Apply for the UNDP Research Fellowship at Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development!

Research Fellow Full-Time

Location :

Istanbul, TURKEY

Type of Contract :


Starting Date :


Application Deadline :

12-Feb-24 (Midnight New York, USA)

Post Level :


Duration of Initial Contract :

12 months

Languages Required :


Expected Duration of Assignment :

12 months

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UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (ICPSD) is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global organization mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The ICPSD was established in Istanbul, Turkey based on the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the United Nations Development Program in March 2011.

The center is one of the six global thematic policy centers of UNDP, supports the private sector and foundations to become transformative partners in development through research, advocacy, facilitation of public-private dialogue and brokering partnerships. ICPSD leads UNDP’s global work on private sector and foundations and supports UNDP’s offices all around the world. 


The SDG AI Lab is a joint initiative of UNDP BPPS (Bureau for Policy and Programme Support) team, and it is hosted under UNDP ICPSD. The SDG AI Lab provides research, development, and advisory support through cutting-edge digital solutions in harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainable development.

The Lab aims to strengthen the UNDP’s internal and its partners’ capacities for the increasing demand for digital transformation. In addition, SDG AI Lab mobilizes volunteer data scientists under the Supporting Digital Transformation through Volunteerism partnership between UNDP ICPSD and United Nations Volunteers (UNV). Volunteer Data Scientist Initiative connects UNDP teams and data scientists to address development challenges such as Covid-19, disaster response, poverty, climate change and others.

The objective of the UNDP Research Fellowship is to provide the opportunity to conduct research on topics such as Digital Transformation, skills development and other issues related to sustainable development. In particular, the UNDP research fellowship will contribute to research activities, report writing, proofreading and other tasks. The Research fellow will participate in the knowledge management activities within ICPSD’s mandate.

UNDP Research Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

NoDuties and responsibilities% of time 
 Provides research and knowledge generation support, focusing on the achievement of the following results:Support qualitative and quantitative background analysis and related researchProvide support in knowledge management activities of ICPSDOther research and information collection tasksSupport the development of knowledge management products (methodologies, reports, briefs, etc.)60 % 
 Provides administrative and organizational support, focusing on the achievement of the following results:Draft analytical briefs summarizing the project findings and methodologies accessible to the public audienceProvide organizational, administrative and research support to the events and the organization of other national and international conferences, workshops, retreats20 % 
3Provides support to management coordination, focusing on the achievement of the following results:Assist in the preparation of concept notes, summaries, presentations for events and advisory activitiesproviding administrative support, drafting meeting minutes and performing other functions and duties Support the management with collection and compilation of informationSupport other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed10 % 

UNDP Research Fellowship Competencies

Other competencies and attitudes:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

UNDP Research Fellowship Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, economics, business administration, international development, international relations, political science, or related field is required;
  • Master’s degree in social science, economics, business administration, international development, international relations, political science, or related field is an asset;

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.

Language skills:

  • Fluent in English with excellent reading and writing skills is required.
  • Proficiency in Turkish and/or French is an asset;

The application should contain: 

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post; 
  • Current and complete CV in English; 
  • Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. 

Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents: 

  • Official document(s) confirming meeting at least on of the educational requirements.  


  • During the time of the fellowship, UNDP will provide a monthly stipend which will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis.



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