Research Assistant, Mexico
Research Assistant, Mexico

Job description

Organization:ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Category:Research & Development
Grade: G-5
Duration: Two years with the possibility of extension
Deadline: 21 December 2016


This position is located at the Information Resources Centre and Publications Distribution Unit of the Subregional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico City.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five Regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities.

Established in 1951, the subregional headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico serves 10 countries: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. It is a centre of excellence in technical assistance and research, advising governments in the region at the highest level on the design, formulation, follow-up and evaluation of public policies, and training public officials (Visit

Duties and Responsibilities

Researches, extracts and compiles basic information and technical data on specific programmes/projects and related topics and issues.

Sorts, consolidates, extracts and processes data and enter into relevant database.

Assists in monitoring developments/issues on subjects or areas assigned by collecting, selecting, analysing and compiling
materials from multiple sources, e.g., relevant databases, the library and the Internet.

Assembles original statistical material; adjusts reported data from different sources and load data into computerized database

Assists in the evaluation and examination of data sets for accuracy, clarity and validity.

Assists in the maintenance of relevant computerized databases.

Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, graphs, charts and/or diagrams for information and review by senior

Prepares abstracts/bibliographic descriptions for inclusion in documents, articles, books and publications.

Reviews, stores, classifies, and maintains relevant computerized databases.

Takes notes and drafts executive summaries of meetings.

Collects organizes and disseminates relevant UN and media information.

Co-ordinates and sets up press briefings, press statements, pamphlets or other public awareness campaigns to educate public on
any specific issue.

Provides guidance/training to new/junior staff

Performs other related work as required.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

A first level university degree in economics is desirable.

Work Experiance

Five years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required.

Experience in econometric, applied and policy oriented research and capacity building in the context of
sustainable development issues is required.

Experience working with mapping software is desirable.

Experience in the subregion covered by the office is desirable.


Professionalism: Ability to research, interpret and analyse a wide variety of data. Knowledge of the functions and organization of the work unit, and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures. Demonstrates use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

For the post advertised, advanced knowledge of Spanish and intermediate knowledge of English is required.

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