Research and Data Consultant

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Location : Homebased, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :14-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Research and Data Section in the Policy Division is responsible for leading UN Women’s research and data agenda. The section produces UN Women’s flagship publications, including Progress of the World’s Women (Progress), The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development (World Survey), and Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also leads on research and reporting that feeds into normative processes. Recent examples include the Secretary General reports submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women for consideration during its 63rd (social protection systems) and 64th (review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action) sessions.

In response to COVID-19, the Research and Data section has been collecting and analysing data on the impact of and policy response to the pandemic. In collaboration with UNDP, UN Women’s Research and Data section has developed the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker which by November 2021 had compiled and analysed almost 5,000 policy responses to the pandemic from a gender perspective – tracking measures that aim to respond to the surge in violence against women, strengthen women’s economic insecurity and provide support in the face of rising unpaid care demands. The research specialist will contribute to the final tracker report, including by developing quantitative data analysis and taking responsibility for the drafting of select chapters.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The consultant will carry out on-demand statistical analyses based on the tracker dataset as well as indicators from external databases.
  • The consultant will conduct global and regional comparative analyses of social protection, labor market and economic policy measures contained in the tracker.
  • The consultant will take responsibility for developing two thematic chapters of the report, including additional background research, data analysis and drafting.
  • The consultant will provide inputs into other chapters of the report, as needed.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Required Skills and Experience

  • Background in gender/women's studies, or development studies, economics, social policy or human rights, with a focus on gender
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience carrying out and leading research on public policy analysis from a gender perspective, preferably in the area of social protection and employment policies
  • Strong proven quantitative research and statistical analysis skills
  • Experience in management, maintenance and analysis of large datasets
  • Proficiency in Stata, SPSS and/or other statistical analysis packages
  • Willingness to work as part of a team, to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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