United Nations University

Capacity Building Senior Analyst

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About UN University (UNU)

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.

About Institute (UNU-EGOV)

The United Nations University Operating Unit onPolicy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), based in the cityof Guimarães, north of Portugal, is one of 14 research and trainingInstitutes and Units that comprise the UNU system.Themission of UNU-EGOV is to support the Member States of the United Nations intransforming the mechanisms of governance and building effective governancecapabilities through strategic applications of Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICT) to contribute to sustainable development, social inclusionand active citizenship. As a think tank and research unit, UNU-GOV combinesboth classical research and consultancy projects.

In fulfillment of its purpose UNU-EGOV:

•carries out policy-relevant research;

•translates research findings into relevant policy instruments;

•builds capacity in localizing and applying such instrumentswithin and among governments clients and partners within the UN system,academic and other relevant organizations;

•builds and maintains research and policy networks to share thelessons learnt, foster mutual learning, and bridge research and policyworlds; and

•monitors, evaluates and disseminates the latest developmentsin the area.

The UNU-EGOV Core Research Programme 2020-2024 isdedicated to the theme of “Governance and digital transformation forinclusive, resilient and sustainable societies”. It aims to consolidate and exploit the existing knowledge as well asto explore new learning to reach inclusion, development, sustainability andsecurity worldwide.

Furthermore, it investigates the currentand new digital governance challenges for a resilient society.

Research topics approached in the CoreResearch Programme include:

  • Governance models and strategies fordigital transformation of the public sector and society at large;
  • Smart and sustainable cities andcommunities;
  • Standards and regulatory issues relatedto interoperability, usability, data and privacy protection;
  • Technology-enabled innovation includingmodels, capacities and specific emerging concepts and technologies;
  • Big data and AI including data capture,maintenance and data exchange;
  • Technological service delivery,administrative burden reduction and anti-corruption, etc.

For more information, please visit http://egov.unu.edu.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of UNU-EGOV, the Capacity Building Senior Analyst ensures the execution of the following attributions:
1. Lead the development of the UNU-EGOV capacity-building portfolio:

  • Enhancing the offer of capacity-building activities oriented toward Government Chief Information Officers and other EGOV stakeholders at all levels of Public Administration.
  • Developing flagship courses and creating demand-driven training materials responsive to researchers and policymakers in the UNU-EGOV overall scientific domain.
  • Conducting business development activities partnering with Administration and Researchers to plan, identify, develop, and submit different kinds of project/initiative proposals and collaborations as part of the Unit’s capacity-building effort.
  • Contribute to discussions regarding the Units’ strategic and implementation plan.

2. Manage capacity-building projects throughout the full cycle:

  • Plan and draft capacity-building project proposals.
  • Liaison with the donors to identify training needs and tailor syllabus as needed.
  • Coordination of the lecturers and program support team to build an excellent experience for the participants during the course delivery.
  • Conduct assessments and suggest adjustments based on feedback received.

3. Networking activities for capacity-building:

  • Building on ongoing partnerships and collaborations, create new opportunities for collaborations within UNU-EGOV related to capacity-building dissemination.
  • Conducting networking contacts and identifying opportunities for joint collaborations with high-reputed academic and governmental institutions as well as other think tanks, NGOs, and international organizations.
  • Create and maintain an overview of capacity-building initiatives, including the collection of data and a summary of findings regarding existing offer of courses and trainings, a list of potential beneficiaries and training needs, key websites to search, and other relevant documents.

4. Take high-level responsibilities in the organization of UNU-EGOV conferences, workshops, seminars and other relevant events:

  • Provide strategic planning for UNU-EGOV events in liaison with the research coordinators and the Director of UNU-EGOV;
  • Play an active role in the organization of events related to the Core Research Programme, including capacity-building, assuming their global or partial coordination;
  • Participate in the dissemination activities of events in liaison with the UNU-EGOV communication team;

5. Communicate capacity-building projects accomplishments:

  • Support communications and dissemination activities for UNU-EGOV’s target audiences and beneficiaries.
  • Contribute to increasing the promotion and impact of the UNU-EGOV training courses.
  • Update and introduce improvements to the capacity-building portfolio communication materials.
  • Liaise with the UNU-EGOV communications team in providing outputs for social media and other platforms.

6. Perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor.

Key performance indicators

  • Timely and quality development, management, and implementation of projects.
  • Quality and level of engagement with all partners, including a strong commitment level to contribute for UNU-EGOV being perceived as a reliable and trustworthy partner by research partners, governments, donors, and civil society.
  • Level of collaboration in fundraising activities.



  • Inclusion — take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity
  • Integrity — act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards
  • Humility — demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others
  • Humanity — act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet


  • Connect and collaborate — build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN
  • Analyse and plan — seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action
  • Deliver results with positive impact — hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves
  • Learn and develop — pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others
  • Adapt and innovate — demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways


  • Completed doctoral degree (PhD) or Master degree in Informatics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Management, Economics, Communication Sciences, Sociology, Law, or another field related to the position. 
  • PhD with 6 years or Master with 10 years of progressively responsible experience in capacity-building, research, consulting, and program development in an academic, think-tank or international organizations, preferably in areas related to EGOV’s areas of work such as digital transformation, and modernization and innovation of governments and public institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out capacity strengthening activities in an international environment, namely in capacity-building programs for public administration.
  • Evidence of project/program development and management.
  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Track record of resource mobilisation from international funding agencies.
  • Experience in drafting and presenting complex reports, communications, and presentations.
  • A proven ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjust to changes in schedule and priorities, and juggle concurrent tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work harmoniously in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environments.
  • Other desirable skills: Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment and resilience.
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


The successful candidate will be employed under an international PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive (tax-exempt in Portugal) compensation package, including an annual net salary at (IP) PSA2 level starting at EUR 38,800,
commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Benefits include 30 days of annual leave and a health insurance scheme.

In addition, for relocated candidates, UNU-EGOV will provide:

  • Accommodation in Guimarães upon payment of a monthly rental cost of EUR 400 plus utility bills (subject to availability);
  • Travel in/out: 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.

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.

Expected start date: As soon as possible.

How to Apply:

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, 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 section 23 of the P11 form); and
  • 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.

Application Deadline: 13 March 2023


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks and references.

Special notice

PSA holders do no hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the UN Staff Rules and Regulations.

UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organization. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. Eligible internal applicants are also encouraged to apply.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

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