Result of Service
Detailed findings of desk-based research and datasets compiled.
Research to identify study’s scope and methodology conducted.
Short report outline to identify the main structure and sections of the report drafted.
Questionnaire developed and submitted to stakeholders to collect data.
List of relevant stakeholders and contact points developed.
Two presentations on the study drafted.
Report drafted and finalized on the basis of the desk-based research and questionnaire replies.
Proposal for future research drafted.
January – June 2024 (80 days)
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Background of the assignment:
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for advancing international cooperation in the peaceful uses and exploration of space, and in the utilization of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. It also serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly’s only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
The assignment falls within Space4Women, a project of UNOOSA that encourages women and girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and raises awareness about career opportunities and the importance of gender equality and empowerment in the space sector.¿More specifically, the assignment will focus on the preparation of a study on women’s participation in the space workforce at global level.
2. Purpose of the assignment:
UNOOSA is the United Nation’s dedicated entity working on space affairs, supporting the legal, political and technical aspects of international cooperation in space activities. Such responsibilities extend to awareness-raising and capacity-building in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Space4Women is a project of UNOOSA to help address¿the gender gap, to strengthen awareness, capacity, and skills of individuals and institutions, with emphasis on promoting gender equality¿and equal access to opportunities in STEM education and the space sector. As a follow up to the recommendations of previous Space4Women Expert Meetings, the preparation of a comprehensive study on women’s participation in the space workforce at global level was recommended. The objective of the study is to gain a better understanding of women’s participation in the space sector to measure progress towards achieving gender equality.
The consultant will support the preparation of the study that will require undertaking desk-based research, preparing and conducting a survey, and developing a report based on the desk-based research and survey. The final report will provide an overview of the participation of women in the space sector.
The consultant will also support the revision of the first gender mainstreaming toolkit dedicated to the space sector.
3. Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:
Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer leading the Project, the overall guidance of the Chief of the Office of the Director and under the overall strategic coordination of the Director of the Office, the tasks of the consultant will include, but not be limited to:
Conduct desk-based research to identify existing relevant research and datasets.
Consult with experts.
Develop a research plan to identify detailed scope and methodology of the study.
Develop questionnaire to be submitted to relevant stakeholders.
Identify relevant stakeholders and distribute the questionnaire.
Collect and analyze data of questionnaire.
Prepare outline of the report to identify main sections based on the desk-based research.
Draft a report based on the findings of the questionnaire and the desk-based research, and review the report following supervisor’s feedback.
Draft a proposal to continue the research and analyse different dimensions of the topic.
Prepare presentations about the study.
Review gender mainstreaming toolkit.
Coordinate with supervisor.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least two (2) years working experience in the field of implementing research is required.
Excellent research skills are required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Excellent report writing skills and ability to synthesize information are required.
Familiarity with gender equality is required.
Familiarity the space sector is desirable.
Experience working in international relations or for an international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.