The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to Member States and United Nations entities on South-South and triangular cooperation enabling developing countries to effectively face their leading development challenges and harness global opportunities to address them, in tandem with monitoring progress on implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi Outcome.
UNOSSC engages with Member States globally, regionally, as well as within the UN system to facilitate practical expressions of Southern solidarity towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. UNOSSC works with a wide range of partners including global centers of excellence to intensively explore how building endogenous capacity be encouraged, how broadening and sharing technological advances within the global South will systematically occur, and how emerging innovative financing mechanisms can be harnessed through South-South and triangular cooperation. UNOSSC ensures that our Southern constituencies have timely access to high quality analytical planning, mapping, programming, and reporting on data, trends and opportunities that will propel South-South and triangular cooperation in ways that ensure success.
In 2008, UNOSSC in partnership with the Government of China, through China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), launched the China South-South Development Centre (SSDC) Project. The SSDC Project aimed to facilitate systematic sharing of Chinese expertise and knowledge on South-South cooperation with other developing countries, and consolidate resources and mobilize partnerships within China in a coordinated manner. The SSDC project (2008-2018) concluded with a comprehensive independent evaluation indicating that the project was well aligned with the principles of South-South Cooperation; represented good value for money/resource allocation; comprehended strong management arrangements; positively impacted beneficiaries; had high prospects for sustainability; and addressed cross-cutting issues such as gender inequality and the environment.
Building on the success of SSDC Phase 1 (2008-2018), the Government of China has committed its continued institutional and financial support to UNOSSC on a second phase (2019-2023) entitled Global South-South Development Centre (GSSDC). The GSSDC Project was officially launched at the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperaiont (BAPA+40) in March 2019, witnessed by the Vice Primere of China, Ministerial Representatives from MOFCOM and MFA, and UNDP Administrator. CICETE will continue to serve as the Secretariat of the GSSDC.
The 2nd Phase of GSSDC will 1) place greater emphasis on two-way sharing of knowledge and expertise for mutual learning between China and other countries; 2) align GSSDC’s support with the UN SDGs, and other global development frameworks; 3) expand the existing network to beyond China, and reposition itself as a true global network of centers of excellence for SSC; 4) streamline its services and management arrangements particularly the small-grant programme; and 5) provide advocacy and advisory support, and conduct sector-specific research and analysis to inform global policy discourse for SSC.
Under the new GSSDC Project, the UNOSSC is recruiting a Project Analyst who will be based in the GSSDC Secretariat, hosted by CICETE in Beijing, to support the GSSDC Secretariat with the project management and day-to-day liaison with the Programme coordination team at the UNOSSC HQ in New York.
The day-to-day work and performance of the Project Analyst will be directly supervised by the GSSDC Secretariat Manager. The Project Analyst reports to the Project Manager at UNOSSC HQ in NY on results and delivery of the project.
The Project Analyst promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. The Project Analyst is also anticipated to support close collaboration between UNOSSC and UNDP China CO relevant teams.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
1. Perform project management tasks, implementing workplan activities in accordance with UNDP rules and regulation
2. Support to programme operations (finance, asset management, travel administration, HR) in line with UNDP corporate rule, regulation and policies
3. Support partnership building and resource mobilization activities at project level
4. Faciliate knowledge management and knowledge sharing, provide guidance to all project stakeholders on programme management and operational matters
5. Lead in communications and advocacy efforts at project level
1. Ensure effective project management focusing on the achievements of the following results:
• Prepare annual project workplans and related sub-plans (procurement plan, quarterly plans if required, and others as necessary)
• Ensure timely and good-quality implementation of workplan activities
• Continuously monitor and report progress against the approved work-plan to UNOSSC and Project Board (Identify changes in the external environment and promptly agree necessary solutions/actions; log risk issues)
• Monitor expenditure to ensure that it is in line with approved budgets, Annual Workplans and UNDP Programmed/Financial policies
• Produce project annual reports and evaluation in line with the result frameworks.
2. Support effective project operations and administration focusing on the achievement of the following results:
• Facilite project operations and delivery (procurement, administration,travel and etc) when required in coordination with UNDP CO relevant teams in line with UNDP corporate rule, regulation and policies
• Implement effective internal controls
• Facilitate and coordinate day-to-day communications and updates between CICETE, UNOSSC, UNDP CO and key project stakeholders
3. Support partnership building and resource mobilization activities at project level
• Be familiar with main actors and activities of South-South cooperation in China and globally, and establish contact and keep up to date with their work, with an aim to expand the GSSDC Networks
• Be familiar and sensitive with respect to cultural diversity, and able to build cross-cultural relationships with partners from various cultural and ethinic backgrounds and respond positively to feedback
• Create and maintain partnerships with local and international institutions and entities working on South-South cooperation and international cooperation
• Support resource mobilization and partnership building efforts
• Perform due diligence and risk management tasks
4.Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing, guidance to all stakeholders on matters focusing on the achievement of the following results:
• Regular exchange of information/experience with project stakeholders, and other projects and initiatives of UNOSSC including the Silk Road Cities SSTC Project,
• Map, document and disseminate good practices in SSC
• Support production of project reports
• Support the development of knowledge products and research
• Participate in regular internal meetings
• Participation in training events, communities of practice, codifying and sharing knowledge
5.Lead in communications and advocacy efforts at project level
• Lead project communications and information sharing
• Update and maintain the CSSCN and GSSDC Website
• Develop and circulate newsletters and updates
• Facilitate the participation of GSSDC at international conferences, exhibition, and organize demand-driven need assessment study visits
• Represent the GSSDC at working level in events and workshops, as appropriate and requested by Supervisor.
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
• Demonstrates strong knowledge and understanding of South-South cooperation and international development cooperation
• Experience in project management at the national or international level required
• Experience working at government and technial agencies for international cooperation, and/or international organizations required
• Experience coordinating international conventions, conferences and exhibitions prefered
Knowledge Management and Learning
• Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
• Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
• Ability to lead planning, results-based management and reporting
• Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects
• Strong IT skills
Management and Leadership
• Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
• Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills and social media
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and Experience
MA degree or BA degree in International Affairs, Social Science, Development Studies, International and Cross-cultural studies, Communications, or related field.
A minimum three (3) years (with Masters’ degree), or, minimum five (5) years (with Bachelors’ degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level required.
Experience in South-South cooperation project management and administration highly desired.
Fluency in English and Chinese required.
All female and male candidates are equally encouraged to apply.