Government Fellows

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    Consultant Contract - CTC
    Guimarães, Portugal
    UTC +9

    Unit:  UNU Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV)

    About the United Nations University (UNU)

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

    Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV)

    The central purpose of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), located in Guimarães and hosted by the University of Minho, is to support the Member States of the United Nations in transforming the mechanisms of governance and building effective governance capabilities through strategic applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to contribute to sustainable development, social inclusion, and active citizenship.

    In fulfilment of its purpose, UNU-EGOV:

    • carries out policy-relevant research
    • translates research findings into relevant policy instruments
    • builds capacity in localising and applying such instruments within and among governments, the UN system, and academic and other relevant organisations
    • builds and maintains research and policy networks to share the lessons learnt, foster mutual learning, and bridge research and policy worlds
    • monitors, evaluates, and disseminates the latest developments in the area

    For more information please visit


    UNU-EGOV is recruiting 12 Government Fellows for a period of three months to contribute to its research, projects, and activities. Three (3) Government Fellows will be recruited for every period starting on 1 October 2018, 1 January 2019, 1 April 2019, and 1 July 2019.

    Successful candidates will join international and multidisciplinary project teams supervised by UNU-EGOV staff and comprising research, postdoctoral, academic, and government fellows.

    The responsibilities will include:

    • developing real-life case studies, supported by experience of the applicant’s own organisation and research developed at UNU-EGOV
    • translating research results into relevant policy instruments
    • applying and validating the instruments in the own organisation/country
    • developing and reviewing project deliverables
    • disseminating project results in the own organisation/country
    • contributing to further development of UNU-EGOV

    The candidate’s research interests should be aligned with at least one of the following research areas of the UNU-EGOV core research programme:

    1. Managing e-governance: EGOV strategy and methodologies; EGOV diagnostic, measurement, and assessment; EGOV instruments and policies
    2. Digital transformation for sustainable governance:

    2.1. Socio economic impact of digital governance: shadow economy; administrative burden reduction (ease of doing business); EGOV and entrepreneurship ecosystem

    2.2. Smart governance for sustainable cities and communities: smart governance; smart city index; smart city platforms.

    2.3. Digital media and digital democracy: digital media and technologies for e-participation; use of   ccc technology for civic engagement.

    2.4. Digital certification and preservation of digital memory: data and information authentication,    electronic identity management (electronic identity and digital signatures).

    2.5. Emerging technologies for digital transformation of the public sphere

    1. Digital governance evolution: how to translate theories into practice; collaborative research.

    For more information about our research, please visit

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in Informatics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Management, Economics, Communication Sciences, Sociology, Law, or a related discipline
    • civil servant or international civil servant status within public administration, government or intergovernmental organisation, holding executive or professional responsibility for public sector technology, modernization and innovation
    • national- or international-level policy and project experience
    • knowledge of the public sector and public policy issues
    • fluency in spoken and written English


    Required competencies include:

    • ability to work in a team and result-orientation
    • excellent organisational and communication skills
    • ability to work in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment
    • dedication to the core UN values – integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity

    Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

    Conditions of employment

    The successful candidate shall work under a Consultant Contract (CTC) for a fixed period of three (3) months. The successful candidate will be based in Guimarães, Portugal, and will not hold international civil servant status nor will he/she be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

    A monthly payment of EUR 745 and free accommodation in Guimarães (except utility costs) will be provided. However, it is expected that the applicant’s own organisation will cover the costs related to travel between the home location and Guimarães as well as medical, life, and travel insurance.

    Starting date

    From 1 October 2018


  • Interested applicants should submit their applications (in English) by email to indicating the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/EGOV/CTC/GF/53) and must include the following:

    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; applicants must indicate in section 28 how their experience matches the requirements of the position and to which of the research areas identified above they would like to contribute. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • a curriculum vitae
    • a supporting letter from the applicants’ own organisation pledging to support the application if successful and explicitly stating the interest of the organisation in this fellowship and further collaboration with UNU-EGOV

    Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee against the required qualifications and experience. Candidates selected for the second phase will be required to submit:

    • a 15-minute self-recorded video presenting his/her organisation (objectives, structure, emblematic projects, role of the candidate within), some relevant projects in which the candidate has been involved, motivation and expectation for the fellowship

    Requests for information:


    Campus de Couros, Rua de Vila Flor 166,

    4810-445 Guimarães


    Tel.:       +351 253 510852


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