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Research Associate – Tax and Conflict

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Research Associate position at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland

UNU-WIDER is hiring a Research Associate based in Helsinki, Finland to contribute to the implementation of the ‘Tax and Conflict’ project as part of our Domestic Revenue Mobilization Programme.

For further details and instructions please refer to the opportunities section on the UNU-WIDER homepage

About UN University

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU’s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

UNU-WIDER is one of 14 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system.

UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. The Institute began operations in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today, it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency — providing a range of services from policy advice to governments, as well as freely available original research.


The successful candidate will be employed under an international PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary of EUR 65,794.00, 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, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only if the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of PSA holders.

Duration of contract 

The duration of the initial contract is 1 year. This is Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration on a PSA contract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for PSA holders is 65 years.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

How to Apply

To apply to UNU, we ask that you:

  • Apply via the apply link.
  • fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations).
  • provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form).
  • answer a few questions that are tailored to the position.

You may wish to refer to the  UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.

Click Here to Apply For The Job



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