Programme Assistant

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    New York, USA
    UTC -5

    Organisational 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

    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 Programme Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Programme Director and/or the Senior Adviser by providing administrative, logistics, and finance support, conducting some research as directed, as well as providing editorial and writing support.

    About you

    You are very well organised and can easily manage multiple work streams. You are a problem solver who takes on additional tasks to ensure that project administration remains on track and timelines are met. You have some experience in conducting research and analysis. You prefer working in a fast-paced, dynamic team setting to working alone. You thrive in multicultural settings and are committed to gender equality.

    Responsibilities and deliverables

    The Programme Assistant will report to the Programme Director and/or the Senior Adviser and will be expected to work across the programme’s activities, in particular to:

    • provide on-demand operational, logistical, administrative, and secretarial support to the Programme Director and the Senior Adviser
    • provide financial administration support, including payments processing, financial tracking, accounts monitoring, and other finance related activities
    • assist with the administrative logistics for events, both internal and external, including working with external vendors to make travel arrangements
    • organise and monitor programme schedules, and assist with scheduling appointments, meetings, and other events as deemed necessary
    • prepare correspondence and assist with other on-demand writing assignments related to project administration
    • assist with managing donor, research partners, and other relations
    • assist with the preparation of Powerpoint slides and project-related branding and communications materials
    • perform any other administrative and logistical duties as may be assigned or required

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in team-based research project administration;
    • minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
    • strong organisational, administrative, budget, and project management skills
    • excellent English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages is a plus
    • proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint is required
    • strong ability to establish priorities, multitask, and work 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 6-month CTC 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 by Monday, 8 July 2019 and must 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/CTC/PA/49).