Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
In line with the 11th Malaysia Plan strategy to ensure geographical balance in regional growth to enhance inclusion for the bottom 40% (B40) income and other vulnerable groups, the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory (IMUO) project is a 4-year collaboration between Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in developing strategic and targeted outputs to support a larger, ongoing initiative to establish the IMUO at the subnational level.
This project contributes towards realising Iskandar Malaysia’s vision to become a sustainable, inclusive and smart regional corridor through evidence-based spatial planning and policy making. This project focuses on the development of the IMUO business plan through a robust process of stakeholder consultation and dialogue. The outputs from this project serve as building blocks to empower IRDA to better plan and implement subnational programmes that are more tailored to the needs of the B40 and vulnerable groups, with links to the SDGs, as well as guide IRDA in the operational establishment of the IMUO.
The IMUO functions lead to outcomes that closely ties back to the SDG agenda, of which Malaysia pledges to adopt. It serves as a facility where urban-related data can be comprehensively analysed and made meaningful for application in regional planning. An informed urban and regional development plan in turn can address poverty, improve health care services and quality of education, provide opportunities for decent work and economic growth, and reduce inequalities through strategic industry and infrastructure planning, development and management.
The key outcome of the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory is to have an “effective policies and initiatives that promote socioeconomic inclusion, equity and resilience, especially for the bottom 40 per cent, are in place and implementation monitored”.
In this regard, UNDP Malaysia is looking for a Research Assistant to support the Partnership Consultant in building the co-ownership of IMUO including indicators localization and international benchmarking.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Assistant will report directly to and work under the guidance of the IMUO Project Manager. The day-to-day assignment of work will be guided by the Partnership Consultant for the project. He/She is responsible for background research, data collection and analysis, preparation and maintenance of knowledge products, and relevant support pertaining to the project, including all necessary project administrative requirements (e.g. logistical arrangements for workshops organised, preparation of invitation letters and follow-up, etc).
Scope of work
Summary of key functions:
Technical Support (60%): Perform background research and technical support to the project.
Knowledge Management (20%): Provide support to knowledge documentation, knowledge building and sharing
Project Support (20%): Provide administrative and logistics support to project implementation.
Duration of work
The work will take place from November 2019 to June 2020 (8 months).
Contracts based on daily fee:
Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications and Years of Experience: