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For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’ full breadth, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
UNU-IIGH is one of 14 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-IIGH was established in 2005 to advance evidence-based policy on key sustainable development and global health issues. UNU-IIGH aims to build knowledge and capacity in global health for decision making by UN agencies, UN programmes and Member states towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to contribute to developing and strengthening health policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and support the implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “no one is left behind”.
As a neutral convener and leveraging its position within the UN, UNU-IIGH works with a network of academic, policy, and civil society experts to serve as a platform for critical thinking and exchange of knowledge and tools for policy influence and capacity strengthening. Specifically, the Institute’s work engages with policy debates and seeks pathways to reduce the impact of inequalities and marginalisation on health, health service delivery and access to health care. Critical considerations are intersections of gender, race, age and migration and the role of universal health coverage, global health governance, accountability and human rights.
UNU-IIGH is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and extensive experience in policy-relevant research to lead its work on gender and health and act as Deputy Director of the Institute working closely with the Institute Director, taking primary responsibility for managing and expanding its research programme and positioning UNU-IIGH amongst the broader UN community.
The ideal candidate is a mid-to late-career academic, researcher or technical expert in the field of global health, with a demonstrable commitment to gender equality and with experience working with the UN and/or global health organisations.
Under the leadership of the Director, the Deputy Director and Gender Lead will:
1. Lead the programme of work on Gender and Health
2. Manage resource mobilisation strategies
3. Support the overall management of UNU-IIGH
4. Facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing
5. Represent UNU and create and maintain strategic partnerships and networks
6. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director
Required qualifications and experience of the position include:
UNU offers an attractive, tax exempt compensation package including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance). Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include home leave, travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, education grant for dependent children, assignment grant and rental subsidy. For more information please see: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance.
For academic positions, the combined duration of fixed-term appointments with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 65 years.
1 January 2022 or sooner.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks, and references.
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