Call for applications: Young Research Fellow

18 December 2019

The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is looking for candidates who are interested in building a career in research, a PhD being the likely next step, after the program. At the end of the program, fellows will have a strong foundation that will help them to pursue their career objectives in human development.

About HDRO

HDRO is a small multi-disciplinary unit located in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. The mission of the HDRO is to advance human development through the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. The Office works towards this goal by conducting original analysis and research, commissioning top quality background research, and, advocating practical policy changes. It works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, support to national and regional analysis as well as outreach and advocacy work.

One of its best-known outputs is the global Human Development Report, first launched in 1990. These independent Reports are intended to challenge policies and approaches that constrain human development, promote innovative concepts and to advocate practical policy changes. In each Report a different development theme is examined in-depth using available data and new analyses relevant to the chosen topic resulting in both an assessment of current status as well as a series of policy recommendations for the future.

The Human Development Fellowship Program

The Human Development Young Fellows Program (YFP), funded by the Republic of Korea, is expected to be a magnet for young, bright professionals who want to accelerate their careers, with an orientation towards research and analysis. As a HD fellow, you will make a direct contribution to the content of the Report and other products, to the quality and relevance of the background research for the HDR, to maintaining good relationships with external research partners and other relevant stakeholders, and in capturing the diverse reflections of experts in consultations that inform research and report development.
This is a structured, one-year development program where fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced development professionals.

Within the overall vision and the structure of HDRO, the Research Fellow, under the guidance and supervision of members from the Research Team, will provide analytical, substantive and research contributions to the work of HDRO. Such contributions would encompass contributions to the intellectual thinking of human development issues and paradigm; to the substantive work of the HDRs; to the work on human development measurements; and to the overall work of HDRO.

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