Research Fellow

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    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to solutions to the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

    UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

    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. 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 freely available original research. For more information on UNU-WIDER and its work programme, please visit

    UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the research and training programme of the Institute, and in particular its related activities in Mozambique.


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

    • contribute effectively to the Institute’s research and capacity building programme in Mozambique, 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-WIDER’s target audiences with a specific focus on Mozambique
    • 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 Economics, Development Economics, Political Science or a related social science field
    • a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) of progressively relevant professional work experience, including the management of research and 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 in areas related to the Institute’s research programme
    • teaching and research supervision experience
    • excellent communications and drafting skills, with fluency in both oral and written English and Portuguese or Spanish; 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-4 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, with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of fixed-term appointments shall not exceed 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.

    Starting date:

    As soon as possible.

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications online using this form and must upload the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11); please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • a list of publications
    • an up-to-date CV
    • a copy of highest educational degree obtained