Vacancy Announcement: Programme Leader

  • 2017•08•03

    UNU-GCM is recruiting a Programme Leader to build on existing research and publications on migration and cities by developing and enhancing this area of expertise. Under the supervision of the Director, the Programme Leader will identify critical research issues in the areas covered by the progamme on migration and cities and formulate a research strategy with support and approval from the Director and Senior Research Officer.

    The Programme Leader will develop, monitor, manage, and evaluate research projects that are critically important for the strategic directions of the programme and will develop and implement a funding strategy to foster this line of research with the aim of achieving external special project funding. In addition, the Programme Leader will be develop the programme team and monitor their work, as well as foster GCM’s contacts with other international agencies and donors. With respect to programmatic work on migration and cities, the Programme Leader will be responsible for GCM-wide public relations efforts and for knowledge dissemination and utilization, including participation in UNU, public and scientific fora.

    Qualifications:  PhD in migration studies, urban anthropology, urban studies or a related field in the social sciences.

    Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of working experience in a relevant field, with evidence of cutting-edge research and policy-oriented publications and a track record of securing special project funding for research. Proven experience in the supervision of master’s and PhD students.

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.

    The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8)


    The successful candidate is expected to take up the position on 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a curriculum vitae
    • a copy of the highest educational degree obtained
    • a list of publications
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement: 2017/UNU/GCM/PSA/PL/66

    Please see the full vacancy announcement for more details.