DescriptionAbout the UN University (UNU) The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU’s mission 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, United Nations University (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, 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. United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) The UNU-EGOV, based in the city of Guimarães, north of Portugal, is one of 14 research and training Institutes and Units that comprise the UNU system. The mission of UNU-EGOV is to support the Member States of the United Nations in transforming the mechanisms of governance and building effective governance capabilities through strategic applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to contribute to sustainable development, social inclusion and active citizenship. As a think tank and research unit, UNU-EGOV combines both classical research and consultancy projects. The UNU-EGOV Core Research Programme 2020-2024 is dedicated to the theme of “Governance and digital transformation for inclusive, resilient and sustainable societies”. It aims to consolidate and exploit the existing knowledge as well as to explore new learning to reach inclusion, development, sustainability and security worldwide. Furthermore, it investigates the current and new digital governance challenges for a resilient society. Research topics approached in the Core Research Programme include: Governance models and strategies for digital transformation of the public sector and society at large;Smart and sustainable cities and communities;Standards and regulatory issues related to interoperability, usability, data and privacy protection;Technology-enabled innovation including models, capacities and specific emerging concepts and technologies;Big data and AI including data capture, maintenance and data exchange;Technological service delivery, administrative burden reduction and anti-corruption, etc. For more information, please visit Responsibilities Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of UNU-EGOV, the Senior Research Analyst ensures the execution of the following attributions: 1. Plan and conduct policy-relevant EGOV research according to high-level academic standards: Participate in the elaboration of research plans;Develop qualitative and quantitative research framed in the UNU-EGOV overall scientific domain;Publish regularly in relevant journals and conference series. 2. Translate EGOV research findings into relevant policy instruments: Develop and document research bridges towards the definition and implementation of policy instruments;Reach the relevant actors (persons, institutions, networks) in the society at large and involve them in this effort;Disseminate such bridges through the relevant communication channels, including the publication of position papers, opinion articles, and dissemination notes in the media and social media. 3. Coordinate other researchers, namely research associates, and proactively help in their career development programmes: Promote academic and social integration of staff and collaborators in the UNU-EGOV context;Plan, guide the execution, and revise research/academic activities of junior staff. 4. Plan and conduct landscape, trend and other studies on the frontiers of EGOV research and policy: Organise, develop and coordinate this kind of studies;Participate actively in their discussion and dissemination. 5. Develop research and capacity building project proposals and build project consortia: Plan, draft and coordinate research or capacity building project proposals;Coordinate proposal submission and monitoring. 6. Take high-level responsibilities in the organization of UNU-EGOV conferences, workshops, capacity-building programmes and other relevant events: Play an active role in the organization of research or capacity building events, assuming, when required their global or partial coordination;Participate in their dissemination;Conduct their assessment and revision. 7. Contribute to UNU-EGOV fundraising efforts, namely: Develop contacts and networks relevant for extending the Unit area of intervention;Plan and draft different kinds of project / initiative proposals, and collaboration contracts, as part of the Unit global fund-raising effort. 8. Perform other duties as requested by supervisor or the Director. Key performance indicators Quality of scientific and policy-oriented research produced.Publication record.Quality of the supervision work.Timely and quality development, management, and implementation of projects.Quality and level of engagement with all partners, including a strong commitment level to contribute for UNU-EGOV being perceived as a reliable and trustworthy partner by research partners, governments, donors, and civil society.Level of collaboration in fundraising activities. Competencies Values: 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. Behaviours: 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. You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information

RequirementsRequired: Completed Doctoral degree (PhD) in Informatics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Management, Economics, Communication Sciences, Sociology, Law or a related discipline.PhD with 6 years of progressively responsible experience in research, teaching, consulting, and programme development in academic, think-tank or international organizations, preferably in areas related to EGOV’s areas of work such as digital transformation, modernization and innovation of governments and public institutions.Experience in delivering executive training in the EGOV field, namely in capacity-building programs for public administration.Internationally recognized academic record in research domains core to UNU-EGOV areas of activity.Evidence of project/programme development and management. Desirable: Experience in academic and/or professional supervision.Knowledge of, and familiarity with, funding sources.Experience in drafting and presenting complex reports, communications, and presentations.A proven ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjust to changes in schedule and priorities, and juggle concurrent tasks effectively and efficiently.Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work harmoniously in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.Other desirable skills: Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, resilience, teamwork and coordination, excellent oral and written communication skills.Fluency in spoken and written English is required.Knowledge of another UN official working language is a relevant asset. Remuneration The successful five (5) candidates will be employed under an international PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive (tax-exempt in Portugal) compensation package including an annual net salary at (IP)PSA2 level starting at EUR 38,800, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a health insurance scheme. In addition, for relocated candidates, UNU-EGOV will provide: Accommodation in Guimarães upon payment of a monthly rental cost of EUR 400 plus utility bills (subject to availability and rental cost update). The accommodation cost (rent plus bills) will be deducted from the monthly net salary above-mentioned, only in case, it is provided by UNU-EGOV.Travel in/out: cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working-from-home arrangements. Duration of contract The duration of the initial contract is one (1) year. This is a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-EGOV, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of a PSA contract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for a PSA is 65 years. Expected start date: As soon as possible. How to Apply: To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you: use the \"APPLY\" link below;fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);provide a motivation statement in section 23 of the P11 form; andanswer a few questions that are tailored to the position. Application Deadline: 10 November 2022 Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks and references. Special notice PSA holders do no hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the UN 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 and become part of the organization. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. Eligible internal applicants are also encouraged to apply. 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. 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