United Nations University Job Vacancy: Programme Officer – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posting Job


October 19, 2018

Expired Job


June 26, 2019



Programme Officer



LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timezone: UTC +9

CLOSING DATE: 2018•11•05

Organisational Unit: UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

United Nations University objectives:

the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial
policy-oriented research, capacity development, and dissemination of
knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter
of the United Nations. Research focuses on the pressing global problems
of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With
more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full
breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating
policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU
maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies, leading
universities and research institutions across the globe.

mission of UNU 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.

UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH):
is one of 14 research and training centres that make up the UNU system.
As the UN think tank for global health, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to
build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies,
programmes, and Member States about global health issues. The goal is to
advance evidence-based policy on key issues related to sustainable
development and health ensuring that “no one is left behind”.

are looking for outstanding individuals with a strong commitment to
service and the potential to bring a significant contribution to the
expansion of UNU’s operations.

Programme Officer will support the Director of UNU-IIGH in the overall
management, coordination, and implementation of the Institute’s
activities, as well as in the programme and institutional development of
the Institute. The Programme Officer’s responsibilities will include,
but not be limited to:
  • Take primary accountability for the
    management of projects, project spending, and coordination of reporting
    timelines and outcomes
  • Support research activities through the development of institutional collaborative and partnership agreements
  • Monitor agreements with external partners and funders
  • Establish systems to lead and manage project/programme teams with a focus on timely and efficient project delivery
  • Identify programmatic risks, and establish effective controls and mitigation strategies
  • Ensure compliance of programmes with national and UN regulations
  • Coordinate reporting and contributions to other internal UNU processes, including the annual reports of IIGH
  • Provide support in the strategic management of the programmes of the Institute
  • Provide support in the drafting of project proposal, presentations,
    summaries, and other documentation related to the work of the institute
  • Organise international seminars, conferences, training courses, and other events
Minimum qualifications and experience
  • Required qualifications and experience include:
  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in public health,
    health policy, international development, or other disciplines related
    to the mission or activities of the Institute
  • At least five (5)
    years of project management experience at progressively higher levels of
    responsibilities, preferably in an academic institution, research
    think-tank, international organisation or NGO
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing, and preparing documents
  • Evidence of organisational skills, preferably in a research or higher education field
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia highly desirable
  • Knowledge of the United Nations and of its functions and
  • Strong IT skills and experience of MS Office software
  • Knowledge of one of the other official languages of the United Nations
will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance
with UNU guidance for appointments at the NO-A level of the National
Professional Officer salary scale for the Malaysia duty station in the
United Nations Common System salary scale. Remuneration also includes
benefits accorded in the salary agreements. For more information.

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

Duration of contract:
is a full-time position. The initial appointment will be for a period
of one (1) year, with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term
appointment basis, subject to requirement and satisfactory work
performance. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is
65 years.

This is a locally recruited position; no relocation expenses or allowances apply.

is an equal opportunities and diversity employer and is committed to a
workplace that reflects the values of diversity and inclusivity embodied
by the United Nations. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Starting date 
As soon as possible.

applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email, to
recruit.iigh@unu.edu, and must include the following:
  • A cover
    letter setting out: (1) the motivations for applying for the post, and
    (2) how the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the
    requirements of the position
  • A completed and signed unu personal
    history (p.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other
    united nations organisations

  • Full contact information of three referees
  • An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/unu/iigh/fta/po/00030258)
  • Closing Date: 05 November 2018
  • Job email:


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