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Team Leader – Governance Data & Analytics
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Job Expired 11 Dec 2023
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description
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UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Governance is one of the six signature solutions in UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 – alongside poverty and inequality, resilience, environment, energy, and gender equality - to support countries towards three directions of change: structural transformation, leaving no one behind and resilience.  The objective of UNDP’s governance work is to ensure that accountable, inclusive, and effective governance underpins sustainable development. 
Rapidly evolving complex crises, demand for transformative change and consistent backsliding on governance indicators are putting governance systems under stress. As a result knowledge, innovation, data analytics and insights on governance related issues are in high demand. The UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance based in Oslo is designed to respond to this complex and rapidly evolving policy landscape. Under its new project (2022-2026), the Centre will aim to build knowledge, insight, and data through drawing on the experience of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. The Centre is also mandated to stimulate global conversation on key governance questions in the world today. It provides programmatic guidance by exploring, pre-empting, and unpacking global policy issues.  The Centre works across the UNDP Global Policy Network to deliver UNDP’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2025.
The Centre currently has four Research and Engagement Agendas (REAs) as its thematic focus:
  1. Strengthening the evidence base for achieving Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (SDG16)
  2. Financial Integrity and Economic Governance for Inclusive, Accountable and Effective Governance systems
  3. Unpacking the Political Economy of Fair, Green Transitions
  4. Information integrity for an Open, Inclusive and Informed Civic Engagement

The thematic issues of Democratic Backsliding and Transformational Leadership will cross-cut the above REAs.
A key function of the Centre has been  to establish and implement UNDP’s offer on governance data and analytics and strengthen global, regional, and national data systems to support evidence-based policy making on governance issues.  The governance data and analytics function supports the Research and Engagement Agendas identified by the Centre on critical governance questions. It also supports higher quality development results through supporting stronger data-driven and evidence-based programming across UNDP. The Centre generates analysis and insights on progress on different dimensions of governance, supports the development of internationally comparable methodologies for governance data collection and reporting, supports collection of timely, reliable, and quality data on governance and enables access to cutting-edge research and analysis. The governance data analytics function of the Centre has a particular focus on supporting data collection, reporting, and capacity development on UNDP custodian indicators for SDG16 (on participation and representation, inclusive and responsive decision-making, and access to justice) and supporting the implementation of the SDG16 Survey Initiative with UN partners.

A Team Leader for Governance Data & Analytics is being recruited, with the objective of (i) leading UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance’s offer on governance data analytics, (ii) ensuring technical leadership and coordination with internal and external actors on supporting national statistical systems on governance measurement and SDG16 reporting, (iii) strengthening the generation of data, analytics and insights on the Centre’s Research and Engagement Agendas.


Position Purpose

Under the supervision of the Director of the UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance, the Team Leader for Governance Data & Analytics will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and intellectual guidance for the Governance Data & Analytics portfolio and provide technical and advisory support on the development of global methodologies on measuring governance and overseeing and further strengthening SDG16 monitoring and reporting working with national statistical systems. The Team Leader will build and expand partnerships on governance and SDG16 data and measurement, connecting with existing networks, institutions, universities, civil society organizations and think tanks in the Nordic region as well as the Global South. The incumbent will work closely with other international organization partners including other UN agencies and international organisations (for example, UNODC, UN Women, OHCHR, UNESCO, OECD). The incumbent will link to and coordinate with relevant teams internally within UNDP across the Crisis Bureau and Bureau of Policy and Programme Support and connect to global strategies such as the Data, Digital and Knowledge Management Strategies where relevant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership, Policy Research and Policy Development:

  • Provide strategic direction for UNDP’s work on governance statistics, and development of governance insights and analysis;
  • Provide thought leadership in on governance and SDG16 measurement and SDG16, including the development of data insights, synthesized knowledge and analytical pieces/policy briefs and reviews of knowledge on measuring governance and monitoring SDG16;
  • Link to the Research and Engagement Agendas of the Centre to provide guidance for evidence-based policy making;
  • Connect the work of the governance data analytics function with the other functions of the centre
  • Lead in UNDP’s work to support the development of global standards on governance statistics, through partnerships and networks and link to country level monitoring.
  • Management and Coordination:

