NorFA recruiting new rector

NorFA recriuts new rector. Application deadline July 31st 2003.
NorFA is an organisation within the Nordic Council of Ministers which seeks to enhance cooperation within Nordic research training and research in order strengthen the Nordic countries‘ international position as a leading knowledge region. NorFA initiates and finances Nordic research institutions, networks, research courses, visiting professors and mobility scholarships. NorFa also manages four theme based research programmes under the Nordic Council of Ministers. NorFA stimulates collaboration between Nordic actors in developing research training in the Nordic region by means of pilot projects, reports, conferences and seminars. NorFA‘s budget for 2003 is 50 MNOK. NorFA is located in the centre of Oslo.

Rector/Head of Institution
Nordic Academy for Advanced Study

NorFA is an organisation within the Nordic Council of Ministers working for research training with the Nordic region as a common international arena. NorFA is an exciting multinational place of work with 9 employees working as a team: rector, administration manager, three senior advisers, information advisers, economy consultant and two administrative consultants. We have an inspiring and including working environment at NorFA.

Rector‘s responsibilities are to lead and develop NorFA in cooperation with the Board of NorFA which consists of one representative from each of the Nordic countries. The Board has the overall responsibility for NorFA‘s operations. In addition to the daily leadership of NorFA, Rector‘s work will be external relation building on a Nordic, European and international level within research training, research financing, governmental bodies and other involved parties.

Research training will have a central role in the future arena of research politics within the development of the Nordic and European research area. The ongoing dialogue about the future organisation of Nordic research cooperation provides an interesting possibility for influence and further development of NorFA as a Nordic institution.

The future rector is expected to have an academic education at PhD level, extensive experience from managerial positions, economy and administration, research and research training, as well as from work within strategy and research politics. She/He must be updated on Nordic issues, and have oral and written comprehension of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish as well as English.

The person we seek must be creative, inspiring and cooperative. At NorFA we often work in teams. The future rector must be comfortable with such ways of work and be able to build relations. We can offer a demanding and interesting position in a dynamic organisation.

The rector will be employed by the Nordic Council of Ministers on a four year contract, with the possibility of an additional four year prolongation. Civil servants have the right to a leave of absence during the whole contract period. Wages and other conditions are stated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Further information about the position is given by:

Chairman of the NorFA Board, Hans Siggaard Jensen,
tlf. +45 39 55 99 33/+45 40 41 45 93


Advisor Harald Hjertø at Mercuri Urval,
tlf. +47 22 51 45 84/+47 975 59 023.

Please submit an application with a short CV quoting ”Rector/Head of Institution 23.13486” to Mercuri Urval by e-mail: or to P.O. Box 200 Skøyen, 0213 Oslo, Norway.

Application date: July 31st 2003

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