Research Associate

United Nations University, Helsinki, Finland

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd December, 2020

Job Description

As part of its 2019-23 work programme, UNU-WIDER will implement a new project on ‘Institutional legacies of violent conflict’. This project seeks to provide new theoretical insights and empirical evidence on how local institutional dynamics that develop during violent conflicts shape state-building and economic development trajectories in the long run. The project will include theory-building combined with the use of empirical data at the individual, household, community and national levels. It is organised around two thematic areas: (i) the effect of war dynamics on state-building trajectories in post-conflict countries, and (ii) linkages between wartime institutions and post-conflict economic development. Given current circumstances, the project will also include a cross-cutting theme on the interactions between conflict dynamics, COVID-19, and associated policies to contain it.UNU-WIDER is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to serve as a Research Associate to the project on ‘Institutional legacies of violent conflict’.

Under the supervision of Professor Patricia Justino, Senior Research Fellow, the Research Associate will:

  • contribute to the implementation of the project, including support for data analysis, active collaboration in related research publications, and support for communications activities for UNU-WIDER’s target audiences
  • carry out teaching, training, and supervision within the capacity-building programme of UNU-WIDER, including guidance of junior researchers and PhD students
  • perform any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • a PhD, master’s degree, or equivalent in political science, economics, or a related discipline
  • strong quantitative skills in advanced econometrics
  • experience with managing primary fieldwork in developing countries would be an asset
  • project management experience would be an asset
  • excellent drafting skills and fluency in both oral and written English
  • excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • readiness to travel internationally
  • 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 organisation.
  • 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.


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