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Consultant Contracts

Consultant Contracts (CTC) are used for contracting individual consultants. A consultant is a recognized authority or specialist e.g. in Development Economics, engaged by the Institute. The functions of a consultant normally involve writing original research papers on matters within their area of expertise, but can also involve duties in communications, research assistance, database assistance, event coordination etc.

CTC contract holders are considered contractors, and are not entitled to staff entitlements such as annual leave, sick leave, or maternity leave.

PDF icon Conditions of Service for CTC 2019.pdf

Institutional Contractual Agreements

Some research is commissioned from strategic institutional partners for collaborative research programmes. Institutional partners are non-profit organizations, selected based on their academic and institutional merits, as well as the added ‘value for money’ they bring to the research topic and the UNU-WIDER profile. UNU Institutional Contractual Agreements (ICA) are used only for contracting non-profit, non-commercial organizations.

Institutions engaged under an Institutional Contractual Agreement shall be considered as having the legal status of an independent contractor.  Agents or employees of the contractor shall not be considered in any respect as being officials or staff members of the United Nations University.

PDF icon Conditions of Service for ICA 2019.pdf

The UN Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth the expectations of all suppliers with whom the UN does business.  For more details, please find it here: UN Supplier Code of Conduct.

UNU-WIDER implements its consultancy procedures following the UN Administrative Instruction for Consultants and Individual Contractors to ensure the research collaboration activities are carried out effectively and efficiently, and in compliance with UN Financial Regulations and Rules (UNFRR).

The Contracts Team ensures that all required contracts are in accordance with the ‘best value for money’ -principle and are processed in a fair and transparent manner. The Team is also responsible for ensuring and maintaining integrity and ethic throughout the consultant contracting process. All vendors working or intending to work under a consultancy contract with UNU should follow the highest ethical standards.

The United Nations University has a zero-tolerance policy for unethical behavior and corrupt practices. UNU will reject and suspend contractors found to perform unethically.