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Located in Caracas, Venezuela, UNU-BIOLAC was established in 1988. UNU-BIOLAC is a capacity development programme in biotechnology which belongs to the UNU system.
The programme’s main goal is to provide tools to facilitate the training and research in biotechnology thus contributing to the economic and social development of the Latin American region. These actions are taken keeping a balance between science, technology and modern society.
The creation of UNU-BIOLAC was considered as a first step in the establishment of an international institute for the development of biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean with headquarters located in Venezuela.
Under the supervision of the UNU-BIOLAC Coordinator, and in close cooperation with the Senior Assistant to the Coordinator, the Junior Assistant will assist in the operative tasks of the office, such as:
Required qualifications and experience of the position include:
The successful candidate will be employed under a local PSA contract and no relocation allowances apply. UNU offers an attractive compensation package, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include annual leave and a health insurance scheme.
UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of PSA holders.
The duration of the initial contract is 6 months. This is Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration on a PSA contract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for PSA holders is 65 years.
As soon as possible.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks and references.
UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.
PSA holders do no hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
UNU 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 organization. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. Eligible internal applicants are also encouraged to apply.
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