Pricing Agent (Individual)

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :13-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 month
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 month

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 International Civil Servant Commission (ICSC) of UNITED NATIONS conducts Cost-of-Living Surveys at all UN duty stations on a periodic basis. It has scheduled to conduct the survey for China in September 2021. Therefore, ICSC is seeking to hire a pricing agent to collect prices for a given list of commodities and services from the local market.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The pricing agent will be responsible for collecting and recording price data from retail outlets in Beijing as per ICSC guideline.
  2. Prices to collect of given list of 232 specific items of different brand and descriptions from selected outlets will provide by the survey coordinator.
  3. Completion of pricing agent questionnaire on price collection and general market conditions of goods and services.



Required Skills and Experience

The following are the qualifications of a “good” Pricing Agent.  He or she:

  1. Is an independent person with no past or present work experience with any of the organizations of the United Nations Common System and is not an immediate relative of a UN staff member (child, parent, spouse, etc.).
  2. Has international shopping experience with knowledge of the local market.
  3. Is preferably an expatriate who has lived at the duty station for at least one year.
  4. Has the ability to get around the duty station to visit the outlets by either public transportation or his/her own means of transport if necessary.
  5. Is conversant with English, French or Spanish to ensure proper interpretation of item specifications as provided on the pricing forms.
  6. Is able to communicate effectively (preferably in the official language of the duty station) because the job requires interaction with outlet owners and workers.
  7. Possesses a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  8. Having experience in the field of statistics, economics, project management, auditing, accounting and/or finance is an additional asset
  9. Is available to complete the job within the given time frame.


USD 2,960 will be paid upon the completion of the task.

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