Social Systems Research Associate

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Last update: Dec 8, 2023 Last update: Dec 8, 2023


Deadline: Dec 21, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Indonesia Indonesia
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, IndonesianEnglish, Indonesian
Work experience: Min 2 years
Date posted:Dec 8, 2023


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Dutystation: Jakarta, Indonesia

Functional responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected
The Social Systems Research Associate will be directly supervised by the Social Systems Lead to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Support the social systems team in ensuring the effective provision of high-quality, policy-relevant research.

  2. Support the development and dissemination of research products and other social systems dissemination activities.

  3. Contribute to knowledge building and sharing for the UNGP AP hub.

1. Support the social systems team to ensure the effective provision of high-quality, policy-relevant research:

  • Craft research plans, including preparation for fieldwork and immersion

  • Compile, summarise, and present data or previous research on specific projects and related topics or issues

  • Identify and create relevant tools, methods, and resources for the implementation of qualitative research methodologies on social issues. This should be informed by service design, behavioural insights, and strategic foresight

  • Identify appropriate channels and mechanisms to recruit research participants

  • Assist the coordination with stakeholders for the implementation of social systems projects

  • Coordinate the implementation of fieldwork and/or remote qualitative data collection

  • Support the preparation and delivery of reports in line with monitoring and reporting requirements

  • Contribute to the analysis, synthesis, and crafting of research outputs in both written and visual forms

  • Facilitate brainstorming sessions and co-creation/human-centred design workshops with relevant stakeholders, including online events

2. Support the development and dissemination of research products and other social systems dissemination activities:

  • Support in the development of communication materials for social systems research projects, including those for events, project updates, and research results. This includes creating presentations and briefing materials.

  • Assist in organising events relevant to the research projects and broader UNGP AP activities, engaging with UN agencies, relevant donors, and project partners.

3. Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Synthesise lessons learned and best practices in project support management functions.

  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

  • Contribute to the network for gender mainstreaming, disability inclusion, learning, and knowledge sharing.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Social Systems Research Associate directly impacts the efficient and effective management of financial resources in projects and programmes, demonstrating UNOPS’ effective stewardship of donor and partner funds. These promote the credibility of the organisation as an effective service provider in project services and management.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Completion of secondary school or high school diploma is required.
  • A First Level University Degree (Bachelor's Degree) or higher qualification in social science (development studies, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, international relations), design, communications, business, or a related field of study would be desirable and can substitute for some of the required years of experience.
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant working experience within the areas of qualitative research, design research, service design, behavioural science, strategic foresight, or related field is required for candidates with a high school diploma. For candidates with a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience in the above fields is required.
  • Experience in conducting field or remote qualitative research is desirable.

  • Demonstrated experience in crafting research tools and outputs for qualitative research is preferred.

Language Requirements:
  • Full knowledge of the working language is essential (English & Indonesian).
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.
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