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Head of State Office, Uttarakhand

Dehradun (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dehradun (India)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-27

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Please note that the person selected for this position will be offered a contract with UNDP under its National Personnel Services Agreement (N-PSA) modality. More information about the N-PSA is available here [link to the N-PSA POPP
The Government of India (GOI)-UNDP Country Programme (2018-2022) envisages UNDP support to fast-track implementation of government programmes at state and local levels in order to support governments to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve last mile service delivery.  This includes providing demand based technical support and assistance for capacity development in line with the needs of State Governments. 
UNDP and the Government of Uttarakhand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that reflects a long-term engagement strategy to support the State to meet the SDGs.  The State has prepared specific plans of action with time bound targets and milestones in discussion with various line departments. UNDP has also entered into partnerships with several state departments and is providing technical support on COVID-19 response, SDGs, livelihoods, Doubling Farmers Income, and rural development, among other areas.  UNDP is recruiting the Head of the State office to be based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, to lead these initiatives at the state level.
The Head of State Office, Uttarakhand will work on a broad range of programmatic issues in support of priority social and economic development programmes in the State. S/he will provide leadership at the state level, coordinate UNDP’s efforts, lead programme formulation and proposal development and build the state partnership portfolio at the state level. 
S/he will advise the UNDP Country Office on effective responses to emerging and complex challenges in the State. S/he will work in close collaboration with state counterparts and technical leads at the UNDP Country Office and prioritise partnership building at the state level and fund-raising, engaging extensively with private sector, CSOs as well as other development partners.   

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:  
1.Strategic Advice, Policy support and Coordination.
2.Project Planning, Development and Implementation.
3.Partnership Development and Resource Mobilisation.
4.SDG Fast-tracking.
5.Team Supervision and Knowledge Management. 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
As a member of the UNDP County Office team, ensures strategic leadership of UNDP state programme focusing on achievement of the following results: 
Strategic Advice, Policy support and Coordination: 
•Leads the state office and coordinates with stakeholders. 
•Coordinates and provides substantive contribution to key policy discussions at the state level to ensure that priority issues are addressed.                                                                                                                                                                                
•Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with state government, UN Agencies, donor agencies and civil society organisations on issues related to UNDP’s work and mandate. 
•Leads on programme formulation, proposal development and portfolio building at state level. 
•Accountable to UNDP in ensuring the implementation of the state component of the Country Plan and related annual work plans. 
Project planning, development and implementation 
•Identifies development priorities of the State from the State government and existing Donors. 
•Designs mechanisms and programmes to address the developmental needs of marginalized communities.
•Builds support for key social and economic priorities through partnerships.
•Collects, analyses and presents information and data on social, political and economic priorities. 
•Continuous scoping of the development landscape in the state and translating opportunities into concrete projects in collaboration with relevant programme units and projects of UNDP.
•Identifies activities and areas of cooperation to support effective implementation of State schemes or initiatives.
•Ensures that the programmes/schemes are inclusive, participatory and have effective outreach and optimizes impacts on intended beneficiaries. 
•Identifies and designs solutions to overcome obstacles to effective implementation of policies and programmes.  
•Translates UNDP priorities into interventions at state and district levels.
Partnership development and resource mobilization  
•Develops new partnerships and curates new portfolios in the state.
•Mobilises resources for the implementation of strategic development programmes. 
•Represents UNDP at state level in the context of partnership building. 
Provides support to the State Government in achievement of SDG targets
•Provides policy advice and technical inputs to state Government for achievement of SDGs.
•Identifies key priorities of the state and maps emerging national consensus on SDG indicators and targets. 
•Provides policy advice and technical inputs to state government on integration of SDGs with state level monitoring and evaluation framework.
•Helps government develop tools for monitoring, evaluation and reporting progress on SDG indicators. 
•Helps state government in analysis and refinement of programmes and policies that will contribute towards achievement of SDG targets.
•Liaise at the country level for inputs. 
Ensures quality managerial oversight and facilitate knowledge building in the State
•Leads and manages the UNDP State Office team. Coordinates with other UNDP state offices in identifying best practices of relevance to Uttarakhand.
•Measures and monitors the impact of UNDP’s work at the state level to allow for a continuous analysis of the programme environment as well as necessary adjustments of programme interventions.
•Continuously monitors and aassesses development outcomes vis a vis all state level projects.
•Identifies and synthesizes best practices and lessons learned.
•Identifies and documents lessons for replication and upscaling, if applicable from district to city/state level.  
•Ensures Financial Oversight and Coordination between various State Projects.
•Undertake any other task assigned by supervisor.   



Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
•Thorough familiarity with the development context and challenges with regard to key developmental issues with special focus on development programmes in the state.
Business Direction and Strategy Competency:
Strategic Thinking
•Ability to develop effective strategies and prior it ized plans in line with UNDP's objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
•Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.
System Thinking
•Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Effective Decision Making
•Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one's authority, area of expertise and resources.
UNDP Representation
•Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities, advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies.
Business Management Competency:
Results-based Management
•Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Partnerships Management
•Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.
Risk Management
•Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks.
•Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both thro ugh written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
•Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
People Management Competencies: 
Show Managerial Courage
•Face up to organizational and people problems.
•Not be afraid to take decision and action when and as needed.
•Not hold back anything that needs to be said, respectfully and diplomatically.
•Address conflict in a timely manner, not allow conflicts in teams linger.
•Help others through emotional or tense situations. tactfully bringing disagreements into the open and finding solutions all can endorse.
Build an Enabling Workplace
•Create a working environment where people are engaged and want to do their best; empower and enables team members to perform and have a positive workplace experience.
•Promote honestly, openness, trust and psychological safety and create opportunities to innovate and learn.
•Recruit and promotes individuals based upon objective measures and meritocracy; acknowledge and utilise the talent of others Encourage collective action and integration.
Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability
•Ensure regular conversations with people about work.
•Provide positive and constructive feedback.
•Discuss poor performance in a timely manner.
•Provide praise and recognition, as well as ensure accountability.
Core Competencies:
Achieve Results
•Demonstrates focus on achieving quality results and impact.
•Consistently strives to meet or exceed excellent standards.
•Efficiently establishes appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals.
•Holds self and others accountable for results.
Think Innovatively
•Seeks patterns and clarity outside, across and beyond boxes and categories, resists false certainty and simplistic binary choices.
•Looks beyond conventional approaches and established methods.
•Proposes new ideas, approaches, and solutions to problems.
Adapt with Agility
•Actively pursues opportunities for learning and self-development, professionally and personally.
•Keeps up to date with new developments in own professional area.
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
•Understands and appreciates issues from the perspective of others.
•Treats all individuals with respect, considers ethical l implications and responds sensitively       to all differences among people.
•Fully accepts and values all people, creating an inclusive environment.
•Understands that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.) and treats everyone fairly and equally.
•Demonstrates honesty and transparency.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Public and Business Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
•7-10 years of relevant experience with national government and/ or international level in project management, programme development and project design and implementation in the area of development.
•Hands-on management skills and proven team leadership experience.
•Experience in leading office or sub-offices as part of a larger organisation or entity.
•Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
•Strong communication and advocacy skills.
•Good leadership skills and desire to achieve results with minimum supervision and support.
•Excellent writing and research skills will be an asset.
Language Requirements:Fluency in written and oral English and Hindi. 


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