Programme Officer

Job Description
Agency   UNDP
Title    Programme Officer
Job ID   23424
Practice Area – Job Family  Capacity Development – SOUTH-SOUTH & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
Vacancy End Date   28/05/2019(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
China is increasingly playing a significant role as a global development actor. As the world’s second largest economy and one of the most prominent South-South cooperation providers, China’s influence on development is highly important, both in recipient countries as well as on the global stage. China’s international development assistance in the form of grants and loans is set to continue expanding with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) together with its continued support through a range of other areas that go well beyond financial aid, such as trade, tourism and migration, regional integration and other forms of cooperation.
While China’s activities in these areas are impressive, Chinese officials acknowledge that there is scope for drawing lessons from international experience. In turn, many other providers can also learn a great deal from China’s successes in delivering development cooperation. It is therefore a priority for China to engage with others to enhance development cooperation provision in future.
Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and Government of China to promote South-South cooperation (2010), UNDP has been able to position itself as a key partner for China in improving its development effectiveness by being a) a provider of high-quality and relevant policy advice to China; b) a provider of information to others about China’s best practices in cooperation, and c) a key partner for trilateral cooperation (TrC) projects and other initiatives that help China to actively, and practically identify and make further improvements. As the first international organization to sign a MoU with China on the BRI in 2016, UNDP China work through research and policy to enhance the BRI’s potential as an accelerator to achieve the 2030 Agenda in BRI partner countries.
The Programme Officer will have a key role in managing and strengthening the quality control of South South and global development cooperation projects, including implementation and coordination of UNDP projects under the South South Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF). The Programme Officer will manage a diverse set of partnerships to ensure successful project implementation as well as systematically demonstrating the added value of South South and global development cooperation through lessons generation. S/he will support overall UNDP corporate policies and procedures on development cooperation with China.
Duties and Responsibilities
•Manages and ensures quality control of the implementation of South South Cooperation or related projects at UNDP China, including projects under the SSCAF.
•Provides substantial inputs, and as relevant, lead, the SSTrC proposal development, including drafting and process management and partnerships for new concepts.
•Liaises with Government counterparts and its SSC/BRI partner countries, including coordination with UNDP Country Offices and Regional Bureaus.
•Coordinates evidence gathering and monitoring of SSTrC activities, including develop tools and approaches to be mainstreamed across to consistently measure the impact of SSTrC principles over and beyond standard project outputs.
•Provides substantive inputs to UNDP’s engagement in dialogue events on global development issues through participating in conferences, seminars and workshops, including preparing briefing notes and background papers for external audiences as well as UNDP senior management.
•Contributes and lead as relevant inputs to the organization of high-level international conferences and workshops.
•Maintains and extends UNDP’s partnership on south south and global development cooperation, including financial institutions, and UNDP’s network of relevant key stakeholders, experts, etc. in China on global development cooperation.
•Contributes to, and leads, relevant office-wide activities.
Functional Competencies:     
•Experience in project management, preferably on topics related to SSTrC;
•Experience in partnership building, planning and management of events, seminars, workshops and functions;
•Knowledge of both China’s foreign aid, new trends, use of modalities, and volume, as well as global trends in development cooperation and among the global South in SSC;
•Strong coordination skills and ability to organize diverse tasks and to handle complex situations;
•Proven analytical skills and diagnostic capability;
•High familiarity with computer applications and programmes, including word/data-processing (e.g., Word and Excel), database applications (e.g., Access), presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) and Internet.
•Excellent written and spoken English and Chinese.
Core Competencies:
•Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
-Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities
-Actively shares knowledge
•Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
-Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence
-Finds common ground to solve problems
•Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
-Critically assesses established methods
-Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons / feedback
•Models independent thinking and action
-Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships
•Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
-Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done
-Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision
-Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, International Relations, Political Sciences, or related disciplines.
A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably at the national or international level related to SSTrC. Experience with Chinese government agencies is required. Experience with managing projects, ideally within development, is required.
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese.