Agency: UNDP
Title: Research Assistant
Job ID: 32974
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – RESEARCH
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages: Arabic, English
Grade: SB3
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: 12 months

  • Section/Unit: Arab Development Portal (ADP)
  • Reports to: Arab Development Portal Project Manager and Technical Specialist
  • Project reference: 00116151
  • Budgeted level: SC 5
The data revolution is an essential cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with data considered to be one of the fundamental pillars of the accountability framework of the 2030 Agenda. However, online access to quality data in the Arab region remains difficult. Data and knowledge resources on development issues in the Arab region are often outdated, unreliable, and fragmented across multiple international, regional and local sources. When available, access to credible and official data is burdensome. By having access to and effectively using data, individuals, firms and communities in the Arab region can become more actively and meaningfully engaged in rethinking development policies, taking fact-based positions, or leading on entrepreneurial initiatives, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of their countries and regions.
The Arab Development Portal (ADP) is an initiative of the Coordination Group of Arab, National and Regional Development Institutions (CG) to create a knowledge platform to promote timely and high- quality knowledge and advance data-driven analysis and debates, advocacy and policymaking in the Arab region.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) launched ADP online on 25 April 2016, as a bilingual data warehouse and knowledge platform offering data and knowledge on key development topics in the Arab region based on national and international sources. The primary target audiences for ADP include decision-makers in the public sector, private sector, academia, media and civil society with an active interest in development efforts in the Arab region.
Leveraging on big data technology, the ADP data portal was revamped in March 2018 to enhance the research experience of users enabling them to search for, visualize, extract, share and therefore analyze and create content based on official statistics. ADP has also expanded its database to enhance its thematic coverage of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and launched the first regional SDGs Tracking Tool1 in the Arab region, offering a multi-level SDG monitoring framework based on the global indicators, but also on national indicators and targets identified in national development plans of Arab countries. ADP currently offers data users a multi-sourceand bilingual database hosting 15 thematic topics and more than 7,200 unique indicators accessible through advanced data browsing and visualization options.
In light of this and within the scope to improve access to knowledge and promote data dissemination in the Arab region, the ADP wishes to recruit a Research Assistant. 
The Research Assistant will be part of a Beirut-based team that is implementing Phase IV of the Arab Development Portal (ADP). He/she will report directly to the Project Manager and is required to exhibit his or her full-time commitment to the ADP Project.


Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general guidance and the direct supervision of the Project manager, the Research Assistant shall perform the following tasks:
  • Assist in editing required research documentation in both English and Arabic;
  • Assist in preparing tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results;
  • Update ADP national and international datasets;
  • Verify and contribute to the well-functioning of the backend of the data portal;
  • Assist in performing descriptive statistical analyses of data;
  • Assist in reviewing translated material (En-Ar and En-Ar);
  • Assist in organizing thematic focus groups, workshops and trainings;
  • Assist in developing new social media content and checking content for accuracy, ensuring that it complies with copyright and privacy regulations;
  • Draft and suggest ideas for basic media strategies and content;
  • Perform any other substantive task that might be requested by the Project manager in line with the Research Assistant’s duties.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent research, editing and analytical skills; 
  • Creative skills to find interesting ways of presenting information;
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail including proofreading;
  • Ability to write in a clear, concise and engaging way for the target audience;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure; 
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, education or any other related fields. 
  • A minimum of two (02) years of relevant work experience
  • Previous UN experience is a plus
  • Experience in analytical work related to socio-economic development of the Arab region is an asset
  • Experience in writing social media material and familiar with basic social media strategies is preferrable
  • Experience with statistical analysis and development indicators is preferrable.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English is required. 

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