International Society for Industrial Ecology

Under Secretary General - United Nations University

08 Mar 2017 7:30 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

Position: Under Secretary General

Institution: United Nations University

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Deadline: April 22, 2017


United Nations University objectives

The United Nations University (UNU) brings together an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. UNU serves as a think tank for the United Nations system; it is a platform for new and creative ideas, as well as academic and policy dialogue. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide.


The United Nations University (UNU) is recruiting a Rector.

The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration and programmes of the University. The Rector is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO. The position carries the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and requires extensive overseas travel.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree, preferably a PhD in a discipline related to the human sciences, or sciences of life, the earth, and the biosphere. The successful candidate must have a prominent academic profile with evidence of high-quality research work in the course of her/his career. In addition, she/he will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary development and policymaking challenges and will have experience translating research for policy communities. Demonstrated management experience as the head of a university or research centre is required. Fluency in English and a working knowledge of French are essential.

Desirable qualifications and characteristics

  • Established profile in the international community
  • Successful track record of fundraising
  • Knowledge and appreciation of, and commitment to, the principles and ideals of the United Nations
  • Capability to maintain close cooperation with individuals, governments, and research and teaching institutions worldwide in order to promote scientific cooperation
  • Great drive and initiative to achieve the goals of UNU
  • Some knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

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