Outreach and Impact Officer

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    Personnel Service Agreement
    New York, USA
    UTC -5

    Organizational Unit: UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)

    About UN University

    For the past four decades, United Nations University (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.

    UN University’s Centre for Policy Research in New York is an independent think tank within the United Nations system. We combine research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.  For more information on UNU-CPR and its work, please visit http://cpr.unu.edu.

    For the last four years, UN University has worked on a variety of policy issues around the fight against modern slavery, notably data with the creation of Delta 8.7, the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform; international law and international criminal justice; and the financial sector with the creation of the Liechtenstein Initiative for a Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. UN University’s thought leadership in this field has led it to become a centre of excellence for policy-relevant research questions related to anti-slavery and anti-trafficking efforts.

    Position overview

    The Modern Slavery Programme generates innovative research into global anti-slavery policy. Our projects include:

    • Delta 8.7 – the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform
    • Code 8.7 – an initiative bringing together computational scientists and the anti-slavery movement
    • Develop 8.7 – a project focused on the role of the global development sector in fighting modern slavery
    • research into the costs and policies for ending modern slavery.

    This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to policy-oriented research projects at the UN by joining a young and dynamic think tank, which in just a few years has established itself as a key source of policy-relevant research, ideas, and advice on pressing challenges facing the UN and the multilateral system. The Outreach and Impact Officer will be responsible for managing the Modern Slavery Programme’s external stakeholder relationships, including with donors, academia and research institutes and, centrally, policy actors. As part of that role, s/he shall perform all monitoring and evaluation (M&E) related to the programme and its projects.

    About you

    You are an avid communicator with a demonstrated commitment to understanding and influencing policy processes. Your career demonstrates your interest in social issues in developing countries, and your facility with online advocacy, communications, or marketing. You are disciplined, thorough and can manage strict deadlines as well as a fast-paced work environment. You work well autonomously without constant supervision but have a record of working as part of multi-partner project teams. You thrive in multicultural and multilingual settings, enjoy innovative thinking, and are committed to gender equality.

    Responsibilities and deliverables

    The Outreach and Impact Officer will report to the Modern Slavery Programme Lead and the UNU-CPR Communications Manager and will:

    • act as the focal point for all existing and new Modern Slavery Programme external stakeholders, cultivating strong relationships with relevant groups, especially policy actors in the developing world and global research partners
    • research and establish new strategic partnerships and opportunities to ensure impact
    • be responsible for all M&E related to Modern Slavery Programme projects and the programme itself
    • be responsible for meeting programme goals relating to online and offline engagement by stakeholders
    • provide broad communications support to the programme and other projects, under the supervision of the UNU-CPR Communications Manager

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience
    • a master’s degree in communications, policy affairs, or a relevant field
    • strong communications and outreach skills with substantial previous experience in writing for diverse audiences and forms
    • demonstrated commitment to working with policy-oriented stakeholders in the developing world
    • proven track record in successfully managing stakeholder relations and donor relations
    • proven track record performing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) duties
    • an innovative approach to outreach and project management with a broad knowledge of relevant digital platforms
    • superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills
    • solid understanding of statistics, data analysis, and research methodologies
    • familiarity with issues surrounding modern slavery, human trafficking, child labour, and forced labour is desirable
    • excellent English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable
    • strong ability to establish priorities and multitask within tight timelines
    • ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
    • solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity.


    Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.

    Duration of contract

    The successful candidate shall work under an initial 1-year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance.

    Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.


  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to ms-outreach-impact@unu.edu by Monday, 8 July 2019 and include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a curriculum vitae and a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11); please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations
    • full contact information of three (3) referees

    Applications must indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement  (2019/UNU/CPR/PSA/OIO/50).