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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dehradun
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Logistics
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-31

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CPPGG – Livelihood Promotion & Value Chain Specialist

Dehradun (India)

Background

The UN General Assembly, and all its 193-member countries, in September 2015 adopted a global development vision entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 2030 Agenda was designed as a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  It lays out 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, to stimulate global action over the next 15 years on issues critical to humanity and the planet. India committed to these SDGs at the September 2015 UN Summit and the SDGs officially came into force on 1 January 2016. The Government of India has been actively engaged in integrating the SDGs since early 2016. NITI Aayog, the National Institution for Transforming India, has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the efforts on SDGs with ministries and states, indicative of “whole of government” approach. The NITI Aayog has prepared an Action Agenda (3 Years) and is preparing medium term perspective plan (7 years) and long term (15 years) goals for the country through a 15-year vision document for a period up to 2030, which will be co-terminus with sustainable development goals. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has prepared a Draft National Monitoring Framework consisting of 306 Indicators. At National level a High-Level Steering Committee has been constituted for refining the indicators which will emerge as backbone on the development interventions of the country.

The UNDP India Country Programme Document CPD (2018-2022) signed with the Government of India (GoI) aims at transformative change and development impact at scale. In line with this, UNDP has initiated active support to many state governments in mainstreaming SDGs within their schemes and programmes. As an overarching UN Strategy, this is  as a part of SDG roll out for visioning and planning in India. In view of India’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda, Uttarakhand too has set ambitious targets for itself for achieving the SDGs and has already formulated its SDG Vison 2030 document.

Centre For Public Policy & Good Governance

Centre for Policy & Good Governance (CPPGG) Uttarakhand has been set up to assist in bringing about governance reforms through studies, training, knowledge sharing and promotion of good ideas. CPPGG is deemed to act as the think tank in the State which will help in improving the research & analytics for preparing a better planning & policy framework. The think tank is presently functioning as an autonomous body with a governing council headed by Chief Minister and Chief Secretary and has experts from various prestigious institutions as the members. The institution is mandated to identify the bottle necks in the growth trajectory of the State and firm up solutions to address the same. UNDP will support the State Government in technical empowerment of the CPPGG, Uttarakhand by recruiting sectoral experts in mutually agreed sectors which are beneficial for the economic growth of the State and manage the policy development for fostering economic growth and inclusive development through SDGs, under the leadership and guidance of Department of Planning.

UNDP therefore is looking for a dynamic team of experts to be a part of the PMU in CPPGG and work closely with relevant government departments, technical agencies, UN agencies, civil society organization and academic institutions to provide the requisite impetus to the state government’s initiative in rolling out the SDGs and accelerating economic growth.

Livelihood Promotion and Value Chain Development is an important area identified by the Vision Plan 2030 in the march towards a Sustainable Development of the State. There is a need to stabilize the existing livelihood options and to promote sustainable livelihoods in the hilly state. The State has to reduce the vulnerabilities and enhance the livelihood opportunities through deepening and enhancing and expanding the existing livelihood options and tap new opportunities in the farm and non-farm sector in the natural resource rich state. Further there is a need to ensure a Value Chain development to ensure that the produces from these entrepreneurs reach to the deserving and are paid a reasonable payment at par with the urban areas.

The services of a Livelihood Promotion and Value Chain Expert are required to translate the SDG vision to work towards promoting the livelihood options and ensuring adequate payments are received by ensuring value chains  as articulated in the  SDG VISION 2030 of Uttarakhand and help build necessary capacity amongst internal and external stakeholders. He / she will be accountable for developing, managing, co-coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring a Livelihood promotion  strategy and scaling up the value chains in the State. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of CEO, CPPGG and in close coordination with relevant departments, and UNDP experts, the Livelihood promotion & value chain specialist will devise and implement a strategy for promotion of Sustainable Livelihood sector in the State

  • Map out existing livelihood related support that exists in the target districts/communes and facilitate a dialogue with districts about ways in which they can be more effectively integrated into the sub-national development planning process;
  • Identify, from the global, regional and national good practices, livelihood adaptation measures that can be introduced through this initiative;
  • Design a strategy to enhance a coordinated approach to livelihood initiatives and the development of local poverty reduction strategies that help to attain the SDGs. This may include: a) Identify outstanding needs in relation to the development of policy, guidelines, and strategy as it relates to livelihood and poverty reduction initiatives, including a review of Poverty Assessments/Poverty Mapping, while ensuring integration of all relevant SDGs
  • Support and promote a coordinated approach to the development of cross sectoral livelihoods efforts in early recovery contexts and beyond.
  • Support the development of livelihoods initiatives within the context of local level reintegration programmes.
  • Monitor that the needs of the affected populations, environment and other relevant concerns are taken into account to ensure that livelihood and poverty reduction initiatives are sustainable including establishing priority targets and indicators;
  • Monitor activities and discourse related to livelihood issues, and ensure relevant databases are maintained.
  • Establish senior level contacts with the Government, education and research institutions, NGOs, and civil society groups that are active in these fields
  • Actively foster  stakeholder coordination and interdepartmental  linkages and represent CPPGG/UNDP at   state and national level meetings
  • Participate in relevant working groups including livelihoods, governance, shelter/settlements, environment, gender, health and education
  • Work with specialists from Government Departments, international financial institutions, and international and national NGOs to design and implement a coordinated and sustainable livelihood initiative, which addresses identified needs

Under the guidance of Additional CEO, CPPGG and in close coordination with other relevant stakeholders, the Livelihood Promotion & Value Chain Expert will lead the formulation of a multi-layered strategy for CPPGGs deep engagement in value chain development covering interventions at enterprise, market, institutional, and upstream (policy and regulatory) levels.

