Research Coordinator Vacancy at United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

Deadline: October 13, 2013

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is looking for an outstanding researcher in the field of gender and development to coordinate its programme of work in this area. UNRISD is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. They work to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

Position: Research Coordinator: Gender and Development (P3)


  • The Research Coordinator will join a small team committed to producing high-quality research that contributes to the realization of equity and social justice.
  • Building on prior and ongoing research, s/he will lead the development of new research projects, identifying critical areas of concern for the UN system within the framework of the overall research strategy of the Institute.
  • The ideal candidate will have proven experience in conceptualizing, developing and implementing research programmes, with field research experience in developing countries.
  • S/he will have a record of high-quality research outputs and experience in communicating research to diverse audiences, particularly in policy communities. S/he should be familiar with UNRISD research; some knowledge of the UN system would be an advantage.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies. Representatives and officials in national governments, other international organizations, civil society organizations, academic networks and consultants.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence as a researcher in the field of gender and development.
  • Communication: Excellent oral communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with different target audiences regarding substantive issues.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational and project goals. Builds consensus for project objectives with colleagues.
  • Leadership: Takes intellectual leadership in substantive areas of work and demonstrates good management skills.
  • Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies critical issues for research relevant to the work of the UN; develops appropriate research methods and analyses data, drawing policy recommendations in accordance with the norms and objectives of the United Nations.


  • A Master’s Degree in social science, with a focus on gender and development. A PhD is strongly desirable.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in development research at an academic or research institution. Up to two years research towards a PhD can be recognized as relevant experience.
  • A proven publication record in the field of gender and development, and expertise in at least one of the priority areas of interest to the Institute.
  • Research experience in developing countries.
  • Experience in fundraising for research projects, and in the management and supervision of projects.
  • Fluent English with proven writing and editing skills; ability to work in other UN languages highly desirable.

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