Programme Officer

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Organizational Unit: UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of 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.

    UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    UNU-IIGH undertakes research, teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge related to key issues of human health. The aim is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. 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) of “no one is left behind”.

    We are looking for outstanding individuals with a strong commitment to customer service and the potential to bring a significant contribution to the worldwide expansion of UNU’s operations

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    The Programme Officer will support the Directorate of UNU-IIGH in the overall management, coordination, and implementation of its activities, as well as in the programme and institutional development of the Institute. The Programme Officer’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

    • take primary accountability for the management of projects and coordination of reporting timelines and outcomes
    • identiy and source project resources, including monitoring of agreements with external partners and funders
    • establish systems to lead and manage project/programme teams with a focus on timely and efficient project delivery
    • identify programmatic risks and establish effective controls and mitigation strategies
    • ensure compliance of programmes with national and UN regulations
    • coordinate reporting and contributions to other internal UNU processes, including the annual reports of IIGH
    • provide support in the strategic management of the programmes of the Institute
    • provide support in the drafting of project proposals, presentations, summaries, and other documentation related to the work of the institute
    • organise the meetings of the UNU-IIGH advisory board and manage all related documentation
    • organise international seminars, conferences, training courses, and other events

    Minimum qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in public health, health policy, international development or other disciplines related to the mission or activities of the Institute
    • at least three (3) years of project management experience at progressively higher levels of responsibilities, preferably in an academic institution, research think-tank, international organisation or NGO
    • excellent communication skills, including writing, editing, and preparing documents
    • evidence of organisational skills, preferably in a research or higher education
    • ability to work in a multicultural environment
    • fluency in spoken and written English and proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia

    Highly desirable

    Other desirable qualifications include:

    • knowledge of the United Nations and of its functions
    • experience of policy-focused research
    • strong IT skills and experience of MS Office software
    • knowledge of one of the other official languages of the United Nations


    Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience per suitability of candidates, and starts at the NO-A level of the National Professional Officer salary scale for Malaysia duty station in the United Nations Common System salary scale, plus benefits. For more information, please visit

    The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised post.

    Duration of contract

    This is a full-time position. The initial appointment will be for a period of two (2) years, with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to requirement and satisfactory work performance. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 65 years.

    This is a locally recruited position; no relocation expenses or allowances apply.

    UNU-IIGH is an equal opportunities and diversity employer and is committed to a workplace that reflects the values of diversity and inclusivity embodied by the United Nations. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible.

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (, and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out: (1) the motivations for applying for the post, and (2) how the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form ;please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • full contact information of three referees
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/IIGH/FTA/PO/91)
  • By Post:

    Director, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
    HUKM Complex, Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    By Email:

    By Fax:

    +60 (03) 9171 5402

    (All applications will be acknowledged)