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

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:
For 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.

The 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):
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”.

We 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.

The 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
Remuneration 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:
This 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.

UNU-IIGH 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.

Interested 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: recruit.iigh(at)unu.edu