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Project Associate

Jaipur (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Jaipur (India)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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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 State Project Associate to be hired is for the project implementation phase. S/he will be based at Jaipur, Rajasthan and shall work under the guidance and supervision of the State Project Manager. As this is a full-time position, s/he cannot hold any other job/assignments during this assignment.
•The Project Associate shall assist the State Project Manager in implementing the activities related to the project and provide support in effective implementation.
•Formulate quarterly and annual progress reports with support from the Project Manager and ensure its timely submission.
•Provide necessary technical backstopping and research inputs for the preparation of research papers, knowledge products and related contexts.
•Support Project Management Unit (PMU) in preparing tender documents, manage vendor contracts and facilitate payments.
•Document and prepare briefs on the progress of project activities and their outcomes for PMU and UNDP. Provide help in day to day management and reporting on the activities.
•Provide support for organizing consultations with relevant stakeholders and prepare background material.
•Develop knowledge products, facilitate knowledge exchange and establish knowledge networks on issues related to climate change.
•Coordinate meetings/workshops, training and capacity building events.
•Any other related task assigned from time to time by State Project Manager.


Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise: 
Good understanding of environment and rural development issues at national/sub national level. S/he needs to be conversant with the available knowledge on issues related to climate change adaptation for natural resource management at the state level.  
Building Partnerships
•Ability to build strategic partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders working in the field of rural development;
•Good client orientation skills to meet client needs;
•Ability to promote accountability and Resource Based Management;
Documentation and communication skills
•Excellent documentation skills 
•Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills
Team Work: 
•Ability to build and maintain constructive relationships with colleagues (and reports where appropriate);
•Treat people with respect and is co-operative, supportive and helpful with a positive contribution to the working environment.

Required Skills and Experience

Essential Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in environmental science/sustainable development/ Social sciences/ public policy.
Desirable: Masters in environmental/ social Sciences
Experience: Essential
•At least 5 years of relevant post Bachelor/Masters work experience on environmental issues related to natural resource management.
•At least 2 years of project/programme management experience
•Experience of working with Central and/or State Governments/ NGOs/ Civil Society on similar assignments will be preferred.
•Familiarity with the working environment and professional standards of international organizations 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:
Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English and Hindi is mandatory
Remuneration package is INR 77,809 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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