United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
Deadline of this Job:
31st of July 2018
The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) was founded in 1971 as an
instrument to help achieve the strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.
Created by an agreement between the UN and the Government of Japan, its operations are
supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA).
UNCRD’s vision is to achieve sustainable living environment for all. Its mission is to assist developing
countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable development. Regional development planning and
management is an effective set of tools that UNCRD is prioritizing to realize its vision and mission
through guiding subnational, national and international actions to reduce the social, economic and
environmental disparities within a region or among different regions.
The UNCRD in affiliation with other UN agencies presently require the services of resourceful,
experienced and dynamic candidates at various UN DUTY STATIONS in Geneva, Copenhagen,
Jerusalem, Beijing, New York, Santiago and Hong Kong for the following positions listed below:
Posting Title: Research Officer, P4
Job Code Title: RESEARCH OFFICER
Duty Station: MULTIPLE
The incumbent reports to the Executive Secretary. As far as review projects are concerned, he/she receives substantive guidance from the Inspector(s) in charge of the project and supervise by a Senior Research Officer. During the reviews the incumbent is expected to work with a large degree of independence.
- Under the authority of the Executive Secretary, the supervision of a Senior Research Officer and the guidance of the Inspector(s) concerned, the incumbent: - Participates in the preparation of a structured work plan for evaluation and inspection reviews, taking into account their scope and complexity; - Analyzes information collected by the assigned Research Assistant and conducts preliminary desk reviews;
- Prepares questionnaires, surveys and interview guides and drafts correspondence related to the reviews;
- Participates in the Inspectors' missions and assists in the interviews conducted by the Inspectors;
- Analyzes data, identifies problems and issues and suggests solutions;
- Participates in drafting the Unit's reports;
- Ensures accuracy of the information contained in the reports;
- Guides and oversees the work of the assigned Research Assistant;
- Performs focal point responsibilities in respect of assigned organizations, including the drafting and updating of management assessments;
- Assesses and screens proposals for the annual Program of Work of the Unit;
- Participates in internal JIU meetings and assists in the preparation of JIU attendance at meetings of legislative organs;
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary.
Communication: Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively. Ability to ask pertinent questions,
to listen to others, correctly interprets messages received and responds appropriately.
Demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning and
Organizing: Ability to develop clear goals and identify priorities. Ability to allocate appropriate
amount of resources for completing work, foreseeing risks and planning for contingencies. Efficient
use of time. Ability to monitor and adjust plans. Accountability: Ability to deliver outputs within
prescribed time and quality standards. Honours commitments and takes personal responsibility for
shortcomings. Team work: Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi- cultural
environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Advanced university degree, preferably in business or public administration, economics, statistics,
international affairs, law or in a related field. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and
extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least 3 years involving
research and analysis, preferably in the area of oversight (evaluation, audit, inspection,
investigation) or a related field.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations secretariat. For the post
advertized, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United
Nations language is an advantage
Job application procedure
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in
any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the
United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).
This is an online recruitment process, applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, and work experience. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening
Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subjected to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application. Interested and qualified applicants should send their detailed Resumes/Cvs to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 31st of July 2018.