UN- Research Coordinator: Politics and Institutional Dynamics of Social Development (P-4)

Job Openings: UN- Research Coordinator: Politics and Institutional Dynamics of Social Development (P-4)

Closing date: 22 Jan 2012

Vacancy number: RC004

Under the general supervision of the Director of UNRISD, the incumbent will conceptualize, develop and manage a research programme within the current priority area of the Institute on The Politics and Institutional Dynamics of Social Development. The immediate task will be to develop, implement and manage the Institute's new research project on Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development.

The incumbent will also carry out the following duties:
Prepare project concept notes and proposals within the priority research area, identify research partners, project staff or consultants as required, organize research meetings and conferences, supervise the work of staff and consultants involved in the projects, and ensure the quality of outputs produced;
Fundraise for projects within the research programme, and assist in the fundraising activities of the Institute;
Carry out research activities, including the preparation of background papers, synthesis reports and edited volumes, substantive editing and dissemination of research findings;
Produce high-quality academic outputs for publication in journals, edited volumes and similar channels;
Contribute to the Institute's core publications, research programmes and special activities, including participating in meetings and reviewing papers emerging from other projects;
Maintain regular contacts with relevant institutions and persons within the United Nations system, governments, multilateral donors and the international research community;
Provide advice to the United Nations departments and agencies, civil society organisations, academic or other organisations based on UNRISD research;
Represent UNRISD in international meetings;
Periodically report on progress to the Director, the UNRISD Board and donors.
Carry out other activities as agreed within the Institute or assigned by the Director.

Core Competencies:
Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence
in area of disciplinary expertise relevant to development research.
Communication: Excellent oral communication and writing skills.
Ability to communicate effectively regarding substantive issues.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve
organizational and project goals. Builds consensus for
project objectives with colleagues.
Leadership: Demonstrated intellectual leadership in the substantive
areas of the work and excellent managerial skills.

A PhD in social science and minimum of seven years of experience
in related development research at an academic or research institution;
Excellent knowledge of the literature on taxation, aid and governance;
Extensive research on low- and lower-middle-income countries;
High level publications record, including publications in peer reviewed journals;
Proven experience in fundraising for research projects, and in the development,
management and supervision of multi-country research projects.


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