Dir­ector of the Rule of Law Cen­ter

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 May 2021

The University of Helsinki and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland have agreed on the establishment of the Rule of Law Center under the auspices of the University’s Faculty of Law (https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law ). The Center will begin to operate in summer 2021. The objective of the Rule of Law Center is to support developing countries in creating and strengthening the foundations of the rule of law, developing the capacity of rule of law institutions and strengthening legislation by offering expertise, training and other forms of support. The Rule of Law Center will bring together professionals specialising in the field of rule of law in Finland and will support their networking. As part of the University of Helsinki, the Rule of Law Center will also promote research and teaching on rule of law issues to meet the needs of developing countries.

Read more about the Rule of Law Center: https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/uutiset/kestava-kehitys/ulkoministerio-ja-he... (in Finnish)

We are seeking a Director for the Rule of Law Center to launch, develop and manage the Center as of 1 June 2021.

The director will be responsible for the Center’s strategic management, development and operations in accordance with its action plan.

The director will prepare and present an annual action plan for the Center’s management group. The director will be partly responsible for the Center’s cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Center’s stakeholders and cooperation partners, and will develop the Center’s specialist, training and research activities in a versatile way. The director will be responsible for the Center’s finances and staff. The work will be guided by the Center’s management group and steering group.

We are seeking a director with solid expertise in the field of rule of law as well as experience of diverse and demanding management positions. The position focuses on the development of Finland’s international rule of law efforts, strengthening Finnish foreign and development policy. As a director, the appointee must be target-oriented and forward-looking. We expect excellent interaction, network and cooperation skills as well as proof of international cooperation. Knowledge of the university sector and an understanding of teaching and research activities will be considered an asset. The director must be able to engage in and promote cooperation in international and national networks and to establish partnerships with Finnish and international players and stakeholders.

The position requires a second-cycle (master’s) degree, while a doctoral degree is considered an asset. We also require fluency in Finnish, Swedish and English. Knowledge of other languages will be considered a further asset.

We offer the appointee a unique opportunity to influence the development of the new Rule of Law Center and its future activities. The appointee will strengthen cooperation with developing countries, broadly and effectively influence international cooperation and expertise in rule of law issues, and also develop expertise and competence in the field of rule of law in Finland.

We offer the opportunity to work in an inspiring, international and multidisciplinary environment. In addition, the University of Helsinki provides diverse staff benefits and opportunities, such as sports, exercise and wellbeing services and opportunities for professional development. Further information is available at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers .

The salary for the position will be based on the appointee’s qualifications and experience and will be negotiated with the appointee. The position will be filled for a fixed term of two years from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2023 (starting date negotiable).

Applications accompanied by a Finnish- or English-language curriculum vitae and any other reports of qualifications must be submitted in a single PDF file.

The application must be submitted by 6 May 2021 through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal, under the tab Career and Job. We ask applicants to note that, as the University is an institution under public law, its recruitments are public.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Kimmo Nuotio, phone +35850 415 6569, kimmo.nuotio@helsinki.fi .
Further information about the application process can be obtained from Head of Human Resources Hanna Lotti, phone +358 2941 23264, hanna.lotti(at)helsinki.fi. Questions about the recruitment system should be sent to rekrytointi@helsinki.fi .

Due date

06.05.2021 23:59 EEST

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