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Senior Research Fellowship for International Students at UNU-WIDER in Finland, 2013

United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is funding two senior research fellowships for international students in Helsinki, Finland. Women applicants and those from developing countries are given priority. The duration of the contract is two years and with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis. Applicant must have a doctoral degree in Economics, Development Economics or Agricultural Economics. Online application must be submitted by 31st July 2013.

Study Subject (s): The fellowship is awarded in international development economics research.
Course Level: This fellowship is for pursuing research level at United Nations University in Finland.
Scholarship Provider: United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).
Scholarship can be taken at: Helsinki, Finland

Eligibility: -PhD in Economics, Development Economics, or Agricultural Economics;
– A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive relevant professional work experience, including the management of research and training programmes;
-A strong background in applied research in an international environment with demonstrated quantitative skills of the highest international level, and a proven track record of high quality academic and policy publications;
-Excellent knowledge of the international research and policy agenda in areas related to the Institute’s research programme;
-Considerable teaching and research supervision experience;
-Experience in managing and seeking research funding from donors and international funding agencies;
-Excellent communications and drafting skills, with fluency in both oral and written English. Knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset;
-Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
-Applications from suitably qualified women candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students (Women applicants and those from developing countries are given priority) are eligible for this research.

Scholarship Description: UNU-WIDERUNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics research and training center located in Helsinki, Finland. The Institute uses approaches and methodologies from economics and other sciences to conduct research oriented to key development issues and policy challenges affecting the developing world. UNU-WIDER aims to stimulate international policy research, provide an effective global research network, and deliver impact, quality, and opportunities. UNU-WIDER’s audiences include national and international policy makers, bilateral and multilateral development organizations; and development researchers, especially in the developing world. UNU-WIDER strives for excellence in all activities, and the Institute was ranked 6th international development think tank in the 2012 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Director, the Senior Research Fellows will:
-Contribute in a major way to the Institute’s research programme, assume intellectual leadership and take responsibility for the formulation, implementation, publication, dissemination and evaluation of research programmes / projects;
-Design and manage research projects with external researchers and participants;
-Coordinate and implement conference, communication and meeting activities vis-à-vis UNU-WIDER’s target audiences;
-Carry out teaching, training and supervision within the capacity building programme of the Institute, including guidance of junior researchers and PhD students;
-Represent the Institute in both local and international research, policy and outreach events;
-Support the fund-raising activities of the Institute;
-Draft research and management reports;
-Prepare presentations and speeches for specialist and non-specialist audiences;
-Perform other tasks as assigned by the Director.

Number of award(s): UNU-WIDER is looking for two (2) outstanding individuals with strong commitment and potential to support the research and training programme of the Institute.

Duration of award(s): This is a full time fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for a period of two (2) years with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of fixed-term appointments not exceeding six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 62 years. Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.

What does it cover? Institute offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-5 level and allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the UN Common Systems, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses and home leave. The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that advertised.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 31 July 2013.

Further Official  Scholarship Information and Application