CONSULTANT - RESEARCH SPECIALIST


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :13-Nov-12
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Nov-2012
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months (renewable)

Background

UNDP is currently preparing its next Strategic Plan (SP, 2014-17) and is looking for a capable Research Specialist who can support the Drafting Group.  The assignment provides an opportunity to learn about the strategic planning process in a major international organisation and contribute meaningfully to its future plans.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake and back-stop others on data collection, analysis and presentation.  This will require a thorough and extensive look at sources (UNDP, other international organisations, think tanks, consulting firms, ratings agencies and investment banks, among others), compilation of a bibliography of data sources, basic statistical analysis to look at trends and distributions, and presentation of data in various formats (tabular and graphic).
  • Write/edit a series of short ‘fact sheets’ that consolidate the evidence base for the next SP across both internal and external issues, working closely with designated UNDP staff-members.
  • Fact-check data (sources and accuracy).
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervising manager.


Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to support strategic planning, management and reporting; 
  • Builds strong relationship with team members and clients;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Adaptability and flexibility in working in complex and dynamic environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • This assignment requires an individual with either a completed Master’s Degree or on break from Master’s degree course in one of the social sciences.  A focus on economics or international development will be an advantage. 
Experience:
  • Demonstrated capacity for in-depth research and analysis, including use of basic statistical tools and good writing skills, are a requirement.  
  • Work experience with an international organisation/foundation/ company will be an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Good spoken and written English is essential. 


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