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Programme Associate, Chemicals and Waste Management

New Delhi (India)


UNDP India has focused programme on sustainable development goals (SDGs), implemented with the support of many verticals.  The Chemicals and Waste Management vertical supports implementation of the Montreal Protocol, Minamata Convention, other waste management projects and environmental projects, at large.
Considering the growth of activities under the chemicals and waste management programme, with specific emphasis to the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage-II from 2016-2023, improvement of mercury management in India, plastic waste management and others including e-waste management, POPs management etc. proposing to have programme associate(s), to the existing professional Team.   

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

The Programme Associate will join the professional Team working under the direct supervision of Head-Chemicals and Waste Management.  S/he will be responsible for implementation of project activities with close co-operation with the Senior Programme Associates and project Teams based in UNDP as well as in various Ministerial Departments. The major functions include technical assistance to the project on “Improvement of Mercury Management in India” and associated project management, financial management, procurement and human resources management consistent with UNDP Rules and Regulations.  The key role is to support smooth implementation of projects including continuous monitoring, identification and implementation of interventions, by taking into account the changes in operating environment.  

S/he will work under the guidance from the relevant Country Office teams in the areas of Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Procurement and will help in developing solutions for the operational challenges.  S/he will also coordinate with the concerned Government Departments, expert Committees, CSIR Institutes, IITs, private consultants, service providers and support the back-up functions on programmes. 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
Coordination of the activities being undertaken by the 5 project consultants, advisers, international experts and the Government Officers from different Ministries and the SPCBs
Participating in technical field studies
Coordination and participating in review Meetings and Workshops
Supporting project planning, budgeting and implementation of project management activities; 
Supporting techno-scientific matters related to mercury Inventory, Management and other chemical industry environmental management and  waste management activities etc.;
Working in close coordination with the Country Office procurement Team to support in floating RfPs, Contracts, meeting requirements of assets and procurement committee (CAP) and Regional Advisory Committee on Procurement (RACP); 
Supervising project staff/ consultants/vendors and ensure timely submission of required outputs/deliverables;
Monitoring tenure of the Contracts, deliverables and raise requests for amendments and extensions with approval from Head -Chemicals and Waste Management;    
Technical compliance reporting for disbursement of funds, obtaining approvals and ensuring disbursement; 
Assisting and facilitating the Expert Committee(s)/ Head;   
Monitoring and monthly appraisal of funds position and disbursements, as per agreed Work Plans;
Responsible for maintaining physical files for all the projects 
Preparing financial reports, as per UNDP Rules and Regulations.  This includes preparing budget revisions as necessary; 
Provide logistic and administrative support for project activities, events and meetings as required;
Coordinate with MoEF&CC on a regular basis for exchange of information and document; 
Assist in timely preparation of the physical and financial progress reports for internal and external reviews;
Ensure compliance with UNDP procedures and policies for audit of DIM projects;
Undertake other technical/ managerial tasks, assigned from time to time.  


Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates high level of integrity and ethical behavior 
Displays cultural, behavioral, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Functional Competencies

Job knowledge and technical expertise 
Knowledge of project area and keeps abreast with new developments in areas of professional discipline and seeks to develop herself/himself professionally
Knowledge of project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work and assignments

Results based management 
Supports work planning, alerting those involved of potential obstacles and helping to identify suitable alternatives as needed
Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results

Building and managing strategic partnerships 
Identifies common interest and goals and carries out 
Brings visibility, promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the organization’s work 
Recognizes key players in decision making.

Client Orientation 
Demonstrates an understanding of client / partner / donor perspective and strives for high quality client-oriented services 
Establishes smooth relationship and enabling environment between clients and service providers 
Builds strong relationships with the Project Management Team, operational Team and with the project partners, focuses on impact and result for the project partners and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

Required Skills and Experience


Essential: Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering/ Civil Engineering/ Environmental Engg./ MSc. Environmental Protection and Management

Desirable:  Masters degree in Engineering/ Management 



  1. Minimum total 6 years of experience
  2. At least one year working experience in UN or Government Offices/Institutions
Experience in mercury related projects
Project operations and financial management.
Good knowledge of computers in MS Office 
Drafting and Reporting experience
Experience in supporting IT driven projects; 
Project planning, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
Knowledge and Skills: 
Ability to deliver high quality technical results with skills in planning and operational management of projects;
Strong analytical skills;
Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Able to work effectively in a sensitive environment and exercise discretion, impartiality and neutrality; 
Language Requirements: 

Fluency in English is essential. 
Remuneration package is INR 91,380 /- (approx.) per month (taxable).  UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder. 


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: SB-3, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-14

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