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Executive Officer Office of the Rector (P-5) Organizational Unit

: United Nations University Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Reference Number

: 2016/UNU/HQ/RO/FTA/EO/20

Applications to

: By Post: Executive Officer Selection Committee c/o Office of the Rector United Nations University 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, JAPAN By Fax: +81 3 3499-2828 By E-mail: [email protected]

Closing Date

: 30 April 2016

United Nations University Objectives: The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has already established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide. For more information please visit UNU is searching for a new Executive Officer in the Office of the Rector to be located at its Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The Executive Officer will report to and serve as a senior colleague of the UNU Rector and share responsibility for the planning, implementation and coordination of the global academic activities of the University carried out from the UNU Centre in Tokyo and through UNU institutes and programmes located elsewhere. The Executive Officer will have as the primary focus of his/her responsibilities assisting the Rector and other senior staff in the executive management and coordination of the UNU network of institutes and programmes. This will involve, in particular, the implementation of decisions of the UNU Council, the Management Group and the Conference of Directors of UNU institutes and programmes (CONDIR). The Executive Officer assists the Rector in the day-to-day management of University affairs and serves as the

focal point for the development and issuance of policy guidelines within the UNU system. (S)he undertakes and oversees strategic, medium- and long-term planning in conjunction with the Rector and senior management. The incumbent coordinates the process of monitoring and evaluating UNU activities, including the preparation of reports, peer evaluations and other quality control mechanisms. The Executive Officer also coordinates the University’s institutional development initiatives and supports the overall institutional relations and programme development of the UNU system. (S)he provides oversight, in conjunction with the University’s legal adviser of all legal aspects of the University’s work involving host countries, academic institutions, NGOs and other civil society organizations. The Executive Officer, working with administrative and financial colleagues, ensures that UNU complies with its regulatory framework, some of which is drawn from the United Nations. Other line-supervision responsibilities include those for the University Headquarters ICT unit and communications. Required Qualifications and Experience: The position requires:          

An advanced university degree in business administration, law, economics or a relevant field; A minimum of 10 years management experience (some of which at a senior level) in a research and/or academic teaching institution or an international organization; Experience in policy development and coordination and in financial and programme planning; Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing academic projects or initiatives; Knowledge of the United Nations system and the think-tank world would be desirable; Demonstrable familiarity with leading higher education institutions would be advantageous; Knowledge of and experience in building and sustaining international networks and partnerships; Fluency in English; knowledge of French or of other official languages of the United Nations and Japanese would also be desirable; The ability to interact with colleagues of diverse ages, national, cultural and religious backgrounds and with political representatives and diverse communities in both industrialized and developing countries; Proven commitment to issues of human development and welfare and gender balance.

UNU is committed to building a pluralistic and culturally diverse personnel and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. Remuneration: Approximate net salary (free of tax) of US$130,000 p.a. (single status) – US$144,000 p.a. (with dependants) 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 the level advertised. Duration of Contract: This is a full-time fixed-term appointment. The period of initial contract would be for a term of one year with a likelihood of renewal on the basis of excellent performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations 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. Starting Date: September/October 2016.

Application Procedure: Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online and should submit a UNU Personal History (P.11) form accessible on the UNU website with a letter of application, including full curriculum vitae and names and addresses and fax numbers of three referees. The letter of application should set out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position and must accompany your application. A brief vision of how the Institute can best contribute to advancing the academic study of sustainability and to informing policy- and decision-making in United Nations and international circles.