This position offers a rare opportunity to contribute to evidence-based policy innovation at the United Nations 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 United Nations University is contributing to the growing debate at and beyond the UN on how to develop global policies to encourage effective, ethical, and socially beneficial development and deployment of new cyber-technologies. This has included drafting a discussion paper for the UN Chief Executives Board on cyberspace. The Research Fellow will play a key role in further developing the work of the University on these issues.
The 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, and serves as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue. In addition to UNU Headquarters, located in Tokyo, UNU has established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide.
The Research Fellow will operate from UNU’s presence in New York. For the first 6 months of 2018, this will be the established UNU Office in New York. In July 2018, that Office will merge with the UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), previously in Tokyo. UNU-CPR is an innovative think tank situated within the UN system while enjoying full research independence granted by the UNU Charter. Its mission is to generate policy-relevant research that informs major UN policy processes in the fields of peace and security, sustainable development, and migration.
For more information on UNU-CPR and its work, please visit http://cpr.unu.edu.
You are deeply interested in the rapidly shifting role of cyberspace and artificial intelligence in international relations and global governance, as well as in the role of the multilateral system in helping to foster effective global governance of “frontier” technologies. You are willing to undertake deep-dive research of these issues, drawing from a range of academic sources and policy outlets, and have the track record to prove it. You are a first-class researcher and writer. You work well under direction, but can also execute tasks autonomously. You are comfortable working in high-paced, multicultural environments, Diversity brings out your curiosity, and you are highly sensitized to gender issues.
Working with the Head of Office, the Research Fellow will develop a policy research progamme on the global governance of new technologies, with a particular focus on cyber-enabled technologies.
Under the supervision of the Head of Office, the Research Fellow’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:
Required qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
The successful candidate shall work under a Personnel Services Agreement (PSA) for a fixed period of 1 year, with the possibility of renewal. The combined duration of appointments under PSA shall not exceed six (6) years.
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. Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
New York, with the possibility of some remote work
Interested applicants should submit their applications by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and must include the following:
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