Director, UNU-CS

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    Macau, Special Administrative Region of China
    UTC +7

    Organizational Unit: UNU Computing and Society (UNU-CS)

    United Nations University mission

    For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 SDGs, 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.

    The Institute mission

    UNU’s research institute in Macau (UNU Computing and Society) aims to tackle the key challenges faced by developing countries in the field of computing and information technologies. To this end, the Institute seeks to enhance capacities in computing and ICTs through policy-relevant research programmes in information and communication technologies and international development. The Institute’s goal is to nurture the next generation of technologists and social scientists with the ability to participate in, shape, and benefit from the rapid development of the global information society. The research institute operates from Macao SAR, China. More information can be found at

    Responsibilities of the Director

    The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration, and programmes of the Institute, under the direction of the Rector of UNU. The Director oversees the development and strengthening of research programmes and ensures that research outputs are of the highest quality and policy recommendations are channelled effectively to the wider UN system, policymakers, and other stakeholders, in a manner that is compelling and accessible for maximum uptake and impact.

    More specifically, the Director shall:

    • direct the Institute’s programme of work
    • develop and implement a resource mobilisation strategy to diversify funding and to grow the institute
    • oversee the recruitment of personnel, research associates, fellows, and trainees of the Institute, and ensure academic excellence in all the Institute’s activities
    • promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming throughout the Institute’s research programmes
    • build partnerships with research and training institutions, think tanks, and the private sector in and outside of Asia
    • report to the Rector and Institute Advisory Board in accordance with the rules of procedure on the activities of the Institute and the execution of its programme of work

    Required qualifications

    The Director should have academic qualifications that lend to the prestige of the research institute in the international scholarly community; guarantee scientific excellence; and provide leadership and guidance for the conduct of the Institute’s activities.

    Candidates must have:

    • a distinguished record of effective administration and research programme leadership, with evidence of research excellence, growth, and cost-effectiveness
    • a strong background of research in an area of particular relevance to developing countries, such as health, education, agriculture, disaster management, or livelihoods
    • a track record of developing policy-relevant research initiatives, which can contribute to policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels
    • strong international fundraising skills and demonstrated success in securing support from funders and diversifying funding sources
    • experience in supervising researchers and supporting them to achieve scientific excellence and impact
    • demonstrated experience in sound financial and human resources management
    • the ability to interact with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds and ages, and with political representatives and communities in both industrialised and developing countries
    • proven commitment to issues of human development and welfare
    • demonstrated sensitivity to gender issues
    • fluency in English (essential); fluency in other official languages of the United Nations is desirable
    • a doctoral qualification in computer science, computer engineering, or a relevant discipline

    Applications from suitably qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged.


    Approximate net salary (free of tax) of USD 122,832, including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses, and home leave.

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    The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower category.

    Selection process

    Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a written assignment as part of the interview process. The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Rector after consultation with the Advisory Board and the Chair of the UNU Council.

    Duration of contract

    The Director shall normally serve for four years, and may be eligible for reappointment for one more term of up to four years, subject to satisfactory work performance. The conditions of service of the Director shall be determined by the Rector in accordance with University practices. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65 years.

    Starting date

    It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by July 2018.

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by email and should submit:

    • a cover letter setting out the motivations for applying for the post and how the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the post requirements
    • A full curriculum vitae (with publications list)
    • A United Nations University Personal History Form (P.11)
  • UNU Macau Director Selection Committee

    By Post:

    c/o Office of the Rector
    United Nations University Headquarters
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo 150-8925

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    +81 3 3499-2828

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