Government Relations Officer

Job Description
Agency:UNDP
Title:Government Relations Officer
Job ID:21712
Practice Area – Job Family:Capacity Development – GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Vacancy End Date:15/03/2019(Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station:Beijing, China
Education & Work Experience:G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 4 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages:Required:Chinese, English
Desired:
Grade:NOA
Vacancy Type:FTA Local
Posting Type:External
Bureau:Asia & the Pacific
Contract Duration:1 Year with possibility for extension

Background
China has gone through unprecedented changes in the past 30 years. It has achieved remarkable national development progress domestically and has also become a major and influential player in international cooperation.  UNDP China’s five-year Country Programme focuses on three key areas: addressing domestic development challenges related to poverty reduction and inequalities; promoting a low-carbon environmentally sustainable development; and support increased effectiveness in China’s global development cooperation. UNDP helps connect China’s role in the world and its contribution towards the SDGs by creating platforms and facilitate exchange with other nations through investments, trade, research, learning, etc., building directly on partnership agreement signed since 2010 with the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on joint initiatives around trilateral cooperation, advisory support, dialogue and exposure.

MOFCOM is UNDP’s main counterpart ministry and with an expanding and increasingly diverse nature of cooperation with UNDP, both in relation to the domestic portfolio, which contains a number of opportunities for new types of partnerships, as well as in relation to UNDP’s increasing collaboration with Chinese institutions globally, a strengthened anchor point in UNDP to manage, advice and build synergies is needed. In recent years, and given China’s increasing global engagement and pursue cooperation with multilateral institutions, UNDP has been working with  MOFCOM and its related institutions on delivering development cooperation, including through  joint studies, exposure activities, and direct project cooperation in third countries.  With the establishment of the new China International Development Cooperation Administration (CIDCA), UNDP’s engagement on foreign aid and development cooperation globally will also involve this new agency as needed.

Within this context, and given the complexity of partnerships related to both UNDP’s domestic and global cooperation with China, the Government Partnership Analyst will work under the overall guidance of the UNDP Senior Management Team and the daily supervision of the South-South & Global Development Cooperation Team leader to analysis the government context and provide advisory support to  advisory support in  foster  key partnerships in particular with MOFCOM, CIDCA and its related departments and affiliated institutions, as well as with other government entities as relevant.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Facilitates strategic government partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:

Lead the development of strategic approaches to partnership building with key government entities, focusing on MOFCOM, CIDCA and other related institutions;
provide analysis on policy opportunities for UNDP to expand its supportive role,including quality assurance, analysis and advisory support on flagship interventions across the country programme;
Identifies opportunities and provide information on finding entry points for UNDP collaboration with key government partners;
Prepare substantive briefs related to government engagement.
Advises on government processes, formal and informal engagements and analysis opportunities and risks.


2. Strengthening partnerships of UNDP as a go-to partner

Facilitate an expansion of UNDP China’s trilateral partnerships, including dedicated support on strengthening formulation, implementation and M&E through closer government involvement and understanding of scope for cooperation with UNDP; including through direct project oversight and management, where needed;
Analyze policy bottlenecks for scaling the work on financing for the SDGs, and develop options for senior management;
Provide input on developing new modalities and business processes for government engagement as required;
Provide technical input to government counterparts on UNDP thematic areas, identify and assess needs and work with programme and projects to identify appropriate interventions and activities.
Monitor external environment and changes and draft analytical notes and briefings on larger contextual changes and with regard to UNDP’s positioning.
3. Strengthen UNDP coordination and communication on government partnerships and liaison

Effective  coordination and communication to ensure consistent messaging and cooperation;
Work closely with the UNDP Team Leaders and communicate on strategic government partnerships
Provide timely update to senior management and Team Leaders on issues crosscutting across ministries and partners;
Work closely with the Team Leaders to proactively identify issues that require linking across teams and coordination relation to government partnerships;
Provide regular updates and well-structured written analysis on government issues, changes, strategies, policies relevant to UNDP’s partnerships and programme;
Provide analysis on possible government partnership modalities for new programme development.
4. Provide support to high level missions and events on government partnerships  

Coordinate meetings and engagement for high level missions with key government counterparts.
Formulate briefing notes, background documents and analysis required for the missions.
Accompany missions for meeting as needed, and provide translation, prepare meeting notes.
Keep track of follow up actions on behalf of senior management and coordinate with all stakeholders.

Competencies
Competencies and Selection Criteria Description of Competency at Level Required
Core
Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level4: Models independent thinking and action
Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical/Functional
Strategic Planning

Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Partnerships

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Representation

Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues)

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Collaboration and Partnership

Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Political Economy Analysis

Knowledge of the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dynamics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP’s development support

Level4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Influencing and Agenda Setting

Ability to plan and deliver communication initiatives that make an impact, persuades intended audiences, shapes perceptions of the UNDP and creates positive demand for UNDP’s value propositions

Level4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Coordination provider-recipient

Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

Master’s or Bachelor degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration, Environmental Science or a related area.


Experience:

Up to 2 years with Master’s degree or 4 years with Bachelor degree of progressively responsible and relevant professional working experience in South South and Trilateral cooperation, international development and/or Inclusive and Sustainable Development
Thorough understanding of the Chinese government system, policies and protocols.
Previous programmatic and technical experience in policy making and provision of advisory services would be an advantage.
Experience of working directly with senior Chinese government officials is key
Proven track record in partnership building and facilitating external communication
Proven project management experience, preferably within UNDP or another UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of the project cycle essential
Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
Strong ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams


Language Requirements:

Strong written and spoken skills in English and Mandarin

 

All female and male candidates are equally encouraged to apply.
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