It has come to our attention that fictitious vacancy announcements or solicitations are being circulated on the Internet. The purpose of these announcements is to obtain privileged information from individuals, or to induce people to pay a fee for services related to recruitment or training. We were most recently alerted to this in January 2017.
Please note that all genuine UNRISD vacancies are announced on the UNRISD website. UNRISD wishes to advise the public in unconditional terms that it does not authorize or sponsor any consultants, agencies or organizations which, through website postings or otherwise, claim to be charging a fee on its behalf in recruiting or facilitating recruitment processes. UNRISD does not charge any application, processing or training fee at any stage of the recruitment process, and assumes no responsibility for any announcements or activities of such consultants, agencies or organizations.
Should you have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, letter or telephone communication purportedly from, for, or on behalf of UNRISD, please send us an email query before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.
Information on vacancies at the Institute is posted on this website. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts
service to be informed promptly of any such opening. Please apply only when there are vacancies posted on this website as we are not able to take unsolicited or speculative applications due to limited staff resources.
The Institute offers a limited number of Research Analyst positions every year. Research Analysts (RAs) are an integral part of UNRISD’s research team. They are expected to undertake research of a substantive nature under the supervision of the Research Coordinator, as well as to assist in administrative aspects of the project under which they are being employed. In this capacity, they participate in tasks that are central to carrying out the Institute’s mission, such as drafting research proposals, organizing research-related events from seminars to international conferences, doing independent research and writing, and contributing to communications and outreach initiatives. RAs are also encouraged to author/co-author at least one publication during their stay at the Institute.
Research Analysts are selected exclusively upon considerations of previous professional experience, academic qualifications and merit, and upon gender equity and regional balance in line with the specific requirements of the project under which they are to be employed. They must have completed a Masters programme from a graduate school prior to their employment at UNRISD. The maximum duration of the assignment is 2 years.
The Institute offers a limited number of internships every year. Applicants, who are studying towards a Masters degree, are advised to have support from a sponsoring university or to be within the framework of an academic programme as internships at UNRISD are non-remunerated, in accordance with the United Nations Rules and Regulations on its Internship Programme.
Please apply only when there are vacancies posted on the UNRISD website as we are not able to take unsolicited applications due to limited staff resources. Candidates must have an academic background, interests and some experience corresponding to the advertised vacancy. The duration of the internship is 3-6 months.
Visiting Research Fellows
UNRISD welcomes applications from scholars wishing to spend time at the Institute in Geneva. We are able to host a limited number of Visiting Research Fellows whose academic interests and research focus are in line with our mandate and current research agenda.
Visiting Research Fellows are not remunerated by UNRISD. We are able to provide office space and access to facilities in the UN offices in Geneva, including the library. The duration of stay can vary, and is usually between two and six months. Visiting Research Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the Institute, including making a presentation of their own work. Where possible, they are encouraged to produce a paper based on their research for publication by UNRISD and contribute to the UNRISD website or eBulletin.
UNRISD particularly welcomes applications from young researchers from the South. Candidates should normally hold a PhD, have a minimum of two years post-doctoral research experience and be affiliated with an academic or research institution.
There is no application deadline for Visiting Research Fellows. Interested applicants should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest, CV and a short proposal of the research to be undertaken while at UNRISD.
All costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the Visiting Research Fellows or their sponsoring institution. Medical insurance coverage, which is required, is also the responsibility of the Visiting Research Fellows.
It has come to the attention of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) that fictitious vacancy announcements or solicitations are being circulated through the Internet, the purpose of which is to induce individuals to apply for positions and pay a fee for services related to recruitment or training.
UNRISD wishes to advise the public in unconditional terms that it does not authorize or sponsor any consultants, agencies or organizations which, through Web site postings or otherwise, claim to be charging a fee on its behalf in recruiting or facilitating recruitment processes. UNRISD does not charge any application, processing or training fee at any stage of the recruitment process, and assumes no responsibility for any announcements or activities of such consultants, agencies or organizations.