Research & Translation Associate

Vacancy Announcement
Functional Title : Research & Translation Associate
Contract/Grade : GS-6
Duty Station  : Beijing, China 
Vacancy Open: 17 January, 2019
Vacancy Closes: 31 January, 2019
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, an advocate
UNICEF is working with the Government of China to promote partnerships and South-South Cooperation between China and other developing countries for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children. Under the guidance of the Partnerships Specialist, and technical supervision of various programme colleagues, the research associates are expected to engage in a variety of information gathering activities and research on selected policies, legislation, programmes and issues linked to South-South Cooperation and Partnerships in China and beyond and extract and translate this work in Chinese and English for programme and advocacy work.
How can you make a difference?
We are now seeking committed and hardworking research associates to support our work on promoting partnerships and South-South Cooperation between China and countries in Africa and Asia for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children. This entails:
• Providing research assistance on issues related to South-South Cooperation and Partnerships between China and the world, and on specific issues as required by supervisor(s), utilizing and extracting material as needed from a variety of sources, including Chinese and international research databases, literature reviews, internet and other media, available studies and evaluations.
• Maintaining proper filing system of key reference materials and research/other documents both electronically and physically for easy reference for use by UNICEF China staff and staff in other offices. Sharing relevant documents with the respective sections / offices as needed.
• Providing summary translation of key materials, policy documents, UNICEF programme technical documents, from English to Chinese and vice versa, as needed. Proactively searching through Chinese research and media websites to gather policy updates and share these with English summary with UNICEF professional staff as required.
• Providing technical translation services as and when required on various occasions based on the programmatic, advocacy and representational needs of the office.
• Assisting as needed in documenting China in the World project implementation progress, extracting information from donor proposals, donor reports etc.
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the China in the World team.
To qualify, you will have…
• As a minimum, completion of secondary education. University degree with training in relevant fields is preferred. Academic qualifications acquired
through research/thesis desirable
• Six years of administrative work or work in the context of universities or research. Required years of work experience may be replaced by additional studies beyond a secondary education
• Experience in multi-or bilateral organizations would be an asset
• Fluency in speaking, reading and writing of English and Mandarin, such that research and translation of technical content are accurate. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset
For every child, you demonstrate…
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and proven understanding and sensitivity to cultural nuances;
• Interpersonal skills; capacity to work within a multi-cultural setting and diverse working styles
• Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work;
• Capacity to think outside of the box and drive innovation, knowledge management and capacity building and ability to conduct research
• Strong communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information
If you recognize yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, send a Cover Letter and CV through If you have difficulties applying online, you may apply to The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 January 2019.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. In our effort to achieve a gender balance in our current workforce, we particularly encourage applications from qualified male candidates
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.