The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.
For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’ full breadth, 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-IIGH is one of 14 research and training institutes that comprise the UNU system. UNU-IIGH was established in 2007 to advance evidence-based policy on key issues related to sustainable development and global health. UNU-IIGH aims to build knowledge and capacity in global health for decision making by UN agencies, UN programmes and Member states towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and support the implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. The 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), that “no one is left behind”.
As a neutral convener and leveraging its position within the UN, UNU-IIGH works with a network of academic, policy, and civil society experts to serve as a platform for critical thinking and exchange of knowledge and tools for policy influence.
Research Leads at UNU-IIGH are expected to develop and lead programmes of research and capacity building, focusing on generating knowledge and informing critical policy debates across UN agencies and member states.
UNU-IIGH seeks to appoint a Research Lead to continue a programme of work on “capacity strengthening for local decision making”, building on the core programming that is currently focused on implementation research and health systems research.
Despite the ever-growing suite of health interventions and technologies (for disease control, addressing gender equity, for improving access to effective health systems, enhancing primary health care and community engagement, etc.) demonstration of desired impact remains limited. UNU-IIGH has built a network of strategic partnerships to support research capacity, particularly in low- and middle-income settings where health systems often lack established mechanisms for high quality data collection, analytics, and translation, and the multidisciplinary capacity to engage with challenges using intersectional analyses.
The UNU-IIGH capacity strengthening programme engages with partners and key stakeholders, including in Malaysia, across academic, civil society, government and policy making communities, to develop training materials, conduct workshops, and develop knowledge products to promote the use of evidence within the policy making process. Critically, the programme promotes perspectives from the “Global South” and is oriented towards addressing implementation challenges related to gender and intersecting inequalities.
Under the leadership of the Director, the Research Lead will:
Required qualifications and experience include:
UNU offers an attractive, tax exempt compensation package including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance). Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan, and health insurance scheme. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include home leave, travel, and removal expenses on appointment and separation, education grant for dependent children, assignment grant and rental subsidy.
The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that advertised.
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance, 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 Rector’s authority. They may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.
UNU-IIGH is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.
Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. Eligible internal applicants are encouraged to apply.
UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
1 October 2021.
Interested applicants should submit their applications online to email@example.com and must upload the following:
Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this position.