Project Associate (Business & Human Rights), Bangkok, Thailand
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Office: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok
Closing date: Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Job Identification : 3316
Locations : Bangkok, Thailand
Posting Date : 05/03/2022, 07:57 AM
Apply Before : 05/10/2022, 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 : Management
Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Contract Duration : 1 Year
Education & Work Experience : High School certificate
Required Languages : Thai and English
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.
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Over the last several decades, pro-growth policies have translated into higher incomes and reduced poverty levels in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. However, economic development has not come without costs and risks, particularly to the most vulnerable. There is now wider recognition that human rights abuses in business operations and supply chains in Asia are no longer sustainable, and that government and business must bring abuses to an end as a moral, legal, and economic imperative.
In this context, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, has been engaging in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs clarify the duty of states and the responsibility of businesses to uphold international norms and treaties on human rights. The UNGPs rest on three pillars: 1) the State’s duty to protect human rights; 2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and; 3) the joint responsibility of both the State and businesses sector to provide access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses. As part of this support, UNDP Thailand has been working closely with the Royal Thai government on the implementation of the National Actions Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights in which Thailand marked the first country in Asia-Pacific on the adoption of this action plan. UNDP also established a strong network with business sectors and civil society organizations to develop interventions to enhance their capacity and commitment on Protect, Respect, Remedy framework under the UNGPs.
With support from the Japanese government, UNDP will further strengthen our work on business and human rights through the project on "Promoting Responsible Business Conduct, with a particular focus on promoting human rights due diligence (HRDD) in global supply chains and leveraging the UNGPs for a just recovery" to be implemented from April 2022. The objective of this project is to reinforce a capacity of Japanese businesses and their suppliers and partners to adopt Business and Human Rights Policies and carry out HRDD with a view to enhancing a better management of reputational and operational risks of Japanese companies operating directly in Thailand or through suppliers.
The Project Associate (Business and Human Rights) based in Bangkok will directly support the management and operations (finance, assets management, administration, procurement, human resources/HR) of the B+HR project at the Thailand country office.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Associate (Business and Human Rights) will report to Project Manager - Business and Human Rights, UNDP Thailand in close collaboration with Business and Human Rights Project Coordinator, at the Bangkok Regional Hub. The Project Associate is also expected to work in collaboration with the operations team, programme and project staff in UNDP Country Office to exchange information and ensure consistent project implementation.
Management and operations (finance, assets management, administration, procurement, human resources/HR) of the B+HR program at national level, and implementation of project activities in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations:
Coordinate and support the implementation of project activities according to the Project’s workplan and for relevant projects in the portfolio
Be responsible for assigned correspondence and other administrative tasks including creating E-requisitions, processing contract, organizating meetings, forums, workshops, travel arrangements, etc.
Provide assistance in proper control of supporting documents for payments, financial reports budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and revisions
Monitor the progress of work/assignment with the consultant(s) OR support the Project Manager to monitor the progress of project implementation against the work plan
Support communications and outreach activities
Provide research and technical assistance to the project activities:
Conduct desk research in the areas of business and human rights as necessary, and provide expert inputs into the agenda and background documents supporting public events, as required;
Produce a comprehensive data set (extract, input, copy and filing data) from various sources in electronic file for purposes of informing outputs, and reporting on results;
Assist in editing and preparing reports and translating background documents; and
Exercise her/his expertise to develop necessary background documents, including concept note, workplan, meeting document for business and human rights initiatives.
Provide effective and efficient support in coordination:
Provide organization and coordination support for meetings between the Business and Human Rights project team and other teams and external bodies (UN Agencies, Government, Civil Society Organizations, etc.), as well as efficient interpretation/translation support, when required; and
Liaise and communicate with project stakeholders to support the operation of an effective and efficient organization of workshops/events/conferences/series of meetings and trainings according to the Project’s workplan.
Provide secretarial services to support the project implementation:
Prepare minutes of meetings, documents, agendas and materials related to project meetings and missions, write official communications, proof-read outgoing communications, and translate relevant project documents
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: Business Direction & Strategy:
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
Project Management : Ability to plan, organise, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Operations Management : Ability to effectively plan, organise, and oversee the Organization’s business processes in order to convert its assets into the best results in the most efficient manner. Knowledge of relevant concepts and mechanisms.
Administration & Operations:
Documents and records management : Overall document (hard or electronic) management;registry and retention policy including storing and archiving;
Events management (including retreats, trainings and meetings) : ability to manage events, including venue identification, accommodation, logistics, catering, transportation, and cash disbursements, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
Thai national with secondary education. Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Business Management, Public Administration, Communications, Social Sciences or other related fields would be desirable but it is not a requirement.
6 years (with secondary education) or 3 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in administration, research, coordination and secretarial services.
Knowledge and good understanding about human rights, corporate social responsibilities, Responsible Business Conduct and Sustainability fields;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, MS Team etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; and,
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
Previous work in assisting project management is an asset; and,
Strong Interpersonal skills and experience working with the private sector, government and civil society, preferably in Asia on Human Rights is a plus.
Fluency in Thai and English is required.
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