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Junior Research Fellow


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : 11 Months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 25-MAY-2022


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism




The MGIEP Junior Research Fellows Programme provides talented young academics with the opportunity to work closely with the multi-disciplinary teams of experts and academics convened by UNESCO MGIEP to conduct research in related fields, contributing to UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative. The Junior Research Fellows will support the overall work of the assigned International Working Group of the and gain practical training and relevant experience in Ethical AI for educational and learning systems, focusing particularly on SEL. A potential Junior Research Fellow is a person who has completed a PhD in a relevant field and has worked in interdisciplinary teams focusing on education or has a keen interest in working in such teams to impact education policy and practice at all levels. 

Long Description

Under the overall guidance of the Director of UNESCO MGIEP and the direct supervision of the assigned International Working Group coordinators, the Junior Research Fellow will support the work of the assigned International Working Group on Ethics in AI-in-Education for SEL. More specifically, the Junior Research Fellow will:


  1. Search to identify, review, synthesize and analyze relevant literature in close consultation with the Working Group coordinators.
  2. Prepare and update, where necessary, the data and information used in reports in the assigned Working Group.
  3. Contribute to drafting sections of assigned reports.
  4. Compile comprehensive bibliography of the assigned report; and 
  5. Perform other tasks as required.

Long Description

Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



Qualification/experience requirements 

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree obtained within the past 5 years or is expected to be obtained before becoming a Junior Research Fellow. In principle, this is a full-time, postdoctoral position reserved for highly motivated and talented junior academics interested in international, interdisciplinary science-technology work to impact the post-2030 global education agenda.


Skills and Competencies: The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Strong scientific writing and communication ability in English
  • Solid proofreading and editing skills and orientation to details
  • Strong time management skills
  • Planning and organizing


Languages: An excellent command, both written and spoken, of English


Note: The Junior Research fellow cannot take other paid assignments without prior written permission from UNESCO MGIEP.


  • The monthly fee will be US$2,500;
  • The fee will be paid @ US$3,500/month when non-Indian nationals are relocated to India for this programme;
  • If the fellow needs to relocate to India for this programme, Personal relocation travel cost for return travel (To & From) shall be paid as per actuals on submission of Invoices, tickets and boarding pass up to a maximum of USD 2,000.  
  • If the fellow is already residing in India at the time of beginning of the proposed tenure at MGIEP or had resident status before or after the date his/her award letter was issued, the above-mentioned lump sum allowance will not be provided, and the monthly fee will be US$2,500. The actual costs of a round-trip air ticket between a city the fellow resides, and Delhi will be provided.
  • Candidates will have to arrange for their own accommodation. 



  1. The consultant is expected to maintain complete confidentiality by not sharing or using the resources/documents made available or created by him/her as part of this contract with any external agency outside of UNESCO MGIEP.
  2. In the event of cancellation of any of the elements specified in the contract by UNESCO MGIEP, the vendor shall be paid only a part of the cost that shall depend on the extent of the task being completed as per the terms of the contract.
  3. UNESCO MGIEP will have the right to withhold any part / full payment until there is 100% satisfaction of the deliverable. 
  4. In case the Vendor cancels any part of the Contract, the cancellation cost shall be mutually agreed upon by UNESCO MGIEP and the vendor.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.