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Conduct and/or assist with research and analysis activities within the Office of the Director of the Division for Public Admin

UN DESA Division for Public Administration and Development Management

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Research
Public law
Volunteers: 4 needed
11-20 hours per week / 2 weeks
Global
English
Task
Background and objectives
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One of the flagship activities of DESA/DPADM is the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), an annual competition which rewards creativity and achievements of public institutions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. The UN Online Volunteers are will participate in data collection for the publication based on the UNPSA cases submitted in 2017 which focused on reaching the poorest and most vulnerable people, promoting accountability and integrityBased on a questionnaire provided by DESA/DPADM, the Online Volunteers will take part in the data collection from the UNPSA database, prepare analysis and undertake other research on the theme of ‘Can we ensure accountability of leaving no one behind’.
UNPSA is an annual global competition that promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service and aims to discover and share innovations in governance and public services delivery. The UNPSA database provides a unique collection of cases from multiple countries from around the world. The main objective of this assignment is to contribute to the data collection and analysis for the upcoming publication based on the 2017 UNPSA. Volunteers will be conducting an online research and possibly an analysis of initiatives/cases based on three categories: Reaching the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and participation; Promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in public service and Innovation and excellence in delivering services in health.
• Knowledge of some of the following: public policy, public service delivery, public administration, international relations, institutions and sustainable development • Research and analysis skills • IT skills • Flexibility in contributing to the work process of Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM). • Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory. • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable but not compulsory.

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The UNV Online Volunteering service connects organizations working for the Sustainable Development Goals with volunteers eager to contribute to global progress using their time and skills online.

Thousands of volunteers all around the world – professionals, students, retirees and expatriates – are working each day to advance development. Here’s how you can join them:

  1. Register as a volunteer with the UNV Online Volunteering service.
  2. Once registered, you can start searching for opportunities right away. You can adjust the settings to receive alerts for suitable opportunities. Apply for all those that interest you.
  3. The organization offering the volunteer opportunity makes its selection from among the applicants. If you’re selected, congratulations – start making a difference right away!
  4. Once you’ve completed your assignment, submit a feedback form telling us about your experience. You’ll need this in order to receive…
  5. …your well-earned certificate of appreciation from the organization with which you volunteered, acknowledging your hard work and achievements!

Before jumping in as an online volunteer, make sure you have:

Access to the Internet and the right tools. You’ll need reliable Internet access, as well as regular access to a communication device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. 

Time. Decide how much time you can realistically devote to your online volunteering activities. Once you select a daily or weekly time range, you’ll be counted on to honour your commitment.

Availability. You’ll need to make yourself available for any teleconferences, meetings or check-ins required by the organization for which you’re volunteering.