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Human Development Report Specialist
|Location :||Hanoi, VIET NAM|
|Application Deadline :||28-Nov-09 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 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 Country Economist Unit (CEU) was established in 2004 as a focal point for UNDP socioeconomic policy research, advice and advocacy and other related programmatic activities. Policy research produced by the CEU informs the identification of opportunities for projects and programmes in the CEU and other clusters in the UNDP Country Office, as well as the formulation of UNDP policy positions and documents. CEU programmatic activities include policy dialogue and capacity development projects with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences and other key government agencies. In addition, the CEU provides policy support to the UN Country Team (UNCT), having in the past actively participated in the preparation of a number of strategic documents, such as the Country Common Assessment or the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The CEU is currently staffed by a team of seven international and national staff. The CEU is the focal point for the coordination of activities aimed at promoting the human development paradigm in Viet Nam. At present, it does this in close collaboration with the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) through a number programmatic interventions aimed at building capacity within national policy and research institutions to undertake evidence-based policy research in this area. Under this collaborative framework, the CEU has been assigned the responsibility of coordinating the preparation of the next Viet Nam National Human Development Report (NHDR), which is expected to be completed and published in 2010.
The 2010 Viet Nam NHDR will focus on the role that social service delivery in health, education and other social sectors, plays in promoting human development in Viet Nam. In particular, it will examine the new challenges that Viet Nam faces in this area as it enters the second decade of the 2000s. The overall aim of this exercise is to inform national policy debates on ways of ensuring that social service delivery systems in Viet Nam continue supporting broad-based and inclusive socioeconomic development in coming decades.
To help with the preparation of the 2010 NHDR, the CEU is seeking to recruit a Human Development Report (HDR) Specialist to coordinate UNDP’s activities leading to the publication of this report in 2010. The HDR Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the successful completion of the 2010 NHDR, according to the work plan approved by UNDP for the preparation of this report. In doing so, the person recruited for this position will ensure that the 2010 NHDR meets the quality standards set by UNDP for its Human Development Report series, and that the report is completed in a timely manner. To this effect, the HDR Specialist will coordinate all inputs required to see the successful completion of the 2010 NHDR, including the procurement of relevant data and background papers. He/she will also be responsible for producing a draft of the 2010 National Human Development Report, and for undertaking any subsequent revisions required for the completion of this report, according to the standards defined by the UNDP’s Human Development Report Office. Finally, in addition to these tasks, the HDR Specialist will be responsible for managing relations with all relevant stakeholders, both national and international, and for organising stakeholder meetings and other dissemination activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
2. The HDR Specialist will coordinate the preparation of all inputs necessary for the successful completion of the NHDR in 2010, including all data analysis inputs, HDR training and background papers commissioned to national and/or international researchers. In particular, the HDR Specialist will be responsible for:
3. On the basis of data inputs, background papers and other relevant material obtained during earlier stages of the NHDR preparation process, the incumbent will lead the drafting of the 2010 National Human Development Report. This will include the following tasks:
4. The HDR Specialist will also organise activities and events that help disseminate and discuss with the wider policy community and the Vietnamese public the work undertaken in preparation of the 2010 NHDR, as well as its main findings. This will include the following:
Impact of Results:
The main objective of the work undertaken by the Human Development Report Specialist recruited for this position is to produce the 2010 Viet Nam National Human Development Report and to inform current policy debates in Viet Nam on the role that social service delivery plays in promoting human development in contexts of socioeconomic transformation, such as the one that Viet Nam is currently undergoing.
In addition, the person recruited for this post is expected to contribute to the promotion of the human development paradigm and human development analysis in Viet Nam.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience