Research Associate

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020

1.​ Performing background research (qualitative and quantitative) on project activities.

  • Present thoroughly researched information; implementation of the projects; preparation of project documents’ drafts, work plans, budgets, progress reports, policy briefs and proposals on implementation arrangements. 
  • Compile the researched material in a systematic way and prepare background briefs/briefing notes as and when required.
  • Provide strategic advice to all project interventions after conducting extensive research on a variety of crucial issues.
  • Support SPAU on national needs’ assessments and SDG-based planning and management.
  • Work with the Human Development Report (HDR) research institutions and the HDR team on the preparation of research products relevant to the national and sub-national Human Development Reports. In particular, liaise with the research institutions to ensure they conduct relevant and timely research, interviews and focus group discussions. 
  • Support production of   SDGRs and NHDRs. 
  • Organize national and sub-national consultative meetings or workshops on the HDR, NHDR, SDGs or other issues, as may be required.
  • Review the background and thematic papers that have already been commissioned and assess them in view of the research results.
  • Compile, analyze and synthesize information for the Economic Advisor. 
  • Provide effective support to management of the programme (and projects).
  • Provide guidance to consultants/executing agencies on routine implementation of the projects and monitor quality of work of consultants.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on economic policies, research and analysis.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in economics and research.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
  • Highly developed qualitative and quantitative research skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. 
  • Computer literate; must be able to use the Internet and other research tools effectively.
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments. 
  • Teamwork - excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills and ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Builds strong relationships with partners, focusing on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Able to manage complex problems proactively and effectively, including responses to field based emergencies.
  • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Degree in Economics or Statistics with strong statistics background.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, preferably with at least three years’ experience in development research work.
  • Prior knowledge and experience in research and research methodology.
  • Knowledge of local conditions and developments in Kenya; 
  • Knowledge of Kenya Government policies and procedures is an added advantage
  • Knowledge of UN programming tools and operational procedures is desirable.
  • Excellent English writing and oral skills.   
  • Knowledge of Swahili is desirable. 

Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Contract Duration: 6 Months

This vacancy is archived.

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