Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellow

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    Personnel Service Agreement (PSA)
    Macau, Special Administrative Region of China
    UTC +7

    Organisational Unit: UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS)

    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its peoples and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue.

    UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS)

    The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) is a research institute at the intersections of information and communication technology (ICTs) and sustainable development. UNU-CS conducts UN policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU-CS encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNU-CS is situated in Macau Special Administrative Region (S.A.R), China, and it is the only UN entity in the city. The Pearl River Delta, which embraces Macau, Hong Kong, and Guangdong Province, is considered an emerging Silicon Valley due to its booming economy and technological innovations. The strategic location provides an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts to maximize the impact of their work. More information can be found at

    Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development Fellowship Programme

    UNU-CS welcomes recent PhD graduates to join us and co-create exciting research projects together. To this aim, we are establishing a Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellowship programme.

    ICTD Fellows will spend one year in residence at UNU-CS in Macau to conduct research in ICTD under the supervision of UNU-CS Principal Researchers and the Head of Research. You will conduct high quality research that can push new frontiers, deepen core research understanding, and/or offer new approaches to long-standing developmental issues in the field of ICTs and sustainable development. Your research outcomes will inform UN policy-making on issues related to ICTs and sustainable development.

    The goals of the program are to:

    • contribute to the ICTs and sustainable development research field
    • address global development issues in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • engage academic partners within the UN policy-making process
    • increase our combined research capacity, global reach, and impact
    • keep UNU-CS research abreast of new and emerging scholarship on sustainable development
    • foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community

    The selected ICTD Fellows will receive the following benefits:

    • office space in our newly renovated office building, which is part of Macau’s rich cultural heritage
    • free accommodation in UNU-CS’ staff apartment facility in the centre of Macau, a 15 minute walk from the office; you will not pay rent but utilities only (continuous residency is required)
    • economy travel to and from Macau on the first arrival and final departure
    • a stipend, competitive with local market rates

    Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, as part of the selection process.

    At the end of the fellowship programme, the ICTD Fellows are expected to jointly or independently produce research papers and a UN policy relevant outputs.

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • a Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed in a relevant discipline in the last two years
    • demonstrated experience conceptualising and carrying out desk and field research in an area relevant to the ICTD field
    • engagement in research relevant to UNU-CS’ research agendas
    • excellent command of spoken and written English


    • flexibility and the ability to work under deadlines
    • the capacity for creative solutions and out-of-the-box thinking
    • a results-driven mindset
    • great team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


    Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UN income is not subject to taxes in Macau. 

    Duration of contract

    This is a resident position on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU with the possibility for renewal of one (1) year subject to performance and funding availability.

    This is a contract position falling outside of the United Nations Common System. The successful candidate will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

    Starting date

    4th Quarter of 2019.

    Selection outcome

    Four Young ICTD Fellow positions will be filled through this recruitment exercise. An additional ten to fifteen candidates will be placed on the institute roster, which serves two purposes:

    1. If similar positions open up in the future, the roster candidates may be placed to fill the positions directly without duplicating the recruitment process.
    2. The roster candidates will be engaged by the institute on a regular basis through virtual conferences to share their research projects and/or to contribute ideas to the institute’s research agenda.


  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to by 30 June 2019, and must include the following:

    • a cover letter explaining your interest in working at UNU-CS and what unique characteristics you would bring
    • a curriculum vitae that lists your relevant experience, competencies, and publications (maximum 5 pages in length)
    • a research proposal (maximum 2500 words) responding to one (1) of the challenge questions in the attached annex document
    • two (2) letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from the UNU website (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations);

    All applications must include the subject line “Application for ICTD Fellow (Ref No: 2019/UNU/CS/PSA/ICTD/34)”

    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).

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