Organizational Unit: UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of 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-IIGH undertakes research, teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge related to key issues of human health. It aims to contribute to the development and strengthening of health policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH embraces an eco-social view of health that recognises its origins in ecological, economic, and social contextual factors, and adopts a systems approach to understanding and addressing health challenges. For more information, please visit http://iigh.unu.edu.
Founded in 2010, CU-PLACE is an internationally recognised multidisciplinary research institute which progresses sustainability science for more sustainable places. It operates across all three colleges of Cardiff University, and brings together leading researchers at Cardiff University in the environmental field with a commitment to place-based solutions and innovation. As a key meeting place for researchers and stakeholders, CU-PLACE examines the interdependencies and trade-offs between key resource sectors, such as energy, food, water, and waste, while working with place-based community, business, environmental, and governance interests to find solutions and adaptations to the challenges of diminishing resources and a changing climate. For more, see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/sustainableplaces/.
On 5 December 2013, the UK Chancellor announced the creation of an Emerging Powers Research and Innovation Fund of £375 million over 5 years to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging powers. The fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and its primary focus is to develop partner countries’ research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The fund covers three broad categories of activity: (i) People: capacity building, people exchange and joint centres; (ii) Programmes: research collaborations on development topics; and (iii) Translation: innovation partnerships. Under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund in Malaysia, the British Council, as one of several UK delivery partners working with the Higher Education International Unit, is aiming to run programmes in the “People” strand of Newton, in partnership with the Malaysian Industry–Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) as part of the Science to Action (S2A) initiative undertaken by the Government of Malaysia.
Cities are now the dominant human habitat, with more influence than ever on economies, environments, and health. Despite progress, intractable urban health problems persist — often the unintended consequences of decisions in other sectors. These problems carry substantial costs and are unevenly distributed. Unravelling urban complexity requires systems approaches grounded in a social-ecological understanding of health. In illuminating linkages between health and physical and social environments, such work can lead to healthier, greener, more equitable cities.
This project is funded by Newton-Ungku Omar Fund and joins partners with expertise in systems and place-based methods, urban planning, and public health to examine urban health in Malaysia. It will apply such methods to catalyse and inform urban decision-making for local health and environment goals, while developing local research capacity. In particular, two workshops will focus on 1) green infrastructure and 2) urban food as they relate to urban health.
The research officer will contribute to workshops and other research-related project goals during a one-year term, spending nine months at UNU-IIGH in Kuala Lumpur and three months at CU-PLACE in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. He or she will work with and learn from global experts in urban health and sustainability and gain valuable connections to global and regional research and policy networks.
Under the authority and guidance of the Director of UNU-IIGH and working under the direct supervision of the Project Leads at UNU-IIGH and CU-PLACE, the Research Officer will:
Required qualifications and experience include:
Desirable qualifications and experience include:
Remuneration will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This is full-time employment on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) with UNU-IIGH. Initial appointment will be for one (1) year, 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 allowance applies. Eligibility is limited to Malaysian citizens. 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 UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
This post is available from May 1st, 2017.