Research Assistant – Migrant Tech

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    Personnel Service Agreement
    Macau, China
    UTC +8

    About United Nations University

    United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples, and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building—particularly in developing countries—as well as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue. For more information please visit

    About United Nations University Institute in Macau (UNU-CS)

    UNU-CS is a research institute at the intersections of information and communication technology (ICT) and international development. The Institute conducts policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU Institute in Macau encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    One of the institute’s missions is to nurture the next generation of interdisciplinary computing, information, and social scientists and engineers to be thought leaders in the field of ICT for development. To this end, the institute seeks to build a team of experts to help deliver the institute’s mission and work plan.

    UNU Institute in Macau is situated in the Macau Special Administrative Region (S.A.R), China and it is the only UN entity in the city. Macau is one of the most dynamic regions in Asia, where technological innovations have become an integral part in driving social and economic development. A large ecosystem of private sector companies and technological start-ups are just a short distance away. Macau’s close proximity to China, Hong Kong S.A.R and other Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asian countries, provides an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts to maximise the impact of their work. More information can be found at


    Apprise investigates the use of ICTs to assist potential victims of human trafficking, forced labor, and other forms of labor exploitation to identify themselves to frontline responders and enhance their conditions. To understand how ICTs can be leveraged to support potential victims, this research aims to answer the following questions:

    1. How do NGOs and frontline responders currently identify victims of human trafficking, and what problems do they believe there are in this method?
    2. What access do potential victims, NGOs, and frontline responders have to ICTs, and what factors enable and constrain their use?
    3. What ICT tools would enable migrant workers to self-identify as a victim of human trafficking?
      More information about Apprise is available at


    Under the guidance and direct supervision of the hosting Principal Research Fellow and the Director, successful candidates shall be entrusted with the following tasks:

    • research; carrying out research projects and assist in the production of agreed outputs including articles, policy reports, and other materials
    • communications; preparing and disseminating information on research, events, publications, and announcements on social media and institutional mailing lists
    • web content: writing and posting articles, announcements, and events on the institute’s website
    • event and conference coordination; supporting the organisation of projects, lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events
    • administration; engaging proactively in offering administrative support as needed to the institute’s administrative team, as assigned by the Director and the administrative manager
    • reside full-time in Macau for the duration of the contract; some international travel may be required
    • performing any other tasks as may be assigned by the hosting Principal Research Fellow or the Director of the institute

    Required qualifications and competencies

    Required qualifications and competencies include:

    • a master’s degree in the areas relevant to social sciences, such as (but not limited to) international studies or International politics with at least one year of research experience
    • experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
    • experience in undertaking research, particularly preference for participatory action research
    • technically minded, with proven experience administering a computer system
    • a good track record in writing / co-authoring research publications
    • passion for the mission of the United Nations and UNU in Macau; in particular, passion and experience in the field of human trafficking and labor exploitation
    • willing to engage proactively, creatively, and imaginatively with the work of the Institute
    • excellent communication skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English
    • the ability to engage actively, creatively, and imaginatively for the benefit of UNU in Macau research
    • good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
    • flexibility and the ability to work under deadlines; creative solutions, and out-of-the-box thinking; result driven
    • great team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

    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 organisation.

    UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.


    Remuneration will be at MOP$16,465 per month and rent-free housing (excluding utilities) as living support will be offered to the selected candidate.
    UN income is not subject to taxes in Macau. The contractor will be responsible for paying local taxes and other fiscal obligations.

    This is a locally recruited post; no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) and will not hold international civil servant status, nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

    Duration of contract

    This is a full-time position on a short-term Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract for six (6) months with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to performance and funding availability. The combined duration of appointments under PSA contract is not exceeding six (6) years.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible.


  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to by 16 December 2019, and must include the following:

    • a cover letter in English, setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a curriculum vitae in English with a list of your relevant research experience and publications
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • the subject line “Application for Research Assistant – Migrant Tech (Ref No: 2019/UNU/CS/PSA/RAMT/82)”

    Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered and only short-listed candidates will be offered the opportunity to interview for this position.