Director, UNU-IIGH

Kuala Lumpur

United Nations University Objectives:

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

The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) undertakes research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge related to key global health issues. The Institute contributes to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and supports implementation of promotive approaches to human health.

Through its academic work, the Institute seeks to:  (1) enhance efficiency, quality, access and equity in the delivery of healthcare services; (2) undertake and strengthen research in global health in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); (3) facilitate the dissemination of information and innovation on global health solutions in developing countries;  (4) build and enhance capacities to contribute to global health solutions, especially in developing countries; and (5) promote networking among research institutions in developed and developing countries. 


The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU-IIGH and has overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the Institute under the direction of the Rector of UNU. The Director’s qualifications should lend to UNU-IIGH the necessary prestige in the international scholarly community; guaranteeing scientific excellence through internal quality control and providing leadership and guidance for the conduct of UNU-IIGH activities.


- a doctoral qualification in health systems and policies, public health, epidemiology or another health-related discipline;

- an established track record of effective, strong, and collaborative leadership in global health or in the health sciences with strong global health influence;

- a strong research background and publications in areas related to emerging problems in global health;

- the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation;

- a track record of developing policy-relevant research initiatives which can contribute to policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels;

- a distinguished record of effective administration and research programme leadership, demonstrating excellence, growth, and financial effectiveness;

- strong international fund-raising skills and experience;

- demonstrated experience in sound financial and human resource management;

- the ability to interact with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds and with political representatives and communities in both industrialized and developing countries;

- proven commitment to issues of human development and welfare;

- demonstrated sensitivity to gender issues; and

- fluency in English and at least one other official language of the United Nations.


Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.



Approximate net salary (free of tax) of US$ 103,211 (single status) – US$120,103 (with dependants) p.a. including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses and home leave.

For more detailed information please visit: The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidates at a lower category.

Duration of contract: 

The period of initial contract would be for a four-year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65.

Starting date:

It is hoped that the appointee will take up the position in August/September 2017.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online and should submit a United Nations University Personal History Form (P.11) accessible on the United Nations University website ( with:

a)      A letter of application

b)     Full curriculum vitae (with publications list)

c)      A covering letter setting out: (1) what are the motivations for applying for the post and (2) how the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a recruitment assignment as a part of the interview process. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNU - United Nations University
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • International Relations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-25

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