Job Description
Agency                                        UNDP
Title                                              Economist
Job ID                                          20647
Practice Area – Job Family        Capacity Development
Vacancy End Date                      08/02/2019(Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station                                Beijing, China
Education & Work Experience  I-Master’s Level Degree – 3 year(s) experience
Languages                                  Required: Chinese, English
Grade                                           SB4
Vacancy Type                              Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type                               External
Bureau                                         Asia & the Pacific
Contract Duration                      12 months

As the world’s second largest economy, China is increasingly recognized as a provider and financier for innovative solutions for global development challenges, which the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attempt to address in the coming 15 years. While China aims to promote common prosperity globally, it strives to achieve sustainable development domestically in the ever-inter-connected world. Building on China’s achievement over the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNDP stands to continue supporting China in realizing inclusive, innovative and green growth. Moreover, UNDP assists China to go globally to deliver development dividends.

UNDP China is recruiting an Economist to lead the economic and analytical policy work of the country office. In contribution to UNDP’s support to China in addressing its development challenges and global cooperation, and under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative, the Senior Development Economist and the Strategic Advisor for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Economist will formulate and manage policy studies, produce independent policy research including conducting national level analytics, and organize high-level events on key social-economic and environmental issues.

The Economist will work closely with other colleagues working on poverty reduction and inequality, sustainable development financing and development effectiveness. She/he will also support, where helpful, colleagues from programme teams to help them understand the policy context in which their programmes are operating and need to be designed.

The Economist will also advocate for and represent UNDP in his/her area of expertise as requested. He/she will provide substantive support to senior management and will be expected to contribute to office-wide and regional activities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:

Provide substantial inputs in identifying, formulating and developing policy research projects on key socioeconomic and environmental issues, in particular poverty reduction and inclusive growth, development finance (including green finance), development effectiveness, among others.
Support the preparation and dissemination of other external policy briefs and research notes on key development issues.
Contribute to the design, production and publication of UNDP’s independent research on key development issues and provide quality control on office knowledge products as needed.
Supervise the work of the assistant policy officer.
Helpfacilitate the expansion of UNDP’s portfolio on international development cooperation and development effectiveness.
Provide timely, substantive and strategic inputs on sustainable development trends in China to senior management.
Monitor, collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, trends and other economist’s findings on China,  as well as global socioeconomic and environmental issues as relevant.
Identify opportunities for collaborative work, maintain and expand relationships and work directly with key and influential economic and development policy-makers and thinkers in China and abroad.
Contribute to the organization of high-level international conferences and workshops.
Advocate for and represent UNDP at external meetings and through external communications, where requested.
Support the maintenance and extension of UNDP’s network of key stakeholders, experts, etc. in China within the field of economics and sustainable development.
Contribute to regional analytical work and other activities; participate in the regional network of economists.
Contribute to other relevant office-wide activities.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

High data literacy
Strong grasp of and interest in cutting-edge economic theories and concepts
Good understanding of sustainability and development issues
Good integrative skills to view and bring together varied facets of development

Development and Operational Effectiveness

Is a proven team player – enjoys and seeks collaboration with others
Has established networks in China’s academic/ research community
Builds networks quickly and maintains them
Management and Leadership

Focuses on and plans ahead for results
Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so
Has an inquisitive mind – not afraid to challenge existing consensus with new data/ information
Works at fast pace with energy
Works at multiple tasks in parallel with good quality
Regularly seeks and responds to feedback, and consults on key decisions
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

Strong written and oral communications skills, and interest in further development (e.g. blogs, social media, etc)

Core Competencies:

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Self-development, initiative-taking
Acting as a team leader and player to facilitate team work
Ability to liaise with Management and staff at all levels
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Managing conflict
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Sciences, or related disciplines. Ph.D. is an advantage.


3-5 years of progressively responsible policy research and analysis experience is required at the national or international level. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Publisher, Excel, STATA, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese


All female and male candidates are equally encouraged to apply.

Only applicants submitted through the link( could be considered.