Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Programme – Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace – United Nations University Center for Policy Research

Deadline: 11 July 2021
Open to: PhD holders in a relevant academic discipline with at least 10 years of relevant policy research experience, or a combination of field and research experience
Benefits: annual net salary in the range of USD 150,000 to 170,000 and other benefits


The Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace programme is a newly formed cluster of projects that includes small, bespoke policy research for senior UN policymakers as well as large, multi-year and multi-stakeholder initiatives on a range of peace, security and prevention topics.

The projects designed in the Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace programme will take account of new trends that are redefining conflict actors and settings, as well as both UN prevention and resolution strategies; this includes, mediation, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, and protection of civilians. It also includes emerging topics such as technological disruption, disinformation, trust deficits and changing approaches to multilateral cooperation. The Programme will deliver authoritative insights into the changing nature of conflict, and practices that can sustain peace in an increasingly polarized and networked world. The Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Programme will actively partner with the UN system and Member States to assess research needs, entry points for impact, and develop a research programme and mobilize resources to deliver empirically-grounded research insights to this policy audience.

The Head of Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace programme will provide intellectual leadership and oversight for existing projects and launch new initiatives that align with the objectives of the programme. There is significant room and appetite for innovation and to extend UNU-CPR’s already rich network of partnerships to new audiences and research groups.


Required qualifications and experience include:

  • a PhD in a relevant academic discipline is strongly preferred but may be substituted by an advanced degree and a strong publication record;
  • at least 10 years of relevant policy research experience, or a combination of field and research experience;
  • deep knowledge and experience of the United Nations, its principal agencies, and bodies involved in peace and conflict, as well as UN-Member State dynamics;
  • exceptional drafting ability and experience editing academic reports and shorter communications;
  • demonstrated success in fund-raising and in managing donor relations;
  • English is the working language of UNU-CPR; knowledge of other official UN language(s) is desirable;
  • self-direction and the ability to establish priorities, multi-task, and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner, and work within tight timelines;
  • 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.


The successful candidate will be employed under an international PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary in the range of USD 150,000 to 170,000, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a health insurance scheme.

UNU will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.


Interested applicants should submit their application online through Impactpool by 11 July 2021 and must upload the following documents:

  • a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
  • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
  • a full curriculum vitae with a list of publications

For further information, please visit the official website.