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Job Opportunity: Research Analyst at UNDP

Job Opportunity: Research Analyst at UNDP

Location: New York, United States
Agency: UNDP
Grade: P2
Practice Area: Innovation
Contract Duration: 2 Years with Possibility for Extension
Application Deadline: July 8, 2024


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, foster inclusion to empower all personnel, and ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. We encourage people from marginalized or excluded populations to apply. UNDP upholds zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation, harassment, and discrimination, with rigorous reference and background checks for all selected candidates.

About the Human Development Report Office (HDRO)

The HDRO, a multi-disciplinary unit within UNDP in New York, advances human development through expanding opportunities, choice, and freedom. Known for the annual Human Development Report (HDR), the HDRO challenges policies, promotes innovative concepts, and advocates for practical policy changes. Each report examines a development theme in-depth, offering status assessments and policy recommendations.

Position Purpose

The Research Analyst will provide analytical, substantive, and research contributions to the HDRs. Working under the HDRO Director and the Research & Strategic Partnerships Advisor, the analyst will contribute to intellectual thinking on human development issues, substantive HDR work, human development measurements, and overall HDRO tasks.

Key Functions

Research and Analysis (30%):

  • Conduct research on human development issues.
  • Review background research and communicate with experts.
  • Compile databases and graphs for relevant indicators.

HDR and Publications Contributions (35%):

  • Support the formulation of HDR themes and structure.
  • Provide literature reviews, data analysis, and draft research notes.
  • Assist in finalizing the report and global launch preparations.

Human Development Measurements (20%):

  • Support work on human development measurements and data.
  • Prepare materials for the global Report and related activities.

Overall HDRO Contributions (15%):

  • Prepare briefs and background documents.
  • Contribute to communications materials and presentation support.
  • Engage in other assignments as requested.


  • Achieve Results: Detail-oriented, timely, and quality-focused.
  • Think Innovatively: Open to new ideas and systemic thinking.
  • Learn Continuously: Curious, knowledge-sharing, and feedback-seeking.
  • Adapt with Agility: Flexible and handles ambiguity well.
  • Act with Determination: Resilient under pressure.
  • Engage and Partner: Compassionate and relationship-building.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciates differences and confronts discrimination.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in social science or equivalent, or Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of relevant experience.


  • Minimum 2 years of research experience with a master’s degree or 4 years with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong understanding of social and economic development, human development, or related fields.
  • Familiarity with producing global development reports is desirable.


  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Application Information

Important for US Permanent Residents: Accepting a UNDP staff position may require relinquishing US Permanent Resident status. Consult an immigration lawyer for advice.

UNDP reserves the right to select multiple candidates from this announcement and to consider candidates for similar positions at the same grade level.

Non-Discrimination: UNDP maintains a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation, misconduct, and abuse of authority. Rigorous reference and background checks are conducted.

Apply Here: UNDP Careers