Vacancy Announcement
Functional Title : Economist
Contract/Grade : NO-B
Duty Station  : Beijing, China
Vacancy Open: 9 January, 2019
Vacancy Closes: 20 January, 2019
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, foster partnerships
UNICEF is strengthening its engagement with China for the benefit of children globally. In this context, we are seeking to test innovative approaches to financing and to develop partnerships with Chinese led financial institutions, development banks and funds.
How can you make a difference?
The Economist will provide technical support to analyzing, monitoring and evaluating the work of Chinese-related financial institutions and funds in Belt and Road countries and beyond, and will:
• Support UNICEF’s engagement with Chinese-related financial institutions and funds as they develop their South-South engagement programmes, building trust in UNICEF’s capacity to deliver aid efficiently to populations in need. Analyze the economic context and its impact on children and propose and promote appropriate responses.
• Support the development of strategies to engage with relevant Chinese institutions, and institutions in other countries, to sensitize and build understanding of the situation of children and the SDGs. Also support in the exploring of opportunities with relevant entities for potential programmes for children in developing countries.
• Monitor and analyze current and emerging issues related to the investment of Chinese-related financial institutions and funds in other developing countries. Use economic tools and analysis to develop UNICEF China’s advice and advocacy on effective, equitable and efficient allocations for children.
• Support in the development of new policies and practices on South-South Cooperation, focusing on blended and innovative financing, with identified partners. Contribute to technical discussions and policy dialogue by, for example, drafting briefs and speeches.
• Establish and maintain networks with key stakeholders in China and beyond. Support documentation of best practices in blended and innovative financing with China-related financial institutions and write progress reports and donor proposals.
• Participate in the implementation of annual partnership engagement and resource mobilization plans. Build and support a culture of innovation to drive growth and success.
• Engage as part of the larger team with Public Partnership Division and Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division colleagues, and with colleagues in regional and country offices to coordinate South-South Cooperation related activities, and accurate and timely reporting on subsequent results.
To qualify as an economist and advocate for every child, you will have¦
• An advanced University degree in Finance, Economics, Business Management (MBA), international development or another related field
• At least two to five years of relevant professional experience in economic analysis or other related area preferably in an international organization is required
• Experience working with development banks or have knowledge of how such banks operate (e.g. Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, New Development Bank; Exim Bank; funds like China Africa Development Fund, China Africa Industrial Corp, Silk Road Fund)
• Experience working in international development an asset
• Fluency in English and Chinese is required
For every Child, you demonstrate:
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and proven understanding and sensitivity to cultural nuances
• Interpersonal skills, capacity to work with different personalities to deliver on shared results
• Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
• Capacity to think outside of the box and drive innovation
• Strong communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information
• Ability to analyze various sources of information and make rational judgements
• Ability to work strategically to realize UNICEF’s goals
• Excellent skills in planning and organizing, setting clear objectives, timelines and adjusting to changing circumstances in meeting project goals
If you recognize yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, send a Cover Letter and CV through If you have difficulties applying online, you may apply to The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 January 2019.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. In our effort to achieve a gender balance in our current workforce, we particularly encourage applications from qualified male candidates
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.