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Senior Research Assistant, Social Affairs, G7

United Nations
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplemental training in Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Geography, Human Geography, Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Urban Governance, Regional Planning, Architecture or related field is desirable.Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST. The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.
Work ExperienceA minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in researching and collecting data across various areas of sustainable urbanization or related area is required.Experience in reviewing articles, reports, scientific literature or policy documentation is desirable.Experience in analyzing documentation on urbanization is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


•Assists in identifying and reporting on urban trends in various regions, countries and at the global level.
•Selects and evaluates a variety of documents, summarizes pertinent information, collects and analyses information on urban trends and prepares background materials for urban reports, papers, studies and briefs.
•Prepares well-researched inputs for the World Cities Report, Regional and National Cities Reports, and the Quadrennial Report on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
•Collaborates with research institutes, universities and other academic institutions and thinktanks to collect and analyze information on urban trends.
•Collaborates with other units and branches within UN-Habitat, and other UN agencies and programmes as it relates to the work of the Global Reports and Trends Unit.
•Designs, prepares and maintains an urban profile for countries in different regions.
•Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, datasets, and/or diagrams for information to facilitate the in-depth analysis of urban trends for various users.
•Prepares, maintains and updates information on urban and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, charts, graphs, and other background materials/notes to facilitate urban dialogue and other reviews.
•Drafts report summaries, coordinates review of research reports and coordinates with editor and design team the on finalization and publication of reports.
•Identifies the organizational requirements for Expert Group Meetings and assists in the preparation of documentation and reports for these meetings.
•Attends a variety of meetings to follow discussions, takes notes and prepares summary report.
•Performs other duties as required.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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