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United Nations University - WIDER
Helsinki - Finland
S: $120,000

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) is recruiting a Director.

Application deadline: 10 July 2017

The Institution: The United Nations University (UNU) brings together 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. UNU serves as a think tank for the United Nations system—it is a platform for new and creative ideas, as well as academic and policy dialogue. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide. For more information please visit

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER), located in Helsinki, Finland, is a leading global platform for development economics. The work of the Institute focuses on global issues for human development that shape policy and research needs and that are currently at the core of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Through its academic work, the Institute seeks to: (1) undertake research and policy analysis of the most pressing concerns affecting the living conditions of the world's poorest people; (2) provide a forum for knowledge sharing, discussion and debate between researchers and development professionals on how to achieve equitable, gender-balanced, and environmentally sustainable policies; and (3) offer capacity building and training for research and decision makers in economics and social development. For more information, please visit:

The Position: The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU-WIDER and has overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the Institute under the direction of the Rector of the United Nations University (UNU). The Director's qualifications should lend to UNU-WIDER the necessary prestige in the international scholarly community, guarantee scientific excellence through internal quality control and prove leadership and guidance for the conduct of UNU-WIDER activities.

Required qualifications: Doctoral qualification in Economics or a related discipline. The successful candidate must have an established track record of effective, strong, and collaborative leadership in development economics or in economics with strong social or developmental influence. In addition, he/she will have a strong background of research and publications on policy-related developmental issues. Demonstrated experience in sound financial and human resource management. A track record of developing policy-relevant research initiatives, which can contribute to policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels. Successful track record of fund raising. The capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engageothers in its implementation. A distinguished record of effective administration and research programme leadership, demonstrating excellence, growth, and cost-effectiveness. The ability to interact with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds and with political representatives and communities in both industrialized and developing countries. Proven commitment to issues of human development and welfare. Demonstrated sensitivity to gender issues. Fluency in English and at least one other official language of the United Nations is essential. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Remuneration: Approximate net salary (free of tax) of US$ 120,000, including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses and home leave. For more detailed information please visit: The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower category.

All applications must include a full curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a covering letter setting out the applicant's motivations and how his/her qualifications and experiences match the requirements of the position, and a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form, which can be downloaded at Applications must be sent to Applications may also be accepted by post at the following address:

UNU-WIDER Director Selection Committee
c/o Office of the Rector, United Nations University Headquarters 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
150-8925, Japan

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned for late September/early October of 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a written assignment as part of the interview process. It is expected that the appointee will take up the position in September 2018. The period of initial contract would be for a four-year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65.

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