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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

Office/Unit/Project Description  

Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP

The Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP supports the oversight and accountability functions of the Executive Board and the management of UNDP, UNCDF and UNV. The structural independence of the Office underpins and guarantees its freedom to conduct evaluations and report evaluation results to the Executive Board. The IEO conducts independent evaluations and other activities according to its programme of work approved by the Executive Board. The work of the IEO includes:

  • Conducting thematic programmatic and other independent evaluations, ensuring strategic and representative coverage of UNDP programmes and results against national, regional and global scales;
  • Developing evaluation standards, procedures, criteria and methodological guidance for UNDP evaluations, and contributing to innovation in evaluation methodology and dissemination of good practices;
  • Providing UNDP and its development partners with timely knowledge and lessons drawn from evaluations that can feed into development programming at global, regional and country levels;
  • Assessing the quality of decentralized evaluations of UNDP, UNCDF and UNV, and monitoring compliance with best international evaluation and data collection standards, including the UNEG norms and standards, code of conduct and ethical guidelines;
  • Communicating its evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations through multiple channels and maintaining a searchable, publicly accessible repository of all UNDP, UNCDF and UNV evaluations, and respective management responses and resulting actions;
  • Supporting the development of communities of practice, and partnering with professional evaluation networks to improve evaluation utility and credibility;
  • Supporting the harmonization of the evaluation function in the United Nations system, including contributing to the annual work programme of UNEG, participating in systemwide evaluations, and prioritizing joint evaluations with United Nations organizations; and
  • Promoting national ownership and leadership in evaluation through country-led and joint evaluations.

Institutional Arrangement

The Research Analyst will be supervised by the Chief of Section, Knowledge and Data Management section, and will work in close collaboration with other units of IEO.

Deberes y responsabilidades

Scope of Work

The Research Analyst will provide direct support to the implementation of the Artificial Intelligence for Development Analytics (AIDA) Phase 2 and IEO’s evaluations and synthesis products being planned for 2023. He/she will be responsible for supporting the development of AIDA sentiment analysis and insights models, and preliminary research and data collection and analysis, working closely with IEO evaluation managers. The work of Research Analyst will be guided by IEO’s knowledge and data management strategy, as well as country programme, thematic evaluation and evaluation synthesis research and process manuals.

The specific tasks include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Survey and gathering of UNDP corporate programme documents, results reports, country and financial data, and any other information relevant to the countries and programmes under review, as well as any externally available background material relevant to the themes, countries and programmes under review;
  • Support the AIDA project team during the development and implementation of phase 2 providing human feedback to the machine learning model output (human in the loop);
  • Preparation of training data for AIDA phase 2 (Sentiment Analysis training Data and secondary datasets for insgights model);
  • Support AIDA project team presenting AIDA to different user groups. Prepare supporting documentation for presentation and outreach events and develop documentation on use of AIDA liaising with other research analysts and lead evaluators.
  • Initial desk reviews of material, preparation of analytical material, including infographics for use in the evaluation reports as well as for other IEO knowledge products;
  • Translation of documents, as required; and
  • Provision of other general research support, as required by the IEO.
  • The research analyst will work as a member of the knowledge and data management section, contributing to a strong and reliable research base at the IEO, in support of efficient and effective execution of evaluation activities and high quality evaluations.  




Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area



Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

- Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.

- Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Management

Project Management

- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Business Management


- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

- Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Business Management

Working with Evidence and Data

- Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Education requirements

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, International Relations, or other relevant areas.

Min. years of relevant work experience

A minimum of 2 years of experience in conducting research in the international development context with expertise in the use of machine learning applied to development.

Required skills

  • Experience in using various research qualitative and quantitative methodologies; monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Experience in the designing models for machine learning in development context;
  • Knowledge of latest international development issues in UNDP’s areas of work (e.g., poverty reduction, democratic governance, human rights, environment and natural resources management, climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilience, gender equality and women’s empowerment)
  • Experience in using computer and office software packages, web-based data management systems; Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, TEAMS, SharePoint, MS Project, NVivo;
  • Proven statistical abilities and knowledge of software available for quantitative analysis, including databases, spreadsheets and statistical packages;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Prior work experience at or familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other UN agencies.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Time management and ability to handle a large volume of work.
  • Additional working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is preferred.
  • Competence in other UN languages is an asset.

Required Language(s)


Professional Certificates