Junior Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
Organizational Unit: UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
United Nations University objectives
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching, 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.
UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), in Barcelona, is a Research Centre focusing on the key areas of globalization, culture, and mobility. As such, it follows a structured research focus on globalization, culture, and mobility through the implementation of key research programmes. These include a focus on the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on both shores, as well as on the global north and south. Research programmes underway and in the pipeline at UNU-GCM focus on migration, media, and intercultural dialogue; statelessness and transcontinental migration; female agency, mobility, and sociocultural change; migration and crisis; diasporas: and peoples, places, and cultures.
Research programmes comprise a series of inter-related research projects, undertaken by Research Fellows, each with specific outputs that aim to inform policymaking, to contribute to existing scholarship in the relevant areas, to act as a resource for the UN system, and to work in partnership with wider academic and non-academic communities (locally and globally). UNU-GCM actively supports the dissemination of knowledge and information through a variety of publications and visual means.
Research Fellows engage actively in a range of projects, to be agreed with the Director, aimed at producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge, as well as at informing the formation of policy. They actively take part in the UNU Migration Network.
UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Junior Research Fellow with interest and expertise in the broad areas specified above.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be entrusted with the following tasks:
• Event coordination: supporting the organisation of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events, and taking minutes at institutional meetings.
• Conference organization: providing assistance during annual conference planning, including communication with speakers and participants, helping to plan the schedule, drafting the programme, and other logistical support.
• Communications: preparing and disseminating information on events, publications, and announcements on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and institutional mailing lists.
• Web content: writing and posting articles, announcements, and events on the Institute´s website and the UNU Migration Network website.
• Research: carrying out a research project, to be agreed with Director, in the field of the annual theme and producing agreed outputs, including online articles, policy reports, and an academic article.
• Administration: engaging proactively in offering administrative support as needed to the Institute’s administrative team, as assigned by the Director.
• Orviding assistance with drafting the Institute’s annual reports and other related documents.
• Acting as liaison with UNU’s Communications Office, and drafting of news items, posts, etc. on UNU-GCM’s behalf.
• Performing any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.
Required qualifications and experience
• Postgraduate qualifications in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Law, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world.
• A strong academic record of postgraduate study in the above mentioned research areas.
• Demonstrable interest in pursuing academic and policy-oriented research in line with the Institute’s research focus.
• Demonstrable ability to work to deadlines, manage the agreed workload, and prioritize duties according to the institute’s needs.
• Fluency with social media is an absolute requirement, as is the ability to manage this in a timely and appropriate way.
• Good knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Be proactive, imaginative, and dynamic, willing to engage fully in the work of the Institute and to work in a team, being involved with all aspects of the Institute’s work, as well as to produce research scholarship and policy reports of the highest level.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English. Working knowledge in Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 2,066 to EUR 2,500 per month. There are no other financial allowances of benefits.
The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging their tax liabilities, taking into account the fact that the contract signed with UNU will categorize them as freelancers under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes cover for the cost of this status.
Duration of contract
This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to negotiation).