Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP

Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP

Job Opportunity: Research and Coordination Associate

Position ID: 18327
Posting Date: May 21, 2024, 08:34 AM
Application Deadline: June 05, 2024, 05:59 AM
Schedule: Full-time
Agency: UNDP
Grade: NPSA-7
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area: Economics
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Education & Experience: Bachelor’s Degree – 4 years of experience OR High School certificate – 7 years of experience
Application Period: 2 Weeks
Mobility: No mobility required

Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP
Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP



About UNDP

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental principles at UNDP. Our commitment extends to fostering an environment where all individuals, irrespective of their backgrounds, can contribute meaningfully to our mission. Upholding a ‘leave no one behind’ approach, we actively encourage applications from marginalized or excluded populations.

Zero-Tolerance Policy

At UNDP, we uphold a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Rigorous reference and background checks are conducted for all selected candidates to ensure adherence to these principles.

The Knowledge Project

The Knowledge Project is a collaborative initiative between UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). Established in 2008, its primary goal is to produce high-quality knowledge products and facilitate knowledge sharing and dialogue.

Programme Overview

Regional Skills Initiative

Under the auspices of the Knowledge Project, the Regional Skills Initiative seeks to fortify the linkage between skills development and poverty reduction in the Arab region. Targeting approximately 5,500 Arab learners across eight countries, the initiative focuses on core employability and soft skills, foundational digital skills, and technical skills.

Pilot Phase

The pilot phase of the Regional Skills Initiative is set to commence in January 2023 and will span 16 months. During this phase, workshops will be conducted to bring together stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, and educational institutions to discuss and update skills gap analysis. Additionally, the project will identify the skills gap and plan for future skills of the targeted groups.

Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Programme Coordination

  • Ensuring seamless coordination and execution of project events to facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity-building.
  • Preparation of technical content and choreography for consultations and workshops within the Regional Skills Initiative.
  • Strengthening existing relationships and forging partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including government entities and private sector organizations.
  • Establishing robust tracking and monitoring tools for effective project management and progress tracking.

2. Research and Knowledge Management

  • Conducting desk research to gain insights into the skills landscape in the region.
  • Mapping key stakeholders and existing skills initiatives in the Arab region.
  • Preparing various knowledge products, including background notes, surveys, and written reports, focusing on labor and job landscapes.
  • Collecting and analyzing data related to employment, skills, and educational mismatch to inform evidence-based interventions.

3. Reporting and Partnerships

  • Supporting the preparation of periodic narrative and financial reports, ensuring timely and accurate reporting to stakeholders.
  • Establishing and fostering partnerships with relevant stakeholders to maximize collaboration and support for the project.

4. Communication and Advocacy

  • Assisting in developing communication materials, including project presentations and invitation letters.
  • Supporting advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the project’s objectives and achievements.
  • Coordinating with relevant teams to promote public engagement and awareness of the project’s activities and outcomes.
Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP
Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP

Institutional Arrangement

The Research and Coordination Associate will report to the Project and Research Analyst in Dubai and the Chief Technical Adviser/Project Manager. They will maintain effective working relationships with various stakeholders and colleagues.


Core Competencies

  1. Achieve Results: Plans and monitors work, delivers quality work by deadline.
  2. Think Innovatively: Open to creative ideas, pragmatic problem solver.
  3. Learn Continuously: Shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.
  4. Adapt with Agility: Adapts to change, handles ambiguity/uncertainty constructively.
  5. Act with Determination: Shows drive and motivation, delivers calmly in face of adversity.
  6. Engage and Partner: Demonstrates compassion, forms positive relationships.
  7. Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciates/respects differences, confronts discrimination.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge.
  • Digital Learning and Development: Knowledge of digital learning methods and ability to design and develop digital learning programs.
  • Relationship Management: Ability to engage with a wide range of partners, build trust, and mutual understanding.
  • Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach understanding, persuade others, and create ‘win-win’ situations.
  • Inclusive Growth: Understanding of future of work, automation, technology, and job promotion.



  • Secondary education or Bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration, education, social sciences, or related field.


  • Minimum of seven years (with secondary education) or four years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or regional level.
  • Experience in economic research, upskilling and reskilling initiatives, employment/entrepreneurship, or technical education programs.


  • Excellent computer literacy (MS Office; Windows; Internet).
  • Excellent communications, report writing, and analytical skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Extensive experience working in the Arab States region.
  • Knowledge of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and/or education.
  • Experience in a similar position in UN agencies.


  • Fluency in Arabic and English (both oral and written) is required.
  • French is an asset.


  • National of the UAE or other nationalities with a valid legal work permit and residency in the UAE.

Additional Information


  • US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders) are advised to seek legal advice regarding their status before applying.

Application Information:

  • UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.
  • All selected candidates undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • UNDP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on various factors.
  • The United Nations does not charge any application or processing fees.

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Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP
Advance Your Career: Research and Coordination Associate Role with UNDP


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