Research Fellow (P-3/P-4) Development Policy for United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
Specifications - (explanation)
|Location||Maastricht, The Netherlands|
|Function types||Research, Development, Innovation|
|Hours||40.0 hours per week|
|Job number||AT 2013/UNU/MERIT/FTA/RF/DP/24|
Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-MERIT, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
- Contributing to the research programmes of UNU-MERIT by carrying out research projects and publishing in international academic journals;
- Engaging in the debate on development policy in the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide, by interacting with (local) policymakers;
- Performing fund-raising tasks of research projects in the field of the Institute;
- Coordinating outreach activities (publications, workshops etc.) in the field of the Institute; and
- Performing other related tasks as assigned by the Director.
- A PhD in a discipline relevant to the Institute’s programme;
- A minimum of three (3) years, post-PhD, of progressively relevant work experience in managing research programmes in academia, research or other organisations. Professional experience in teaching would be an asset;
- Proven strong research background and publications in areas related to the Institute’s programme;
- Good knowledge of the research and policy agenda on development in The Netherlands and abroad;
- Experience in managing and seeking research funding from donors and international funding agencies would be an asset;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch. Knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset;
- Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Conditions of employment
We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-3/P-4 level commensurate to level of experience and allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the UN Common Systems, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses and home leave. For more information, please visit www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm.
The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that is advertised.
This is a full time fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for a period of two (2) years with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 62 years.
Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
Starting Date: As soon as possible.
Contract type: Temporary, 2 years.
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. 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-MERIT explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on creation, diffusion and access to knowledge, as well as all aspects of governance in domestic and global organizations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation. UNU-MERIT functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for over 80 PhD fellows and 100 Master’s students, and as a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance. In addition to doing policy-relevant research, the Institute trains specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organizations. The Institute’s research and training programme focuses on the following seven themes:
- The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
- Poverty, Social Protection and Inclusive Innovation
- Economic Development, Innovation and Governance
- Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
- Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy
- Migration and Development
- Governance and Learning in ICT-enabled Communities.
For more information, in particular on the details of the research themes, please visit www.merit.unu.edu
UNU-MERIT works in close partnership with Maastricht University. In particular, the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) has integrated its activities into UNU-MERIT, including the Master and PhD programmes, and all research activities. For more information on MGSoG, visit mgsog.merit.unu.edu.