    Lead the planning, management, and delivery of the Governance Data & Analytics pillar at the Global Policy Centre for Governance;
  • Oversees the delivery and implementation of the funding to support monitoring and reporting on SDG16, development of global methodologies on governance as well as production of governance data and analytics;
  • Establish and implement strategic priorities for future activities, in liaison with the OGC Director and other colleagues;

Partnerships and Representation:

  • Lead advocacy and strategic engagement efforts on governance data and SDG16 at global level;
  • Represent UNDP (and where appropriate, UN partner organizations) to advocate for corporate messages in regional and international discussions on governance statistics and SDG16;
  • Leverage external partnerships in support of global progress on governance statistics and SDG16;
  • Contribute to strengthening partnerships with research institutes, civil society organizations, international and regional organisations on governance statistics and SDG16 especially supporting South-South and triangular knowledge sharing, and ensuring that OGC works closely with both Nordic as well as Southern think-tanks and institutions;  
  • Support partnerships with other UN SDG16 custodian agencies (including UNODC, OHCHR, UN Women, UNESCO) and key multilaterals (including the World Bank, OECD) and other existing and potential partner institutions working on SDG16;
  • Where appropriate, support resource mobilization for UNDP’s governance work and the work on governance data analytics in particular.

Innovation and Knowledge Management:

  • Encourages the adoption of innovative approaches in governance data and analytics, including in development of partnerships and use of new technologies;
  • Engage with the knowledge management pillar of the Global Policy Centre on Governance to strengthen the community of practice on monitoring and measurement of governance and SDG16, including the SDG16 Hub;
  • Produce lessons learned and codify knowledge and experience on SDG16 and governance measurement;
  • Ensure the development of cutting-edge knowledge production and dissemination, including on governance data insights and analysis;
  • Strengthen, in co-ordination within the Centre and other members of the GPN, lessons learnt, best practices, and relevant knowledge products on measuring different dimensions of governance.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

Lead a diverse team of expert staff and consultants working on governance data and analytics by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction, and guidance to empower them to positively contribute to the Centre’s work on Research, Insights, Data Analysis and Analytics.



Achieve Results:

  • Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact  

Think Innovatively:

  • Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

  • Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

  • Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands  

Act with Determination:

  • Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

  • Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management: UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.  

Cross-Functional & Technical:

Business Direction & Strategy - Strategic Thinking:

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks, and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions. Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends, to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Direction & Strategy - Collective Intelligence Design:

  • Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Management - Partnerships Management:

  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management - Communication:

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience  
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels

Business Management - Portfolio Management:

  • Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment

Business Development - Knowledge Generation:

  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content  

2030 Agenda - Governance:

  • SDG16

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (i.e. Masters or its equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Policy, Public Policy, Economics, Development Studies, Statistics, or a related discipline OR a First-level university degree (i.e. Bachelor’s or its equivalent)  in Political Science, International Relations, Social Policy, Public Policy, Economics, Development Studies, Statistics, or a related discipline  AND two additional years of relevant work experience.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience (with a Master's Degree), including in the area of development, governance and/or social sciences. Candidates in possession of only a first level university degree (i.e. Bachelor’s or equivalent) must possess at least of 12 years of relevant work experience.  
  • Proven knowledge and experience on measuring governance, governance statistics and/or SDG16;
  • Experience working with national statistical systems, including supporting national statistical systems with statistical production processes and/or data collection, analysis, use and dissemination, is an asset;
  • Proven quantitative and qualitative research experience in the area of governance. Excellent partnership building, networking, and interpersonal skills, including ability to establish and maintain high-level contacts with representatives from government, international organizations, CSOs, academia and other actors;
  • Track record of bringing together multiple stakeholders, including governments, civil society, and researchers to address policy challenges;
  • Proven experience in management of personnel and teams;
  • Experience in working in development contexts is required;
  • Knowledge of and experience with UN/UNDP and its work in governance and/or peacebuilding, data and statistics is an asset;


  • Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of other UN language is an asset. 
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.



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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

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