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).

Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration conference (Spain)

‘Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration’
UNU-GCM’s Second Conference

UNU-GCM is organizing its second conference on ‘Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration’, on 24th and 25th July 2014. It will include five sections addressing issues of: citizenship, human security, urban vulnerabilities, non-state actors in migration management and sub-Saharan migration to the Mediterranean. Alongside the academic discussions, non-academic events will address statelessness through artistic production and activities.

This conference focuses on a range of issues related to the wellbeing and recognition of people who traverse continents devoid of citizenship. Issues related to refugees remain crucially unanswered in debates and policies surrounding migration. In the wake of acknowledgement within the academy that it is not always possible to isolate refugees from migrants, this conference analyses a range of contexts where dignity and human rights are compromised through the absence of legal and political recognition. By focusing on situations of extreme vulnerability and on lives lived on the borderline, this conference seeks to articulate and address urgent needs with regard to the stateless migrants who have entered Europe.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Eduard Sagarra iTrias, ‘The Necessity of Immigration in the Globalized World’, President of the United Nations Associations of Spain (ANUE), Barcelona / University of Barcelona
Professor Khadija Elmadmad, ‘Statelessness and Migration: The Case of de facto and de jure
stateless children in Morocco’, Director of The UNESCO Centre, The Law and Migration (CUDM)

CFP – ICREA Chair at UNU-GCM

The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) can host an ICREA Chair. ICREA stands for La Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats. Expressions of interest should be made to UNU-GCM by Friday 2nd May 2014.

ICREA SENIOR CALL GUIDELINES 2014
ICREA opens 10 senior research positions.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. degree obtained preferably before 2010, with at least four years of international exposure at pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level. Only very strong candidates with an outstanding research record and excellent leadership capabilities will be considered. Successful applicants will have a permanent contract with ICREA and will work at universities or research centres in Catalonia. ICREA researchers are required to make substantial contributions to their own areas of research and have a strong impact in the Catalan research system by becoming active members and leaders of the Catalan research community. The ICREA position is not compatible with a part time permanent contract outside the Catalan research system. Scholars who have held a permanent position in the Catalan research system for longer than 12 months on the deadline of this call will not be accepted as candidates. Successful candidates will be required to join the host institution no later than September 2015. Salaries will be in line with those paid at Catalan universities. ICREA research professors will be subject to an evaluation of their research progress and general performance after a three-year period and subsequently every five years. The evaluations will be carried out by external evaluation committees that will assess scientific production as well as research activity. A positive evaluation will lead to a salary increase.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the ICREA Chair website before 2:00 pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014.

The application requires all the following items:
1. on-line form for personal and professional data, a statement on research interests (2000 characters maximum), a list of the 5 most relevant publications, a statement of purpose (3000 characters maximum).

2. A single .pdf file (maximum 15 pages and up to 4 Mb in size) containing the candidate’s CV in English.

3. Two to four reference letters in English in .pdf or .doc format. The candidate should directly ask the scholars listed in the application form to upload a reference letter using the link provided by the applicant. The reference letters must be attached before 2:00 pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. Referees may also be contacted directly by ICREA.

4.  An expression of interest document from the host institution(s)

The candidate must directly contact each institution (university or research centre in Catalonia) that he/she is interested in and obtain the institution’s acceptance. The host institution’s expression of interest form must be downloaded directly by the institution using the link provided by the applicant. At the link, the institution will find the information needed to submit the form (both electronically and by post). The form (in both formats) must be received by ICREA before 2:00pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014.

The candidate may seek acceptance at more than one institution. In this case each institution must submit a separate expression of interest form to ICREA (both electronically and by post).

Additional information:

1. New applicants may register at www.icrea.cat. Old applicants simply log in using their username and password. Candidates are requested to safely store their username and password. They will be needed to access and edit applications.

2. Applications can be edited and saved as many times as necessary before submission. Submitted applications may also be edited but please note that once submitted information in the fields Name, Surname, Date of birth, and the information about referees cannot be modified.

3. After submission of an application, the system will display a list of Host institutions and Referees with their corresponding links. The same information will be sent by e-mail to the candidate to be distributed.

4. The system allows monitoring of file uploading by referees and host institutions. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.

Website Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Website Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Website Consultant to maintain and update its websites. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s technical demands. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic 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. Web programming, graphic design, skilled communication and database administration are all elements of this position.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Website Consultant (391.44 kB)

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)

Migration Post-doc UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Visiting Researchers Programme

UNU-GCM is currently offering THREE places of three months each to post-doctoral researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with expertise in the area of statelessness and transcontinental migration. Their Visiting Researchers Programme gives qualified researchers an opportunity to research topics related to the ongoing research programme on Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration, and to participate in UNU-GCM activities. Visiting Researchers will be expected to reside in Barcelona and work from our office in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona.

Download the full details here:  icon Visiting Researchers Programme (UNU – GCM) (135.92 kB)

Administrator for UNU GCM job ad

Administrator for UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2013•12•12

UN University GCM

United Nations University objectives
The UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The mission of the UNU-GCM is to contribute to good governance, cultural diversity, democracy and human rights through a better understanding of cultural mobility and diversity in the context of globalization. It focuses on the major cultural and social phenomena of migration and media as hallmarks of the era of globalization. The institute fosters cutting-edge research in these areas at global and local levels through the lens of key cultural concepts, such as borders, gender and transnational connections and a series of structured research programmes.

Responsibilities
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-GCM and supervision of the Manager, Office of the Director, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:

Human Resources Management
*Be responsible for initiating, processing, monitoring and following up on actions related to the administration of the institute’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, relocation, promotion, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of regulations and procedures;
*Enter and maintain administrative data and records for time and attendance, performance appraisal, etc. in electronic information systems;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Budget and Finance
*Track expenses and organize the budget in consultation with the Director
*Consolidate data received and provide support to higher-level staff with respect to budget reviews;
*Review status of relevant expenditures and compare with approved budget;
*Review requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds;
*Assist in the preparation of budget performance submissions;
*Prepare statistical tables and standard financial reports;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Procurement and General Administration
*Support the full procurement activities of the institute to assist the Manager;
*Prepare, process and follow-up on administrative arrangements and forms related to the official travel of staff;
*Draft routine correspondence;
*Maintain files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation;
*Assist with the organization of conferences/workshops and all events;
*Perform other related administrative duties, as required;

Contract Administration
*Be responsible for the day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services; and
*Audit the contractors’ invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.

Required qualifications and experience
*Completion of high school diploma is required. Candidate with a university degree is highly desirable;
*At least five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in administration, finance and human resources. For candidates with a university degree, a minimum two (2) years of professional work experience in the related area is required;
*Knowledge and experience of UN system would be a definite asset;
*Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.);
*Excellent communication skills with fluency in both oral and written English, Spanish and Catalan;
*Ability to work under minimal supervision and with a high level of resilience;
*Strong ability to establish priorities, multi-task and work within tight timelines;
*A 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 be at EUR 48,000 per annum

Duration of contract
This is a full time employment position on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM that will run until 31 December 2014. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

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. The successful candidate will be responsible for paying all required local taxes.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date: As soon as possible