Market Research Officer, P-2, Temporary Appointment (364 days) JOB

Organization: UN Children’s Fund

Closing date: 30 May 2018

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and analyse UNICEF strategic and essential commodity procurement trends.
  • Devise, evaluate and implement methods for collecting data on needs, demand, market conditions and shortcomings for both existing and new innovative products.
  • Analyse and convert complex market data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports, including interpretation of findings.
  • Contribute to the development of market influencing strategies for strategic commodities by interpreting market research and discerning how procurement approaches, financing mechanisms, and information-driven interventions can positively influence supplier behaviour.
  • Support the ‘local market’ influencing strategy to improve local markets and/or increase on-continent production, including through expanded access to financing for suppliers in program countries.
  • Draft internal reports and support the preparation of external product / market notes and dashboards, and improve the quality of SD’s published market information.
  • Support the publication of price data and other market information for key products by Procurement Centres.
  • Support the secretariat for SD’s Influencing Markets Coordination Group (that coordinates strategic and tactical market shaping efforts within SD) and any other relevant internal/external advisory groups.


  • Comprehensive market intelligence is maintained and kept up-to-date to inform UNICEF’s efforts in influencing markets.
  • Solid analyses are conducted as an input to procurement strategy development and UNICEF’s strategic engagement with key manufacturers/suppliers.
  • Market influencing strategies explicitly consider if, where and how supplier financing tools and other market influencing interventions can support achievement of market goals.
  • Appropriate R&D pull (financing and procurement) mechanisms are considered where needed to help UNICEF accelerate development, improve availability and affordability particularly for novel essential supplies for children.
  • Suppliers domiciled in programme countries operating in markets for selected essential supplies for children have improved access to market information and financing options to address market constraints.
  • High-quality market notes are published and widely disseminated, with measurable impact.



A completed 1st university degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in business administration, economics, financing, industrial policy, or other related discipline is required.

Work Experience:

A minimum of two (2) years professional work experience in relevant discipline(s) is required; e.g.: market research, market dynamics, market shaping, market access, business development, supply financing (particularly for health/nutrition supplies) or economics.

Experience in the following areas in the private or public sectors is preferred:

  • Market research issues relating to health, nutrition, and/or products used in resource-poor settings.
  • Development of demand forecasts, economic/epidemiological models, or other types of projections.
  • Working on data analytics and/or business intelligence, including proven experience in collecting, analysing, visualizing and reporting complex data.
  • Commercial activities (acquisitions / business / contracting)
  • Working with trust funds and/or innovative financing mechanisms or supplier financing structures.
  • Report writing, presentation and dissemination of information for a broad audience.


Fluency and excellent writing skills in English are essential.

Proficiency in another UN official language is an asset.

Competency Profile for both positions:

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies

  • Working with people (level I)
  • Drive for results (level I)
  • Communication (level 1)

Functional Competencies

  • Applying Technical Expertise (level II)
  • Learning and Researching (level II)
  • Creating and Innovating (level I)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (level I)

View our competency framework at:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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