Vacancy Announcement (APPLICATION CLOSED)
Job Opening (VA-19-001)

Job Title: Researcher (Environment - State of 3R)
Level: Research Stream III
Duty Station: Nagoya, Japan
Contract Status: Individual Contractor's Agreement (ICA)
Starting Date: Expected to be 1 June 2019 or earliest possible date
Duration: Initial contract until 31 December 2019 with possibility of extension depending on availability of project funds
Closing date: 6 May 2019 (Japan local time) (deadline extended)

Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is open in the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan, which is an overseas office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). The Researcher reports to the Coordinator of the Environment Unit. The job focuses on the implementation, monitoring, critical analysis and report writing, evaluation of programmes, operations, and other activities in the field of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle), resource efficiency leading to sustainable development. The Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific, which was launched in 2009, is regularly convened with an objective to advance implementation of 3R and resource efficiency related policies, programmes and measures in the region. The overall goal of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia-Pacific is to achieve low carbon and sound material cycle societies by facilitating bilateral and multilateral cooperation in areas related to 3R, resource efficiency and sustainable waste management. In support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDGs, the Forum aims to strengthen policy consultations with the involvement of relevant line ministries and agencies and stakeholders towards better integration of 3R and resource efficiency in the overall policy, planning and development at local and national level. The Forum further aims to set in motion a regular assessment of state and progress of 3R policy implementation in Asia-Pacific in order to provide better guidance to development partners and donors to chalk out capacity building activities and technical cooperation targeting developing countries.

Responsibility: Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Environment Unit, the Researcher will be responsible for the following:
  • Substantively participate in development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects in the areas of 3R, resource efficiency and waste management;
  • Conduct independent research to analyze issues and challenges faced by countries in advancing 3R, resource efficiency and sustainable waste management and provide policy insights to corrective and innovative solutions to address these challenges;
  • Coordinate publication of State of 3R assessment reports on a regular basis and make them available as technical input to policy consultations at the Regional 3R Forum in Asia-Pacific;
  • Make use of the externally available or in-house knowledge-base and information to carry out regular assessment of 3R policy implementation in Asia-Pacific in line with the Goals of the Hanoi 3R Declaration (2013-2023);
  • Write policy relevant research papers, background papers, country case analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to 3R related publications, etc.
  • Coordinate with international experts and resource persons and national and international organizations in developing required sections of the State of 3R assessment reports as an input to the Regional 3R Forum in Asia-Pacific;
  • Research and analyze data and information issue in relation to the indicators of the Hanoi 3R Declaration (2013-2023) and State of 3R assessments;
  • Strengthen in-house knowledge-base in 3R and resource efficiency related areas utilizing data, information, expertise available from diverse sources, including country sources;
  • Provide substantive support in organizing the Regional 3R Forums in Asia-Pacific and related processes, etc.
  • Participate in field missions, and drafts mission summaries, etc.
  • Establish networks with Japanese as well as internationally recognized resource institutions and experts and private sector in 3R areas for collaborative activities, including capacity building and technical cooperation targeting developing countries and cities;
  • Build synergy between Regional 3R Forum in Asia-Pacific and the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA)' a SDG partnership; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts, senior officers, and technical staff in relevant offices of the UN Secretariat and in UN funds, programmes, and other UN specialized agencies.
Representatives and officials in national and local governments, international organizations, and consultants.

Results Expected: Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate assigned programme/projects. Provide thorough, well-reasoned written contributions, e.g., background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Develop and maintain effective working relationships. Efficiently manage the use of resources.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and approaches relevant to environmental issues, in particular 3R and waste management. A grasp and sound understanding of current sustainable development issues, governance issues, and overall state of the environment (both bio-physical and socioeconomic conditions) in developing countries. A good understanding on the policy/institutional/technological gaps in developing countries concerning various urban environmental management issues such as waste management, and health and sanitation, etc. Ability to identify issues, analyze, and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources such as electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, and manage conflicting priorities. Show pride in work and in achievements; demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; persistent when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and calm even when faced with stressful situations.
Planning & Organizing: Ability to independently plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the mission of the Centre into the work programme. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Communication: Able to speak and write clearly and effectively; listen to others; correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; ask questions to clarify; exhibit interest in having two-way communication; tailor language, tone, style, and format to match audience; and demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in science, engineering, science policy or management related field (preferably related to environment or natural resources management or any development sector). A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation; previous work experience with government in areas of 3R, circular economy, resource efficiency and waste management would be an asset.
Language: The working languages of the UN Secretariat are English and French. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; . Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Knowledge of Japanese would be an asset.
Assessment: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Other: Practical knowledge of all the basic software for document production is required.


Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience. This position carries a salary ranging from JPY330,000 to JPY400,000 per month, which shall be decided based on a candidate's academic and professional backgrounds. (No commuting allowances; nor social allowances will be paid). UNCRD does not provide any costs for a candidate to move to and settle in Nagoya.


Please send a completed UN Personal History Profile (PHP) to the following address by either postal mail or e-mail, detailing relevant education and professional experiences, together with a cover letter indicating your motivation for applying for the position.
Application should reach us no later than midnight on 6 May 2019 (Japan local time).

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-001, Japan
Fax: +81-52-561-9375

Applications received after the closing date will NOT be considered.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. No individual acknowledgement will be sent.

United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

As per UN policy, Consultants and Individual Contractors may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. This restriction does not apply to associate experts (Junior Professional Officers) appointed under the Staff Rules.

No Fee: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information pertaining to applicants’ bank accounts.

Please note that this is a local post and is open only to Japanese nationals and to individuals who have a valid residential status which allows work at UNCRD. The extension of the contract is subject to availability of the funds under the project.
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