Research Fellow (P3)

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    UTC +9

    Organisational Unit: UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    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.

    UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    UNU-IIGH is one of 14 research and training centres that comprise the UNU system. As a UN think tank, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programmes, and Member States about global health issues. The aim of UNU-IIGH is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support 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”.

    Fellows at UNU-IIGH are expected to develop programmes of research and capacity building, with a focus on generating knowledge and informing critical policy debates across UN agencies and member states.

    To that end, we are looking for promising researchers who can work with relevant partners and stakeholders, to support new global interdisciplinary programmes in global public health that address issues of marginalisation from access to health and health care. Areas of interest include migration health, age and ageing, gender, indigeneity, rural and urban health, universal health coverage, global health governance, reproductive health, and human rights.

    For more information about specific research areas, visit  or contact for the application procedure.


    Under the supervision of the Director, the Research Fellow will:

    • contribute to the Institute’s research and policy analysis, and the publication of research outputs
    • manage research projects with external researchers and participants
    • participate in local and international research, policy, and outreach events
    • assist in preparing and implementing conference, communications, and meeting activities vis-à-vis UNU-IIGH’s target audiences
    • carry out teaching, training, and supervision within the capacity building programme of the Institute, including guidance of junior researchers and PhD students
    • draft research and management reports
    • prepare presentations and speeches for specialist and non-specialist audiences
    • perform other tasks as assigned by the Director

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • PhD in public health or related field
    • a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively senior professional work experience, including the management of research and innovation in training programmes
    • demonstrated ability to carry out and manage development research activities in an international environment
    • a proven track record of academic and policy publications
    • good knowledge of the international research and policy agenda
    • good networking and resource mobilisation skills
    • excellent communications and drafting skills, with fluency in both oral and written English; knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset
    • excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


    We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-3 level and allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.

    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

    The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that advertised.

    Duration of contract

    This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for a period of one (1) year, which can be extended subject to conditions established in the UNU guidelines, with the combined duration of fixed-term appointments not exceeding 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.

    UNU-IIGH is an equal opportunities and diversity employer and is committed to a workplace that reflects the values of diversity and inclusivity embodied by the United Nations. Applications from developing countries and from women are strongly encouraged.

    Starting date

    November 2018.

  • Information about the work of UNU-IIGH is available on the website. For specific information about the activities of UNU-IIGH not available on the website, enquiries should be sent to

    Interested applicants should submit their applications online to and must upload the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form;  please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • a list of publications
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