Programme Analyst

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :25-Feb-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-A
Languages Required :

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.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader of Democratic GovernanceTeam, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services. The Programme Analyst focuses on the areas of civil society development, access to justice and legal empowerment. She/he is also responsible for advocating and mainstreaming the rights-based approach to development programming and implementation and will be the focal point on HIV/AIDS in the office. The job involves developing close constructive relations with the government of China, civil society organizations, other UN agencies, donors and the private sector. 
The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the programme and operations teams, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP Regional Centre staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
q  Implementation of Democratic Governance programme strategies

q  Management of the CO programme, including HIV project activities

q  Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy 

q  Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government, Civil Society, the UN Joint Team and  facilitation of knowledge building and management


  1. Ensures implementation of  programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

q   Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.

q   Identification of areas for support and interventions within the areas of civil society development, access to justice and legal empowerment for disadvantaged groups. Development of country office programme portfolio in these areas. 

q   Create awareness and support the application of conventions and covenant standards in all UNDP programmes

q   Contribute to outcomes of UNDAF and CPD related to rights and conventions

q   Apply rights based programming to new and ongoing programme interventions.

q   CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

q   Participate in office and team wide activities, e.g. formulation of office /team plans, reporting to HQs and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals linking with the dimension of civil society development, access to justice and legal empowerment and other areas assigned in his/her portfolio

q   Actively contribute to UNTG and other UN mechanisms of related to the portfolio and results expected.


2.  Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the thematic/sectoral area assigned  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results:


q   Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC), financial management and monitoring achievement of results.

q   Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of civil society and other areas assigned, tran sl ating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.

q   Participation in project formulation and appraisal.  Review and make adjustments to project documents according to agreed-upon governmental priorities and available resources.

q   Initiation of projects, presentation of projects to PAC, preparation and finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. The Programme Analyst performs functions of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.

q   Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.

q   Evaluation of the programme impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustments in portfolio.

q   Promotion of team work for enhanced CO coordination and specific results.


3.  Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy   focusing on achievement of the following results:

q   Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas assigned based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.

q   Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

q   Reaching out to donors, private sectors, NGOs, government and other UN agencies to forge partnerships, and mobilize cost-sharing resources

q   Undertake advocacy task such as preparing statements, advocacy materials, presentations, and strategy papers related to democratic governance.


 4.   Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and  facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

q   Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.

q   Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.

q   Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, particularly on HIV-related issues.

q   Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues, particularly on HIV-related issues.




Corporate Competencies:

q  Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards

q  Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP

q  Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

q  Treats all people fairly without favoritism

     Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

q  Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office

q  In-depth knowledge on development issues

q  Ability to advocate and provide policy advice

q  Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

q  Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based programme management and reporting

q  Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources

q  Strong IT skills

q  Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change



Management and Leadership

q  Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback

q  Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

q  Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

q  Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors

q  Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

q  Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

q  Promotes learning environment within and outside the team






Required Skills and Experience

  • EducationMaster’s Degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.

  • Experience: Minimum 2 years of post Master’s relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services in governance areas of China, hands-on experience in design, development projects, and good understanding of Chinese views and approaches to civil society development, ability to work closely with Chinese officials, governmental and non-governmental institutions; and private sectors. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems are basic requirements. Experiences of working with CSOs are assets.

  • Language Requirements:Fluency in English and Chinese

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