The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations and for the last four decades has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 SDGs, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions.
The Senior Vice-Rector will assist the Rector in ensuring the overall integration and coherence of UNU academic activities. In particular, the Senior Vice-Rector will be charged with seeking to strengthen collaboration between UNU and the Japanese academic community. S/he will also be a key interlocutor with Japanese government ministries to enhance knowledge of and support for UNU’s research and postgraduate teaching activities. The Senior Vice-Rector will take the lead on fundraising from Japanese and other sources for UNU.
In consultation with the Rector, the Senior Vice Rector might operate full-time out of UNU, or work there part-time while maintaining some professional activities within another university or institution.
Required qualifications and experience for the position are:
Desirable qualifications and experience for the position include:
UNU is an inclusive employer and endeavors to create a culture of inclusiveness. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates or underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.
Approximate net annual salary of US$135,891 (for the full-time position) including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of United Nations entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses, and home leave.
For more specific information please visit: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/index.html. The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower category and on either a part-time or full-time basis.
The period of initial contract is for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal, up to a maximum of 8 years, and subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 1 April 2021.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and should submit:
Individuals who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
All United Nations staff members are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. Senior leaders in particular, have the responsibility to serve as role models in upholding the organisation’s ethical standards. A conflict of interest occurs when, by act or omission, a staff member’s personal interests interfere with the performance of his/her official duties and responsibilities, or call into question his/her integrity, independence and impartiality. Risk for conflicts of interest may arise from a staff member’s engagement in outside (non-UN) employment or occupation; outside activities, including political activities; receipt of gifts, honours, awards, favours or remuneration from external (non-UN) sources; or personal investment. In particular, no staff member shall accept any honour, decoration, favour, gift or remuneration from any Government (staff regulation 1.2 (j)). Where a real or perceived conflict of interest does arise, senior leaders are obligated to disclose this to the organisation without delay. In order to avoid real or perceived family influence or preferential treatment and conflicts of interest that could stem from such situations, the UN Staff Rules provide that appointments “shall not be granted to anyone who is the father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister of a staff member” (staff rule 4.7(a)).
Short-listed individuals will also be required to complete the pre-appointment declaration of interests for senior positions to identify possible conflicts of interest that may arise and to proactively prevent and manage, as much as possible and in a timely manner, situations in which personal interests may conflict or appear to conflict with interests of the United Nations, should the individual be appointed to this position.
UNU Senior Vice-Rector Selection Committee
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