Research Consultant

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th October, 2019

Job Description

The Global Content Strategy (GCS) section within the Division of Communication (DOC) plans, develops and produces UNICEF communication content - from flagship publications to photography and online videos - for key initiatives and priority campaigns. We manage the quality and consistency of communication content as a strategic asset across platforms and facilitate and provide guidance in the development of efficient and effective communication content across the organization. The section's expertise encompasses strategic content planning, video production, photo curation, writing, editing, fact-checking, proofreading, translation and graphic design, in line with UNICEF's communication and advocacy objectives.

How can you make a difference?

The Global Content Strategy Section seeks to hire a full-time Research Consultant to ensure communication materials and reports are accurate, up to date and consistent with the latest data available. To discharge this responsibility, DOC's Global Content Strategy section is seeking to hire a committed and passionate research professional.

The work of the Research Consultant is overseen by the Communication Specialist - Research based in the Publishing unit of the Global Content Strategy section. The team is independent from writers, editors and researchers who develop content, and it offers an objective or neutral perspective. Fact-checking is key to UNICEF's credibility and legitimacy. Ensuring the quality, accuracy and reliability of our published content reduces the reputational risks for the organization and contributes directly to the achievement of results for children.

Description of assignment and expected results:

  • Fact-check communication and advocacy content, following Fact-checking Guidelines, through online database searches, academic resources and other means of validation, verifying facts and figures for accuracy and currency with credible and authoritative sources for each finding;
  • Check contents for consistency with UNICEF policy and guidelines and recent materials produced by Headquarters and field offices;
  • Thoroughly check sensitive issues that may damage the UNICEF name, brand and reputation;
  • Liaise with the responsible editor/writer/researcher in HQ and field offices and experts as needed;
  • Research and compile up-to-date information/statistical data, reports, scholarly articles, UN system flagships and other publications on current development and humanitarian issues relevant to the work of the organization;
  • Organize and save each fact-checked material and supporting documentation/evidence in user-friendly format;
  • Other research assignments and tasks to ensure timely completion of projects.

Required qualifications and work experience:

  • M.A in international development and social science related areas;
  • A minimum of two years of research and fact-checking experience, facility with quantitative and quantitative data;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of current key development issues and trends relevant to children and women;
  • Strong knowledge of UNICEF's programmes, emergencies activities and policies a distinct advantage;
  • Knowledge of the work of the UN system preferred;
  • A professionally positive, solutions-oriented approach;
  • Strong team work and attention to details;
  • Driven to produce results to deadlines and to a high level of quality;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Required competencies:

  • Setting high standards for quality of work;
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Analytical skills and good judgment;
  • Attention to detail and ability to identify sensitive issues;
  • Well organized and driven for results to meet tight deadlines;
  • Quickly building rapport with individuals and groups;
  • Flexibility to work on multiple projects and teams and a good team player;


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