UNDP Africa is hiring Professionals for an Individual Consultants Roster

Deadline: May 31, 2020

UNDP Africa is currently seeking qualified candidates with expertise in selected thematic areas for an Individual Consultants Roster for future consultancies to support the SART in the implementation of key flagship research and analytical projects in 2020.

The Vacancy Announcement will be open for a period of six weeks. All applications will be reviewed, and shortlisted candidates will go through a technical evaluation process.  Inclusion of an expert on this Roster does not imply any obligation by either UNDP or the candidate on the Roster.


  • To provide cutting edge support to conceptual research, case studies and surveys to help deepen and broaden the analysis related various knowledge product including working papers, briefs and online publications.
  • To generate strategic analysis related to key thematic areas linked to UNDP’s six signature solutions, three elevation issues and six Strategic Impact Areas in Africa.
  • To undertake data analytics and infographics for various print and electronic media.
  • To support the editing, technical review, translation, development and publication of various knowledge and communication products.


They are looking for seasoned professionals to place on a Roster of consultants for Africa in the following themes:

• Poverty eradication
• Governance, peace and security
• Energy, nature based solutions,
• Gender equality,
• Climate change,
• Migration,
• Inequality,
• Youth engagement,
• Structural transformation,
• Digital transformation;
• Trade.


  • The duration of each assignment from 1 to 6 months will be determined by the expected scope of work and deliverables between May 2020 and May 2021.
  • During this period, the individual consultants may be required to travel and/or spend time in New York for in-depth discussions with UNDP, attend Advisory board meetings and support the facilitation of stakeholders’ consultations.


The individual consultants will work closely with the Chief Economist and the SART team. They will be available to (a) carry out background research and (b) provide technical inputs to flagship research projects including the preparation of the Sub-Regional Human Development Report and the Africa SDG Progress Report.

 General Task: 

  • Undertaking conceptual research, carry out case studies and surveys and write background papers to help deepen and broaden the analysis and the coverage of the report.
  • Generating knowledge products in key thematic areas related to UNDP’s six signature solutions (poverty eradication, governance, energy, nature based solutions, gender equality, resilience), three elevation issues (climate change, migration, inequality) and six Strategic Impact Areas in Africa (natural resource governance, women and youth employment and empowerment, structural transformation, peace and stability, climate change mitigation adaptation, affordable and sustainable energy).
  • Providing a clear analysis of economic development, prospects and trends in the region from a human development perspective, relating theoretical aspects of human development with the regional context.
  • Investigating root causes of constraints on human development, track development gaps and their impact on population groups, especially the vulnerable.
  • Carrying out data analytics and produce infographics using national, sub-national and regional indicators of development, including the Human Development Index.
  • Integrating policy analysis related to selected thematic areas including assessing performance and providing policy options.
  • Exploring regional and global contexts that broaden or limit government policy choices and alternatives including structured analyses of all policy alternatives, cost-benefit analyses and evaluation of possible micro-level impacts and trade-offs from policy shifts. Identify potential winners and losers.
  • Supporting the editing, technical review, development and publication of various knowledge and communication products including working papers, briefs and online publications.


  • Minimum of a Masters in economics, social sciences or relevant field.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in research, project planning, implementation and reporting.
  • Familiarity with the Human Development/capability approach including previous research and analytical work on poverty and inequality analysis and SDGs.
  • Preparation and presentation of technical documentation to diverse, high level audiences.
  • Language:
    • Knowledge of English;
    • Working knowledge of French is an asset.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.


Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit UNDP Africa.


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