Research and programme consultant

United Nations Development Programme

Seoul, South Korea

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:

  • Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
  • Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
  • All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
  • Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.

Center of Excellence for Gender Equality

Established in Seoul in 2022 with support from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea, the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality (the Center) seeks to function as a ‘knowledge hub’ to facilitate research, education and training, sharing of innovations and lessons learned, networking, and development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre aims to contribute to operationalizing normative frameworks on gender equality and the empowerment of women, informing innovative approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”), transforming harmful social norms in the fast-changing and unique social landscape of Asia and the Pacific, and forging partnerships across sectors. The Centre’s working language is English, and it offers an international working environment, while Korean language skills are required for this particular consultancy, given the nature of the work involved.

In 2023, the Centre will implement its annual work plan with various training, research, and partnership-building activities. The Centre embraces innovation, including as it relates to new technologies and partnerships, to increase the breadth and depth of its work, aligning with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its transformative promise to leave no one behind. It plans to conduct UN Women research and data analysis on all the relevant gender equality and empowerment of women thematic areas including Women, Peace and Security, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Humanitarian Action & Disaster Risk Reduction, and Gender Statistics at national, regional, and global levels. In this context, the Center is looking for a qualified national research and programme consultant who will work closely with the Research and Data Specialist to provide technical support for the conduct of the gender research and data analysis activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the consultancy

  • The objective of the consultancy is to ensure that the research and data activities under the Centre’s annual work plan will be implemented in high quality.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Research and Data Specialist, the consultant will perform multi-task, with practical skills with related gender research and data analysis activities for UN Women. The consultant will provide support for quantitative and qualitative research, production coordination and dissemination of the research endeavors in all thematic areas of gender equality. In addition, the consultant will provide logistics supports in organizing international meetings which aim to share knowledge and best practices on innovative gender research outcomes. The consultant needs to have good communications skills in both Korean and English, so as to provide research support activities of the Center.
  • The consultant is working closely with the Research and Data Specialist and in close collaboration with other staff to provide support to all aspects of the research and data analysis activities. The consultant must have an independent, problem-solving mindset, with proactive attitude to overcome any operational challenges along the way, by working closely with all members of the Center.

The specific tasks of the consultant:

  • Prepare and deliver research programme activities such as writing concept notes, logistics notes, meeting reports and support technical organization of Korea as well as international meetings on the priority research themes of the Centre such as femicide and women and technology.
  • Perform data fact-checking for the various research activities undertaken by the Centre.
  • Conduct background research on and produce case study summaries.
  • Contribute to content development for the Centre’s knowledge products.
  • Coordinate the compilation of best practices of the gender policy and mainstreaming policies, legislation and implementation strategies in the region including best practices from the Republic of Korea.
  • Support the development of reports on key learnings from the research activities of the Centre.
  • Participate in the staff meetings if needed.
  • Other tasks requested by the Research and Data Specialist

Required Skills and Experien

  • Master’s degree in Gender and Development, Sociology, Statistics, or other relevant disciplines
  • At least 3 years relevant professional experience on gender equality and the empowerment of women
  • Having experience in the drafting and production of research reports

Language requirement:

  • Proficiency in Korean and English required
  • Having UN experience will be an advantage
  • Quantitative research skills strongly desirable