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Consultancy on Integrated Solutions to Protracted Displacement

  • Closing date: 23 Feb 2020
  • Vacancy number: IS 001


The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD seeks a senior expert for a research consultancy of three to four months, starting in March 2020, to contribute to work on a new project within the Social Policy and Development Programme. The project, Integrated Solutions to Protracted Displacement, will develop a theory of change for country-level interventions of UNDP and UNHCR based on the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus approach.

Researcher competencies, experience and skill requirements

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in conceptualizing, developing and validating a theory of change for humanitarian and development actors working in the area of displacement, development and peace-building, with field research experience in developing countries. They will have a record of high-quality research and policy outputs, and experience working with strategic programming based on the theory of change approach.


Under the general supervision of the UNRISD Project Manager, the Consultant will be responsible for the following outputs:
  • Lead the drafting of a literature review and scan of existing HDP nexus initiatives;
  • Collaborate in the organization of an expert group meeting and multistakeholder consultation.
  • Lead the drafting of a theory of change report (including logframe, narrative and practical country-level guidance).

The consultancy would suit someone who wishes to make a strategic contribution to sustainable and transformative solutions to protracted displacement by directly shaping the work of key UN agencies at the country level through the implementation of an integrated approach. The selected consultant will have a broad overview of the relevant literature, policy approaches and country experiences in the area of the HDP nexus, and strong networks in relevant partner organizations at global, regional and national levels. The selected consultant does not necessarily need to be based in Geneva, but occasional travel to Geneva will be required.

  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence as a researcher in the field of protracted displacement and the triple nexus approach;
  • Communication: Excellent oral communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with different target audiences regarding substantive issues;
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational and project goals. Builds consensus for project objectives with colleagues;
  • Leadership: Takes intellectual leadership in substantive areas of work and demonstrates good management skills;
  • Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies critical issues for the work of the UN in situations of protracted displacement; develops appropriate methods and analyses data, drawing policy recommendations and guidelines for country-level interventions in accordance with the norms and objectives of the United Nations.


Education: Postgraduate degree in social sciences with a focus on protracted forced displacement, HDP nexus approach, peacebuilding, etc.

  • More than 10 years academic and professional experience in the field of humanitarian action, migration and refugees, HDP nexus approach.
  • A proven publication record in the field of forced displacement and/or the HDP nexus.
  • Research/work experience in developing countries.
  • Experience in the management and supervision of projects.
  • Experience in developing a theory of change.
  • Experience in interagency collaboration on forced displacement at country level is an advantage.

Languages: Fluent English with proven writing and editing skills; ability to work in other UN languages highly desirable.

Terms and conditions
  • Remuneration will be discussed with the candidate based on a proposed schedule of working days, location, travel, and outputs.
  • Start date: March 2020
  • Duration: Up to 4 months
  • UNRISD is not responsible for medical insurance, which is mandatory if the selected candidate is to be based in Geneva.

Application process

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this consultancy assignment, please apply online by clicking the botton below.

The "Cover Letter" section should include your motivation and skills. The "Statement" section should include a discussion of how you would approach the assignment.

The extended deadline for applications is Sunday 23 February 2020 (23:59 Central European Time).

Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

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