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The central purpose of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), located in Guimarães (Portugal), is to support the Member States of the United Nations in transforming the mechanisms of governance and building effective governance capabilities through strategic applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to contribute to sustainable development, social inclusion, and active citizenship.
In fulfillment of its purpose, UNU-EGOV:
UNU-EGOV has established a Government Fellowship Programme aimed at bridging the worlds of research and policy-making in the domain of electronic governance. It seeks as well to develop the competencies of civil servants with responsibilities on the use of ICT for modernisation and innovation in the public sector, particularly in developing countries.
The programme is offered every year on a rolling basis, giving the fellows the opportunity to integrate UNU-EGOV teams for a period of three months. During the fellowship, it is possible to share experiences, benchmark, and to explore areas of collaboration in the application of policy instruments within governments, public administrations, and other relevant organisations.
There are two selection procedures each year with the cut-off date for applications on 1 February and 1 August, respectively. Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee against the required qualifications and experience. A total of 12 Government Fellows are expected to be recruited each year for three-month periods starting in January, April, July, and October each year.
Successful candidates will join international and multi-disciplinary project teams supervised by UNU-EGOV staff comprising research, postdoctoral, academic, and government fellows. The responsibilities will include:
The candidate’s interests should be aligned with at least one of the following research areas:
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Required qualifications and experience include:
Required competencies include:
UNU is an inclusive employer and endeavours to create a culture of inclusiveness. Applications from suitably qualified female candidates or underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.
The successful candidate shall work under a Consultant Contract (CTC) for a fixed period of three (3) months. The successful candidate will be based in Guimarães (Portugal) and will not hold international civil servant status nor will he/she be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
A monthly payment of EUR 745 and free accommodation in Guimarães (excluding utility costs) will be provided. However, it is expected that the applicant’s own organisation covers the costs related to travel between the home location and Guimarães as well as medical, life, and travel insurance.
Interested applicants should submit their applications (in English) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2019/UNU/EGOV/CTC/GFP/61) and must include the following:
There are two selection procedures each year with the cut-off date for applications on 1 February and 1 August respectively. Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee against the required qualifications and experience.
Candidates selected for the second phase will be required to submit a 15-minute self-recorded video presenting his/her organisation (objectives, structure, emblematic projects, role of the candidate within), some relevant projects in which the candidate has been involved, motivation, and expected outcomes of the fellowship.
UNU-EGOV, Campus de Couros
Rua de Vila Flor 166, 4810-445 Guimarães
Tel.: (+351) 253 510 852