Work from the comfort of your Home, UNDP Research and Technical Adviser – IPSA 12 – Homebased

Work from the comfort of your Home, UNDP Research and Technical Adviser – IPSA 12 – Homebased

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Job Identification



  • Bonn, Germany
  • Home Based

Posting Date

05/26/2023, 04:41 PM

Apply Before

06/10/2023, 05:59 AM

Job Schedule

Full time


UN Volunteers



Vacancy Type

International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area

Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions



Contract Duration

1 Year

Education & Work Experience

Master’s Degree – 10 year(s) experience

Required Languages


Desired Languages

Proficiency in another UN language is a distinct advantage

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. With field presences in over 60 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

The Volunteer Advisory Services Section (VASS) based in UNV Headquarters in Bonn, is UNV’s policy, research, and knowledge hub on volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). VASS brokers and generates evidence and knowledge on different facets of volunteerism and its contribution to and impact on peace, development, and the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes leading the research, publication, and advocacy for UNV’s flagship publication the State of the World’s Volunteerism report which is published every four years. VASS leads and coordinates UNV’s work across the UN system to integrate volunteerism into UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and UN Entity Country Programme Documents and supports and advocates for Member States to integrate volunteerism and evidence on its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). 

The fourth iteration of UNV’s State of the World’s Report will be published in 2025. The report will focus on the development of a conceptual framework for the first volunteer index on measuring the value of volunteering to individuals, societies and national public goods. It will aim to tackle some of the wider challenges associated with efforts to measure volunteering including weak data sets, lack of comparability of data and the absence of conceptual frameworks. 

The Research and Technical Adviser will lead and coordinate the research, technical inputs and writing for the State of the World’s Development report, providing technical and methodological inputs and oversight to different research partners and their work. He/ she will coordinate the overall compilation and writing of the report ensuring coherence and fluidity between the different chapters.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead and oversee the intellectual and conceptual development of  research for the 2025 State of Worlds Volunteerism Report.
  2. Identify and foster new research partnerships, especially diverse high quality academic partners  including from the global south.
  3. Provide strategic and technical guidance to research consortiums and partners for the State of the World’s Volunteer Report 2025 ensuring methodological rigour and high quality outputs.
  4. Coordinate and oversee the compilation and writing of the report, by bringing together the different research papers and chapters to ensure a cohesive report with clear and relevant policy recommendations. 
  5. Draft background, technical, policy and discussion papers, and presentations for consultations and outreach activities.
  6. Participate in high level panels and deliver presentations to further UNV’s research objectives.


Achieve Results:LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
Think Innovatively:LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
Learn Continuously:LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility:LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner:LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competenciesThematic AreaNameDefinitionBusiness Direction & StrategyStrategic ThinkingAbility to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDPBusiness Direction & StrategyEffective Decision MakingAbility to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business ManagementCommunicationAbility to communicate in a clear,

concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication;

to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels Communications Multimedia production Ability to create and combine images, text and audio- visuals to produce multimedia content Communications Social Media management Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in virtual communities and networks
General (across the functions) Public relations Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public Digital & Innovation Data literacy Understand the potential as well as the limitations of using data driven innovation Ability to use a mix of data sources (quantitative, qualitative or real-time techniques) to develop understanding, identify patterns to inform decision making or identify opportunities for further exploration Digital & Innovation Data collection Being skilled in Data Sorting, Data Cleaning, Survey Administration, Presentation and Reporting including collection of Real-Time Data (e.g. mobile data, satellite data, sensor data) 

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic EducationMaster’s degree in Social sciences, Economics or a related field;A PhD in Social Sciences, Economics or related filed will be considered favorable.
Min. years of relevant Work experience 10 years of work experience in sustainable development, research, policy analysis and partnerships with 7 years of research experience in the above-mentioned areas.
Required   skills and competenciesExperience in the design and management of complex research projects, preferably in the United Nations and/or international organizations;Expertise managing research and collaboration with diverse partners including member states, academia, think tanks and civil society;Experience developing and using research to contribute to global policy debates;A track record of publications.Strong planning, organization, and time management skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently.Familiarity with concepts and methods related to volunteering, unpaid work and the third sector and links to international development.
Desired additional skills and competenciesExperience in the field of volunteering measurement is an asset. Previous experience in using innovation and new technologies for research is an advantage.
Required Language(s) (at working level)Fluency in EnglishProficiency in another UN language is a distinct advantage


This is a home based assignment. The Research and Technical Assistant will be expected to travel to Bonn, Germany at regular intervals (on average every three months) for periods of up to two weeks. He/ She will be expected to carry out other official travel as part  of their assignment. UNV will cover the cost of travel to Bonn and other official travel as required. 


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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