Posting Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT, G6
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 February 2023 – 11 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Social Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-200069-R-New York (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Mali IOT/MINUSMA Integrated Operational Team in the Western Africa Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations. The Research Assistant reports to the Deputy Director of the IOT through the Senior Political Affairs Officer. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. The Mission was requested to support the parties in the implementation of the 2015 Peace Agreement, while assisting the Malian authorities in stabilizing the country. By unanimously adopting resolution 2531 in June 2020, the Council reiterated that the Mission’s support to the implementation of the Peace Agreement is its primary strategic priority while its facilitation of the implementation by Malian authorities of the Stratégie de stabilisation du centre du Mali would be its second strategic priority. MINUSMA was also requested to provide support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, in line with resolution 2391 (2017) and 2480 (2019). Following the military coup on 18 August 2020, the Council further decided, through a presidential statement issued on 15 October, that the Mission would support the 18-month political transition and the holding of new presidential and legislative elections to be held at the conclusion of the transition.
Within delegated authority, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
- Assists in identifying and monitoring substantive aspect of the work of the Mali IOT. Selects and evaluates a variety of documents, summarize pertinent material, collects and analyses data and prepares background materials for assessment papers, studies, briefs and reports.
- Systematically follows through and retrieves, highlights and compiles information from a wide variety of information sources; prepares input for the electronic database and the internet and co-operate with research institutes and organizations in the collection of data.
- Assembles and examines original material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; makes appropriate adjustments.
- Designs, prepares and maintains a country profile for the Mali IOT.
- Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, data sets, and/or diagrams for information in order to facilitate the in-depth analysis of the retrieved information by the Mali IOT.
- Assist in the preparation of research materials for the drafting of briefing materials for UN senior officials.
- Participates in the substantive and policy discussions of the Mali IOT.
- Maintains and expands contacts with other departments in the Secretariat, as well as the UN agencies and programmes and other organizations relevant to the region, and co-ordinate the input of other departments in the collection of data for assignments received.
- Prepares, maintains and updates files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designs and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, charts, graphs, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
- Drafts programme/project summaries, co-ordinates review and clearance process and co-ordinates with editor, translation services, etc., on finalization and publication of reports in multiple languages.
- Identifies the organizational requirements for conferences and meetings and assists in the preparation of documentation and reports for these meetings.
- Attends a variety of meetings to follow discussions, takes notes and prepares summary report, notes for the file, correspondence, etc.
- Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff
- Performs other related work as required.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of experience in collecting and researching political, social and economic data is required. Experience using project management tools is required. Experience working on or in Africa is desirable. Experience providing support to field operations is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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