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Program Assistant


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Beijing
  • Grade: Volunteer - National Youth - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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 IPRCC 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; and (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: This project is to guide the International Poverty Reduction Center in China’s (IPRCC) five workstreams during 2022-2026. In line with the UNDP Country Programme Document for China 2021-2025, the project with IPRCC will scale up the sharing of the policies, strategies and practices that China has relied on to end extreme poverty at home by 2020 and help the most vulnerable groups including women, children, migrants and the disabled. Since an estimated 131 million people fell back into poverty in 2020, and up to 800 million people are projected to remain in poverty by 2030 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, the project includes measures IPRCC will take to bolster its institutional capacity to address these challenges. The project will build up IPRCC’s institutional capacities, for it to be able to develop a global poverty reduction and rural development partnership, in order to enhance its worldwide impact in sustainable development towards global poverty eradication, including the contribution to SDG1 (No Poverty) and SDG5 (Gender Equality) through research, pilot demonstration, and capacity building, with focus on women and other vulnerable groups.

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 Cooperation 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. 1)Assist the Cooperation Division in implementing and supporting the management of Rural Development projects and in close coordination with the World Bank and GEF, etc. ·Compile and edit project documents, including internal progress reports, work plans, budget management, and project updates; ·Assist in translating and proof-reading memos, brochures, emails, and other documents in English and Chinese; ·Assist in project monitoring and evaluation, data collection, etc.; ·Support project-related outreach activities, including workshops, seminars, etc.; · Research Rural Development and international development issues as requested; ·Follow up on the policies and activities of significant partners; ·Undertake daily operational workflows of the Cooperation Division and other tasks assigned by IPRCC. 2)To assist various training events of IPRCC in developing solid frameworks for poverty reduction-related and South-South Cooperation-oriented training seminars. The specific tasks include: ·To communicate with relevant agencies and assist in 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. ·To communicate with related sectors to make sure the seminar is held on time; ·To provide logistical assistance while the training seminars are undergoing. 3)Assist the international exchange activities of IPRCC in organizing poverty reduction-related forums/conferences/workshops. The specific tasks include: ·Communicate with related stakeholders to make sure the international exchange activities are held on time and of high quality; ·Provide logistical assistance while international exchange activities are undergoing. Furthermore, UN volunteers are 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/publications/websites/newsletters/press releases and etc. on field experiences and submitting them for UNV;  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 UNV Volunteer will contribute towards the following programme outputs: • Strengthened institutional capacity for effective knowledge sharing, mutual learning, and research on poverty reduction through the development of partnership and networking; • Excellent reports and papers on Rural Development and poverty reduction; • Project professional management and participant support services strengthen the impact of pro-ject activities on poverty reduction and capacity for pro-poor development in partner countries; • Identify ways in which poverty reduction can be accelerated in partner countries; • Project outcomes and recommendations disseminated through Poverty Reduction Exhibition Centre; and • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during your assignment such as specific quantification of mobilized volunteers, activities, capacities.

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