Government Partnership Analyst

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    FULL_TIME
  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Democracy and Governance, Partnership and Resource Mobilization
  • Deadline:
    19/02/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

1. Background
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to end poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, as well as protect the planet, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, these efforts aim to ensure that improvements in human wellbeing remain within ecological boundaries. We also help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities and institutional capabilities, as well as build resilience, in order to achieve the SDGs.

UNDP China has been working in China over the past 40 years, partnering to advance various phases of China’s development. UNDP China’s actions and programmes for the period of 2021-2025 are defined in its Country Programme Document for China (CPD), prepared in cooperation with the Government of China and other partners. The CPD contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for China 2021-2025 and aligned to support the development priorities outlined in the Government of China’s 14th Five Year Plan.

We support the attainment of the SDGs in China, by promoting sustainable development principles in policies and decision-making, focusing on reducing inequality, promoting inclusive, low-carbon growth and protecting the environment.  Our work involves shaping the policy discourse and practices in China’s development cooperation and overseas public and private financing by providing policy and technical guidance on alignment with international best practices and norms. In addition, UNDP leverages its global network and South-South Cooperation (SSC) to facilitate mutual knowledge and experience sharing between China and partner countries on best practices and lessons learned to advance the SDGs.

UNDP’s CPD implementation in China encompasses engagement with more than 15 Ministries and government representatives at the national and sub-national levels. The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has been designated by the Government of China as the coordinating Ministry for UNDP’s programme implementation in China.

The Government Partnership Analyst will work under the overall guidance of the UNDP China Senior Management Team with a matrix reporting arrangement to the Resident Representative and the Assistant Resident Representative – Partnership  to support and foster key partnerships and engagement with MOFCOM, NDRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), related Government departments and affiliated institutions, as well as with other government entities as relevant.

As part of UNDP’s responsibilities as a member of the UN Country Team supporting the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDCF), and UNDP’s role as the chair of the UN Results Group on Global Partnership, the position will act as the Secretiariat to the UNRG Global Partnerships under the guidance of the RR.

2. Scope of Work 

1)   Facilitate strategic government partnerships and engagement for the effective implementation of the CPD in China

  • Support the development of strategic engagement opportunities with key government entities, in the implementation of the CPD by providing analysis, briefing notes and technical reports on development priorities of the Government to advance the SDGs and the national Five Year Development Plans;
  • Provide and operational inputs towards strengthening project formulation and implementation and accordance with  government processes and legal requirements;
  • Provide and operational inputs on developing new implementation modalities and business processes for the effective implementation of the CPD and in tandem with China’s development context, priorities and trajectory.

2)   Strengthen UNDP coordination and communication to external partners on CPD implementation

  • Supports the provision of technical updates and briefings to designated government counterparts and partners on the implementation of the CPD in China;
  • Provide regular updates to UNDP China Management Team on the CPD implementation status and pipeline projects and Government of China’s priorities to advance the SDGs and Five Year Development plan;
  • Provides regular analyses to UNDP Senior Management on evolving trends in China’s international development cooperation strategies and policies championed by MOFCOM, MOFA,  NDRC and, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) and other relevant government institutions
  • Collaborate with the Team Leaders to proactively identify opportunities to enable a stronger portfolio approach in CPD implementation that enables synergies across national implementation partners at national and sub-national levels;
  • Contribute to the integration of women empowerment and gender equality aspects in programming, including quality assurance of assigned gender markers, as required.

3)   Support UNDP’s responsibilities within the UN Country Team to advance implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Framework with particular focus on the UNSDCF’s Global Partnership Pillar

  • Act as the Secretariat for the UN Results Group on Global Parnterships
  • Contribute to analysis for development of the UN Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDCF)
  • Coordinate inputs to regular internal and external progress updates on implementation of the UNSDCF Global Partnership pillar including preparation of relevant chapters of the UN Annual Report.

4)   Provide support to UNDP high-level missions and thematic events to advance the SDGs 

  • Coordinate meetings and engagement for high level missions with key government counterparts, including preparation of briefing notes, background documents and analysis required for the missions;
  • Support the effective completion of follow-up actions emanating from the UNDP high-level missions and thematic events.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

3. Competencies
Core competencies
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

  • System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
  • Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • Partnerships Management:  Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience; Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
  • Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.
  • Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
4. Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education: 

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration, Environmental Science or a related area, or
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the areas mentioned above in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience:  

  • Minimum 2 years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible and relevant professional working experience in Sustainable Development
  • Proficient understanding of the Government of China’s  system, policies and protocols related to the implementation of work programme by international organizations.

Required skills: 

  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section: 

  • Proven track record of experience in partnership building and facilitating external communications with the Government of China is an asset.
  • Proven project management experience, preferably within UNDP or another UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of the project cycle.
  • Previous programmatic and technical experience in policy making and provision of advisory services would be an advantage.

Required Language(s): Fluency in English and Mandarin is required.

5. The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  • Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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