Organizational Unit: UNU Maastricht Social and Economic Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
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.
UNU-MERIT explores the social, political, and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on creation, diffusion, and access to knowledge, as well as all aspects of governance in domestic and global organisations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design, and evaluation. UNU-MERIT functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for over 80 PhD fellows and 100 master’s degree students, and as a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation, and democratic governance. In addition to doing policy-relevant research, the institute trains specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organisations.
The institute’s research and training programme focuses on the following eight themes:
For more information, in particular on the details of the research themes, please visit http://www.merit.unu.edu.
UNU-MERIT works in close partnership with Maastricht University. In particular, the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) has integrated its activities into UNU-MERIT, including the master’s and PhD programmes, and all research activities. For more information on MGSoG, see http://mgsog.merit.unu.edu.
Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-MERIT, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
Required qualifications and competencies include:
We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-3/P-4/P5 level and allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change. The pay level of the successful candidate will be commensurate to their level of experience, and will be consistent with the general staff categories of the United Nations (https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SC).
The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the UN Common Systems, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses, and home leave. For more information, please visit www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm.
The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that is advertised.
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The period of initial appointment will be for one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance, up to a maximum of six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 65 years.
Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
As soon as possible.
Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and must include the following:
The application must also indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/MERIT/FTA/RF/02).