[country or region] Human Development Report [tentative year] :
[working title: state the theme]
[date of circulation]
The leader of the national or regional team responsible for a Human Development Report is charged with supervising report preparation. The team leader should therefore be able to guide the report team in data collection, the measurement of development indicators and writing and editing. The team leader should possess expertise in the disciplines associated with the theme and the related issues. The theme of this HDR is [theme] . The team leader should also ensure the effectiveness of the advocacy effort and follow-up after the launch of the report. The team leader should likewise be able to direct the report team in the development and implementation of an efficient media and communications strategy in pursuit of this advocacy.
1. Position information
Job title: report team leader
Department: [lead unit in the UNDP Country Office, Regional Bureau, or Regional Centre]
Activity: [country or region] Human Development Report [year]: [theme]
Supervisor: [title of responsible UNDP staff member]
Time-frame: [expected duration of contract]
Contract: special service agreement
2. Organizational context
Under the direct supervision of the institutional focal point, usually a staff member in the United Nations Development Programme Country Office, Regional Bureau, or Regional Centre, the team leader is in charge of the preparation of the HDR. The team leader will provide guidance and technical services to ensure the high quality, accuracy and consistency of the report. The team leader will be responsible for coordinating the work of all contributors to the report, including the members of the national or regional report team and outside experts. The team leader will represent the team in fora requiring team inputs, such as contacts with institutional partners.
3. Functions and expected outcomes
The following are the functions of the leader of the national or regional report team and the outcomes expected from the work of the team leader:
a. Coordinate the preparation of the HDR. This will involve ensuring smooth communication among all team members in all phases of the process so as to facilitate cross-fertilization through brainstorming and other collaborative efforts. It will also involve the establishment of an efficient and effective division of labour so that team members may focus on their assigned tasks and their specific approaches. A t all times, the team leader should p romote a participatory approach among team members and other contributors to the work.
b. Provide guidance so that the report meets HDR quality standards, including in the logical framework supporting the analysis and in the use of quantitative and qualitative information. Ensure that there are appropriate reviews of the work among the team, as well as consultations with institutional representatives and other experts, particularly on sensitive topics and materials.
c. Supervise the work of the authors, editors and proofreaders to ensure consistency and to respond to the comments and suggestions received during consultations and other review processes with other contributors and stakeholders.
d. Brief local counterparts and institutional actors and the UNDP Country Office, Regional Bureau, or Regional Centre regularly on the preparation process and on report findings as they emerge.
e. Contribute substantively to the report. This may include the preparation of an introductory chapter and a final chapter containing the main conclusions and recommendations.
f. Represent the team in fora where this may be required, including the launch of the report and follow-up and advocacy events.
4. Recruitment qualifications
a. Education: a recognized degree, preferably a Ph.D., in a social science
b. Language requirements: excellent command of [the language of the report]; proficiency is desirable also in English or French and in [name of the major national or regional language].
c. Experience: at least 15 years of relevant experience in academia or research , with a focus on socio-economic analysis; experience with the development and use of composite indices and social impact assessment; experience with international development organizations would be considered an asset
The team leader should also have demonstrated the following: