Vacancy Announcement: 4 Positions for UNU-CPR Modern Slavery Programme

CPR Announcements | June 13, 2019 |

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Are you passionate about human rights and working to end modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour? United Nations University Centre for Policy Research is recruiting for four positions as part of its Modern Slavery Programme. These positions offer a unique opportunity to contribute to policy-oriented research projects at the UN by joining a young and dynamic think tank, which in just a few years has established itself as a key source of policy-relevant research, ideas, and advice on pressing challenges facing the UN and the multilateral system.

The advertised roles are:

About UNU-CPR’s Modern Slavery Programme

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York is an independent think tank within the United Nations system. We combine research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

For the last four years, UN University has worked on a variety of policy issues around the fight against modern slavery. UN University’s thought leadership in this field has led it to become a centre of excellence for policy-relevant research questions related to anti-slavery and anti-trafficking efforts.

The Modern Slavery Programme generates innovative research into global anti-slavery policy. Our projects include:

  • Delta 8.7 – the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform
  • Code 8.7 – an initiative bringing together computational scientists and the anti-slavery movement
  • Develop 8.7 – a project focused on the role of the global development sector in fighting modern slavery
  • research into the costs and policies for ending modern slavery

Content and Editorial Lead

The Content and Editorial Lead will be responsible for the content commissioning, curation, and quality control process on all written, visual, and multi-media content issued by the Modern Slavery Programme, including Delta 8.7.

You are disciplined, detail-oriented, and can manage strict deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic, multicultural, and preferably multilingual work environment. You value excellence. You are proactive and entrepreneurial. You work well autonomously without constant supervision but have a record of working as part of multi-partner project teams and managing networks of content providers. You thrive in innovative and purpose-oriented settings and are committed to gender equality.

The Content and Editorial Lead will report to the Programme Lead and will be expected to:

  • serve as lead editor for all programme content, managing content for consistency, accuracy, and adherence to style and brand standards, while strategically developing new content and offerings to achieve programme objectives;
  • commission, curate, and provide quality control on all written, visual, and multi-media content issued by the Modern Slavery Programme, including serving as Product Manager for delta87.org;
  • oversee content production, editorial, publication, and distribution processes
  • serve as liaison to external web developers and other relevant content and editorial consultants and contractors
  • Within Delta 8.7:
    • develop the Thematic Overviews in new directions, expand the Learning Opportunities offering, and curate the Forum;
    • oversee non-English language content strategy and all translation processes and relationships;
    • work with the Data Science Lead to expand the ‘How to Measure the Change’ section.

Required qualifications and experience

  • advanced university degree in journalism, creative writing, history, international relations, or a related field;
  • minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience, including at least two (2) in a lead or commissioning editorial role, or an equivalent content development or publishing role;
  • demonstrated experience in the entrepreneurial development of online content or online platform or product management;
  • at least two (2) years’ experience in managing project budgets;
  • vendor management experience is essential; related project management experience is a plus;
  • familiarity with issues surrounding modern slavery, human trafficking, child labour, and forced labour is desirable;
  • superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills;
  • familiarity with statistics, data analysis, and research methodologies
  • superior English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages or delta87.org languages is desirable;
  • strong ability to establish priorities and multitask within tight timelines;
  • ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
  • solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity.

Application deadline: 8 July 2019.


Outreach and Impact Officer

The Outreach and Impact Officer will be responsible for managing the Modern Slavery Programme’s external stakeholder relationships, including with donors, academia and research institutes and, centrally, policy actors. As part of that role, s/he shall perform all monitoring and evaluation (M&E) related to the programme and its projects.

You are an avid communicator with a demonstrated commitment to understanding and influencing policy processes. Your career demonstrates your interest in social issues in developing countries, and your facility with online advocacy, communications, or marketing. You are disciplined, thorough and can manage strict deadlines as well as a fast-paced work environment. You work well autonomously without constant supervision but have a record of working as part of multi-partner project teams. You thrive in multicultural and multilingual settings, enjoy innovative thinking, and are committed to gender equality.

The Outreach and Impact Officer will report to the Modern Slavery Programme Lead and the UNU-CPR Communications Manager and will:

  • act as the focal point for all existing and new Modern Slavery Programme external stakeholders, cultivating strong relationships with
  • relevant groups, especially policy actors in the developing world and global research partners;
  • research and establish new strategic partnerships and opportunities to ensure impact
  • be responsible for all M&E related to Modern Slavery Programme projects and the programme itself;
  • be responsible for meeting programme goals relating to online and offline engagement by stakeholders;
  • provide broad communications support to the programme and other projects, under the supervision of the UNU-CPR Communications Manager.

