Partnership & Knowledge Management Coordinator UNDP (Beijing)

Title: Partnership and Knowledge Management Coordinator
Job ID: 4362
Practice Area – Job Family
Capacity Development – SOUTH SOUTH POLICY TEAM
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight Geneva, Switzerland) 22/06/2016
Duty Station: Beijing, China
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages: Required:Chinese, English
Grade: SB3
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 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 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 projects and other initiatives that help China to actively, and practically identify and make further improvements.

Given the ongoing expansion of UNDP China’s involvement in south-south cooperation in these areas and the growing complexity of the environment in which UNDP operate, there is a need to strengthen the organization’s in two distinct areas: firstly, to lead the engagement with global initiatives such as the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Network of Southern Think Tanks, explore opportunities for joint initiatives and synergies, where possible ;; secondly, work under the overall supervision of the South-South Policy Team Leader, to strengthen M&E practices of trilateral cooperation project activities, build results-oriented knowledge management systems in collaboration with the project manager, technical advisors, operation team, counterparts and partners ensuring successful project implementation as well as systematically demonstrating the added value of trilateral cooperation, lessons generation and guidance for overall UNDP corporate policies and procedures on trilateral cooperation.

Supervision

The Partnership and Knowledge Management Coordinator will work under the supervision the Assistant Country Director/Team leader in charge of the South South Policy Team.

Supervision will take place on a continuous basis as work requires. Furthermore, the contract holder will be evaluated on performance against the expectations by the supervisor every year. Special sessions will be held to give feedback to the contract holder and discuss ways for improvements and expansion of work. As a member of the South South Policy Team, he/she will benefit from the support and guidance of the other experienced members of the office through close and effective teamwork.

Duties and Responsibilities
Development effectiveness and research coordination

1. Focal point for UNDP China support to and engagement in the GPEDC and related development effectiveness processes, and develop initiatives and partnerships around partner country led aid transparency initiatives, including organizing the 2016 SDG 17 dialogue event pre Nairobi HLM, and relevant follow-up activities;
2. Establish and implement the UNDP-NeST partnership project, providing dedicated support to NeST China, facilitating the linking of NeST and selected national think tanks and research institutions, including CAITEC.
3. Facilitate and coordinate the creation of knowledge sharing events between China and related countries and providers on approaches to development cooperation, alignment to country needs and development effectiveness and synergies;
4. Provide substantive inputs to the SSPT knowledge generation of China’s SSC.

SSTrC programme quality support and knowledge management

1. Coordinate evidence gathering and monitoring of SSC and TC activities, including develop tools and approaches to be mainstreamed across TCs to consistently measure the impact of TC and SSC principles over and beyond standard project outputs.
2. Gather experiences and lessons for dissemination and further analysis by the team, including lessons relevant for UNDP corporate through POPP revision.
3. Establish systems for knowledge management on TC drawing from ongoing projects with linkages to UNDP China’s overall research agenda on SSC in targeting UNDP’s global development system, the international community at large, and in particular key Government partners and stakeholders in China.
4. Provide substantial support to TC development, including drafting and process management, including Results and Resource Framework development.
5. Develop tools and approaches for strengthening capacity of implementing partners in trilateral cooperation projects.
6. Provide operational support to TC management, including reporting, financial reconciliation, ATLAS support, and procurement management.
7. Provide 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.
8. Provide effective management of project budgets and other related activities.
Support, where needed, ongoing SSPT work, project management and administrative tasks, and undertake any other duties assigned by the Supervisor.

Competencies
1. Experience in research and analysis, preferably on topics related to international development;
2. Experience in partnership building, planning and management of events, seminars, workshops and functions;
3. 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;
4. In-depth of UNDP POPP related to M&E
5. Some knowledge of SSC principles and approaches
6. Experience with UNDP project cycle, strengthening capacity of partners for financial and knowledge management;
7. Strong coordination skills and ability to organize diverse tasks and to handle complex situations;
8. Proven analytical skills and diagnostic capability;
9. Excellent written and spoken English and Chinese;
10. Some translation experience would be an advantage (English-Chinese/Mandarin)
11. Demonstrated capacity for being an active team player;
12. Familiarity with UN system would be an asset;
13. Familiar 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.

Required Skills and Experience
Education
Master’s degree in Development Study, Economics, Political Science, Social Sciences, or a related field.

Work experience
Two (2) years of relevant work experience, preferably at the national or international level related to development, preparation of knowledge products and M&E, as well as experience with either GPEDC or NeST is required. Some experience with development projects would be an advantage.

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