UNIDIR has a core staff responsible for project and programme management, publications, administration and technical support. Research projects are undertaken either at the Institute or by outside experts or research organizations commissioned to undertake the work. The staff is complemented by visiting fellows, supported either by their national government or sponsored through our fellowship programme, and interns.


Please note, fictitious vacancy announcements for posts at the nonexistent 'United Nations Institute for Development and Research (UNIDR)' are circulating on the web.

All positions within UNIDIR are posted here. For other UN recruitment announcements visit the UN’s website:

Graduate and Professional Programme

UNIDIR offers a limited number of unpaid positions through its Graduate and Professional Programme. Applicants may be undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students, or they may have completed their studies.

The specific requirements for a given position will depend on the needs of the programme or project seeking a candidate. Such vacancies will be found under "Current announcement". Only applications for active announcements will be considered.

Current announcement

UNIDIR Director

The UN Institute for Disarmament Research is a voluntarily funded think tank within the framework of the United Nations, mandated to undertake independent analysis on international disarmament, non-proliferation, and security issues.

The Director is responsible for:

  • Shaping the vision and direction of the Institute;
  •  Establishing its research agenda;
  • Fund-raising in order to support the Institute's staff and activities;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with governments, foundations, international organizations, the private sector and civil society.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international security, international relations, political science, international law, related science or other related fields; PhD is desirable.

Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and security research, including at senior level positions at the national or international levels. Experience in grant formulation, proven capacity in fund-raising. Proven managerial experience is required.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply via the UN Careers portal.

The closing date for applications is 18 June 2016.