Project Assistant, Beijing

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: China

City: Beijing

Office: UNDP China

Closing date: Friday, 7 April 2023


Description of assignment title: Project Assistant

Assignment country: China

Expected start date: 04/24/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Volunteer category: National UN Youth Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Beijing


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations‘ global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It is on the ground in 177 countries, working on solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP China assists China in developing its own solutions to the country’s development challenges and works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing poverty, strengthening the rule of law and democratic governance, and by promoting environmental sustainability and South-South Cooperation.


In 2019, UNDP developed an SDGs Innovation Pilot Project with Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone to leverage UNDPs regional and global initiatives and capacities to help the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone build up a sustainable investment ecosystem based on its own strengths, e.g., establishing an incubator emphasizing the promotion of sustainable development, involving experts worldwide to provide technical advisory, experience sharing, or strategic partnership building. The UNDP Innovation Lab in Chengdu, under the supervision and guidance of Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, will serve as a platform to facilitate technology diffusion; the intersection of science-policy-market will be strengthened through an innovation ecosystem. Effective solution exchange mechanisms to facilitate technology diffusion will be identified, assessed and applied within and beyond nations. More importantly, the space can provide a safe environment to analyse, test-run and demonstrate innovative models, processes and ideas, and prepare stake-holders with the capacities needed to respond to constantly changing technology in the future. UNDP Communications, Innovation and Partnership Team promotes greater understanding and visibility of UNDP’s work by utilizing various communications tools. Fully engaging with the media, social media and leveraging on a strong network of Public-Private Partnerships, the team leads the design, management, and implementation of UNDP’s overall communications strategy, including design and roll out high-impact, multimedia campaigns; programme-oriented communications products; media relations and key events; localization of global content for Chinese audiences; and publications on critical development issues. On the innovation front, the team is facilitating and prototyping innovative solutions and experiment with new ways of working to tackle complex development challenges outside the traditional development cycle. Founded on March 12, 1983 with the approval of the State Council directly under the Ministry of Commerce, CICETE has witnessed an extraordinary history of nearly three decades, during which it deems its responsibility to promote economic and technical exchanges between China and the rest of the world and make great contributions to China’s economic and social development in partner-ship with UNDP and other UN agencies. CICETE’s main function, delegated by the Ministry, is to coordinate the cooperation between China and UNDP, UNIDO and UNV including executing their assisted programs to China, and to implement projects of general goods supply under the China-Aid programme to other developing countries. Meanwhile, CICETE organizes conferences, exhibitions and overseas trainings, invite international short-term and long-term consultants, and provide project management service for international organizations, government agencies and enterprises. In addition, CICETE has also been co-operating actively with international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and enterprises through our subsidiary bodies-China Association for NGO Cooperation, China Association for Promoting UN Procurement, China Association for Trade in Service, and China-Han Technical Development Co. Ltd.

Task description

Under the supervision of Project Manager of Programme Management Office (PMO), the Youth UNV will undertake the following tasks to support project implementation and management:

Assist the Director of PMO and the project manager to implement the UNDP SDGs Innovation Pilot Project, and provide support to the drafting, management, and revision of project annual work plans.

Assist in facilitating procurement processes and financial management for the implementation of project activities, collect relevant data and prepare project financial reports and/or other reports for budget preparation, audits or other purposes as requested;
Assist in the logistics and coordination for the implementation of project activities, including but not limited to meetings and conferences, study tours, trainings, workshops, etc.

Help facilitate timely and effective communications among key stakeholders including but not limited to UNDP, PMO, CICETE, CDHT, etc.;
Other ad-hoc tasks assigned by CICETE and UNDP. Results/Expected Output: The following outputs are expected: 1. Timely support provided to tasks related to UNDP SDGs Innovation Pilot Project. 2. Facilitate the smooth implementation and management of project activities; 3. Appropriate finance and procurement management; 4. Perform ad hoc duties as required. Furthermore, UNVs are encouraged to:

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking an active part in UNV activities (for in-stance, IVD celebration events);
Get acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking;
Contribute news and articles on field experiences and submit them to UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UNV volunteers;
Promote online volunteering and encourage individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering Service whenever technically feasible.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 - 26


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

0 years of experience in Social Sciences, Finance, Business Management, International Relations, Economics, International Development, Political Sciences Previous working experience in similar functions would be desirable.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

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Chinese, Level: Working knowledge, Required English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Finance, Business Management, International Relations, Economics, International Development, Political Sciences or a related field is highly favoured.

Competencies and values

Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Building Trust Client Orientation Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Planning and Organizing Professionalism Self-Management Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The duty station of the national UN Volunteer is located in Chengdu city, where modest public infrastructure and health services are available. The city has excellent health services available. Chengdu is well served by many shopping malls, large supermarket chains and international brands. Buses and subways are the most common form of mass transportation. Metered taxis are widely available and domestic and regional travel by train and airplane is popular. Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers The National UN Volunteer receives a standard volunteer living allowance (VLA), which is intended to cover their accommodation and basic living expenses. In China the VLA is 8161.91 RMB per month. The National UN Volunteer is entitled to an excellent health, life and disability insurance package. A modest Settling-in Grant and end of assignment allowance will also be provided, along with travel to and from the duty station. International travel to duty station will not covered by UNV. The National UN Volunteer is entitled to 2.5 days personal leave per month and government official holidays.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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