Policy Consultant for Programme Research (international) in the Global Partnership and Liaison Team of UNDP China


China has become a major emerging player in global governance, able to share its valuable experience with the entire international community, acting at the same time as a bridge-builder between institutions and nations in the sustainable development era. China takes a proactive role in shaping new initiatives which complement existing global governance mechanisms. One example is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which has been growing steadily.

Since the launch of UNDP China Global Governance Initiative in 2012, UNDP China has become a key partner of the Government of China in international development cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP is recognized as a bridge between China and the world – both in terms of understanding of development context, as a channel for international development assistance, and as part of and beyond South-South cooperation. Moreover, the Chinese government counterparts have characterized UNDP as a chosen partner for advising on development cooperation approaches and integrated development approaches in line with the SDGs.

Against this backdrop, UNDP China helps facilitate substantial and long-term progress in China’s international development cooperation.

Towards this end, the office is looking for a Research Associate/Policy Consultant to help the UNDP China CO to conduct evidence-based research and develop think-pieces under the global governance initiative and Belt and Road programme in the Global Partnership and Liaison (GPL) Team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Assistant Country Director and Team Leader of the GPL Team, the /Policy Consultant is responsible for identifying and producing and/or commissioning research and analysis on global and regional development issues. He/she will assist the team to identify policy options in the areas of global and regional development studies, with focus on the Belt and Road and the role of China. He/she is expected to:


1) Support to identify policy options and produce independent research on global economic governance and regional development cooperation with focus on the Belt and Road

Support the drafting of report such as the UNDP-China Development Bank Report on the Belt and Road Initiative focus on the harmonization of international standards in financing and investments.
Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on China’s role in global economic governance and regional development issues with a particular focus on the Belt and Road investments and projects.
Conduct background research pieces on global economic governance and regional development studies with focus on the Belt and Road for external and internal purpose and draft speeches for UNDP Senior Management under this portfolio.
Analyze information on research institutes on global and regional development studies, identify reliable sources of information and contribute to the development of UNDP’s research networks on global governance and regional development studies.

2) Provide policy support to the preparation of the specific initiatives and relevant evidence-based products to enhance the policy impact of UNDP.

Contribute to the implementation of the team’s programme and initiatives, such as the BRI Global Platform and the Global Governance Initiative.  
Provide technical support to the preparation of the specific global initiatives and relevant events, such as collecting the background information, revising the agenda, taking the notes of the events and generating the summary reports.
Review and proofread the drafts of the research papers and/or speeches drafted internally and externally.

3) Support to the team’s specific initiatives and daily housekeeping activities

Provide support to high-level delegation visits including drafting the briefing package and preparing the Note to File.
Provide support to the formulation and implementation of the team’s work plan as well as provide the operational support to the team’s daily housekeeping issues, such as contributing to the team work and periodically reports.
Assist policy advocacy and programme advisory tasks such as preparing project briefs, speeches, presentations, and strategy papers related to international development cooperation and brief visiting missions, donor agencies and national counterpart agencies.
Maintain good partnership with the relevant UNDP internal units and national counterparts, as well as donors.
Conduct the missions in China if needed.


Demonstrate commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Excellent writing skills and communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality analysis;
Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships and has result oriented collaboration with colleagues. 
Ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work.
Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines and openness to change, receive/integrate feedback.
Curiosity and desire to work in a complex, international environment.

Required Skills and Experience



Master’s Degree or Doctor’s Degree in Political or Social Sciences, Economics, International Development Studies or related disciplines.

At least 3 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing policy support and hands-on experience in policy making and project designing.
Thorough understanding of China, politically and economically as well as its role in the global and regional development sphere with focus on the Belt and Road Initiative;
Sound knowledge of global governance mechanisms and regional development cooperation with particular focus on economic issues and the Asia Pacific region.

Sound knowledge of Microsoft office.
Strong presentations and networking skills

Excellent skills in both written and spoken English required.
Good knowledge of Chinese is preferable.
Documents to be included when submitting application

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal (download the format in the link provided: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1yy9sgaqTHgvsJae1Wjz6MQ ) together with your CV while submitting application.  For people who apply from UNDP Jobs, please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.

Selection criteria:

Technical evaluation – 70%; Financial Evaluation – 30%; The final offer goes to the highest combined score winner.

Only applicants submitted through the link could be considered:https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=81247