Research Analyst: Environmental and Climate Justice Programme

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭


  • Closing date: 12 Dec 2021
  • Vacancy number: RA 023

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD is now accepting applications from qualified, committed and motivated young professionals for a position as Research Analyst for its Environmental and Climate Justice Programme, starting as soon as possible.

The Environmental and Climate Justice Programme provides evidence, analysis and recommendations that address climate and environmental injustices and contribute to greater sustainability and equality in policies and practice. Its overall objective is to contribute to evidence-based climate policy and action that decarbonizes the economy and protects people from climate change impacts, while also tackling existing inequalities and injustices. In order to do that, the programme integrates research and policy analysis with outreach and communications work, and leverages UNRISD’s convening power and expertise in research capacity development. The focus of work is currently in two main areas: (1) Just Transitions to Low-Carbon Development; and (2) Transformative Adaptation and Resilience.

The advertised position will primarily contribute to work under the second focus area, for which a priority will be a partnership with UNDP to develop a mapping and conceptual paper on resilience in Africa.

Job description

The Research Analyst will need to have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concept of resilience, and be familiar with different approaches to assessing and measuring resilience. They will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Lead and carry out the following tasks:

  • Background research/literature review on the topic of resilience and resilience metrics, with a focus on Africa.
  • Systematically collect and compile secondary data and information.
  • Assist in collection and review of indicators and metrics for assessing resilience in different dimensions.
  • Prepare and conduct structured expert interviews and consultations, documentation and analysis of results.
  • Draft papers, review and copyedit external contributions and project outputs, and synthesize findings for overall report.
  • Organize workshops, conferences or other activities related to the research, and participate in such activities on behalf of UNRISD.
  • Assist in overall project management to maintain effective communications with research partners and donors and ensure the timely fulfilment of tasks.
  • Carry out other duties related to the Environmental and Climate Justice programme or wider activities of the Institute as needed.

Qualifications, skills and competencies

  • Master’s degree in geography, development studies, sociology, public policy or a related field, with academic and/or professional experience in issues related to social dimensions of climate change and climate policy, preferably in developing countries.
  • Two years of relevant work experience, preferably in an international setting. Work experience in an African context an asset.
  • We are especially interested in candidates with strong expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessing resilience. Experience with monitoring and evaluation, vulnerability or resilience assessment, or indicator development an asset.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages desirable, French an asset.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a full-time position located either in UNRISD Headquarters in Geneva or remotely.
  • Gross salary: will be adjusted for location
  • Duration: 6 months, with the intention of renewal subject to availability of funds
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • The Research Analyst will be hired by the United Nations Office at Geneva as a Consultant/Individual Contractor and is responsible for ensuring compliance with all relevant tax obligations, social insurance contributions, and appropriate medical and accident insurance coverage at their place of residence for the full duration of employment.


  • Applicants are advised to become familiar with the work of UNRISD, including the UNRISD Institutional Strategy 2021-2025, before applying for this position.
  • If you are interested in the work elaborated above and have the corresponding qualifications, please apply online by clicking the button below.
  • UNRISD is committed to achieving personnel diversity and all individuals are equally encouraged to apply.
  • Please ensure that your cover letter clearly specifies how your interests, qualifications, profile and experience relate to the functions specified above.
  • Short-listed applicants will be asked to carry out a written assignment before being notified if they have been selected for interview.
  • We regret that due to limited staff resources only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Deadline: 12 December 2021 (23:59, Central European Time)

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