DEADLINE EXTENDED: NATIONAL POST: Research Assistant (2 positions), Suva, Fiji, Pacific Sub Regional Office, G6

Level: G-6
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 14 September 2018 - 5:00pm(Fiji time)
Duty station: Suva, Fiji
Job ID: 17859


DEADLINE FOR THIS VACANCY IS EXTENDED TO 14 September 2018 (5 pm Fiji time)

The Position:

The Research Assistant position is located in the sub-Regional Office and reports to the Technical Advisers and Specialists. S/he provides UNFPA’s annual planning, monitoring and reporting processes, data collection and results based management initiatives as well as maintains and updates databases in support of planning, monitoring and reporting. The Research Assistant is part of a team that provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to UNFPA’s overall strategy.  The Research Assistant will support the Technical Advisers and Specialists with the compilation, analysis and presentation of information and data related to UNFPA thematic areas.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Research Assistant contributes to the development and implementation of effective regional and country programmes in the Pacific by providing support in the design, planning, management and monitoring of UNFPA’s programmes in the following functions:

• Research Support

• Knowledge Management

• Administrative support



Completed secondary level education required. 

First level university degree in public health, social sciences, development studies, public policy, statistics or other relevant field with research background is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

Minimum 6 years of relevant experience in programme, research or related field is required;

Previous experience in the UN is an advantage;

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

Computer literacy - Word, Excel, Power-point, etc.;

Advanced knowledge of spreadsheet, database, presentation, and  statistical packages will be an asset;

Strong analytical and data interpretation skills

Good writing and communication skills;

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.


Fluency in English and knowledge of the local language is required. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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