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UNDP - Research Consultant (HOME-BASED)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 28, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 2, 2020
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Scope of Work

The PICAP project aims to develop parametric microinsurance and other climate disaster risk financing products to help protect vulnerable persons of the Pacific against climate risks.

The PICAP project team will use the results of the literature review to inform the design and development of these products.

The researcher shall conduct a literature review of the academic papers, government publications, and gray literature (including publications from research institutes, UN agencies, NGOs, national NSOs, etc.) that have been written on the topics of natural hazards and livelihoods.
The literature review itself should give an overview of:
> The socio-economic situation of each country;
> How natural hazards affect the country;
> How different sectors and segments are affected by natural hazards;
> The income sources and levels of different livelihood groups (focus on agriculture, fisheries, tourism and retail sectors);
> Actions being taken by government, organizations, or individuals to cope with the impacts of natural hazards, including insurance.

This assignment shall be conducted in two 25-day periods.
Location: home based;
Type of Contract: Individual Contract;
Post Level: International Consultant;
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Apr-2020;
Expected Duration of Assignment: Between 15th April to 30th Sept 2020 (50 days).


a) Proven experience in conducting literature reviews and leading research work.
b) Proven experience in producing and managing at least 3 or more literature review research.
c) at least 3 years of experience in research related activities in developing countries.
d) Past experience working in Pacific region or geographies with a low-density population is desirable.
e) Strong analytical and communication skills besides good report writing skills.
f) Must be able to bring the strategic and operational thought leadership.

Required Skills and Experience:

1. Educational Qualifications
A Master’s qualification, or currently pursuing a Master’s, in or related discipline.
2. Experience
- Proven research expertise with at least 3 years’ experience in literature reviews in developing countries;
- Proven experience in deploying at least three of more literature review research;
- Proven experience in managing at least three or more literature review research.
3. Language requirements
Fluency of English language is required;

Utilize This Offer

Individuals interested in this consultancy should apply and will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity.

Incomplete, joint proposals and proposals sent to the wrong mailing address will not be accepted and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 03-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 28, 2020
Mar 28, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a resume draft - to validate its content and format with your peers and to train your writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a job offer and then start writing your resume and cover letter. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements. Yes, tell these stories too - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Mar 30, 2020
Mar 30, 2020

Thanks, Ana.