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Director for UNDP Tumen programme office



Post Title:               Director

Duty Station:            Beijing, China

Duration:                 Two years


Background of the Programme:


The Tumen River Area Development Programme (TRADP) has remained as the only intergovernmental cooperation framework in Northeast Asia for more than a decade contributing to peace and stability, economic development in the region. The regional cooperation mechanism, initiated by governments of China, DPRK, Mongolia, ROK and Russia, was strongly supported by the international community, most notably by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP has extended its financial support from the onset of the programme and stayed committed to the programme. TRADP has significantly progressed in implementing the agreement signed by the member governments in 1995 to promote regional economic cooperation in the Tumen River Economic Development Area and Northeast Asia.


The Eighth Meeting of the Consultative Commission recently held in Changchun on 2 September 2005 agreed to extend the 1995 agreements on the establishment of the “Consultative Commission” and the “Coordination Committee” for another successive period of 10 years. The meeting adopted the Strategic Action Plan for the period 2006-2015, the Institutional Structure and the Changchun Agreement, reflecting the commitment by member countries to take full ownership of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) with UNDP further supporting it.


According to the agreement, GTI member countries will contribute increased financial and human resources.  The Tumen Secretariat is to shift more resources towards identification and implementation of concrete regional projects in the agreed priority sectors (transportation, energy, tourism and investment with environment as a cross-cutting sector) to generate greater value to Northeast Asia and the GTI. In doing so, the Secretariat shall seek new partnerships, in particular with international financial institutions, the private sector and broaden the resource base. For this purpose, a GTI Energy Board and a GTR Tourism Council will be established and an annual investment conference will be organized.


Duties and Responsibilities:


The Director will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the agreements reached at Changchun meeting and subsequent annual meetings of the Consultative Commission by pursuing and ensuring that the commitment by member countries are operationalized and that the mission tasked to the Tumen Secretariat is fulfilled. The Director will also be expected to provide oversight, supervision and close follow-up of the preparation and submission of the new project document to the member governments and the UNDP.


The overall responsibilities will include:


-  The Director will manage the Tumen Secretariat both in the transition phase and thereafter, focus on keeping the dialogue going since the Changchun meeting and kick off the new initiative.  He/she will be responsible for the management and re-structuring of the Tumen Secretariat.  This will be in order to provide advice, support and assistance to the Committee and the Commission and will in particular comprise activities and initiatives required to implement the strategy described in the Strategic Action Plan (2006-2015).


-  Furthermore, the Director will assist in further strengthening the cooperation of the Tumen Secretariat with the private sector.


-    The incumbent will also be required to provide support to the Committee and Commission in strengthening the framework for cooperation within the region so that an integrated approach may be taken to its development. This will include coordinating the work of the National Offices and the liaison offices and provide for their training.


Specific tasks to be undertaken include:                         


-          Managing the Tumen Secretariat and its personnel in accordance with the requirements of the Committee and Commission

-          Preparing annual work plan and budget for the implementation of the Changchun agreement and the Strategic Action Plan, submitting them to the Consultative Commission for approval

-          Ensuring the smooth transition of the GTI by managing and restructuring of the Tumen Secretariat and its personnel; processing the recruitment of seconded staffs from member countries and national and international advisors needed in accordance with the directions set by the Commission;

-          Facilitating the work of the Business Advisory Board, Tourism Council and Energy Board to strengthen the partnership with the private sector              

-          Planning and organizing the annual intergovernmental meeting of the Consultative Commission and the investment conference as well as National Coordinators’ Meeting.

-          Strengthening public information activities with regard to a revitalized GTI in the participating countries and beyond, as well as establishing connections with a wide range of public and private entities with an interest in the Greater Tumen Region to heighten awareness of its potential and objectives;

-          Implementing the work as decided by the Commission as required by them, including the sub-contracting of private and public entities for the provision of services;

-          Preparing budget estimates for work plan activities and for the administrative expenses of the Secretariat as well as managing the project finances and personnel;

-          Maintaining close contact with the Governments of the member countries and UNDP Country Offices, with a view to ensuring coordination in the planning and implementation of activities and that they are fully informed of the progress of the Programme

-          Undertaking resource mobilization for concrete projects under the framework of the GTI, through the Tumen Trust Fund and any other appropriate instruments.

-          Assisting in the establishment and operation of Common Fund to facilitate the respective financial contributions of the member countries

-          Preparing progress reports to member countries and UNDP






-          Post graduate degree in economics, public or business administration or other related social sciences disciplines;

-          20 years directly relevant working experiences in the field of public sector management and development projects with significant international exposure to project design and management;

-          Minimum of 10 years in a senior management position and the capacity to manage multi-sectoral programmes in the international arena and the ability to manage and supervise high level professional staff with different cultural background;

-          A citizen of the People’s Republic of China,  the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea or the Russian Federation;

-          Experience in dealing with senior government officials and capacity to interact and negotiate with those officials and representatives of donor countries and multilateral banks at a senior level;

-          Proven ability to managerial performance;

-          Excellent organizational and presentation skills are essential;

-          Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential;

-          Knowledge of UN/UNDP regulations, rules, policies and procedures would be an asset;

-          Experience in and knowledge about Greater Tumen Region and the Northeast Asian region preferred.


Please send on or before 31 May 2006 an application letter with a detailed Curriculum Vitae; all in English with the title of the post, to e-mail:

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