University of Peace, Assistant /Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace, Costa Rica


Job Description


General Description

Position Title:

Assistant /Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace

Name of Department:        

Vice Rector Office

Supervisor of the Position:

Vice Rector

Location of Position:

Costa Rica HQ

Length of Appointment:

One year renewable

Statement of Qualifications

Essential Qualifications for the Position:


Position Requirements:

.  Doctoral degree in the general field of Social Sciences with emphasis in urban affairs and social issues. Lower level degree (e.g. Master’s) would be exceptionally accepted if the working experience includes meaningful background in the related issues to the MA programme.

.  Graduate teaching experience in the area of peace and conflict studies, or related fields.

.  Academic expertise and capability of teaching in the broad field of urban affairs and social issues.   The applicant should be capable of teaching on one or more themes that are the subject of courses in the Master’s in Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace at the University for Peace.

.  Fluency in English and Spanish is a requirement.

.  Desirable working experience: theoretical or practical experience (or both) in urban affairs such as: planning, security, employment, economics, housing and strategies to address poverty, slums, organized crime and social violence. Minimum length of relevant working experience: 10 years.


.  The successful candidate must be familiar with the interdisciplinary area of Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace and able to teach general and specialized courses and conduct research in this area. 

Abilities and Skills

.  Teaching skills, including participatory methodologies and other innovative approaches

.  Networking skills.

.  Strong organizational and coordination skills.

.  Computer and multimedia skills essential.

.  It is desirable if the applicant is able to teach on themes that are the subject of courses in other UPEACE programmes.

.  Distance learning experience and skills will be an asset.

Personal Suitability


.  Strong interpersonal relationship management.

.  Ability to be flexible and think “outside the box.”

.  Strong sense of values and ethics, consistent with the mandate of the University.

.  Experience in multicultural or cross-cultural settings, demonstrated initiative and a willingness to innovate, a strong team contributor, flexibility, an interest in engaging in practical action research to address concrete issues relating to peace and conflict.

Job Description

General Responsibilities for the Position:

(Job summary containing main purposes and functions of the job)

The Assistant / Associate Professor will work together with other staff of the University for Peace to develop and implement the programme. 

The Assistant / Associate Professor will ensure the co-ordination of the Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace programme.

The Assistant / Associate Professor will collaborate with the wider faculty of UPEACE as required in the development and delivery of the broader academic programme of UPEACE. 

Specific Responsibilities for the Position:

(A more detailed description of the duties/tasks involved)

1)  Support the Vice Rector as required in programme development and implementation of degree oriented academic activities and related issues in the field of university extension and outreach activities.

2)  Teach courses mainly in the plan of studies of the MA programme in Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace as well as in collaboration with other programs and departments of the University.

3)  Participate in the development of academic policy and regulations and in the quality assurance of academic content of UPEACE.

4)  Advise students on their academic and other affairs.

5)  Supervise students on theses, papers, major papers and major projects

6)  Contribute to UPEACE’s International Knowledge Dissemination Project

7)  Conduct research consistent with UPEACE’s mission and mandate.

8)  Contribute to the design and implementation of outreach activities in the surrounding communities of UPEACE in the field of peace and conflict studies.

Depending on experience and qualifications, the successful candidate will be hired either as Assistant Professor with the following monthly salary range  US$2,655 – US$3,452

or as Associate Professor with a monthly salary range of  US$4,158 –US$5,405

Final salary offer will be made based on qualifications and experience.

Please submit your resume (maximum 4 pages) in the English language, along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Your application should be sent in electronic format to the following e-mail only:  


The period for the submission of CVs ends 15 April 2012.  At the end of the application period, the selection board will review all applications and contact only those candidates that will continue to the next phase of the selection process. These short listed applicants will be contacted before 30 April 2012. Starting date: no late than 01 July 2012


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