UNU is the academic arm of the United Nations and for the last four decades has been a go-to think tank for evidence-based research on the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. Fully funded through voluntary-contributions, UNU counts over 400 researchers in 12 countries, and its work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU maintains numerous collaborations with UN agencies, leading universities, and research centres.
The United Nations University is recruiting a new Rector. The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration, and programmes of the University. The Rector is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO. The position carries the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and requires extensive overseas travel.
Required qualifications include:
Desirable qualifications and characteristics include:
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 1 March 2023.
The initial appointment will be for a five-year term, with the possibility of a second term.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. UNU is committed to achieving gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. The university has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination.
UNU offers an attractive package at the Under-Secretary-General level within the UN system, including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in Tokyo. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance, and applicable additional benefits and entitlements.
Interested candidates should email their applications in English to the UNU Rectorship Nominating Committee at email@example.com by no later than 15 July 2021.
The application must contain the following supporting documents:
Human rights screening
Individuals who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if
short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor
prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission
of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
Conflicts of interest
All United Nations staff members are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency,
competence, and integrity. Senior leaders in particular, have the responsibility to serve as role models
in upholding the organisation’s ethical standards. Short-listed individuals will also be required to
complete the pre-appointment declaration of interests for senior positions to identify possible conflicts
of interest that may arise and to proactively prevent and manage, as much as possible and in a timely
manner, situations in which personal interests may conflict or appear to conflict with interests of the
United Nations, should the individual be appointed to this position.
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