Innovation Associate

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It is on the ground in 170 countries, working on solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP in China fosters human development to empower women and men to build better lives. As the United Nations’ development network, UNDP draws on a world of experience to assist China in developing its own solutions to the country’s development challenges. Through partnerships and innovation, UNDP works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by reducing poverty, strengthening the rule of law and democratic governance, promoting environmental sustainability and South-South Cooperation.


Demonstrating the relevance of innovation as a critical design principle for programming is a key priority for UNDP worldwide. Particular emphasis has been placed on nurturing innovative tools, techniques and approaches and the use of technologies for development. As a result, HQ and RBAP established the Innovation Fund to support Country Offices to advance the innovation agenda by providing the creative space and discretionary resources to prototype innovative solutions and experiment with new ways of working to tackle complex development challenges outside the traditional business cycle. This initiative is a way to deliver on the new corporate Strategic Plans call for more “agile” programming. As the demand for innovative approaches to development keeps accelerated, UNDP country offices around the world require up-to-the-minute access to the latest evidence-backed solutions from within and outside the organisation.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Communication and Innovation Officer, the Innovation Associate will undertake the following tasks:

Promote innovation within the project portfolio of the assigned unit.
Leads a number of specific innovation initiative in the portfolio / office in coordination with the Communication and Innovation Officer.
Organizes innovation events such as conferences, camps, seminars, workshops, summits, etc.
Conducting research on innovative thinking and practice, compiling background materials, statistical data and briefing notes for innovation events and activities;
Prepares innovations, communications and public-private partnerships outreach materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.), as needed; writes at least 6 blogs a year about innovation and development.
Be outward looking and has frequent meetings with outside partners and attends innovations meetings and seminar where possible to get new fresh ideas to share within the unit / office.
Actively assist in managing innovation proposals. Manage the budgets and financial resources allocated to innovation initiatives and provide regular updates to the Communication and Innovation Officer;
Collect and keep track of innovative practices within UNDP China, including the innovation partners database.
Assist in post-event media coverage monitoring of innovation events by requesting e-copies from media outlets and conducting online searches and by helping to create and maintain a media coverage monitoring file;
Join any ad hoc task forces that require his/her support as requested by the Communication and Innovation Officer.
Project communication

Strengthened partnerships with targeted domestic and international innovation network;
Increased public engagement in advocacy and awareness-raising events/campaigns on innovation;
Effective support to the design and implementation of the Country Office’s innovation initiatives ;
Effective support to assure the quality of Country Office communication and innovation materials, including reports, issue briefs, speeches, press releases, briefing notes, etc
Other deliverables upon request

Portfolio Development of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships

The UNDP China Communication and Innovation Team promote public awareness and greater understanding of UNDP’s work by using various communication tools including press, electronic, and social media. Fully engaging with national and overseas media and a strong roster of public and private partners, the team leads the design, management, and implementation of UNDP’s overall communications strategy, including producing and supporting: high-impact, multimedia campaigns; programme-oriented communications products; media relations and key events; localization of global content for Chinese audiences; and publications on critical development issues. On the innovation front, the team is facilitating and prototyping innovative solutions and experiment with new ways of working to tackle complex development challenges outside the traditional business cycle.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on creation of effective communications and dissemination of information on UNDP’s global development network. In particular, the key results have an impact on advocacy and implementation of UNDP communications, innovations and publication strategies.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:

Ability to think out of box and translate innovative thinking into practice

Good analytical and organizational skills for innovation and media events

Good communications and interpersonal skills

Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment and be an effective team-player.

Sound judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity in confidential matters.

Full proficiency in English and Chinese

Excellent IT competency

Good coordination and organisational skills, teamwork;

Full competency to work with Microsoft Office software

Proactive, organized and self-motivated.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting.
Leadership and Self-Management

Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and Experience

Bachelor’s or higher degree in communications, business management, IT, marketing, international relations or any related field;


At least one year working experience in related field.
Familiarity with the trend of new technology including IOT, VR/AR, Drone, AI, Behavior Insights, Big Data, Challenge Prizes etc. is preferred;
Previous assignment in a similar position would be desirable;
Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Chinese.


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