Become a United Nations University Research Fellow (Gender Equality & Intersectionality): Apply!!

Job Title:

Research Fellow – Gender Equality & Intersectionality (P3) (PSA)


On-site, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


$59,151 – $62,024 per year


United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

Job Details:

About United Nations University (UNU):

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars conducting policy-oriented research and capacity development to address pressing global issues. For over four decades, UNU has provided impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare, contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 400 researchers across 12 countries, UNU collaborates with UN agencies, universities, and research institutions globally.

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UNU-IIGH, based in Kuala Lumpur, is one of 14 UNU research and training institutes. Established in 2005, it advances evidence-based policy on sustainable development and global health, working with academic, policy, and civil society experts to influence policy and build consensus towards achieving the SDGs.

Position Overview:

The Research Fellow will support the Gender Equality and Intersectionality work package, part of UNU-IIGH’s strategic plan for 2024-2028. This role involves contributing to human-centered health systems and enabling environments for the health workforce. The Fellow will provide technical input, manage projects, produce policy-relevant research, and develop capacity-strengthening initiatives.


  • Lead projects within the Gender Equality and Intersectionality work package.
  • Provide technical and managerial leadership for research and policy engagement activities.
  • Build and manage partnerships with external researchers and partners.
  • Ensure projects meet quality standards within budget and timelines.
  • Contribute to capacity-building and knowledge translation.
  • Engage in resource mobilization.
  • Participate in international research, policy, and outreach events.
  • Supervise postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, junior researchers, and interns.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


  • Values: Inclusion, Integrity, Humility, Humanity.
  • Behaviors: Connect and Collaborate, Analyze and Plan, Deliver Results with Positive Impact, Learn and Develop, Adapt and Innovate.


  • Education: PhD in public health or related field.
  • Experience: Minimum of 7 years of progressively senior professional work experience, including managing research and training programs.
  • Skills: Demonstrated ability in international research, policy engagement, academic publications, and teaching. Proficiency in English required, knowledge of another UN language is a plus.
  • Attributes: Excellent communication, action-oriented, creative, entrepreneurial, integrity, interpersonal skills, and interest in economic immigration policy.
  • Other: Track record of competitive funding and resource mobilization.


  • Contract: IPSA contract at P-3 level.
  • Salary: Annual net salary ranging from USD 59,151 to USD 62,024.
  • Benefits: 30 days of annual leave, health insurance scheme.
  • Taxes: Responsibility of the PSA holder.


  • Initial contract of 12 months, with possibility of renewal up to a total of 6 years.
  • Mandatory retirement age for PSA holders is 65 years.

How to Apply:

  • Apply via the provided link. HERE
  • Complete the UNU P11 Form (avoid similar forms from other UN organizations).
  • Provide a motivation statement within the P11 form.
  • Answer questions tailored to the position.

Application Deadline: June 7, 2024

Additional Information:

  • Assessment: Evaluation may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
  • Special Notice: PSA holders are not considered international civil servants or “staff members” under UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: UNU encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, nationality, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities. Applications from developing countries and women are strongly encouraged.

For more information and to apply, visit the UNU-IIGH website.

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