Project Coordination Assistant-Training Division, China

Organization: UNDP

Country: China

City: Hong Kong

Office: UNDP in Hong Kong

Closing date: Friday, 7 April 2023


Description of assignment title: Project Coordination Assistant-Training Division

Assignment country: China

Expected start date: 03/06/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 1. No poverty

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 2

Duty stations: Beijing (2)


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.


The International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), based in Beijing, was jointly initiated and established by the Chinese government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations in December 2004. The IPRCC is designed to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, information exchange and international collaboration in the areas of poverty reduction and development. The International Poverty Reduction Center in China aims at strengthening national and international capacities to design and implement policies and programs for poverty reduction, with a focus on both income and human dimensions of poverty, through (i) providing an effective platform for knowledge sharing and mutual learning on pro-poor policies and anti-poverty programs between China and other developing/transition economies (ii) supporting a comprehensive approach to poverty reduction through policy-relevant research work and training initiatives covering both macro-policies and targeted programs for poverty reduction (iii) promoting dialogue between policymakers, academics and practitioners around pro-poor policy options and strengthening the links between pro-poor policy research, formulation and implementation processes at different levels. IPRCC will also build up its institutional capacity to develop a global poverty reduction and development partnership ,through active networking and partnering for knowledge exchange, joint research and training initiatives with poverty reduction focused institutions in China and other countries. Brief Portfolio Description: Globally, an estimated 131 million people fell back into poverty in 2020 and up to 800 million people are projected to still remain in poverty in 2030 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises - thereby missing the zero poverty goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with the UNDP Country Programme Document for China 2021-2025, this project "Building a Global Poverty Reduction and Rural Development Partnership towards Global Poverty Eradication" aims to support the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) in scaling up the dissemination of policies, strategies and practices that were developed by China to achieve its goal of ending extreme rural poverty in the country by 2020 with interested partners. The project will support the IPRCC to bolster its institutional capacity to address global challenges through research, pilot demonstration, international exchanges, and capacity building activities, with a focus on women and other vulnerable groups. By supporting the IPRCC in developing a global poverty reduction and development partnership, the project will enhance the Center’s contribution to global progress on sustainable development, and in particular towards SDG1 (No Poverty) and SDG5 (Gender Equality).

Task description

With the Project "Building a Global Poverty Reduction and Rural Development Partnership towards Global Poverty Eradication", and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Training Division of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China, the UN volunteer shall undertake the following tasks to help IPRCC move from generic experiences sharing and exchange into problem-solving oriented and action-based learning, with other developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and to maintain the South-South cooperative platform established between China and other developing countries through the training program: 1) To assist the Training Division of IPRCC to develop solid frameworks for poverty reduction related and South-South Cooperation oriented training seminars. The specific tasks include: To communicate with donor agencies and assist the development of frameworks for each training seminar; To design the content for training courses; To communicate with training instructors in finalizing the training courses; To organize field trips for training participants. 2) To provide various kinds of support for the training seminars. The specific tasks include: To communicate with related sectors to make sure the seminar be held on time; To provide logistical assistance while the training seminars are undergoing. 3) To liaise with Chinese ministries, key partner organizations and academics with project administrative tasks as required. 4) To liaise with UNDP to provide knowledge sharing for South-south cooperation. Furthermore, UN Volunteer is encouraged to: Strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD); Getting acquainted with and building on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; Reflecting on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; Contributing articles/write-ups on field experiences and submitting them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; Assisting with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UNV volunteers; Promoting or advising local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encouraging relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible Results/Expected Output: The UN Volunteer will contribute towards the following programme outputs: Strengthen institutional capacity for effective knowledge sharing, mutual learning, and dialogue on poverty reduction through the training programs; Development of training materials and programs; Completion of training courses.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


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


Required experience

3 years of experience in research and training programs on related subjects and familiarity with domestic and international poverty and their policies are preferred;
Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license



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

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in economics, politics, development studies, public policy, agricultural economics, rural development, social policy or other subjects related to poverty and poverty reduction

Competencies and values

1) Research experiences in one or more aspects of the core subject matter (poverty reduction, social development, rural development, sustainable development) 2) Good familiarity with social development and experience working in poverty reduction 3) Experience in planning and implementing development projects, seminars and workshops 4) Good coordination and organizational skills 5) Ability to work under pressure 6) Ability to form supportive and cooperative relationships with other colleagues in the team 7) Willingness to learn new things and update knowledge and skills regularly 8) Experience and familiarity with UNDP procedures is an asset

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The duty station of the national UNV is in the International Poverty Reduction Center in China located in Beijing, where high-quality public infrastructure and health services are available. It is the foremost political and cultural metropolis in China. The city has excellent health services available. In general, rent for apartments in central locations is high relative to other regions in China, but quality is good. Beijing is well served by many shopping malls, large supermarket chains and international brands. Buses and subways are the most common forms of mass transportation. Metered taxis are widely available and domestic and regional travel by train and airplane is popular. 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 9,490RMB per month. The NUNV is entitled to an excellent health, life and disability insurance package. A modest Settling-in Grant and end of assignment allowances will also be provided along with travel to and from the duty station. The NUNV is entitled to 2.5 days personal leave per month and UN 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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