Project and Research Analyst, Dubai

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.The Knowledge Project is a joint initiative between UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation established in 2008 to promote knowledge societies and policies as transformational means to achieve sustainable development in the Arab States region and across the globe. It builds on three Arab Knowledge Reports, the Arab Knowledge Index, the Knowledge4All portal and mobile application, the Arab Reading Index, the Global Knowledge Index (GKI), and the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report series.In 2021, which marks the beginning of a new phase of the Knowledge Project, main activities will consist of revising the Global Knowledge Index, revamping the knowledge4all portal and mobile application, producing the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report, holding events with youth and organizing KnowTalks, among others: The GKI provides a comprehensive roadmap of the factors and attributes that drive knowledge competitiveness. It focuses on six fundamental sectors as the building blocks of a knowledge society; pre-university education, technical and vocational education and training, higher education, research, development and innovation, information and communications technology and economy, all nurtured by a general enabling environment. The GKI is updated annually and its statistical methodology and structure have remained unchanged since its introduction in 2017. Considering the global development challenges and emerging trends in knowledge society, the methodology of the GKI will be revised in 2021 to acknowledge these transformations. As for the knowledge4all portal and mobile application, they consist of digital reference hubs for researchers, professionals, academics, and other stakeholders providing them with Arabic and English resources on topics of knowledge for development featuring reports, indices, publications and events, in addition to various tools that are being developed such as a data visualization tool, an AI tool and a GKI simulation tool. The Future of Knowledge Foresight Report series was launched in 2018 and uses online and social media analytics to foster a better understanding of societies’ ability to cope with the demands of developing fields and disciplines that are likely to play significant roles in shaping the future. It aspires to encourage proactive leadership among all nations to ensure the sustainable continued re/upskilling of workforces.The Knowledge Project is increasingly relevant given the unprecedented changes and new realities faced by the world today. The promotion of knowledge and facilitation of support for its systems of production and transfer as a development priority constitute key aspects of this project.To this end, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States is seeking the services of a Project and Research Analyst to supervise and support on all relevant tasks to ensure the production of quality reports and studies. She/he will coordinate closely with the project team and external experts to ensure the implementation of the Knowledge Project activities. Contribute to the preparation of research, data collection and production of the Global Knowledge Index Serve as the focal point for the design and implementation of the project’s advocacy, communication, and outreach strategy Contribute to the preparation of the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report Serve as the project’s youth focal point Contribute to the management and revamping of the portal and mobile application as well as the conceptualization and implementation of different IT tools Support the design, implementation, and dissemination of the skills platform Perform other tasks that may be required. Coordinate with GKI Coordinators and Advisory Board members, experts in the areas of the index Contribute to the preparation of background information for the index to be shared with the public including methodology, structure, definitions, and sources Coordinate the GKI variable mapping exercise through providing relevant information on the different variables in addition to variable and structural suggestions Support in the systematic compilation and review of quantitative and qualitative data used in the preparation of the GKI to ensure the use of robust, reliable, and updated data Coordinate the preparation of outreach and dissemination materials (social media posts including paid campaigns, newsletters, media advisories, press releases, feature stories, and blogs) related to the Knowledge Project initiatives in close coordination with the project’s Communication and Digital Content Assistant and other relevant stakeholders Contribute to the preparation of other communication materials including concept notes, briefings, talking points, speeches, presentations, and emails Support in organizing consultations with relevant stakeholders (Coordinators, Advisory Board members, international organizations, etc.) as relevant for the preparation of the GKI and other knowledge products Support in Organizing Knowledge Weeks, launch events, post-launch events, webinars. Contribute to the preparation of the FoK Foresight Report including the conceptualization and revision of the methodology, queries, and different chapters Contribute to the quality assurance, proofreading and ensuring of satisfactory translation, editing, as well as design production and implementation. Support in liaising with the project’s network of youth and third parties to design and implement a strategy led by youth to advance the knowledge for development agenda in the Arab States region and beyond Maintain and expand the Knowledge Project’s network of youth Organize and deliver workshops and trainings for youth Collaborate with external youth networks and projects. Advise on the functions and features to be integrated into the portal and Knowledge4All mobile application Support in the coordination with the identified portal development and hosting company(ies) to revamp and manage the portal and mobile application Contribute in developing new and updating existing content on the portal and mobile application Contribute to the conceptualization, implementation and update of the different IT tools as well as other portal and mobile application sections (data visualization tool, GKI dashboard, GKI simulation tool, AI tool, country profiles, learning tool, forum, community, databases, etc.). Support in drafting concept notes Suggest and discuss different use cases for the skills platform Collaborate with advisors and colleagues in the Amman Regional Hub or other UNDP offices to support research and data provision, validation, and analysis to help RBAS understand emerging trends or unexpected events Support in the production of different reports, indices, studies, and analyses. Contribute to Knowledge management & Results-Based Management Two years of relevant experience at the national, regional, or international level in analysis and research applied to development issues with a focus on developing countries Experience in research and analysis applied in the Arab States region Hands-on experience in producing professional research and publications Experience in index production is desirable Experience in communication, community management and website support are desirable Administrative experience Experience in the usage of computers, including office, design, and statistical software packages.Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.Applicant information about UNDP rostersNote: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.Scam warningThe United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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