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Research &Reporting Specialist

Jerusalem | Ramallah | Gaza

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Jerusalem | Ramallah | Gaza
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-30


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UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978. Called upon by United Nations Member States in that year, UNDP was requested “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects to that end”.

Programme Background

UNDP’s Palestinian Programmatic Framework (PPF) 2023-2025 sets out a vision of “a world in which all Palestinians can enjoy a dignified life and fulfil their own vision of a unified, peaceful and free society”.  The PPF is centred around the concept of “Transformative Resilience” and its three elements: a cohesive Palestinian identity, self-reliance, and ownership and leadership.

Over the next three years, UNDP/PAPP will build on its experiences and achievements to make critical contributions to the priorities defined by the Palestinian national development plans and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), through interventions in three programmatic priority areas:  i) democratic governance and quality services; ii) inclusive economic opportunities; iii) sustainable natural resources management.

 UNDP/PAPP is currently implementing the third Phase of a multi-year Rule of Law and Access to Justice programme in Gaza Strip and West Bank known as Sawasya III. It is a UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF Joint Programme that aims at comprehensively promoting and advancing the rule of law, justice, security and human rights in the State of Palestine.

Sawasya III is a five-year joint programme (2024-2028) designed to reinforce equal access to justice for all Palestinians. The programme seeks to support the Palestinian government in establishing a protective, inclusive, and responsive justice system that honors human rights and promotes gender equality. It is tailored to address the specific needs in various areas of the West Bank, including Area C and East Jerusalem, Hebron 2, and the Gaza Strip.

As part of the third phase of the programme and backed by a consortium of development partners, with numerous national and international actors, Sawasya III supports government institutions and civil society working in justice, security and protection to strengthen access to efficient, equitable and accountable services for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Partnership with UN Women and UNICEF in this joint programme underpins the gender and child rights components throughout the justice chain and within relevant public services.

Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:

The Research and Reporting Specialist will work in close collaboration with the operations, communications and other programme staff in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza Strip, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF to ensure that reports are developed and delivered, knowledge management processes are established that allow for timely access to information and its results.

The Research and Reporting Specialist is expected to:

1. Ensure the implementation of monitoring and reporting policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Provision of regular update and input in monitoring of project activities, to assess overall project implementation with respect to project objectives, outputs and indicators.

• Provision of effective troubleshooting, suggestion for corrective measures to be undertaken, and make arrangements of technical assistance to implementing partners based on results of monitoring, where necessary.

• Timely reporting arrangements are in place and being implemented to ensure that the reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.

• Ensure the systematic consolidation of reporting processes and the delivery of high quality annual and mid-year progress reports. 

• Timely collection of information and drafting of beneficiaries' stories impacted by Sawasya Programme. 

• Analysis of data related to the project at the national level.

• High-quality data presentations, data maps, statistical spreadsheets for internal and external consumption: (government, other UN agencies, etc.).

• Effective showcase to external stakeholders on progress made and impacts delivered.

2. Ensure effective support of the implementation of programme plan, focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Provision of input for the Joint Programme Manager on the needs for evaluation based on the donor agreements.

• Coordination with the Programme team and the stakeholders to ensure smooth conduct of the reporting.

• Provision of high quality of data and strategic inputs for improving and developing the future interventions.

• Support the process of synthesizing best practices and lessons learned linked to implementation.

3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of monitoring and reporting, focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Effective support to project staff in identification, documentation, synthesis of lessons learned and best practices to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts.

• Contribution to the implementation of Evaluation Knowledge Management and Learning Strategy.

• Manage knowledge flow and synthesize relevant information in support of the annual programme board meeting.

Establish system and updated documentation of research reports, papers and evaluations are maintained.

• Identify gaps and strategize knowledge product development in close collaboration with the Sawasya III team.

• Draft talking points and briefing packets for senior staff attending programme events

4. The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.


Institutional Arrangement

The Research and Reporting Specialist will report directly to the Sawasya Joint Programme Manager and will work in close collaboration with the operations, communications and other programme staff in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza Strip, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF.



Core Competencies  
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name Definition

Business Direction 

& Strategy



  • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Business Development Knowledge Generation
  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
Business Management Communication
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
Business Management Working with Evidence and Data
  • Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.
Legal Legal research
  • The ability to identify and retrieve information to support legal positions and corporate decision making from all relevant sources. In the UNDP context, this skill includes, amongst other things, proactive seeking of information in anticipation of the different angles that any given issue may present.
Legal  Legal analysis skills
  • The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization's best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework.

2030 Agenda: Peace

Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights

  • Rule of Law, Justice and Security

Required Skills and Experience:

Min. Academic Education
  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Law, Political Science, Journalism, Statistic, or other relevant fields. OR 
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in the above mentioned fields with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree
Min. years of relevant Work experience 
  • A minimum of five years(with Master’s degree) or seven years (with Bachelor’s degree_ of progressively responsible experience undertaking operational and analytical work in the field of international affairs, international security, humanitarian affairs, development, or journalism is required.
Required  skills and competencies

•  Demonstrated familiarity with annual reporting to donors.

•  Strong knowledge and experience in project management support are essential as well as ability to draft high quality report supported with graphic and statistical summaries.

•  Excellent analytical skill and advance computer skills required, knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Field Experience is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing monitoring and evaluation framework or system for development projects in justice sector is a strong advantage.
  • UN experience is desirable.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
Professional Certificates N/A


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