  • Undertake value analysis with aim of mapping and selecting value chains that will contribute to inclusive growth in specific regions in the partner states.
  • Undertake value chain mapping (i.e., separating the product value/supply chain into its major value-added activities or segments) in promising areas. For each identified product or sector, the Expert should characterize the product market to include sources of raw materials, buyers, mechanisms for information flow within the value chain, and key supporting services (energy, transportation, etc.).
  • Towards identification of constraints and opportunities within the selected value chains that may be addressed to increase productivity and disposable income of farmers, artisans and other entrepreneurs, examine underlying sector-specific factors that are causing poor performance along the value chain (e.g., standards for product quality and testing, certification processes, sector policy distortions, administrative procedures, skills, access to capital equipment, access to capital, tax structure, and licensing).
  • Analyze and present a gendered perspective in order to ensure equitable opportunities to women. Similarly, from the point of view of inclusion of the marginalized sections. Also identify specific solutions including capacity building measures required for the inclusion of women and the marginalized sections.
  • Identify and connect with potential public and private sector players that may influence the flow of trade and the establishment of competitive and reliable value chain (s).
  • Identify the underlying policy, institutional, and infrastructural issues that affect the competitiveness of the selected value chains with reference to the role of government and private in the regions of focus. Based on this, develop a matrix indicating areas of priorities for which public sector can intervene and areas for the private sector support.
  • Identify a clear menu of support services including linkages for credit and skill development that are available under various GOI policies/programme initiatives such as the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grammen Kaushal Vikash Yojana (DDUGK), Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikash Yojana (PMKVY), scheme on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the RUDSETI/RSETI programme, and similar initiatives at the state-level. Also help forge such linkages during the implementation phase.
  • Help forge partnership with promotional institutions in areas of concentration.
  • Develop M&E and research strategies for programme initiatives under implementation.
  • Conduct a series of studies and organize high-engagement workshops for dissemination of results and lessons as ‘proof of concept’ for wider adoption.
  • Any other task assigned by the CEO, CPPGG

Competencies

                

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation (UNDP core ethics) impartiality;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise

·         Has strong knowledge of the enterprise promotion landscape in the country including specific regional patterns.

·         Keeps abreast with new developments in areas of professional discipline and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;

·         Has sound knowledge of project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work and assignments;

·         Strong experience in setting clear performance goals standards and responsibilities, and manages them effectively;

·         Good understanding of political economy of India;

·         Strong ability to organize and accurately complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, competing deadlines and multiple reporting relationships.

·         Excellent communication skills (written and oral) with demonstrated sensitivity and understanding of multiple project partners;

·         Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities;

·         Strong ability to establish, build and maintain effective working relationships with project staff and clients to facilitate the provision of required support, and;

·         High proficiency in Microsoft Office tools and use of internet.

Results-based Orientation

·         Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals, and;

·         Demonstrates ability to generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations.

Client Orientation

·         Demonstrates an understanding of client/partner/donor perspective;

·         Establishes smooth relationships and enabling environment between clients and service providers, and;

·         Strives for high quality client – oriented services (internal and external) when making decision and taking actions.

Knowledge Management and Learning

·         Willingly shares knowledge and experience, and;

·         Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Strives for excellence and focuses on quality;
  • Completes tasks fast and in timely manner;
  • Is result driven and solution oriented;
  • Uses fair and transparent decision making and calculated risk taking;
  • Builds support and political acumen;
  • Can work under pressure in rapidly changing environment;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view, and;

Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

·         Bachelor’s degree in fields related to enterprise promotion and management, business management and/or rural credit/micro-financing.  An advanced degree in value chain analytical and benchmarking techniques will be essential

·         Masters in relevant field is desirable

Experience:

·         The candidate should have at least 7-10 years of proven relevant experience in livelihood promotion and value chain development.

·         Experience in areas such as rural microcredit schemes is recommended, including in-depth exposure to methodology, assessment, implementation, and reporting.

·         Experience in value chain analytical and benchmarking techniques relevant to areas important from the point of view of pro-poor livelihoods.

·         Experience in working at grassroots/community level is an essential requirement of the post.

·         The candidate should also be proficient in financial management as s/he will be responsible for implementation and budget control of projects that are taken-up in this subject area.

  • Familiarity with the Government/UN project implementation will be an added advantage. 

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and oral English and Hindi.

Remuneration package is INR 1,19,175/- per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder and encourages work life balance to its employees.

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