The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers graduate education in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.
UNESCO-IHE has a permanent staff of 180, of which 90 are scientific staff, while about 250 guest-lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programme. Each year 750 participants (incl. about 200 new MSc students per year) from all over the world attend the various regular and short courses at UNESCO-IHE. The institute has an international staff & student community with English as working language
The Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department provides post-graduate education and training in the areas of water management and hydro-informatics to professionals with backgrounds in engineering, the natural and social sciences and management, carries out research in these fields and supports the development of education and research capacity in universities and other knowledge centres in the developing countries and countries in transition.
Because of replacement the department is now looking for a
Lecturer in Environmental Planning and Management
(m/f) – 1.0 fte
Within the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Water Management Chairgroup has an opening for a lecturer position in the field of environmental planning and management with a focus on Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in relation to water sector policies, plans and programmes.
The staff member is expected to contribute to the chairgroup’s education, research, and capacity development activities in the field of environmental planning and management. The staff member will have to teach in this area of expertise at graduate level in the Environmental Science MSc programme and will be expected to supervise MSc thesis students.
• He/she in particular takes responsibility for the subject of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in relation to water sector policies, plans and programmes.
• A key responsibility will be the coordination and implementation of the new EIA/SEA module of the Environmental Science MSc programme. As the subject is relevant institute-wide the staff member is expected to actively coordinate EIA/SEA related activities within the institute, and initiate education, research, and capacity development activities. Such activities are often carried out with partners in developing and transition countries as well as western countries.
• With respect to the latter the staff member will be the UNESCO-IHE contact person for the cooperation with the Netherlands Commission of Environmental Assessment (NCEA), and will be encouraged to actively seek collaborative projects.
• The staff member must be prepared to carry out short-term missions abroad.
The successful candidate:
• has a PhD degree in a field relevant to environmental and / or water planning and management;
• is interested both in the academic aspects of environmental planning and management as well as in its application and in related capacity building activities supporting sustainable water sector development in developing and transition countries;
• has some background and experience in EIA / SEA in relation to water sector policies, plans and programmes and is interested in further developing this subject;
• is interested in strengthening the institute’s professional network with southern and transition countries in EIA/SEA, as well as with key western partners;
• some university teaching experience is an advantage;
• preferably has working experience in developing countries and/or countries in transition;
• is fluent in English, and preferably also in another major language;
• takes initiative, is a team player and is motivated to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
Terms of employment
This position is, in principle, a permanent one. Following 2 consecutive temporary contracts, candidates will be considered for a permanent contract after 3 years. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands. A competitive salary (grade 10) is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities. The appointment implies entry into the Netherlands’ Civil Service Pension Fund (ABP). Candidates must be prepared to carry out short-term missions abroad.
Information and application
Additional information about the nature of this vacancy can be obtained from the Dr. Wim Douven, coordinator of the Environmental Planning and Management Specialisation (T: +31 (0)152151712 or E: email@example.com), Head of Department, Head of the Water Management Chair Group, Professor Pieter van der Zaag (T: +31 (0)152151829 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Applications (in English), should respond specifically to the requirements, and can be sent until 1 May 2015 (closing date) including curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, motivation letter and the names and contact details of two contactable referees (as one PDF file with your family name as the filename), to UNESCO-IHE, attn. Human Resource Management (E: email@example.com ), PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating vacancy-number 15-IWSG-02
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