United Nations Office for Project Services Job Vacancy : Research Associate




The United Nations Office for Project Services is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners in the aid world.

The assessment report will be one of the inputs to the two-day High Level meeting of the General Assembly, convened by the President of the General Assembly in the 71st session, to consider the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and the positioning of UN-Habitat in this regard. It would also be a document taken into account at the 72nd session of the Second Committee in order that recommendations are considered for an action.

Functional Responsibilities

The Research Associate will support the Panel by carrying out the following:

  • Substantive support to key research activities, including:
  • Literature review and analysis of existing documents and case studies related to the normative and operational mandate of UN-Habitat, its governance structure, work and financial capability;
  • Evidence-based review and comparative analysis of the structure, management, human and financial resources of UN-Habitat with other UN agencies/programmes;
  • Collection of relevant cases and examples conducive to the normative and operational mandate of UN-Habitat, its governance structure, work and financial capability;
  • Draft an annotated outline based on initial research of other similar processes and the literature review of the High-Level panel report;
  • Review and refine the annotated outline according to inputs emerging from the workshops and consultations;
    • Liaison between the Panel members and the Executive Office of the Secretary General, if needed, to ensure effective planning and implementation of the work plan for the Panel
    • Support to the Panel for the PGA High Level meeting, including liaising with UN partners, stakeholders and supporting Panel engagement with the Office of the PGA.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language Requirements

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in administration, finances, organizational management, urban planning, sociology, international relations, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience Experience in events management, coordination/liaising, knowledge management, public relations, programme management and capacity development at the international level, drafting reports, preferably for the United Nations system. Background experience related to urban issues will be considered an advantage.

Languages English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, the consultant must have excellent written and oral skills in English.

Other Skills

    • Strong verbal, written and presentation communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain strong internal and external relationships and to interact positively and professionally with the public in an information service role.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a multicultural environment and under time constraints and to meet deadlines is needed
    • Familiarity with United Nations administrative systems such as UMOJA is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Invidiual Agreement (IICA)

Contract level: IICA-1/ ICS-8

Contract duration: ASAP – 15 September 2017

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Additional Considerations

    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
    • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR Strategy Is To

    • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
    • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
    • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information – Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) career website on www.impactpool.org to apply