Organizational setting and reporting relationships
The Global Parliamentary Report (GPR) is a flagship IPU-UNDP publication that contributes to realizing the vision of better parliaments and stronger democracies. The report offers findings and recommendations based on parliamentary experiences and good practice. More than 150 parliaments have contributed to the report to date, giving it a unique global perspective and considerable authority.
The target audience of the GPR is first and foremost the parliamentary community. This includes the members and staff of parliaments as well as people and organizations working to enhance the effective functioning of parliaments, such as parliamentary strengthening practitioners, researchers and civil society organizations. The secondary audiences are the broader set of policy-makers with an interest in parliament and the media.
The themes of the report are chosen through consultative processes that take into account the priorities of parliaments and other stakeholders. The first edition, published in 2012, focused on "The changing nature of parliamentary representation". The second edition in 2017, entitled "Parliamentary oversight: Parliament's power to hold government to account", shone the spotlight on another of parliament’s critical functions.
The third Global Parliamentary Report will address the theme of public engagement in the work of parliament. It is scheduled for publication in October 2021.
The IPU wishes to establish a network of students to provide assistance to research activities. It is expected that the network will contain up to 5 students from different countries, with a range of language skills, working under the supervision of the Lead Researcher and in cooperation with colleagues from IPU and UNDP.
Participants in the student network will support the project’s research activities, which include:
Questionnaires for parliaments and other stakeholders
Interviews with parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and other stakeholders
National and thematic case studies
Online focus groups
Participants in the student network will be assigned specific deliverables, based on the project activities, their profile, experience, availability and language skills. Deliverables will be assigned and updated for each member of the student network on a regular basis. Specific deliverables may include, for example:
Literature review on public engagement
Questionnaire results data entry/ data analysis
Support to the organization of thematic focus groups
Preparing, conducting, transcribing or analyzing interviews
Support to the preparation of country and thematic case studies, including background research, analysis or drafting
Other research tasks as necessary
In addition, members of the student network will be expected to take part in regular online meetings of the network and ongoing exchange of information.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate:
University degree in a relevant field
Interest in current issues about parliaments and public engagement
Good research skills (some experience in quantitative analysis preferred)
Strong writing skills
Curiosity and willingness to learn
Ability to communicate effectively in English. Other languages, including but not limited to French, Spanish, and Arabic, are highly desirable
The position will be remote. All work will be done online.
Duration and Remuneration
The contract is for the period September – December 2020.
Work will be paid at an hourly rate of CHF 20/hour, up to a maximum of 250 hours of work.
Specific deliverables will be assigned by the Lead Researcher with an estimate of the number of hours of work required. Members of the student network will track their hours of work and report on a weekly basis.
into his/her tasks.
Our guiding principle in selecting candidates is to secure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. We do not discriminate on any grounds and are committed to promoting diversity in our workforce.
Particular attention is paid to candidates from developing countries and to achieving gender balance. We strive to provide an environment where the contribution of each individual is valued.
All our employees are expected to possess the following qualities:
Motivation and a strong commitment to our principles
Ability to work well in a multicultural team
High level of technical knowledge relevant to the post
Work experience at national and/or international level
Fluency in at least one of our official languages (English, French) and a working knowledge of a second language. Additional languages are an asset
We ask all our staff, consultants and interns to agree to our Code of conduct for personnel and our Fraud and corruption prevention policy.
The work of the IPU is based on the Common Principles for Support to Parliaments that describes a series of fundamental principles for the planning and implementation of programmes aimed to strengthen the capacity of parliaments. The Consultant will be expected to factor the Common principles