Organisational Unit: UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
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 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.
UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. The Institute began operations in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency — providing a range of services from policy advice to governments, as well as original research that is ‘open access’. More information on UNU-WIDER’s current work programme, is available at: www.wider.unu.edu.
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the 2019–2023 research programme as well as the training programme and communication activities of the Institute. Further information on the 2019–2023 work programme is provided below.
Current plans for the 2019-2023 UNU-WIDER research programme centre on three key development challenges: i) Transforming Economies; ii) Transforming States and iii) Transforming Societies, with three cross-cutting concerns: a) Fragility and Risk; b) Empowerment and c) Knowledge and Capacity. Specific sub-topics to be covered in the work programme include: informality; productive job creation; public expenditure and tax incidence; the causes and consequences of state ineffectiveness; market failures and ways to correct or compensate for them; the management of natural resource wealth; womens’ economic and social empowerment; social mobility; migration; and environment, energy, and climate.
Under the supervision of the Director of the Institute, the Research Associate will:
Monthly remuneration of EUR 5,500.00 subject to submission of reports to the Director on the tasks accomplished at the end of each quarter during the contract period on 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December. It is inclusive of a housing subsidy of EUR 500.00 payable to applicants not residing in Finland/citizens of Finland.
The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. No relocation allowance applies.
UNU has its own medical insurance for employees contracted under a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA).
This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-WIDER with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.
As soon as possible
Interested applicants should submit their applications online using this form and must upload the following:
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