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UNU-EHS Internship (PACET section), Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies

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United Nations University in Bonn | Bonn, Germany

United Nations University in Bonn

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March 15, 2020
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United  Nations  University’s  Mission: The United  Nations  University  (UNU)  is  an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. For more information, please visit

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.

PACET (Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies): The Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies (PACET) programme hosted at UNU-ViE aims to strengthen research, educational and institutional capacities of UNU-EHS in Africa. The program fosters cooperation between UNU and African institutions in higher education, research, policy and practice to develop innovative methods and appropriated solutions to address challenges particularly in the frame of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The cooperation with the Pan African University is a culmination of continental initiatives of the African Union Commission to revitalize higher education and research in Africa represents a main aspect of the programme. The programme particularly supports the institutional development of the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change – PAUWES) in Algeria by enhancing its teaching and research activities in water, energy and climate change thanks numerous projects (Water and Energy Security in Africa – WESA; Risk Assessment and Reduction strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa – RARSUS; Higher Education Cooperation with PAUWES, etc.).

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) plays a key role in the activity of the programme with regards to eLearning/distance education, strategic networking and cooperation as well as new media in the context of WEB 2.0 and open source technologies. The programme leverages digital technologies to strengthen educational and research capacities of UNU-EHS, its partner institutions as well as scientists and practitioners at a global scale. Furthermore, it investigates the teaching – research nexus to enhance higher education and capacity development by using educational technologies. It conceptualizes and implements innovative methodologies and technologies to design and deliver educational materials, to build and maintain networks, to facilitate communication and knowledge sharing and to enhance project work.

The programme organizes conferences, webinars, online discussions, workshops, and summer schools to facilitate North-South and South-South knowledge exchange and transfer and to strengthen capacities at the individual and institutional level.


  • Support analysis of potential environment related research areas e.g. energy, water, climate change etc.,
  • Support the tracking of project progress on the PACET project management platform,
  • Assist in the planning, organization and post-documentation of educational events and strategic meeting/workshop: webinar and online lectures in the frame of PAUWES related projects,
  • Asssist the management and administration of an online community of practice at PAUWES,
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of networks and relationship with Pan African and international actors and institutions on PAUWES topics, and
  •  Assist in necessary administrative and project activities.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Field of Study: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences , Project Management, business administration or a related field.

Essential Skills and attributes:

  • Excellent command of English and experience editing and writing various documents in English
  • Knowledge of German language is an added advantage.

Desired Skills:

  • Background in drafting articles, proposals and analysis assistance will be looked on favourably
  • Planning and organizational skills.

Teaching/learning objectives:

  • Gain understanding of the project work and related activities of UNU and the UN System,
  • Develop understanding of the PAUWES projects /activities of UNU and the UN System,
  • Develop skills in project planning, and
  • Learn more about research and practice initiatives.

Duration: The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis for a contractual period ranging between 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated. International applicants in need of a visa to Germany are kindly asked to inform themselves about the applicable visa requirements through the website of their local German Embassy in advance.

United  Nations  University’s  Mission: The United  Nations  University  (UNU)  is  an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the…

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How to Apply

Application Procedure: 

Interested applicants must submit their application via e-mail quoting the reference number [UNU-ViE/PACET/WESA/2020/I] in the email subject line including the following documents (in PDF format) before the deadline:

  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • Cover letter in English: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals;
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Completed UNU-EHS application form (downloadable at: Click here to download the application form).

For more information about the UNU-EHS internship programme, please visit the website:

Workforce diversity is essential to UNU. Suitably qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds including minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be handled with the strictest confidence.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Application Procedure: 

Interested applicants must submit their application via e-mail quoting the reference number [UNU-ViE/PACET/WESA/2020/I] in the email…


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