Programme Assistant

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :21-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :4d 3h 39m
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women’s China Office in Beijing supports and carries out work on (i) enhancing women's economic empowerment; (ii) ending violence against women and (iii) peace, security and humanitarian action. In addition to the above, UN Women also actively participates and contributes to various UN inter-agency processes and collaborates with UN organizations around specific programme areas.

The UN Women China office will now hire a Project Assistant who will be responsible for providing administrative and financial support to the “Strengthening Qinghai Women Farmers’ Income Security and Resilience in a Changing Climate” (QWFIS) project and overall Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programme. Under the guidance and supervision of QWFIS Project Manager and WEE Programme Manager, the Project Assistant provides supports by performing a variety of standard administrative processes ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. The Assistant promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach in UN Women.

The Project Assistant will work in close collaboration with project manager and other colleagues in China office, as well as remotely with Asia Pacific Regional Office, UN Women HQ and staff of other UN agencies as required to ensure consistent service delivery and to resolve complex administration and finance related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support the effective implementation of the QWFIS Project focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Compile, summarize, and present basic information/data on specific QWFIS initiatives and projects for resource mobilization.
  • Review project documents for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; distributes project documents to relevant parties upon approval.
  • Implement project standard operating procedures in line with the UN Women’s rules and regulations including UN Women Programme and Operations Manual.

2. Support the effective reporting on progress of the QWFIS Project implementation focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support to the preparation of the annual and quarterly work plans as well as meetings, audit, operational and financial closure of the QWFIS Project.
  • Support to the preparation of quarterly project reports, in line with the monitoring and reporting guidelines and presents it to the project assurance team on a timely manner;
  • Tracking of delivery rate of QWFIS Project, review of budgets of projects and financial reports submitted by partners. Assist in reviewing financial reports/proposals from partners and preparation of information for project/donor reports as part of monitoring and evaluation.

3. Provide administrative and financial support to both QWFIS Project and WEE Programme to ensure the achievement of result-based management focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Create projects for input into Atlas, preparation of budget revisions, revision of the award and status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial closure of a project.
  • Coordinate administrative matters related to the project meetings, workshops and conferences including contracting vendors, organizing logistics and travel arrangements.
  • Assist in the preparation of the budgets, preparation of contracts and other administrative documents for implementation of project activities. Maintain an effective filing system for both hard and soft versions; maintain an effective tracking system for contracts.

4. Support strategic partnerships, communications and the implementation of resource mobilization for both QWFIS Project and WEE Programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support in updating database of the relevant public and development partners private sector, civil society and other stakeholders who are counterparts for the projects;
  • Support documentation of project activities as a tool to communicate results, deepen stakeholder knowledge and buy-in to the project, and resource mobilization for the project.

5. Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing of both QWFIS Project and WEE Programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Participation in the trainings for the operations/projects staff on the two projects.
  • Support development and dissemination of knowledge products and other communications materials of the project, including coordination of design/layout and printing.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Project Manager. 


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Strong knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
  • Strong IT and web-based management skills;
  • Ability to extract and interpret data

Key Performance Indicators

  • Adherence to UN Women rules and regulations;
  • Timely and quality procurement services;
  • Perform duties in a transparent and cost-effective manner;
  • Provide timely and quality advice to clients;
  • Timely and quality reports

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • A Bachelor degree is required;
  • Master and above, and bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration or related fields is an asset.


  • Bachelors with at least 5 years, or Masters with at least 3 years of progressively responsible experience in administration, procurement, HR, or logistic support service;
  • Excellent skills ofcomputers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Experience in the use of ATLAS is an asset.
  • Demonstrated abilities of task tracking, fast learning and quick response.
  • Able to work independently and under strict deadlines is required.
  • Understanding of international development, resource mobilization, and the UN context is an asset. 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Mandarin is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit electronic application (consolidated as ONE attachment) online. Kindly note the system will only allow one attachment, please combine below listed submission package into one. Should you have any questions, please send email with the position name as the title to

The Submission package includes:


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If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic. credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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