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Research Associate

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N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Location:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Master (16 Years)
Degree Title:
economics, environment, climate change, social sciences, sociology, anthropology or a related social science field.
Career Level:
National UNV
Minimum Experience:
2 Years
Apply By:
Dec 12, 2018
Posted On:
Dec 4, 2018
Job Description

Pakistan ranks among the top ten countries in the world most affected by climate change.  Pakistan is exposed to a number of adverse natural events and has experienced a wide range of disasters over the past 40 years, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, tidal waves, heat waves, cyclones and tsunamis. Over the past decade, damages and losses resulting from natural disasters in Pakistan have exceeded USD 18 billion; as the population and asset base of Pakistan increases, so does its economic exposure to natural disasters. Pakistan also ranks the fifth highest total losses of all countries – amounting to USD 4 billion – attributed to climate change over the 1994-2014 period. The WBG program in Pakistan operations through the lens of adaptation and mitigation, focusing on: low carbon growth and renewable energy; smart agriculture and water use; climate and disaster resilience. The proposed Pakistan Climate Resilience Platform is a programmatic activity designed to provide a platform to enhance coordination and integration of future investments and better address climate change challenges and adaptation across the World Bank portfolio.

The Research Associate will report directly to the Assigned Team Leader of the Pakistan Climate Change Platform (based in Islamabad) at World Bank and will perform the following tasks:

  • To coordinate closely with the team in the design and development of the platform, including any analytical work that may be required as inputs. Provide technical and administrative support as required, including writing briefs, preparing outreach material, setting up clinics or seminars, providing research inputs, communications support and other tasks required for the platform as needed.
  • Review existing analytical work and identify key operational recommendations.
  • Review the ADP to assess how best to incorporate climate change adaptation/mitigation considerations;
  • To support the mapping of climate change data available in Pakistan, including providing support and coordinating an online data management tool.
  • To arrange meetings with subject-experts to facilitate cross-sectoral discussions on climate change in operations.
  • To provide inputs for informational brochures or reports to be developed by the platform team.
  • To set up and maintain a database of relevant experts and think tanks in the field and periodically arrange meetings as required.  
  • To provide analytical inputs and inputs for reports and just in time notes as required.
  • To provide support and guidance to task teams for operations, and to act as a liaison between the relevant Bank teams.
  • Any other tasks required to support the climate change platform


Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


  • At minimum, a Bachelors degree in economics, environment, climate change, social sciences, sociology, anthropology or a related social science field with demonstrable experience on climate related issues preferred.
  • Experience and ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in Pakistan;
  • An ability and willingness to liaise closely with research firms and to coordinate field visits while representing the World Bank
  • A minimum of two years of relevant experience;
  • Technical and analytical skills in climate or sustainable development issues and ability to provide well-grounded, quality analytical inputs with pragmatism and a focus on results;
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with policy issues
  • Hard working, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and a proven ability to work in multicultural settings and teams;
  • Language Skills: Fluency and writing skills in English and excellent reading are essential. Fluency and writing skills in Urdu is highly desirable.

The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Moving travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of PKR 60,140 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Well-being Differential of 15% (WBD-A) or 30% (WBD-B) of the VLA will apply, paid on a monthly basis, depending on the ICSC classification of the duty station.

Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as return travel of (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

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