United Nations U: Communications Specialist (Japan)

“JobPrincipal Communications Specialist, Office of Communications, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: July 22, 2019.

Working under the supervision of the Head of Communications, and in close cooperation with other Office of Communications staff, the Principal Communications Specialist will:

  • co-create and support the implementation of UNU’s Global Communications Strategy

  • act as senior editor, writer, and content manager for UNU’s most-visited web properties — the flagship website and the primary research blog, Our World

  • write and edit op-eds, blogs, press releases, annual reports, newsletters, speeches, and other thought-leadership materials to promote the work of UNU

  • oversee and advise on the quality and tone of public facing content

  • source, produce, edit, and curate photography for UNU websites, print projects, events, and high-level UN Secretariat visits

  • collaborate with global development experts to transform complex academic outputs into compelling narratives, presentations, and communications products

  • curate content and develop messaging for UNU’s monthly e-newsletter INSIGHTs

  • coordinate/moderate content elements of UNU’s web/rebranding process and act as focal point/liaison between UNU communicators and content strategy vendor(s)

  • develop and lead trainings for UNU staff and students on topics including science writing and website content development

  • conduct other duties as assigned

 

Junior Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Junior Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.:2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/JRF/65
LOCATION:Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE:2015•11•15
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.

Responsibilities
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
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.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to negotiation).

Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.: 2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/RF/64
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2015•11•15
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 (migration.unu.edu)

UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Research Fellow with expertise in the broad areas specified above. Our preference will be for a researcher with expertise in legal and/or political issues relating to migration, media and mobility.

Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be closely involved in the planning and implementation of research programmes in the relevant thematic areas of UNU-GCM. This will include the following tasks:
• Attend meetings and discussions with key people related to the research projects and activities.
• Assume responsibility for the administrative duties relating to the research activities undertaken, liaising as necessary with colleagues at the Institute and un UNU Headquarters.
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the effectiveness of research workshops and other activities.
• Identify, compile, and undertake review of published and unpublished documents.
• Contribute regularly to the research outputs of UNU-GCM as agreed with the Director.
• Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of research data.
• Prepare drafts and final reports of related research projects for publication.
• Disseminate research publications locally and internationally in a variety of formats to be agreed with the Director.
• Collaborate on project planning and project administration.
• Be fully involved in the various research activities, meetings, and other work of the Institute.
• Be involved and assist in organizing capacity building activities, workshops, and conferences in the relevant research programmes of the Institute.
• Undertake supervision of postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates in the Institute.
• Reside full-time in Barcelona for the duration of the contract; some international travel may be required.
• Assist the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators for the Institute.
• Be proactive in seeking external funding for agreed research projects that fall within the scope of UNU-GCM’s research programmes.
• Show evidence of having identified and applied for relevant external funding to support research undertaken in the course of carrying out duties at UNU-GCM.
• Perform any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.

Required qualifications and experience
• A PhD degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Law, Political Science, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world; preference will be for applicants with expertise in legal and/or political theory (questions of citizenship, refugees, asylum, borders, etc.) relating to mobility, migration and/or media.
• At least two (2) to three (3) years of progressively responsible relevant postgraduate work experience.
• Be familiar with interdisciplinary research methodologies and conceptual frameworks.
• Have a sound record of scholarly publication of the above mentioned research areas.
• Have experience of working in think tanks and writing policy reports.
• Have experience in conference organization and maintaining relations with external organizations working in the areas of mobility and culture will be an advantage.
• Some administrative experience is required, since the post includes responsibilities relating to the administration of the research projects.
• 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 that fit into overarching research programme areas.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English and a working knowledge of Spanish are required. 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
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 3,500 to EUR 4,235 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 a freelancer under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes coverage for the cost of this status.

Duration of contract
This is a 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.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

N.B.: The working language of UNU is English

Communications Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Communications Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Communications Consultant. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s communication. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic Communications consultant, who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes pride in his/her work. S/He must be fluent in English, with a good command of Spanish and Catalan. The ability to build strong links with mainstream media and press in Catalonia, elsewhere in Spain and more internationally, is an important element of this position, as is the ability to project the work of UNU-GCM internationally. Familiarity with social media is also required.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Communications Consultant (388.63 kB)

New UN University

“A new United Nations University to be opened in Barcelona in 2012 will strive to bridge the knowledge gap between different civilizations and develop postgraduate courses focused on cross-cultural dialogue in areas such as education, youth, media and migration. A select group of experts in cross-cultural communication from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Arab world and Asia, along with the United Nations University (UNU) staff gathered in the Spanish city June 1-3, 2011 to identify areas of research, postgraduate teaching and knowledge transfer to be undertaken by the new institution.

To be known as the International Institute on the Alliance of Civilizations (IIAOC) the new institution will be located at the Sant Pau historic site in Barcelona. It will be funded by the Spanish Government and the state government of Catalonia with the Ministry of Education guaranteeing funding of 2 million Euros a year from 2013 onwards for an initial period of four years. An international search for its first director is underway, who is expected to be appointed by the end of 2011. IIAOC will contribute to reinforcement of peace by reflecting upon a future of tolerance, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures…

“Intercultural dialogue is not easily achieved and it involves cultivating our human and ethical potential,” noted Fred Dallmayr from the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He said the ancients called it a culture of virtues which includes temperance, wisdom and justice. “In today’s culture we need to have another virtue, the openness to different ideas, different voices, different languages and the virtues of what Indians call — karuna — compassion. These are virtues we have to study, cultivate and train ourselves to practice,” he said.

Prof Ramin Jahanbegloo, political scientist from the University of Toronto, argued that what is being built is an institution which is not clash oriented but dialogue oriented. “The question is not about who are the dialogue partners, but at what point the dialogue partners start to talk and work together on issues that often cause debate,” he argued.”

For further information, see the original posting in IDN-InDepthNews/06.06.2011