Background & Description

The Merged Areas Governance Project is a unified project across the Merged Areas to build the capacity of government institutions and assist the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the integration and mainstreaming of these districts. The project will provide technical assistance to introduce and enhance inclusive and responsive governance structures, support the extension of rule of law institutions and services, implement evidence and information-based policy and planning, improve financial and economic management and build implementation capacities at all levels. The project is implemented using a Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) methodology to deliver needs-based and flexible support to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Candidates in search of an opportunity to work on a historically significant programme that presents unpredictable challenges are encouraged to submit their candidacy to the Merged Areas Governance Project.

Our learning and research practice is the backbone of UNDP’s knowledge capabilities.
Under the overall guidance of the Chief Technical Specialist, and with day to day Quality Assurance from the Lead Economic Advisor, the Research Manager will be responsible for owning responsibility for a globally relevant research agenda on a historically significant programme. The Research Manager will also lead and and quality assure the project’s monitoring and evaluation team.Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

    • Leverage project resources to deliver globally-relevant research findings
    • Support industry leading knowledge management practices
    • Oversee monitoring and evaluation

Leverage project resources to deliver globaly-relevant research findings:

    • Consolidate the project research agenda around the core aspects of governance transformation and effectiveness of specific interventions
    • Work with our embedded teams and off-site experts to identify opportunities for learning, evaluation, analytics, and diagnostics;
    • Put in place robust systems to gather and organise data;
    • Commission research and work with a network of local and global researchers;
    • Identify and source talent;
    • Work with project colleagues, government, and outside experts to develop and refine hypotheses;
    • Analyze trends and quality assure the analysis of others;
    • Develop and support our tools, including our growing knowledge management mechanism;

Support industry leading knowledge management practices:

    • Engage with and help to align the the knowledge agendas of government and funding partners
    • Manage processes related to the creation, codification, organization, and retrieval of project knowledge
    • Design and deliver internal and external learning dissemination,
    • Orchestrate high-impact external research events,

Lead project monitoring and evaluation:

    • Lead the monitoring and evaluation team
    • Assign, delegate, process manage, and quality assure M&E products including
    • M&E system/framework, including the measurement of program indicators, designing monitoring tools, setting up the data flow system, conducting data quality assurance and reporting.
    • Work with the Project Manager and other relevant staff members to ensure that data and indicators are aligned with the UNDP, donor and reporting requirements.
    • Mentor project staff and relevant stakeholders to enhance their understanding of the FGP M&E framework, specifically focusing on data tools as well as the flow and frequency of data collection, capturing relevant information, analysis, etc.
    • Ensure performance management and professional development of project staff

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:

    • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
    • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
    • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
    • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
    • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
    • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc

Impact of Results:

  • The research manager will help the Government of KhyberPaktunkwa and UNDP to generage and engaged with evidence driven policy from global practice, facilitating transformational development in the merged areas.


Requirements and Skills

Required: Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.

Desirable: PhD in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.
We are looking for talent but the following are indicative of the type of profile we are looking for;

    • You should have several years of experience conducting or ideally managing a research programme for a leading university
    • Overall at least 5 years of relevant experience
    • You must have impeccable qualititative and qualitative reasoning skills
    • Excellent knowledge of the range of methods (though you don’t need to be able to implement them all)
    • It will be an asset if if you have some knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation practices in accordance with USAID and DFID
    • You must be able to demonstrate a intellectual curiosity in governance and economic issues
    • You must be able to and willing to travel across KP including merged districts, we would expect a trip to Peshawar approximately once a week.

Language Requirements:

    • Excellent written and spoken English.
    • Urdu and/or Pashto are an advantage, but not required.


HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates shall be required to present HEC attested degrees.

Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or (ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

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About Organization

In Pakistan, United Nations Development Programme started in February 1960 as United Nations Special Fund to promote social progress and better standards of life and advance the economic, social and technical development of Pakistan. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1965 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

UNDP works with the Government and people of Pakistan to develop local solutions to development challenges. In an evolving development context, we support Pakistan’s efforts to build a more equitable, prosperous, peaceful and resilient society, and to achieve its SDGs and COP21 targets. UNDP promotes transformational change by fostering strategic partnerships with national counterparts in the federal, provincial and regional governments, civil society, the private sector and the local and international community.  UNDP supports transformational change by providing technical assistance focusing on developing capacity within national and local authorities, providing solutions with strong monitoring and evaluation tools, and delivering programmes with maximum efficiency, transparency and accountability.

UNDP’s ultimate goal is to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan through the broad thematic areas of democratic governance, environment and climate change, crisis prevention and recovery, development policy, poverty reduction and the empowerment of women.