Job Vacancies United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Position: Knowledge Management Researcher
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Monday, 28 May 2012
The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy bureau which helps Country Offices to accelerate human development through strengthening the practice areas within UNDP’s programs. BDP supports UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013 and its 6 thematic areas (Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS, Capacity Development, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) through a strong and vibrant practice architecture which ensures that UNDP benefits from consistent and coherent policy direction, rigorous quality standards and valuable service platforms.
The long-term goal of Knowledge Management (KM) in UNDP is to position UNDP as a World Class Knowledge Organization linking local experiences to global policies. The UNDP Knowledge Strategy therefore creates a human and technical infrastructure to enable staff and practitioners to learn, share, connect and contextualize knowledge by enhancing collaboration and creating a cultural change with regard to the organization’s approach to knowledge management.
The Democratic Governance Practice is the largest practice area in UNDP. It works on building effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent. The principal areas of work are inclusive participation, responsive governing institutions, and international principles such as human rights such as gender equality.
The Knowledge Management Researcher (KMR) will support knowledge management in the Democratic Governance Practice through maintenance of the Democratic Governance (DG) Practice space on Teamworks, the public website, DG Knowledge Base; and the DGG SharePoint Intranet. Under the supervision of the Knowledge Management Specialist (KMS), the Knowledge Management Researcher (KMR) will liaise with the Knowledge Management Group and the KM Service Teams (KMST) at the Regional Service Centres (RSCs) to support the goals and outcomes established by BDP in support of UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Knowledge Management Researcher will support the Knowledge Management Team in maintaining the high quality of network knowledge products while also allowing for the Community of Practice to undertake new initiatives, and developing knowledge products to serve the new client base and related demands; and support the uptake of new platforms and tools available to the practice. The consultant will assist in facilitating the global Democratic Governance Practice and conduct in-depth research and analysis on selected governance issues.
Specifically The Democratic Governance Knowledge Management Researcher will support the Knowledge Management team in
Implementing updates on the public website; Teamworks and SharePoint, as required;
Providing research and writing support for various knowledge products and platforms;
Maintaining and organizing resources on the DG spaces on Teamworks; the database of consolidated replies on Teamworks; the new SharePoint intranet, and the public website;
Support the establishment of the DGG roster of experts;
Support the KM team on various processes to update knowledge platforms used by the DGG team;
Undertake additional tasks as directed by the Democratic Governance Practice Group and the Knowledge Management Team.
The selected candidate will be expected to deliver the following:
Library and content pages updated for the Inclusive Participation Cluster webpages: Elections; E-governance; Civic Engagement; and Parliamentary Development;
Content from the new DGG SharePoint intranet reorganized;
Library of DGG resources on Teamworks maintained and updated;
Continuous support for the uptake and use of the new UNDP corporate CMS and Teamworks by maintaining the various spaces and pages as required;
Preparation of consolidated replies for the Democratic Governance Space (2-3 monthly);
Production of DG Insider (bi-monthly) and the DGP-Net news update (monthly);
Provision of support to the establishment of the DGG rosters.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree (or graduate education +3 years of relevant experience / Bachelor degree + 3yrs of relevant experience) in Political Science, Governance or a development-related field.
Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in an international development context, including conducting research on international development issues;
Effective web, Internet, and IT skills;
Previous work experience with the UN system required; familiarity with UNDP work and organizational structure desirable.
Effective organizational and administrative skills;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; research, analytical abilities and the ability to work in teams, especially those covering various disciplines;
Familiarity with UNDP CMS, or other content management platforms highly desirable.
Excellent writing and editing skills in English;
Proficiency in at least one of the other UNDP official languages; preferably Spanish.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Proposal / letter explaining why they are the most suitable for the task; as well as a writing sample (minimum 500 words and maximum 1000 words) on a governance or development issue.
Financial proposal with daily fee for completion of the assignment
Attach CV / Resume highlighting experience in similar capacity and at least 3 references. The P11 form is available for downloading at: http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_personal_history_form.doc
Financial Proposal: Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract).
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the outputs specified in the TOR.
In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, for 160 working days).
No travel is foreseen for this assignment. Except for travel to duty station from place of recruitment.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Cumulative analysis
The contract will be awarded the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. * Technical Criteria weight; and Financial Criteria weight; 30 %
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Education and skills: 15 %
Prior Experience Writing and Research: 15 %
Knowledge Management experience 20 %
UN / UNDP Experience: 5 %
Languages: 10 %
Desirables: 5 %
Financial: 30 %
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to a large number of applications received, we are only able to inform the successful candidates regarding the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.
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