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Research Fellow


Research Fellow

United Nation University


United Nations University objectives

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 solutions to the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. It is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency – providing a range of services from policy advice to governments as well as freely available original research.

UNU-WIDER is in the process of setting up a joint research, policy, and capacity-building programme with the UONGOZI institute based in Tanzania. UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support this programme. For more information on UNU-WIDER and its work programme, please visit For more information on the UONGOZI institute, please visit

The position is based at the UONGOZI institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Under the supervision of the Director, the Research Fellow will:

  • contribute effectively to the formulation and implementation of the joint UONGOZI and UNU-WIDER research, policy, and capacity-building programme
  • manage projects and activities involving UONGOZI and UNU-WIDER personnel, external researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders
  • engage in organising research, policy, and outreach events, performing as well a key role in preparing and implementing conference, communication, and meeting activities vis-à-vis target audiences
  • carry out own research alongside teaching, training, and supervision supporting the capacity-building programme at the UONGOZI institute, including guidance of junior researchers and PhD students
  • prepare research studies and management reports
  • prepare presentations and speeches for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • perform other tasks as assigned by the Director

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • PhD in Economics, Development Economics, or similar field
  • a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively relevant professional work experience, including the management of research and training programmes
  • demonstrated ability to independently carry out and manage effectively development research activities in an international environment
  • a proven track record of academic and policy publications
  • good knowledge of the international research and policy agenda in areas related to UNU-WIDER’s and UONGOZI’s work programmes
  • teaching and research supervision experience
  • excellent communications and drafting skills, with fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset
  • excellent team player with strong, well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-4 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. For more information, please visit

The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that advertised.

Duration of contract

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for a period of one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance; the combined duration of fixed-term appointments shall not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement ajira for United Nations staff is 65 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.

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