UN Other

Rector (Under-secretary-general)

UN Other

Job Description

About the Organisation: UNU is the academic arm of the united nations and for the last four decades has been a go-to think tank for evidence-based research on the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. Fully funded through voluntary-contributions, UNU counts over 400 researchers in 12 countries, and its work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU maintains numerous collaborations with UN agencies, leading universities, and research centres. For more information, please visit https://unu.edu The Position: The Rector is the chief academic and Administrative Officer of the University and has overall responsibility for the direction, organization, Administration, and programmes of the University.

Required qualifications: Advanced university degree, with strong preference for a Ph.D. The successful candidate must have a prominent academic profile with evidence of high-quality research work in the course of his/her career. In addition, he/she will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary development and policymaking challenges and will have experience translating research for policy communities. Demonstrated management experience as the head of a university or research centre is required. Fluency in English is essential.

Desirable qualifications and characteristics: Established profile in the international community. Experience in managing Donor Relations and raising funds for organizations. Knowledge, appreciation of, and commitment to the principles and ideals of the United Nations. Capability to maintain close cooperation with individuals, governments, and research institutions worldwide to promote scientific cooperation. Great drive and initiative to achieve the goals of UNU. Demonstrated commitment to gender and diversity issues. Fluency in other official United Nations languages is desirable.

Start Date: It is expected that the appointee will take up the position by 1 March 2023.

Contract Duration: The appointment will be for a five-year term, with the possibility of a second term.

Remuneration: UNU offers an attractive package at the Under-Secretary-General level within the UN system, including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in Tokyo, as well as applicable additional benefits and entitlements.

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