Research Consultant

United Nations Development Programme, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd June, 2019

Job Description


The mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. HDRO works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development. HDRO works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, and outreach and advocacy work.

The Human Development Report (HDR) is produced by a multi-disciplinary team. The HDR focuses on a different theme every year, with the objective of moving the global debate on human development forward. HDR 2019 will examine inequalities in the twenty first century, going beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today. HDRO is seeking a consultant, who will be based in the office, and will contribute to the report preparation in the Office, working with the HDR Research team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The work of the consultant will largely be about assisting in the fact checking process. In addition, the consultant will also assist in the analysis and drafting of material for the HDR 2019. It is expected that the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Perform fact-checking of the HDR 2019 draft.
  • Prepare fact-checking matrices for selected chapters, track facts and references, and report on inconsistencies.
  • Support with the finalization of references and notes.
  • Assist senior researchers in the management and elaboration of the drafts of the report.
  • Undertake other tasks as required. This may include statistical data analysis, background research, final preparations of tables and figures, and others.


Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the analytical foundations of the human development and capabilities approach.
  • Strong academic background and background in research.
  • Detail oriented, able to multitask, and deliver work on time.
  • Demonstrates good writing skills and the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct written notes/reports, summaries.

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Master’s degree or equivalent degree in a social science.
  • Degree in economics, sociology, political science and environmental science, with experience in international development and knowledge of developing economies, are particularly relevant.


  • Minimum twelve month full or part-time work experience in research related activities.
  • Knowledge of key debates in the area of development studies.
  • Research experience in econometric analysis using Stata will be an asset.


  • Familiarity with the process of producing a leading global report.
  • Solid experience with analysis rooted in the human development approach.
  • Advanced Excel skills for quantitative analysis and experience with Stata.
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct written summaries.
  • Willingness to work on multiple tasks under set deadlines and to actively participate in and work with teams.
  • Orientation for details and ability to work as part of a team with staff at all levels.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English.


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