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Junior Research Assistant for Sustainable Development Council

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: National Specialist - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-21

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Eligibility criteria Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment. Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the DG Sustainable Development Council and UNDP SDG Integration Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks, mainly in relation to a Voluntary National Review on SDG Implementation, and private sector engagement on ESG Standards, sustainability reporting and SDG investments.

  • Assist with data collection, compilation, transcribing and analysis from various sources.
  • Assist with visualization of data and reviewing secondary data when required.
  • Provide coordination and administrative support where needed-e.g. Stakeholder consultations, internal meetings etc.
  • Assist with drafting of research reports, publications, policy briefs, and knowledge management products as relevant
  • Maintaining excellent documentation of the data in an organized data base
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the DG SD Council and SDG Integration Specialist.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level Bachelor degree or equivalent Educational additional comments

Economics, statistics, development studies or any other related field

Required experience 36 Months Experience remark
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level experience in coordination, research work and statistical methods or other relevant programmes; is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
  • Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative social research methodologies and using different research techniques according to the audience
  • Other finance, economics and administration related experience
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in UNDP, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Sinhalese(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Tamil(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise Other finance, economics and administration related experience, Statistics Driving license Competencies values Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams Application procedure * Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? First register your profile at Link to follow for - Registration steps Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile including contact details and two references and submit it. Incomplete profiles shall not be considered. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? First update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Post is for National UN Volunteer assignments ONLY. Therefore, only nationals of above-mentioned Country and legal residents with a residency permit, the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply. For further details, please click on the link below. Application deadline: 21-09-2021
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