United Nations University (UNU)

United Nations University New York

Job description

About United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’ full breadth, 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. For more information, please visit (link)

About United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) in New York is one of 13 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-CPR combines research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

The UNU-CPR Global Fellows will work to integrate researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in new and ongoing research projects that shape multilateral policymaking processes. Candidates who are focused on Migration and Inequality are invited to apply for one 6-month Fellowship, which may be remote. The Fellow will help support ongoing research projects at UNU-CPR, working closely with an appointed senior researcher within the Centre. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to develop and test their own research proposals with potential donors.

Candidates from underrepresented groups – including those who are the first in their family to attend higher education, underserved communities, or those from conflict-affected areas – are particularly encouraged to apply.

Terms of Reference

  • Conduct research work related to delivery of research in the Equitable Development and Migration (EDM) Pillar, focusing in particular on the relationships between migration, inequality and delivery of the SDGs in the context of the Global South.
  • Assist with delivery of background research and literature reviews on migration and inequality to support academic publications and policy reports.
  • Support delivery of EDM’s new migration policy seminar series, hybrid events held quarterly in New York and Geneva, and other events as appropriate.
  • Monitor the delivery of project outputs (reports, blogs, articles) and related activities, including through liaison with researchers, authors and organizations as appropriate.
  • Support the development of research proposals on topics relevant to the work of the Pillar, for example, environmental/climate migration, the Humanitarian Development Peace nexus, protracted displacement.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Inclusion — take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity
  • Integrity — act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards
  • Humility — demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others
  • Humanity — act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet


  • Connect and collaborate — build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN
  • Analyse and plan — seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action

  • Deliver results with positive impact — hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves
  • Learn and develop — pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others
  • Adapt and innovate — demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways


  • Degree or postgraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: geography, development studies, law, economics, politics or other relevant subject is required
  • Good computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required
  • Knowledge of migration or inequality issues is required
  • Experience with conducting background research and literature reviews
  • Experience with events organisation is an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Duration of contract

The successful candidate will be retained under a Consultant Contract (CTC) as a Global Fellow – Migration and Inequality for six months. Consultants engaged by UNU may not provide services for more than twenty-four (24) months in a thirty-six (36) month period.

Proposed payment schedule

Lump sum payment of USD1,000 will be made on a monthly basis, inclusive of all fees.

​Travel considerations

Should “mission travel” be required, UNU will pay for travel. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, completion of the BSAFE online course, travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

Travel cost will be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals must not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at (link)).

Expected start date: 1 October 2022

How to Apply:

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

  • Apply via the apply link;
  • fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);
  • provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form); and
  • answer a few questions that are tailored to the position.

You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2022


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or a competency-based interview, background checks and references.

Special notice

Consultants/Fellows do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

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. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged.

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.

Information about UNU rosters

UNU reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNU at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Tags: civil servants, conflict prevention, displacement, inequality, migration policy, sdgs