1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Research Coordinator: Gender and Development (P4)

  • Closing date: 14 Sep 2012
  • Vacancy number: RC 005

UNRISD seeks an outstanding scholar in the field of gender and development to lead its research programme in this field.

The Gender Programme is a key element of the Institute’s overall research agenda. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of social institutions, relations and policies from a gender perspective.

Within our overall research agenda, the Gender Programme addresses (i) the gendered content and impacts of economic and social policies and processes, including the implications of globalization, liberalization and crisis on women and gender relations; and (ii) the politics of policy making and the role of women’s movements therein. Current research priorities include: the gender dimensions of agrarian change and rural livelihoods; labour markets and the unpaid economy as gendered arenas; the role of economic and social policies in reinforcing or contesting gender inequalities; and the role of women’s organizations and movements (both transnational and national) in shaping and framing policy priorities and their implementation.

Immediately, the candidate will lead the proposal development for a new project in the area of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, and be responsible for the implementation of a new project on Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change for a Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in conceptualizing, developing and managing cross-country research programmes; field research experience in developing countries; a record of high-quality research outputs; and experience in communicating research to diverse audiences, particularly in policy communities. S/he should be familiar with UNRISD research; some knowledge of the UN system would be an advantage.

Under the general supervision of the Director of UNRISD, the Research Coordinator is responsible for the following tasks.
  • Conceptualize, develop and manage the Institute’s research programme in the area of Gender and Development, ensuring its integration within the overall institutional strategy and research agenda.
  • Prepare project concept notes and proposals within the priority issue areas; 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.
  • Undertake research on identified projects, including the preparation of analytical background papers, working with country teams to develop methodologies, synthesizing findings from cross-country studies, producing reports and edited volumes, and undertaking substantive editing and dissemination of research findings.
  • Produce high-quality academic outputs for publication in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and similar channels; and communicate research to a varied range of stakeholders in the policy, civil society and donor communities.
  • Fundraise for projects within the research programme, and assist in the fundraising activities of the Institute.
  • Contribute to Institute-wide flagship publications, research programmes and special activities, including participating in meetings and reviewing papers from other projects.
  • Build and 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 organizations, academic or other institutions based on UNRISD research, including through written papers or participation in expert groups and other meetings.
  • Represent UNRISD in international meetings and academic conferences.
  • 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 progressively responsible experience in related development research at an academic or research institution.
  • A proven publication record in the field of gender and development, and expertise in at least one of the priority areas highlighted above, reflected in peer-reviewed journal publications and/or edited volumes.
  • Extensive research including field experience on low- and lower-middle-income countries.
  • Proven experience in fundraising for research projects, and in the development, management and supervision of multi-country research projects.

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluent English with proven ability in writing and editing of reports; ability to work in French and/or Spanish highly desirable.

  • Geneva, Switzerland

Application process
  • If you are interested in the work elaborated above and fulfil the required qualifications, please apply online by clicking the button below.
  • Please use the “Motivation” section of the online application form for your cover letter.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by end-September and asked to carry out a written assignment, before being notified if they have been selected for interview.
  • We regret that due to limited staff resources only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date
  • 14 September 2012 (Midnight, Central European Time)