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State Project Manager

Lucknow (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Lucknow (India)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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Background

UNDP is currently working in various areas concerning sustainable development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience. The Climate Change, Resilience and Energy portfolio at UNDP is organized around the thematic areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation; disaster management and resilience; and access to clean and efficient energy. 
 
UNDP and DFID have entered into a partnership to implement the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth – Extended Phase (ICRG-EP), to be implemented in three States Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The ICRG project is primarily aimed at integrating climate concerns into planning and implementation of rural infrastructural development programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA– piloting them at grass root level and strengthening capacities of various stakeholders in the planning/ implementing value chain.
 
This will be achieved through the following interventions in the three states:
i)Awareness and scientific knowledge of the States on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation/mitigation strategies for rural development are enhanced;
ii)Institutional and stakeholders’ capacities for coordination, planning, implementation and monitoring of climate informed actions at different levels within the States are strengthened; and
iii)Potential for mainstreaming climate concerns in development programmes to be replicated and upscaled through knowledge exchange and interstate learning.
 
 
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following duties:-
•Establish linkages and work in close coordination with the National Project Manager. Assist the National Project Manager in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of all the project activities in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
•Foster partnerships with key state government and relevant technical institutions working on rural development and climate change issues in Uttar Pradesh.
•Prepare detailed workplans for the State, outlining key activities, deliverables and their timelines for the State PMU.
•Based on the overall project annual workplan, develop state specific annual work plans and ensure accurate and timely reporting to UNDP and DFID for activities of the project in Uttar Pradesh;
•Provide information and inputs for developing Terms of reference for consultants/ consultancy firms to be hired to undertake project activities;
•Commission activities like research studies, state level assessments training workshops etc. and manage the operational aspects of procurement, event management, logistics etc. in coordination with UNDP;
•Identify capacity development needs of implementing partners and arrange for necessary trainings. 
•Coordinate with national team and other state teams under the project to share lessons and experiences
•Manage and track contracts with project partners and flag any potential risks and suggest its mitigation measures. Ensure timely contract management and payments;
•Undertake review meetings with partners and field visits to track progress made in implementation of the project and take corrective action as required;
•Review quality and consistency of reports and deliverables by partner institutions/ responsible parties including financial reports from all project partners,
•Regular financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines; Ensure effective financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines;
•Prepare quarterly project progress reports, provide necessary information and inputs for preparing presentations and other documents for project steering committee and review meetings as required by National Project Manager; 
•Facilitate and participate in the periodic review meetings and discussions related to project implementation, monitoring and follow-up;
•Supervise the work of team members or consultants, as may be recruited under the Project at the state level;
•Any other responsibility related to the project assigned by the National Project Manager
 
 
 
 

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 understanding of current issues related to climate change and environment at the sub-national levels (particularly of the region);
•Hands-on experience in implementation and monitoring of rural development projects.
•Adequate experience in project management at state level; 
•Well conversant with the state planning processes and functioning of state government departments.
 
Communication Skills
 
•Excellent technical and analytical writing skills
•Strong facilitation and moderation, communication skills 
•Ability to carry out research and communicate strategic pieces that guide decisions on strategic programme directions 
•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;
•Excellent networking and partnering competencies and negotiating skills
 
Management skills
 
•Good manager of people and resources to obtain best results
•Decisive, independent, ability to work under pressure
•Demonstrates excellent work/project planning skills
•Ability to guide and lead State Project Team in implementing and achieving project outcomes
•Ability to represent and promote the project at State, National and International meetings
•Good team player and ability to deliver own parts of the work as part of a team effort
•Is open to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments
 
 
 
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Master’s degree from a recognised institution in Rural Development/ Environmental Studies / Natural Resource Management/ Social Science / Public Policy. 
 
Experience:
 
Essential
•At least 5 years of programme / project management experience. 
•At least 8 years of relevant post Masters experience of development programmes on environment like natural resource management, watershed programmes, etc.
•Experience on climate change programmes would be as asset 
•Outstanding communication, project management and organisation skills 
•Experience of working with Central and / or State Governments on similar assignments will be preferred.
•Familiarity with the working environment and professional standards of international organisations and national and state governments
•Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems is essential.
 
Language Requirements:
•Fluency in English and Hindi (read, write, and speak) is mandatory
 
 
Remuneration package is INR 1,52,593 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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