Required qualifications and experience

  • minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience;
  • a master’s degree in communications, policy affairs, or a relevant field;
  • strong communications and outreach skills with substantial previous experience in writing for diverse audiences and forms;
  • demonstrated commitment to working with policy-oriented stakeholders in the developing world;
  • proven track record in successfully managing stakeholder relations and donor relations
  • proven track record performing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) duties;
  • an innovative approach to outreach and project management with a broad knowledge of relevant digital platforms;
  • superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills;
  • solid understanding of statistics, data analysis, and research methodologies;
  • familiarity with issues surrounding modern slavery, human trafficking, child labour, and forced labour is desirable;
  • excellent English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable;
  • strong ability to establish priorities and multitask within tight timelines;
  • ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
  • solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and
  • respect for diversity and gender parity.

Application deadline: 8 July 2019.


Programme Associate

The Programme Associate will work across the full range of the Modern Slavery Programme’s activities, from research to stakeholder management, from communications to data science.

You are an entrepreneurial researcher with a commitment to international affairs and an ambition to leave your mark. You pride yourself on your writing skills and are a strong public speaker. You are extremely well organized and can easily manage multiple work streams. You are an innovative problem solver who brings enthusiasm and a can-do attitude to dynamic work environments. You enjoy research but would prefer to work on real-world solutions than theoretical models. You work well in a team setting but can also execute tasks autonomously without constant supervision. You thrive in multi-cultural settings and are committed to gender equality.

The Programme Associate will report to the Programme Director and/or the Senior Adviser and will work across the full range of Modern Slavery Programme activities. S/he may be tasked to:

  • Contribute independent analysis and inputs to the policy research and policy uptake work of projects within the Modern Slavery Programme;
  • Support the Director and Senior Adviser in strategic management, development and implementation of project plans;
    Provide on-demand research, analytical and drafting support, including drafting analytical summaries, memos, correspondence and
  • other written content;
  • Edit the work of other Programme team members or content providers;
  • Provide on-demand logistical, administrative and financial and budget management support;
  • Represent the Modern Slavery Programme at external and public events, including internationally;
  • Assist with the administrative logistics for events, both internal and external, including working with external vendors to make travel arrangements;
  • Assist with managing donor, research partners and other relations;
  • Assist with the preparation of PowerPoint slides and project-related branding and communications materials; and
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of three (3) years relevant work experience in a research, policy, think tank, public affairs or private sector analytical role;
  • A master’s degree in public policy or affairs, international affairs, economics, development studies, history, journalism, or another relevant field;
  • Strong research and drafting skills, a proven track record of official publications would be preferred;
  • Strong organizational, administrative, budget and project management skills;
  • Excellent English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages is a plus;
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint is required;
  • Strong ability to establish priorities, multi-task and work within tight timelines;
  • Ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner; and
  • Solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity.

Application deadline: 8 July 2019.


Programme Assistant

The Programme Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Programme Director and/or the Senior Adviser by providing administrative, logistics, and finance support, conducting some research as directed, as well as providing editorial and writing support.

You are very well organised and can easily manage multiple work streams. You are a problem solver who takes on additional tasks to ensure that project administration remains on track and timelines are met. You have some experience in conducting research and analysis. You prefer working in a fast-paced, dynamic team setting to working alone. You thrive in multicultural settings and are committed to gender equality.

The Programme Assistant will report to the Programme Director and/or the Senior Adviser and will work across the full range of Modern Slavery Programme activities. S/he may be tasted to:

  • provide on-demand operational, logistical, administrative, and secretarial support to the Programme Director and the Senior Adviser;
    provide financial administration support, including payments processing, financial tracking, accounts monitoring, and other finance-related activities;
  • assist with the administrative logistics for events, both internal and external, including working with external vendors to make travel arrangements;
  • organise and monitor programme schedules, and assist with scheduling appointments, meetings, and other events as deemed necessary;
  • prepare correspondence and assist with other on-demand writing assignments related to project administration;
  • assist with managing donor, research partners, and other relations;
  • assist with the preparation of Powerpoint slides and project-related branding and communications materials;
  • perform any other administrative and logistical duties as may be assigned or required.

Required qualifications and experience

  • minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in team-based research project administration;
  • minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • strong organisational, administrative, budget, and project management skills;
  • excellent English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of other official UN languages is a plus;
  • proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint is required;
  • strong ability to establish priorities, multitask, and work within tight timelines;
  • ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner;
  • solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity.

Application deadline: 8 July 2019.

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