    Application Procedure:

    Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by e-mail (to ) or mail, 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;
    • a full contact information of three referees; and
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/INRA/PSA/RF(EP)/82).

    The full call for application document is available at the related files tab. 

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted; unsuccessful applications can neither be acknowledged nor returned.

  • VA _UNU INRA_Research Fellow_Environmental Policy

    (283.2 KB PDF)