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An opportunity to work in New York as a Research Analyst at UNDP HQ

An opportunity to work in New York as a Research Analyst at UNDP HQ


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science with focus on social, economic, or political aspects of development is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in social science with focus on social, economic, or political aspects of development in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.

An opportunity to work in New York as a Research Analyst at UNDP HQ

The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is a small multi-disciplinary unit located in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. The mission of the HDRO is to advance human development through the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. The Office works towards this goal by conducting original analysis and research, commissioning top quality background research, and, advocating practical policy changes. It works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, support to national and regional analysis as well as outreach and advocacy work.

One of its best-known outputs is the global Human Development Report, first launched in 1990. These independent Reports are intended to challenge policies and approaches that constrain human development, promote innovative concepts and to advocate practical policy changes. In each Report a different development theme is examined in-depth using available data and new analyses relevant to the chosen topic resulting in both an assessment of current status as well as a series of policy recommendations for the future.

HDRO is expected to be a magnet for young, bright professionals who want to accelerate their careers, with an orientation towards research and analysis. HDRO expects a direct contribution to the content of the Report and other products, to the quality and relevance of the background research for the HDR, to maintaining good relationships with external research partners and other relevant stakeholders, and in capturing the diverse reflections of experts in consultations that inform research and report development.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Analyst will undertake the following activities:

  1. Research and intellectual work on wide range of human development issues. 
  2. Prepare contributions to Human Development Reports and other HDRO’s knowledge products, in the form of literature reviews, data analysis and writing of short memos, research notes or case studies. 
  3. Review of background research for HDRs, communication with background paper researchers, and other area experts. 
  4. Work on the human development aggregate measures. 
  5. Contribute to compilation of data bases and graphs for indicators related to human development.
  6. Contribute to the conceptual and practical organization of conferences, workshops and consultations designed to inform the preparation of HDRO’s knowledge products.
  7. Prepare inputs for the proper dissemination of research, including presentations and materials for events. 
  8. Support the quality assurance of National Human Development Reports. 
  9. Contribute to development of data visualizations and infographics. 
  10. Contributions to the overall work of HDRO.

 Institutional Arrangement 

Within the overall vision and the structure of HDRO, the Research Analyst, under the guidance and supervision of members from the Research Team, will provide analytical, substantive and research contributions to the work of HDRO. Such contributions would encompass contributions to the intellectual thinking of human development issues and paradigm; to the substantive work of the HDRs; to the work on human development measurements; and to the overall work of HDRO.

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results:  LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously:  LEVEL 1 : Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner:  LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

  • Business Development – Knowledge Generation: 
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need
  • Business Development – Human – Centered design: 
    • Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process
  • Business Management – Communications: 
    • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
    • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels 
  • Business Management – Working with Evidence and Data: 
    • Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making
  • 2030 Agenda: Prosperity – Inclusive Growth:
    • Poverty and Human Development
  • 2030 Agenda: Prosperity – Inclusive Growth:
    • Multidimensional Poverty and Human Development
  • Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking: 
    • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  • Have a good grasp of substantive and policy issues related to the study of social and economic development, and of the human development and capabilities approach. (Preference will be given to those with more than one year experience)

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science with focus on social, economic, or political aspects of development is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in social science with focus on social, economic, or political aspects of development in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree. 

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience. 
  • Strong experience in quantitative data analysis using statistical software (STATA, R or Phyton) is an asset. 
  • Very good writing skills and ability to produce high quality policy papers as well as shorter memos and notes. 
  • Collaboration and working in teams, exchanging information and ideas with others to reach common goals and making a substantial contribution to the team’s work. 
  • Motivated to contribute significantly to the human development debate. Excellent command of English (oral and written). Fluency in one or more additional UN languages will be an asset.

Required  Skills:

  • Very strong analytical skills.
  • Good writing skills in French or Spanish in addition will be an asset. 
  • Knowledge management, shares knowledge and experience. 
  • Self-management. 
  • Effective team player, that demonstrates commitment to UNDP values and displays sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • Good understanding of the human development paradigm and its policy implications.

Language:

  • Fluency in English. 
  • Writing skills and verbal fluency in another UN language is an asset.

Travel:

  • UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
  •  Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions 

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

DEADLINE: 06 October 2023


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