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4 Research Associate positions at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Location: Helsinki - Finland
Salary: €4,350 to €5,550
£3,669.23 to £4,681.43 converted salary* monthly remuneration
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2020
Closes: 9th March 2020

UNU-WIDER is looking for:

  • an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support one or both of the following two projects as Research Associate in Helsinki, Finland: Institutions project and/or Domestic financing project. (Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/12 Closing date: 9 March 2020, 23:59 UTC+2); and
  • three outstanding individuals with strong commitment and potential to support one or both of the two projects below as Research Associate in Helsinki, Finland: Enterprises, Livelihoods, and Compliance project; and/or SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development project. (Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/07 Closing date: 11 March 2020, 23:59 UTC+2:) Please note that late applications will not be considered.

For further details and instructions please refer to the opportunities section on the UNU-WIDER homepage

About UN University

For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research 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 and leading universities and research institutions across the globe. For more information please visit

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. The Institute began operations in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency — providing a range of services from policy advice to governments, as well as original research that is open access. More information on UNU-WIDER’s current work programme, is available at:


UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organization.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. 


This is an employment under Personnel Service Agreement contract (PSA). A monthly remuneration of EUR 4,350 to EUR 5,550 depending on level of completed education and prior experience. It is inclusive of a housing subsidy of EUR 550 payable to applicants not residing in Finland/citizens of Finland.

The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a ‘staff member’ as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. No relocation allowance applies.

This position carries an annual leave entitlement of 2.5 working days per month (a total of 30 days of paid annual leave), and private health insurance coverage.

Duration of contract

This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-WIDER with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Application procedure

Interested applicants should submit their applications online using:

  • this form for the Institutions project and/or Domestic financing project
  • this form for the Enterprises, Livelihoods, and Compliance project; and/or SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development project

And must upload:

  • A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
  • A completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) downloadable from UNU website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations
  • A list of publications
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A copy of highest educational degree obtained
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