UNU-EGOV International Recruitment for Government Fellows 2018

UNU-EGOV International Recruitment for Government Fellows 2018

Deadline: July 22, 2018

Are you a civil servant working on public sector modernisation and innovation? The UNU-EGOV in Guimarães is recruiting Government Fellows to work on real-life case studies in digital governance.

UNU-EGOV is recruiting 12 Government Fellows for a period of three months to contribute to its research, projects, and activities. Three (3) Government Fellows will be recruited for every period starting on 1 October 2018, 1 January 2019, 1 April 2019, and 1 July 2019. The successful candidates will be based in Guimarães, Portugal and will be provided with monthly payment and free accommodation.

For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 SDGs, 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.


Successful candidates will join international and multidisciplinary project teams supervised by UNU-EGOV staff and comprising research, postdoctoral, academic, and government fellows.

The responsibilities will include:

  • developing real-life case studies, supported by experience of the applicant’s own organisation and research developed at UNU-EGOV
  • translating research results into relevant policy instruments
  • applying and validating the instruments in the own organisation/country
  • developing and reviewing project deliverables
  • disseminating project results in the own organisation/country
  • contributing to further development of UNU-EGOV

The candidate research interests should be aligned with at least one of the following research areas of the UNU-EGOV core research program:

  • Managing e-governance: EGOV strategy and methodologies; EGOV diagnostic, measurement, and assessment; EGOV instruments and policies.
  • Digital transformation for sustainable governance
  • Digital governance evolution: how to translate theories into practice; collaborative research.


The successful candidate shall work under a Consultant Contract (CTC) for a fixed period of three (3) months. The successful candidate will be based in Guimarães, Portugal, and will not hold international civil servant status nor will he/she be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

A monthly payment of EUR 745 and free accommodation in Guimarães (except utility costs) will be provided. However, it is expected that the applicant’s own organisation will cover the costs related to travel between the home location and Guimarães as well as medical, life, and travel insurance.


Required qualifications and experience include:

  • completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in Informatics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Management, Economics, Communication Sciences, Sociology, Law, or a related discipline
  • civil servant or international civil servant status within public administration, government or intergovernmental organisation, holding executive or professional responsibility for public sector technology, modernization and innovation
  • national- or international-level policy and project experience
  • knowledge of the public sector and public policy issues
  • fluency in spoken and written English

Required competencies include:

  • ability to work in a team and result-orientation
  • excellent organisational and communication skills
  • ability to work in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment
  • dedication to the core UN values – integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.


Interested applicants should submit their applications (in English) by email to [email protected] indicating the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/EGOV/CTC/GF/53) and must include the following:

  • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; applicants must indicate in section 28 how their experience matches the requirements of the position and to which of the research areas identified above they would like to contribute. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a supporting letter from the applicants’ own organisation pledging to support the application if successful and explicitly stating the interest of the organisation in this fellowship and further collaboration with UNU-EGOV

Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee against the required qualifications and experience. Candidates selected for the second phase will be required to submit:

  • a 15-minute self-recorded video presenting his/her organisation (objectives, structure, emblematic projects, role of the candidate within), some relevant projects in which the candidate has been involved, motivation and expectation for the fellowship

For more information, visit UNU-EGOV.