Staff Development Officer (Full Time) - Beijing

Job - 2014-08-14
Greenpeace stands for positive change through action: the courage, independence and global reach to defend nature and promote peace.

Greenpeace stands for positive change through action: the courage, independence and global reach to defend nature and promote peace.

Thank you for your interest in applying for this staff development officer role. We hope that this pack gives you an insight into us and our work, plus details of the job and the people you’ll be working with. Everyone who works for Greenpeace is passionate about what we’re trying to achieve. We have big ambitions for our work and we believe it’s an immensely rewarding and inspiring place to work.

Mission of Greenpeace
Greenpeace stands for positive change through action to defend the natural world and promote peace.

History of Greenpeace
In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada, in an old fishing boat. Their goal was to protest peacefully against U.S nuclear testing in Amchitka, a tiny island off the West Coast of Alaska. Amchitaka is one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions and home to endangered animals.
Greenpeace has been in East Asia since 1997 to fight climate change, stop toxic pollution, ensure food security, end illegal deforestation and defend the oceans.
Greenpeace has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei and Seoul. Environmental problems know no borders, and Greenpeace recognizes the importance of regional offices that work together to achieve effective solutions for a sustainable future.
Surging economic development in East Asia has brought widespread prosperity, but has also taken a severe environmental toll, both regionally and in the world. Greenpeace is committed to ensuring a green development pathway together with the people of China Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

The staff development team is vital to the organisational development and talent management. It manages learning & development resources for four offices in East Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong , Taipei and Seoul.

The position of staff development officer aims to coordinate and facilitate relevant in house and external trainings as well as other staff development initiatives in the East Asia Region.

You need to be energetic, have great passion for NGO, and a people person; You’d like to serve, as well as to explore innovative ways to solve problem; You are humble to listen; You are a great communicator; You speak fluent English and feel confident to do presentation or debate in English; You have global mindset and can adapt to different culture.?
Fresh graduate is also welcomed to apply.?No major restriction.?Overseas experience is preferred.


Job title: Staff Development Officer
Valid from: 29 April 2014
Job grade: 3
Reports to: Staff Development Manager
Line manages: 0

Overall purpose of the job

Assist the staff development manager to plan, develop, implement and evaluate training and staff development programs to ensure management and staff acquire the skills and develop the competencies required by organisations to meet organisational objectives.


Reporting to staff development manager, a staff development officer will be based in Beijing for assignment to carry out training & development tasks in Greenpeace East Asia region. S/he will work closely with the Manager and other Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace International staff. S/he can be assigned to manage interns. This role is detail-oriented, involves multiple concurrent daily deadlines and tasks, and requires ability to perform under pressure. The post holder can work as a team player and individual on assignments.

Major functions / responsibilities
Conceptual tasks, Strategy development and/or Project management


- Training
1. Assist in identifying training needs and requirements of individuals and organisations;
2. Prepare and develop instructional training material and aids such as handbooks, visual aids, online tutorials, demonstration models, and supporting training reference documentation;
3. Provide logistics and administrative support in designing, coordinating, scheduling and conducting training and development programs that can be delivered in the form of individual and group instruction, and facilitating trainings, workshops, meetings, and conferences;
4. Provide support in monitoring and performing ongoing evaluation and assessment of training quality and effectiveness, and reviewing and modifying training objectives, methods and course deliverables;
5. Maintain and update the training database and ensure training records of all trainees are complete and accurate;
6. Liaise with external training providers to arrange delivery of specific training and development programs;

Support/ Coaching/ Leadership

- Staff development
1. Assist and contribute in developing and rolling out staff development initiatives, to give orientation, train
and develop the skills and core values;
2. Co-ordinate Intern programme in Mainland China; Maintain connections with the talent pools for the key
positions of the organisation;
3. Support and contribute towards the general staff activities as required;
4. Other ad-hoc tasks as assigned by supervisor;

Compliance/ Keeping Framework Conditions

Competency profile

Organization competencies

- Professionalism, in particular Bachelor’s Degree or above in any disciplines; Human Resources Management / Training & Development or related disciplines is preferable;
- Achievement, in particular Minimum of 3 years’ experience in related fields, preferably experience in Learning and Development, training, consultancy or coaching.
- Interpersonal relationship, in particular strong presentation, facilitation and coaching skills
- Knowledge sharing, in particular passion for development people and promoting continuous learning
- Values diversity, in particular an international background and ability to relate to Mainland China, Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
- Innovation

Functional competencies

- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Fluency in written and spoken in the following language: ... Mandarin
- Knowledge and/or experience in Word
- Knowledge and/or experience in Excel
- Knowledge and/or experience in PowerPoint

Method related

Social/self competencies
- Build and manage relationships with other departments within the organization

Leadership competencies
- Strategic Orientation

- Ability to work across a variety of issues, under pressure of deadlines and changing priorities and to work unsocial hours as necessary.
- Able to work in a cross-cultural environment.
- Good in inter-personal relationship and deal with conflict in positive and balanced ways.
- Commitment to the mission, principles and values of Greenpeace
- Positive / constructive thinking Attitude
- Stress resistance

Specific Work Environment
- The position works in a standard office environment, with occasional travel to other Greenpeace
- Office base in Beijing, China

Fresh graduates are welcome to apply and will be considered. There will be no major restriction as long as you have passion for NGO and environment protection.



Conditioned working hours is 37.5 hours/ week from Monday to Friday.


Annual Leave System
Year of service completed in Greenpeace worldwide
No. of entitlement in a year
1st year 15
2nd year 15
3rd year 16
4th year 17
5th year 18
6th year 19
7th year or above 20


Greenpeace offers Social Insurance, Housing Provident Funds, and supplementary commercial insurance package during employment. Further details about these benefits will be provided if appointed.


Greenpeace offers a combination of in house and external training opportunities throughout the year. Greenpeace also offers study leave for courses related to your work and assistance is available for relevant further education qualifications. For further information on learning and development opportunities please speak to the Staff Development Team.


Please send your CV, a covering letter written both in English and Chinese to
CLOSING DATE: 03/10/2014

Your CV should outline your skills and experience, and include contact details of two referees. We will not take up references until a job offer has been made.

Your covering letter is the most important part of your application. It should be used to tell us how you meet the selection criteria listed on the person specification. Draw particular attention to experience, skills, achievements and knowledge gained in past employment or other activities which are relevant to the job. It may be easiest to use the headings relating to the requirements detailed in the person specification and demonstrate how you meet them. Please ensure your covering letter is no more than 4 pages long (4 sides of A4).

As we receive a large number of applications for our advertised vacancies we are unable to respond to those applicants who have not been shortlisted and we apologise for this in advance.

Getting to the Greenpeace office

3/F, Julong Office Building, Block 7, Julong Garden, 68 Xinzhong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.

Beijing Subway:
Line 2 Chaoyangmen Station, Dongsishitiao Station both within 10/15 minutes walking distance of our office.
Beijing Buses:
The 3, 113, 115, 118, 416, 431, 701, 758, Te 16 buses all stop at the Dongsishitiaoqiaodong station. The75, 101,109, 110, 112, 420, 650 buses all stop at Chaoyangmenwai station
Both stations within 10/15 minutes walking distance of our office.