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The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will hire a select number of Research Consultants to support the conduct of the corporate thematic evaluations in 2020.

The evaluations aim to strengthen UNDP accountability to global and national development partners; support the development of the next strategic plan; and support organizational learning.

The evaluations will use multiple data collection and analysis methods and will gather and analyse multiple perspectives to measure and evaluate UNDP performance and value added. Data will be revewed and triangulated from document reviews, meta-analysis of evaluations and audits, regional and country case study missions, interviews, focus groups and surveys.

Data from UNDP results-based management system, the Integrated Results and Resource Framework and the ATLAS enterprise resouce planning system (UNDP’s financial management system) will also be taken into consideration for analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities

The research consultants will provide direct support to IEO’s implementation of the evaluations being planned for 2020. They will be responsible for supporting research and data collection/ analysis working directly with respective IEO evaluation managers. The research consultant’s work will be guided by IEO’s standard ICPE research and process manuals.

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Survey and gathering of both external and corporately-available documents, data, and information relevant to the countries and programmes under review;
  • Compilation of data and uploading of background material to IEO’s common document portal;
  • Preparation of a set of preliminary research and analytical material as required;
  • Support to the development of data collection instruments;
  • Preparation of tables, figures, graphs, and annexes for the reports;
  • Translation of documents, as required; and
  • Provision of general support as required by the evaluation managers.

Results have an impact on the overall efficiency, effectiveness and success of IEO’s work. The research consultant’s work contributes to the immediate execution of the evaluations planned, establishment of strong and reliable research base within IEO, as well as to the timely and efficient implementation of IEO’s work plan.


Core Competencies

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Acts as a team player and facilitate team work.
  • Maintains confidentiality.

Functional Competencies

  • Strong research and analytical skills, including ability to collect reliable, valid and accurate information; and quickly digest and analyze a diverse range of information and data collected from varied sources.
  • Use of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of software packages available for quantitative analysis, including databases, spreadsheets and statistical packages and Nvivo.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks; and plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals (project management skills).

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Time management and ability to handle a large volume of work.
  • Knowledge sharing and lesson learning.
  • Manages conflict.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Science, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, International Relations, or other relevant areas.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in conducting research in the international development context;
  • Experience in the use of various research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative);
  • Experience in designing and implementing programme monitoring and evaluation, a significant advantage;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Prior experience with or knowledge of UNDP or other UN agencies, an advantage;
  • Knowledge of current international development issues in the areas of Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building, an advantage;
  • Experience with Small Grants from the Global Environmental Facility or other GEF projects, an advantage;

Language Requirements

Fluency in English. Knowledge of other UNDP working languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian) is an asset.

Application Instructions

The following documents should be supplied and uploaded as one document:

  • A cover letter with a short description of relevant experience;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and educaton history, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references;
  • A duly completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form that indicates your daily rate for this consultancy;

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allowas a maximum upload of one document.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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