About the United Nations University
For the past four decades, the 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 Sustainable Development Goals, 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.
The UNU 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.
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 Project Assistant will provide administrative and research support to two innovative projects, one related to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the other related to emerging cybertechnologies.
You are very well organised and can easily manage multiple work streams. You are innovative and a problem solver who takes on additional tasks to ensure that project administration remains on track and timelines are met. You may have some experience in conducting research. You work well in a team setting, but can also execute tasks autonomously without constant supervision. You thrive in multi-cultural settings, enjoy innovative thinking and are committed to gender equality.
The Project Assistant will work closely with the Director, the Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies, and the Adviser to the Director in conducting logistical, secretarial, finance-related, and administrative assignments in support of two projects: one dealing with the role of the financial sector in ending modern slavery and human trafficking, and the other relating to emerging cybertechnologies. Depending on the specific qualifications of the successful candidate, s/he may also provide some writing and research support.
The Project Assistant will be expected to:
Required qualifications and experience
Required qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications 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.
Please note that applicants need to have prior authorisation to work in the United States. UNU is not able to sponsor a visa for this position.
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to [email protected] by 22 October 2018 and include the following: