Research Officer

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020

The Government of Pakistan attaches the highest priority to governance reform and innovation which allows federal ministries, departments and agencies to deliver better services and improve performance to meet the expectations of its citizens. Public sector reforms feature as a key area on the government’s 100-days reform agenda. The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MoPDR) collaborated with UNDP on a programme titled: “Reforms and Innovation in Government for High Performance” to propose and implement reforms for enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the public sector through institutional change and robust performance management. The project is aimed at providing technical assistance and support to the Government for introducing performance-based management systems and civil service and public administration reforms. The project also seeks to strengthen the MoPDR as a public sector think tank position it as a model Ministry for driving innovation and high-performance delivery across the public sector.

The Research Officer will provide overall support to the project in terms of policy analysis and research on reforms and innovations in governance. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager (NPM), with guidance from Advisors.

Summary of key functions:

Technical backstopping for policy engagement and advice:

  • Conduct primary and secondary research for gathering evidence for defining policy problems and developing policy alternatives in line with the priorities of MoPDR and the objectives of the project;
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs, research reports, presentations, talking points and other knowledge products that effectively distil and communicate research findings to inform debate, discussion and decision-making by the senior leadership at MoPDR and/or UNDP;
  • Lead, participate and facilitate meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and consultations with governance stakeholders from government, civil society, private/corporate sector, media and academia to present research, raise awareness, build consensus or solicit inputs regarding project activities, aims and interests;
  • Provide support to such activities in terms of inviting stakeholders, developing background material, documenting discussion points, and preparing reports
  • Provide networking, coordination and substantive support to efforts for building and reaching out to a constituency for reform and innovation within and outside of government;
  • Scan for and remain abreast of key governance reforms and innovations, that have been historically and recently been introduced at the domestic (provincial and federal governments) and global levels (developed and developing countries) to identify ‘best practices’ relevant to the thematic focus of the project;

Technical oversight of research and analysis assignments:

  • Support the procurement of technical assistance providers engaged by the project (individuals and firms) in terms of preparing/reviewing TORs, Job Descriptions, IC Notices, RFPs, and leading evaluations of technical proposals, as requested by the NPM;
  • Technical oversee  and manage relevant contracts (firms and individuals) in terms of commenting and reviewing deliverables, keeping track of milestones and timelines, quality assuring their services and providing feedback, as and when requested by the NPM; and
  • Liaise closely with relevant team members and representatives of the MoPDR for these responsibilities.
  • Overall support for project implementation
  • Liaise closely with relevant team members within the project, at the UNDP Country Office level, and at MoPDR to package and disseminate research findings among relevant governance stakeholders through press releases;
  • Assist with the preparation of periodic and ad-hoc reports on various aspects of the project;
  • Act as custodian for all project correspondence, minutes of meetings, and technical assistance deliverables produced by team members and consultants;
  • Support resource mobilization through the preparation of concept notes, proposals, presentations and other relevant documents that highlight project achievements, describes project’s aims, objectives and activities, and generate interest among international donors active in governance, as requested by the NPM;
  • Any other relevant task(s) assigned by the NPM.

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc

Impact on Results:

Core functions:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work    
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow    
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction    
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform    
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement    
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Functional Competencies:

  • In-depth and well-rounded knowledge of governance challenges as well as responsive reforms and innovations at the national, regional and global levels, particularly those pertinent to UNDP’s Practice Areas;
  • Ability to deliver under time-constrained and unexpected deadlines without compromising on quality is essential.
  • Thorough proficiency with MS Office, Windows, and web-based research tools (including online databases and research journals) is essential.
  • Demonstrable excellent drafting and writing skills – in terms of preparing research and policy documents – is essential.
  • Working knowledge of social research methodology (quantitative methods and statistics), particularly survey design and data analysis is preferred.  
  • Proficiency with data analysis software packages including SPSS and Stata is preferred.
  • Ability to take initiative for solving problems and work diligently in the absence of constant supervision is preferred.
  • Ability to grasp concepts, tools, and practices with a minimum of training and low error-rate is preferred.
  • Knowledge Management and Learning;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.


  • Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work
  • Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation

The candidate should possess a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Economics or other relevant social science discipline.


  • He/ She must have at least 1 year of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing research services and policy assistance services, preferably in thematic areas related to governance reform and innovation, specifically, developing analytical reports, concept notes and research papers/articles.
  • Experience with international organizations, especially the UNDP, and in projects working closely with the government, is preferred.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of stakeholders and knowledge of UNDP project implementation procedures, including procurement, disbursements, and reporting and monitoring is considered an asset.

Language Requirements:    
Excellent knowledge of English (verbal and written), and working knowledge of Urdu an asset

Please Note:
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.

Contract Duration: 01 Year

This vacancy is archived.

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