Research Analyst


Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :26-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :NPSA (Regular)
Post Level :NPSA-8
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
07-Feb-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months with the possibility of extension depending on funding and performance
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) has a mandate to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The IICPSD was established in Istanbul, Turkey on the basis of the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the United Nations Development Program in March 2011. The center is one of the six global thematic centers of UNDP, advocating and facilitating the contribution of the private sector to human development and inclusive growth. More specifically, IICPSD’s main goals are to:

  • Support the development of inclusive markets and inclusive business models that engage poor people into value chains as producers, employees, consumers, and entrepreneurs, with the end goal of poverty alleviation.
  • Creation of a demand driven set of tools and guidelines for engaging the private sector in development, in key markets that will be used as best practices guidelines.
  • Become a hub for programmatic private sector partnership for SDG implementation across UNDP, by designing, establishing, and monitoring concrete global and national public private partnerships that creates results for development.
  • Establish IICPSD as a global Centre of excellence for dialogue on private sector development by convening business and supporting actors.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the IICPSD’s Deputy Director, the Research Analyst will support the production of reports and knowledge management activities of IICPSD in impact investing and inclusive business areas; toolkit and training development initiatives of the center, cooperation, technical advisory and implementation assistance offered to other UNDP units, including COs and RBx. The Research Analyst will conduct research on political, social, and economic trends in impact investing thematic area of the Center and participates in the formulation, management and evaluation of knowledge management activities within IICPSD’s mandate to enhance the role of private sector in development.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

• Implementation of the knowledge management strategies of IICPSD in impact investing thematic area;

• Participation in the formulation, management and evaluation of knowledge management activities within IICPSD’s thematic areas;

• Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy;

• Provision of top quality advisory services to the relevant stakeholders and facilitation of knowledge building and management.

Ensures implementation of the strategies of IICPSD on the private sector’s role in impact investing in following areas:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the role of private sector in impact investing and inclusive business, focusing on good practices and lessons learned that enhance inclusive growth.
  • Conduct research and support preparation of high-quality policy and programme guidance material for fields such as innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing ecosystem and inclusive business models.
  • Analysis and synthesis of proposals on the areas for support and interventions within these thematic areas.
  • Conduct the necessary internal procedures related to editing, design, clearance of documents and advocacy materials.
  • Contribute to the facilitation of partnerships and regularly cover industry related stories and their development impact through briefs and blogposts.

Participates in the effective formulation, management and evaluation of knowledge management activities of the impact investing and inclusive business thematic areas of IICPSD focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the IICPSD activities:

  • Design and formulation of some parts of IICPSD activities within the area of responsibility, translating IICPSD’s priorities into local interventions and partnerships.
  • Initiation of a project, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review.
  • Application of conceptual models in support of partnership and intervention design.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of IICPSD activities in the knowledge management activities under the urbanization thematic area, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
  • Preparation of inputs for reporting, including reporting to higher level management of IICPSD.

Supports creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization:

  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization for impact investing and inclusive business thematic areas.
  • Create linkages with stakeholders for enhancing the impact of advocacy activities.
  • Support communication, advocacy, and outreach activities for their implementation in line with the respective guidelines of UNDP.

Provides top quality advisory services on private sector engagement in impact investing and inclusive business areas to the relevant stakeholders and ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues.
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the thematic areas.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings on the thematic area.
  • Professional growth through active learning.


Competencies

  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge on the design of research materials i.e. questionnaire, in depth interview guidelines, training materials etc. particularly in impact investing area is an asset.
  • Proven experience in research and analysis of investment trends and landscapes, private sector development, impact investing ecosystems and/or innovative financial tools and mechanisms is an asset.
  • Experience in drafting and finalizing high quality materials for internal and external partners including proposals and work plans, concept notes, technical and financial reports. is an asset.
  • Experience with UNDP is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s or higher degree in economics, management, business administration, international development, international relations, political science, economic development, or related field. 
    OR
  • Bachelor’s degree on management, business administration, international development, international relations, political science, economic development or related field is required.
  • Minimum 1 year of research and data analysis experience preferably in international development and economic analysis (applicable for candidates having master’s degree)
    OR
  • Minimum 2 years of research and data analysis experience preferably in international development and economic analysis (applicable for candidates having bachelor’s degree) 
  • Fluency in English.
  • Fluency in Turkish.



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