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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-14

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Insurance Data Analyst and MIS Specialist

New Delhi (India)

Background

Indian producers face several challenges to secure their household’s income, food provision while making an important economic contribution for the country. And one reason for the rising farm distress is crop failures and yield losses triggered by the vagaries of climate.  The livelihood of a large proportion of India’s population—as the largest private enterprise with ~138 million farm families with an 18% contribution to national GDP—is at risk.   Any shock on agricultural production already has social and financial repercussions for both the population and the country as a whole; it impacts rural income levels, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and, in the worst years, poverty rates.

The Government of India’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), compensates farmers for any crop losses.  The scheme insures farmers against a wide range of external risks — droughts, dry spells, floods, inundation, pests and diseases, landslides, natural fire and lightning, hailstorms, cyclones, typhoons, tempests, hurricanes and tornadoes.  While the idea of insuring farmers against crop losses isn’t new, the PMFBY is an attempt to plug the gaps in the previous crop insurance schemes — the National Agriculture Insurance scheme (NAIS) introduced in 1999 and the Modified NAIS (mNAIS) introduced in 2011.

The scheme came into operation from 1 April 2016 with a Central government budget allocation of Rs 5,500 crore for 2016–17.   Further, the Central government plans to bring 40 per cent of agricultural area under PMFBY in 2017–18 and, accordingly, a provision of about Rs 9,000 crore has been made in the 2017–18 budget.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana promotes sustainable agriculture production through  – i) financial support to farmers against crop losses due to climactic or external shocks ii) securing incomes iii) improved, modern and innovative farming practices for better yield iv) enhancing credit availability in the agricultural sector.

The Country Programme Document (2018-2022) of United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) approved by the Government of India has defined one of its foremost programme priorities and outcomes as “Institutional and systems strengthening for service delivery” as the single most innovations to achieve last mile developmental impact.  UNDP will leverage its expertise in systems strengthening to support the Ministry of Agriculture to set up a Technical Support Unit for the implementation of PMFBY, to improve institutional and programme responsiveness, increase coverage and better access among the marginalised and excluded farm households offering innovative measures for risk management and reduced crop loss for the rural population in India.   The TSU will strongly focus on providing Capacity Building and Training support to the participating state-level government departments involved in PMFBY and advancing the scheme among new states for improved uptake.
Under this partnership, UNDP wishes to hire the services of an Insurance Data Analyst and MIS Specialist to perform the duties below.

Summary of Key Functions: As the Senior Insurance Data Analysis & MIS Specialist, the persons will be responsible for supporting the Senior Specialist – Non Life Actuary in undertaking data analytics and modelling, setting up a robust Information System and database. The Senior Insurance Data Analysis & MIS Specialist will  collaborate closely with project associate UNDP, the project admin focal point for all requisite submissions to be made to UNDP on a regular basis.

Organization                   :               GoI- UNDP project with Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) : “Technical Support Unit for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana”

Supervisor                     :             Senior Specialist- Non- Life Actuary                                                        

Duty Station                  :               New Delhi, post location in Ministry – MOA&FW

Duties and Responsibilities

The Insurance Data Analyst & MIS Specialist will work under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Specialist – Non Life Actuary.   The Insurance Data Analyst & MIS Specialist is responsible for working closely with the Senior Specialist – Non Life Actuary and undertake the following responsibilities: -
 
I. Insurance Data Analysis and MIS
 
(i) Perform risk-based modeling and determine the premium cost and sustainable subsidy structures; 
(ii) Provide other necessary information and statistical inputs related to farming and crop production, including government support and subsidies needed;
(iii) Collate and analyse data related to cultivated areas, production and yield of key crops, types of soils, percentages of agriculture under irrigation and rainfed, vulnerability of crops to weather and climate risks, farming system and types, and income levels of farmers; 
(iv) Undertake crop modeling and prioritization for the crops to be insured and assist the crop insurance product specialists in selecting farming areas for piloting; and 
 
(v) Develop a databases on crop insurance Underwriting and claims, Crop Premium Subsidy Management, Digitized Land Record database, Notified Crop, Premium rates and coverage; CCE yield dataset etc that can process and generate reports to monitor insurance take-up and supervise insurance operation; 
(vi) Provide training to concerned users on how to utilize the database in generating required information; 
(vii) Provide maintenance services and troubleshoot when problems occurred; and 
(viii) Assist implementing agencies/State TSUs in developing their own database system to improve financial monitoring and reporting capacity. 
II. Liaison
 
(ix) Liaise relevant government agencies and all project partners for effective coordination of all project inputs;
(x) Provide technical backstopping for inputs for training activities supported by the Project;
(xi) Provide timely inputs for the timely submission of all progress reports as may be required by UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture;
(xii) Foster partnerships with key national and state government departments, private insurance companies, farmer organisations and relevant technical institutions working on agriculture insurance and related issues.
(xiii) Support the Senior Specialist – Non life Actuary and Senior Insurance Specialist – Product R&D for successful achievement of the project objectives;
III. Other tasks 
(xiv) Perform any other tasks consistent with the level of the post and/ or assigned by the Reporting Officer; Head – TSU; Joint Secretary, DoAC&FW, MoA&FW . 
 

Competencies

Core Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the organisation
 
Functional Competencies:
 
Job Knowledge/ Technical skills
Sound knowledge and experience in the field of crop life and production with demonstrated experience in undertaking weather parametric modelling or crop loss modelling or agricultural statistics.
Broad based knowledge current rural insurance and finance, outreach to insurers and implementing agencies;
Experience crop loss modelling or agricultural statistics will be an advantage;
Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and requirements of the post with excellence;
Possesses the capacity for strategic planning, result – based management and reporting;
Communication Skills
Good communication skills
Ability to carry out research and communicate strategic pieces that guide decisions on strategic programme directions 
Tailors and presents information to diverse audiences using a variety of communication delivery methods (e.g., written, electronic, oral, interpersonal) Documentation 
Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Management skills
Demonstrated skills connecting with a wide range of stakeholders – insurance agencies, farmer organisations, state agencies etc.,
Ability to participate and contribute consultative meetings at national and state level with partners and senior stakeholders to identify priorities and manage the timely delivery of project activities.
Reliable in delivering own parts of the work as part of a team effort 
Demonstrates excellent work/project planning skills;
Is open to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments;
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Essential: 
Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics or related field.
 
Desirable: 
Master’s degree in Statistics/ Economics or equivalent.
 
Experience:
Essential
At least 5-6 years of demonstrable experience in managing large datasets and analysing insurance data;
At least two to three years’ experience in the field of crop life and production with demonstrated experience in undertaking weather parametric modelling or crop loss modelling or agricultural statistics an advantage;
Relevant Experience at the national level working with Governments and private entities in the insurance sector   
 Desirable
Experience of working with Central and/or State Governments/ international agencies/ on similar assignments will be preferred.
Prior experience of technical advisory services in the insurance sector
 
Language Requirements:
Excellent oral and writing skills in English and Hindi
 
Remuneration package is INR 1,10,665/- per month (taxable).  UNDP also offers additional benefits which includes medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for the contract holder and encourages work life balance.
 

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