Data and Analytics Research

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th September, 2019

Job Description

UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

Coming together under the new framework of the Global Policy Network (GPN), UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more inclusive, innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

UNDP helps countries to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives. We promote an integrated approach to achieve sustainable development that tackles the connected issues of multidimensional poverty, inequality and exclusion, and sustainability, while enhancing knowledge, skills and production technologies to reduce risks and sustain development gains. UNDP supports countries localize, implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and monitor progress towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Central to UNDP’s New Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021, UNDP aims to better capture the organization’s knowledge, innovation and good practices and lessons learned from country, regional and global experience, drawing from a network of internal and external expertise, in order to address complex problems. To this end, UNDP is re-establishing sustainable Communities of Practice (CoPs), of which UNDP has a rich history, to promote and support knowledge flows within and across the GPN areas of work and enrich UNDP’s global policy and programme functions.

The Community of Practice on Poverty and Inequality aims to effectively connect UNDP’s staff across country, regional and global teams working to promote dignity, opportunity and prosperity for all. To this view, UNDP is seeking to recruit a data and analytics research consultant to support its Community of Practice on Poverty and Inequality.

Required Skills and Experience:

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s or PhD) in development studies, economics, statistics, international relations, public administration or relevant field is required.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience working in data, research, analytics and other relevant experience working in the international development field is required
  • At least 7 years of sound analytical and qualitative skills is required
  • Demonstrated experience in writing including evidence of contributing and self-authored published research is required
  • Strong knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are required, including work with data and SDG indicators
  • Knowledge management experience in facilitating the management of knowledge platforms and dissemination of information are required.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
  • Fluency in other UN languages is an asset (preferably French and/or Spanish)


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