Research Associate Brasilia, Brazil

Website United Nations Development Programme

Job Description



UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a joint partnership of the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Brazil. It aims to promote the exchange of experiences, knowledge and technical and institutional capacities for the design, formulation and evaluation of development policies that contribute to inclusive growth, poverty and inequality reduction and human development. The Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), a think-tank of the Government of Brazil under the Ministry of Economy, is the focal point of the Brazilian Government at the IPC-IG. IPEA provides the facilities for the IPC-IG operations and contributes through the participation of its researchers in the Centre’s activities.

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Since its creation, the IPC-IG has been providing advisory services, hosting study tours, research fellows and interns, facilitating capacity strengthening and knowledge-sharing through training, conferences and its various publication series, as well as building networks of researchers and practitioners on development policies worldwide.

The IPC-IG work encompasses five thematic areas: (i) social protection; (ii) inclusive growth; (iii) technological innovation; (iv) sustainable development; (v) poverty and living standard measurement and poverty reduction policies and it is organized around three pillars: knowledge production, knowledge-sharing, and capacity-strengthening. The IPC-IG regularly publishes Working Papers, Policy Research Briefs, One Pagers and its flagship publication, Policy in Focus, to encourage debate on relevant policy issues and foster knowledge dissemination.

The IPC-IG is currently recruiting a Research Associate to work on IPC-IG projects in partnership with UNICEF Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office and Country Offices and projects in fracopohone Sub-Saharan Africa countries. This includes activities such as support to the development of social protection policies and strategies as well as social protection systems assessment, including its legal framework and governance structure.

Duties and Responsibilities

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Under the substantive guidance of the Senior Research Coordinator, this position is expected to ensure timely and high-quality deliverables as a result of the following actions:

  • Undertake literature review on social protection issues, including legal frameworks and governance structure, to support projects in the MENA region, with a special focus on francophone countries;
  •  Support the development of social protection policy, legal frameworks, strategies and assessments, particularly on the middle-Eastern and North Africa region/Arab States or francophone sub-saharan African countries.
  • Support qualitative research, including preparation and implementation of key informant interviews and focus group discussion both in English and French;
  •  Assist the management of the projects liasing and providing information for Programme and Operations at IPC-IG, liase with consultants when needed;
  •  Collaborate with the IPC-IG publication series, particularly one-pagers, policy research briefs and research reports when required;
  •  Assist on the preparation of terms of reference and technical project proposals for future agreements;
  •  Assist in organizing study tours, workshops and seminars, including in virtual formats;
  •  Support the preparation of presentations when requested;
  •  Attend missions and policy discussions in Brazil and other countries when required;

Institutional Arrangement

  • The Researcher will be working under the supervision of IPC-IG’s Senior Research Coordinator.


  •  Secondary Education or Bachelor degree in Social policies, sociology, International Relations, Development studies, International law or related areas.
  •  Masters’ Degree in Social policies, sociology, International Relations, Development studies, International law or related areas is highly desirable.


  • For candidates with completed secondary education minimum 5 years of relevant experience in related area at national or international level.
  • For candidates with bachelor degree in the above mentioned fields, minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at national or international level.
  • At least 1 year on social protection.

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Desired skills and competencies

  • Working or academic experience in supporting the development of social protection policies or strategies;
  • Working or academic experience in producing literature reviews and supporting the preparation of technical notes and reports on social protection;
  • Working or academic experience in assisting qualitative assessments, including the preparation of key informant interviews and focus group discussions on social protection issues.
  • Working experience in supporting project implementation and negotiations with partners.
  •  Working experience in presenting research results to project stakeholders.
  •  Working experience in assisting the analysis of national and international legal frameworks for social protection

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in French, English and Portuguese.