The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finances a number of positions as Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) in multiple international organizations as well as one SDP officer starting from this year.

This position is open to Norwegian nationals only.

Education on master level and five years of fulltime post-master experience is required for this position.

The SDP will be offered a one-year contract with extension up to three years.

The application and CV must be written in English.

SDP - Sustainable Development Programme - UNDP

I. Position Information
Job Title: Programme Specialist
Position Number:
Department: UNDP
Reports to: Country Director
Direct Reports:
Position Status: Non-Rotational
Job Family: Yes
Grade Level: P3
Duty Station: China
Family Duty Station as of Date of Issuance: Yes
Date of Issuance: 11 July 2017
Duration and Type of Assignment: One-year fixed-term appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance, recommendation by respective office and partner country agreement

II. Job Purpose and Organizational Context
The Specialist Development Programme (SDP) seeks to strengthen UNDP’s capacity to support countries to make the 2030 sustainable development agenda a reality.
At the UN Sustainable Development Summit of September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. It commits all countries to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection and to benefit all, including women, children, youth and future generations. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into effect. Over the next fifteen years, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The Sustainable Development Goals and targets are integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection.
Over 30 years in China, UNDP has been assisting China both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. UNDP China works closely with the China’s ministries and commissions. Many of our initiatives are implemented by government agencies at both the national and local level. We also work with Private Sector Companies, Think Tanks and Civil Society Organizations at various levels, as partners to contribute towards SDGs.
The SDG programme specialist provides of advisory, analysis, coordination and quality assurance support to the Country Director. S/he collaborates with teams within the country office and throughout UNDP to support the representational, advocacy, partnership and communication commitments of the Country Director.
S/he will be guided by and report to the Country Director.

III. Supervision
Name of Supervisor: Agi Veres
Title of Supervisor: Country Director

Content and methodology of supervision:
As part of the UNDP SDP programme overall framework, the incumbent will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
• Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment
• Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results within the first two months of the assignment
• Performance management as per UNDP standard practice and approach and completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
• Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback
• Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
• Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
• If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties

IV. Duties and Responsibilities
1) Programme Support:
• Provide advice to the Country Office senior management in terms of the overall approach to promotion and implementation of sustainable development agenda and SDGs in China;
• Support the Programme and Strategic Units with mainstreaming the sustainable development goals into the current and future programmes and projects;
• Cooperate with the Country Office Monitoring Unit to ensure that SDGs, targets and indicators are properly inter-linked with the country programme monitoring framework and the government five year plan;
• Collaborate with Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and Headquarters (HQs) to share information on China’s achievements and plans in sustainable development and SDGs domain.

2) Policy Support:
• Promote cooperation with the Government of China and relevant departments and ministries in terms of establishing an institutional mechanism for implementing SDGs and sustainable development agenda;
• Where possible assist the Government of China, regional authorities and counties and cities in mainstreaming SDGs into the national, sectoral, regional and local policies and programmes, through actively participating in the SDG localization;
• Contribute into the policy advice and capacity building services to improve the national, regional and local statistics to reflect SDGs, targets and indicators.
• Provide overall advice to the relevant internal and external parties to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards.

3) Communication and awareness raising:
• Cooperate with Communication, Innovation and Partnership Unit to develop and implement various activities aimed at promoting the SDG agenda in China;
• Provide support to the Government of China in communicating the SDGs achievements and challenges to various stakeholders and the national and sub-national levels.

4) Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:
• Support the Programme and Strategic Units to engage with national, sub-national, regional and global partners on sustainable development and SDGs issues;
• Support the Programme and Strategic Units to foster strategic partnerships at the national level with UN and external institutions, including national and sub-national authorities, communities, private sector, academia, CSOs, IFIs, international organizations, media, etc.
• Contribute to the resource mobilization for projects and programmes related to the SDGs.

5) Knowledge Management:
• Coordinate contributions and support corporate Knowledge Management activities, help influence policy dialogue in sustainable development and SDGs areas;
• Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation etc, and to share it with the relevant internal and external parties;
• Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
• Prepare briefing notes and speeches on relevant thematic areas on the SDGs.

V. Competencies and Selection Criteria
Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Ability to persuade others to follow. Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform. Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Ability to get things done. Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.


Project Management/Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Knowledge of PM and M&E concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Relationship Management / Partnerships
Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Brief and Speech Writing
Ability to prepare quality briefs and/or speeches Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Results-based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Priority Setting
Ability to scan and synthesize diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Quality Assurance
Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Education: Master's degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies, business administration or a related area.
Experience: A minimum of five years of paid working experience in project management in the development sector or the private sector and/or crisis/post-conflict management, including work experience in developing countries and management in a multi-cultural environment.
Language Requirements: Proficiency in English. Knowledge of Chinese would be desirable.
Other: Required computer skills in a standardized language

VII. Training and Learning

As part of the UNDP SDP Programme overall framework, the incumbent will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
• Virtual pre-departure briefing before taking up the assignment
• 10-day orientation course in New York
• Individual mentors to help maximize induction to UNDP and the job role.
• During the second year of assignment, possibility to participate in the 12 months UNDP Leadership Development training programme.
• During the last year of assignment, SDP participants are expected to prepare a career plan and will receive individual mentoring, guidance and support from UNDP.

VIII. Background Information

Information on the receiving office:
In view of the rapidly changing contours of China's development requirements, UNDP China has continued to evolve and currently works in four main project areas: poverty, equity and governance; energy and the environment; disaster management; and South-South cooperation – an international platform facilitating development partnerships between China and other developing countries in the South.
UNDP’s goals in China are closely linked to the government’s. As well as implementing measures to facilitate the achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we provide support to the government’s domestic development as part of the 13th Five-Year Plan, the focus of which is on reducing inequality, recalibrating the economy for more inclusive, stable growth, reducing the environmental impacts of China’s rapid development, and continuing China’s emergence as a key player on the global stage.

Current staffing structure of the UNDP China is as follows:
Service Contracts: 21
UN Volunteers: 18
UNDP Staff: 31
Total: 70

Living conditions at the Duty Station: Beijing is a city with 21 million habitants, rapidly modernizing with all facilities of every big city. Air pollution is sometimes mentioned to be an issue.

Smoking/Non-Smoking environment (as applicable): Non-Smoking environment


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