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Human Development Report Office - Call for Expression of Research Interest
|Application Deadline :||14-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 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 mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choices, and freedoms. HDRO works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development. HDRO works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis, outreach, and advocacy work.
HDRO produces the Human Development Report (HDR) and other key knowledge products, with the objective of moving the global debate on human development forward. In 2022 HDRO published a Special Report on Human Security that pushed the analytical frontier on human security and put forward new policy approaches for a systemic response to the evolving and interconnected threats to human security that societies face around the globe. The forthcoming 2021-2022 HDR will take this analysis one step further, building on the 2019 and the 2020 HDR, and explore how different layers of uncertainty – from the dangerous planetary changes in the Anthropocene and their interaction with inequalities, from the necessary transformations to ease planetary pressures, and from the intensified polarization of our societies - are stacking up and interacting to unsettle our lives in unprecedented ways.
Now, HDRO is seeking consultants who will contribute to the next generation of human development research. The work will build on the findings in previous HDRs, and other knowledge products published by HDRO, as well as related background research, but should apply a forward-looking lens. For this call, three main thematic areas will be considered:
The consultants will work collaboratively with the HDR Research team. The work will be carried out remotely.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultants will, under the leadership of the HDR Research team, assist with the analysis and drafting of policy-oriented research materials on the above listed topics. The writing will be done in collaboration with the HDR research team.
It is expected that the consultants provide the following deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of financial/price proposal and schedule of payment(s)
The prospective service provider will indicate the cost of services in US dollars when applying for this consultancy. The proposer will be paid only after approving authority confirms the successful completion of each deliverable.
Recommended presentation of offer
The prospective service provider should present:
The expressions of interest will be assessed on a rolling basis.
Criteria for selecting the best offer:
The prospective service provider will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis as per the following scenario:
The author(s) will work closely with the HDRO research team.
The author(s) will be asked to consult remotely with the Human Development Report team via Zoom or phone to discuss the work. In-person meetings will be held as needed.
The final version of the paper (potentially co-authored by members of the HDRO team) may also be published on the HDRO website. Please refer to the annexed HDRO publishing policy.
The HDRO’s research team will oversee the work of the selected consultant(s).
Annex: HDRO publishing policy
The copyright for all research commissioned by the Human Development Report Office will be held by HDRO/UNDP. HDRO reserves the right to publish it online as a Working Paper of the HDR Paper Series. Therefore, authors are requested to submit the papers in a form they would be satisfied with, substantively and stylistically, for publication. Publication and dissemination elsewhere is not permitted before the article here commissioned is published as a Working Paper of the HDR Paper series, or the author is informed that the paper will not be published by HDRO. After the publication of the Working Paper by HDRO or the written communication to the author that the paper will not be published by HDRO, authors are free to edit, update, expand and publish the papers elsewhere as long as they explicitly acknowledge that the original research had been commissioned by HDRO.