Project Planner, Una Europa

Helsinki, Finland
08 Mar 2023
28 Mar 2023
Fixed Term
Full Time

Would you like to work as a Diversity Council team member for Una Europa?

The Una Europa alliance comprises 11 prestigious universities. The University of Helsinki has been a member since 2019. Una Europa promotes opportunities for students and faculty level researchers to study and conduct research at the universities in the network. Diversity is one of the main values of Una Europa.

The Diversity Council consists of Una Europa partner universities’ respective units responsible for issues of equality and diversity. The goal of the Diversity Council is to promote equality, equity, and social justice, including all identifiable disadvantaged groups. Our hope is to reach the various sectors of the academic community, including students, professors, researchers, and administrators, among others. The Diversity Council provides the vision and mission for diversity and inclusion and develops subsequent guidelines for action for Una Europa. In this iteration of the Diversity Council, the second one, our special interest is in students with migrant and refugee backgrounds. The significant contributions of the first iteration of the Council are summarized in the following reports:

Diversity Data Collection: Exploratory Mapping & Reflection (

Engaging with Diversity in European Universities - The Diversity Council of Una Europa (

We are now searching for an enthusiastic mission-oriented scholar to join Una Europa’s Diversity Council and the Una Europa team of the University of Helsinki. The appointment is on a fixed term basis, starting from 1.5.2023  until 31.12.2024 (possibility for an additional two years) and the role is part-time (50 percent). We are mindful of ensuring that the hours of service are commensurate with the half-time payment plan. The Council, together with Una Europa and the University of Helsinki, is committed to promoting equality, equity and inclusion in our activities and diversity among the university community. We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, especially people from underrepresented language and cultural groups as well as applicants with migrant or refugee history. We believe in the principle of positive special treatment to support the mission of the Council during the recruitment process.

As for the benefits, the Diversity Council provides an excellent context for an opportunity to follow current developments of the European higher education sector, collaborate with key European universities, and to participate in the evolution of the visions and actions focusing on diversity and equality matters. The job also provides a truly interdisciplinary environment toward diversity and social justice and the opportunity to contribute to various dimensions of Una Europa within the University of Helsinki. The work with the Council, as well as with other Una Europa teams, provides a unique opportunity to network both within the university and at the European level.


  • As a member of the Council and the University of Helsinki Una Europa team, develop visions and actions around diversity and inclusion;
  • Attend monthly online meetings with the Diversity Council and an annual meeting of all members of the Diversity Council at one of the Una Europa universities;
  • Acting as liaison between the Diversity Council and the Una Europa Student Board, as well as with the local student associations;
  • Planning and conducting grassroot-level initiatives in collaboration with the students, with the Council, and with the Una Europa Helsinki team, and
  • Collaboratively developing ways to better include underrepresented and migrant and refugee groups in the Finnish-European Academia as students and as academic and administrative staff members. 

The working language of the Council and Una Europa collaboration is English. We appreciate also other language skills such as languages of the universities of the Una Europa Collaboration, and especially languages of underrepresented, migrant and refugee communities in Finland and in European countries.


  • Affiliation with the University of Helsinki;
  • Actively engaged doctoral student with research focus on the topics of diversity, equality, equity, or inclusion;
  • Excellent communication skills in both writing and public speaking, especially in English;
  • Demonstrative vision, skill in development of diverse networks, collaborative orientation, the ability to work for equity and inclusion of underrepresented student groups;
  • Preferably from migrant or refugee background, with understanding of the structural issues of underrepresentation concerning minorities and migrants and refugees in academia, and,
  • A realistic commitment to the Council’s work at least until end of 2024. Possibility to continue for two more years.


Please send a motivation letter (max 2 pages) and partly anonymized CV via the university’s recruitment portal. Helsinki university employees submit their application via the SAP HR -portal at as soon as possible. The call closes 28.3.2023 at 5 pm.

For the CV, follow TENK instructions with the following principles of anonymization:

  • Do not mention your name, citizenship, gender, or ORCHID number in your anonymized CV.
  • Provide information about your publications in the CV in the following way: Introduce the number of your publications in various categories based on the instructions on the Academy of Finland website. Provide the themes and forums of your publications, and your role as the first or second author. Do not provide the titles of your publications.

In the motivation letter, please let us know:

  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • How do the visions and activities of the Diversity council relate to your research interests?
  • What are your main potential contributions to the Diversity Council?
  • How might your work in the Diversity Council benefit your academic career prospects after gaining the doctorate? 


Salary is based on level 8 in the requirement scheme for specialist and support staff positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee is paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately 1 450 € - 1 650 € (50 % allocation) depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A 6-month probation period will be in effect.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues, will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by creating flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, and low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e., through versatile staff training.


For information about the position and working environment, please contact Anna-Leena Riitaoja,

For information on the recruitment process, please contact the faculty HR Specialist Jonna Lehtelä, 

For support with the recruitment system, please contact: