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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Job: Research Consultant - Growing Inclusive Markets

By Abigail Keene-Babcock

undp logoPosition: Research Associate, Growing Inclusive Markets (UNDP)

Location: New York

Duration:
Two-month consultancy, early April through the end of May 2008.

Organization:
"Growing Inclusive Markets" is a new multi-stakeholder initiative, led by the United Nations Development Programme, which strives to identify and examine the vast unmet potential at the base of the world economic pyramid. Growing Inclusive Markets seeks to gather information, disseminate knowledge and inspire action. It uses the UN?s convening power and presence around the world to move the agenda of the poor and concomitant business opportunities into a new space. Our network of partners?from Southern business leaders and policy makers, to local entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, academic communities and development organizations?will champion the messages and opportunities for action on the ground.

Position Description:
A key work stream of the Initiative is the creation of an initial corpus of data and information that will underpin further analysis for the GIM Report and will be included in a web-based storehouse of data. Under the over-all supervision of the Programme Manager of the Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, the Research Associate will be working with key experts and members of the Initiative Team in the gathering, production and online presentation of data and information for the Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative; UNDP?s most visible strategic and sustained global advocacy tool for the important role of the private sector in achieving the MDGs. The Initiative will launch two specific knowledge outputs/products in 2008: a Case Studies Bank, and an Innovations Bank.Specifically, the Research Associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

? Review the body of case studies and analyze for overarching trends.
? Peer-review the inventory of innovations, derived from the new case studies, as well as from additional literature and research
? Prepare summary notes summarizing key trends observed in the body of case studies for the Report
? Carry out research upon request for the upcoming Report

Qualifications:

? Minimum undergraduate degree in economics or business with excellent academic credentials with preferably 2 to 3 years of experience
? Demonstrated capacity to perform outstanding research
? Outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, in English
? Excellent writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills
? Knowledge of ?pro-poor? business and their potential to contribute to development
? Ability to work in a team, resourcefulness in finding solutions under pressure

Compensation:
Provided based on UNDP policies and will be compensated upon delivery of specific intermediate and final outputs.

Interested candidates should submit their resume with writing samples to the programme manager of the Initiative, Sahba Sobhani at sahba.sobhani@undp.org

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