Project Coordinating Associate, Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Thailand

City: Bangkok

Office: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok

Closing date: Thursday, 5 May 2022

Job Identification : 3227

Locations : Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Date : 04/28/2022, 07:53 AM

Apply Before : 05/05/2022, 04:59 PM

Degree Level : Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB3

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree - 3 year(s) experience OR High School certificate- 6 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Thai

Desired Languages : Knowledge of additional Asian language is an asset

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles) is widely recognized as the most authoritative, normative framework guiding efforts to reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of business operations on human rights. Experts have described it as the single most important innovation in promoting sustainable business practices in the last 25 years - a role that is reinforced by its inclusion as one of the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

The UN Guiding Principles were unanimously endorsed by all member States and all main business associations and adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011. They set out and detail a ‚protect, respect, and remedy‘ framework to address human rights risks in the context of business operations. Under the first pillar of this framework, the state is recognized as having the primary legal responsibility to protect the human rights of their citizens. The second pillar of the framework requires businesses to respect human rights. This means businesses "should avoid infringing on the human rights of others and should address adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved." Finally, the third pillar requires states to ensure, through judicial, administrative, legislative or other appropriate means, that rights holders have access to effective remedy when human rights abuses occur. These remedies can be judicial or non-judicial and can be administered by independent bodies, such as National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

UNDP has been supporting implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights since 2016. The current programming, geographically based in Asia, is part of a broader Human Rights workstream and anchored in the framework of the Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development.

UNDP’s work on Business and Human Rights is aligned with UNDP’s corporate efforts to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, UNDP’s work on Business and Human Rights contributes to the Elimination of Poverty (SDG 1); Gender Equality and Empowerment (SDG 5); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10); greater levels of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), and; the Revitalization of the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development (SDG 17).

The Project Coordinating Associate will ensure that all awareness raising activities are implemented in accordance with project objectives, workplans and broader UNDP frameworks and priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Coordinating Associate will work under the overall guidance of the Project Manager, Business and Human Rights, Governance and Peacebuilding Team, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.

The Project Coordinating Associate based in Bangkok, will support the Bangkok Regional Hub in implementing awareness raising activities and coordinating with relevant stakeholders, including State-based, private sector and civil society actors. S/he will provide support for Business and Human Rights project planning, implementation, administration and reporting in the context of awareness raising activities. S/he acts under the guidance of the Project Manager, Business and Human Rights, in collaboration with the Governance and Peacebuilding team. S/he is responsible for performing and contributing to the following: Awareness Raising Implementation and Coordination:

Serves as a focal point for coordination of awareness raising activities, liaising with diverse organisational units and stakeholders to initiate requests, prepare standard terms of reference against awareness raising objectives, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on all matters related to awareness raising activities;
Liaise with country offices (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and others as relevant) and provide necessary support in ensuring their involvement in awareness raising activities;
Coordinate collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders to achieve the desired project outcomes and supervising the timely delivery of outputs by firms or consultants hired to provide services related to awareness raising activities;
Logistical coordination

Coordinate consultants and agencies hired to support the delivery of awareness raising activities;
Coordinate all technical and logistical aspects in organizing awareness raising activities, including in the context of in-person and hybrid events: managing technology and logistics; provide substantive and procedural inputs into event programmes, communicate with key stakeholders, and manage logistics.

Knowledge management

Perform a backstopping role for programme implementation relating to awareness raising events;
Oversee monitoring and evaluation and ensure that key data is recorded;
Lead on reporting related to awareness raising activities.

Competencies

Core :

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:

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 wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Integration within the UN: Ability to identify, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations

Event Planning and Execution: Ability to plan, manage and execute public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP’s overall brand and mandate.

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.

CSO Engagement: Knowledge and understanding of CSOs and the ability to engage with CSOs.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Secondary Education is required. Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, law, or related fields will be given due consideration.

Experience:

Minimum 6 years of professional work experience with secondary education, or 3 years experience with Bachelor’s degree, with at least 1 year on Business and Human Rights.

Demonstrable experience in coordinating large scale events on business and human rights in Asia;
Proven track record in successfully overseeing the work of consultants and/or firms providing technology for virtual and hybrid events, including virtual event firms, interpreters, camera crews, event venue staff, etc.

Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders in the context of awareness raising activities, including high-level governments officials, business and civil society representatives, human rights defenders and/or journalists;
Demonstrable experience in coordinating activities with UN country offices;
Proven track record in drafting Terms of Reference, Concept Notes, Event Reports, etc.

Previous UNDP working experience in the Asia-Pacific region

Language requirement :

Fluency in English and Thai is essential, both written and oral. Fluency in another Asian language is an asset.

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