Development Research Analyst

United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd March, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP in Sri Lanka is reorganizing internally and moving to an integrated collaborative business model. Internally, an energetic and innovative team will converge around the planning, design, implementation, quality assurance and research, for an integrated program in a fast-paced environment. Fostering strategic partnership and alliances with different stakeholders will require a team which consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and has a strong client orientation. Strong UN partnerships are valued for Delivering Together in a true spirit of collaboration and teamwork.

In this context, UNDP is now accepting applications for a qualified, committed and motivated individual for the position of Development Research Analyst (DRA), to start in May 2018. Ongoing and future research projects that the DRA will work on include economic, social and/or environmental issues, while systematically engaging in identifying, researching, and analyzing prospects that impact quality and effectiveness of the overall UNDP development programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Policy and Design Specialists, the DRA will undertake the following tasks:

  • Perform research on various economic, social and/or environmental issues and support the collection of data and information for research analysis, programme formulation, programming and advocacy;
  • Contribute to formulation of policy briefs/position papers, discussion papers, research reports and publications, programme/project progress and conclusion reports;
  • Support knowledge products from policy work related to SDG/Agenda 2030 and the National Human Development Report. Support in proof reading and editing of such documents;
  • Provide coordination and administrative support for policy and programming, by organising meetings, consultations and advocacy programmes especially for NHDR and SDG related work;
  • Support the conceptualisation of new integrated programmes and projects for UNDPs Programme;
  • Any other relevant tasks required.

Impact of Results

Quality research inputs and analysis provided for policy formulation and advocacy, research reports and publications, position/discussion papers, programme/project progress and conclusion reports, knowledge management products, as well as conceptualization of programmes and projects


  • Strong language skills and experience in developing policy papers/ briefs etc.;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, government ministries, UN agencies, private sector;
  • Familiarity with information systems and communication technologies is an asset;
  • Strong coordination, communication and collaboration skills with experience in consensus building and in motivating cross-functional teams to meet ambitious project goals and timelines;
  • Strong organizational and networking skills;
  • High level of motivation, initiative and work independently without much supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and work effectively within and outside the organization;
  • Ability to travel, occasionally to programme locations;
  • Integrate Gender dimensions to the project planning and implementation.

Required Skills and Experience

Education &Experience:

  • A master’s degree in development studies, development economics, public policy or any other related field with minimum five (5) years of experience in research, analysis and preparation of briefing/ discussion papers, program/project progress and conclusion reports, etc.;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel etc.)

Language Requirement: Strong oral and written communication skills in English, along with Sinhala and/or Tamil


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