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Posted on: 2006-08-30 13:11


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UNV Post Title: Partnerships Coordinator
UNV Modality: International UNV (IUNV)
Duration: 1-2 years
Duty station, Country: Based in Lhasa, Tibet, P.R. of China
Host Agency: UNDP China
Deadline: 12 September 2006

Description of Duties:

Under the framework of the UNDP programme Tibet Poverty Alleviation and Development in Tibet, under the supervision of both UNDP, CICETE and the National Project Director and working closely with the project management staff, the IUNV will be responsible for building partnerships, facilitating linkages and creating synergies with a broad range of actors by performing the following duties:

• Building effective public-private and commercial partnerships, focusing on:
o Establishing close partnerships with the private sector across the programme as a key strategy to develop a in-depth understanding of actual conditions and ensure the relevance of the programme
o Developing commercial linkages to handicrafts suppliers and retailers in the local, domestic and international markets based on a solid understanding of the value chain
o Supporting the establishment and endorsement of the Tibet Artisan Business Network and connecting it to individual artisans, handicrafts enterprises and relevant business networks
o Developing close partnership with commercial actors in the tourism sector to engage them in implementation and guarantee their involvement in the creation of vocational training initiatives

• Engaging international organizations and donors currently or previously working in related areas, focusing on:
o Avoiding overlaps as well as competition between initiatives
o Building on the experiences and lessons learned by others to adjust and improve the programme
o Establishing working level linkages and partnerships to the benefit of all parties

• Pursuing synergies in the programme implementation structure, focusing on:
o Exploring concrete linkages between sub-programme activities
o Developing structural synergies among partners involved in implementation
o Working actively to promote a joint vision for the programme as a whole

• Analyzing and developing the overall institutional context, focusing on:
o Building relationships with government agencies involved in programme implementation and seeking the buy-in of strategic government partners
o Suggesting strategic priorities in developing an enabling institutional environment for the long-term strengthening of the relevant sectors
o Carefully identifying overall programme constraints and solving problems in open consultation with a broad range of stakeholders

• Assist NPD with results orientated project management :
o Drafting quarterly and annual work plans
o Monitoring project implementation
o Timely reporting on progress of indicators and outputs
o Drafting a quarterly work report to NPD which is also submitted to UNV

Results /Expected Output:

1. Handicrafts Emporium established and embedded in the local context, taking into account similar initiatives and building on broad partnerships
2. Tourism Resource Centre created with the active involvement of government, Tibet University, tour operators, the sub-programme pilots and other relevant initiatives
3. Emporium and Tourism Resource Centre established jointly to create a living cultural space, drawing on and feeding into all parts of the wider programme
4. Tourism pilots linked up to tour operators, travel agencies and other commercial actors locally, domestically and internationally
5. Efficient partnership between Tibet University, the Tibet Tourism Bureau and tour operators created to establish stronger vocational training for tourism professionals
6. Tibet Artisan Business Network established and endorsed by key actors, including government, retailers and the Federation of Trade and Commerce alongside artisans and handicrafts producers
7. Made in Tibet brand created and endorsed by key government and commercial actors as well as the artisan community


• Master’s degree or equivalent training in public administration, business studies, development studies or other relevant discipline
• Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience implementing complex projects involving significant elements of partnership building
• Proven skills in promoting public-private partnership and managing complex institutional relationships
• Experience from the tourism and/or traditional handicrafts industry highly desirable
• Great cultural adaptability and awareness
• Strong diplomatic skills and exposure to sensitive settings
• High degree of independence, creativity and ability to motivate
• Ability to mobilize and work with a variety of partners, including government, donors

Computer skills: Command over standard office software packages

Language skills: Fluency in English required. Working level command of either Chinese or Tibetan strongly recommended.

Brief Project Description & Conditions of Living:

The programme has the core goals of livelihoods generation, cultural preservation and environmental sustainability.

Tibet consistently lags behind other parts of China in terms of human development, and recent economic growth gives little benefit to many ethnic Tibetans, most of whom live in rural areas and suffer from a relative lack of skills compared to Han Chinese labour migrants. Meanwhile, it is increasingly clear that there is large potential for economic development in drawing upon the cultural and natural resources of the region, and recent policies by the national and provincial governments recognize and emphasize this.

This presents great opportunity but also great risk for the future of the Tibetan heritage. It is imperative to ensure that the rapid development of these resources take into account their long-term protection. The UNDP programme aims to demonstrate that developing and protecting the natural and cultural heritage is not contradictory but mutually reinforcing.

The programme encompasses several components, focusing on developing the tourism and handicrafts sectors through a variety of policy level as well as community level initiatives, facilitating regional cooperation and strengthening trade links. Emphasizing livelihoods generation and community empowerment, the programme will implement pilots to develop new models for artisan collectives and home-stay tourism as well as engage in dialogue with government on overall development strategies for culturally based growth with sustainability. A large part of the programme will focus on building the capacity of training centres for tourism professionals and artisan entrepreneurs as well as the capacity of relevant government agencies.

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