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Project Assistant (IT, Communication)

Dehradun (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dehradun (India)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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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

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, along with UNDP, is implementing a GEF funded project: SECURE Himalaya (Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems) in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
The project supports the Government of India to effectively promote sustainable land and forest management in alpine pastures and forests in high range Indian Himalayan ecosystems that secure sustainable livelihoods and community resilience and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species. It will engineer a paradigm shift from the current approach of conservation to demonstrate a new approach of landscape-based conservation. This is an integrated approach, which focuses on working with various sectors and partners in areas within and outside protected areas, to effectively reduce threats to biodiversity of local, national and global significance.
The project will build up on the existing socio-economic development efforts in the region, for evolving innovative and participatory models for sustainable use of natural resources. It aims to achieve the objective of conservation by engaging local communities and collaborating with government and non-government agencies for conservation and promotion of sustainable resource use and livelihood. The project is being implemented over a period of six years in the high altitude trans-Himalayan region and has the following major outcomes: (1) Improved management of high range Himalayan landscapes for conservation of Snow Leopard and other endangered species and their habitats and sustaining ecosystem services; (2) Improved and diversified livelihood strategies and improved capacities of community and government institutions for sustainable natural resource management and conservation; (3) Enhanced enforcement, monitoring and cooperation to reduce wildlife crime and related threats; (4) Effective knowledge management and information systems established for promotion of sustainable management practices in the High range Himalayan ecosystems.
The project falls under GEF -6 Programme 3 Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development, comprising one global coordination project and a series of national projects. The project is being led by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and UNDP with the state governments of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. 
UNDP seeks to engage the services of a Project Assistant to support the State Government in IT and communications for smooth implementation of the project at state and landscape level. S/he will work under the overall supervision of State Nodal Officer and direct supervision of State Project Officer, Uttarakhand, SECURE Himalaya, UNDP


Duties and Responsibilities

Project Assistant (IT, Communication) will work under the direct supervision of the State Nodal Officer and State Project Officer & UNDP for the following responsibilities: 
1.Assist the SPMU and LLPMU to implement communication strategy for project outreach and behavioral change towards conservation. 

2.Co-ordinate with project team and vendors to develop knowledge products, dissemination and coordination with select beneficiaries. 

3. Manage the publication of the Wildlife quarterly newsletter and develop content for it. Additionally, ensure the following: 
•Co-ordinate with various agencies and government departments for content
•Ensure newsletters are written, designed and published in time
•Communicate with respective officials and filed team for associated articles.
•Plan, organize, edit and select content as per the direction of State Nodal Officer. 
•Work closely with editor and ensure content is proofread. 
4.Coordinate translation of bi-lingual communications materials for the project: Oversee and coordinate translation of communication products into multiple languages. 
5.Support the Technical Analyst and development team to ensure knowledge products are uploaded on websites and other social media pages. 
6.Prepare manuals for developing and presenting technical documentation and training materials for IT. 
7.Designs attribute database, and/or web-based application solutions that meet the needs of the organization and develop plans to initiate improvements. 
8.Develop, review, adapt and edit web content for website to improve digital engagement: Translate the work in format and design easily understood by external audiences. 
9.Assist in drafting of Monthly, Quarterly and Annual and Project Implementation Reports as per the requirement of Gef, UNDP and state government.
10. Any other work assigned by the supervisor.


Required  skills and competencies
Technical Skills 
• Sound understanding of project administration & information Technology. 
• Hands-on experience in implementation and monitoring of projects. 
•Strong communication, presentation, critical thinking, and organizational competencies. 
Management skills 
•Ability to guide the project team and forest department in implementation of communication strategy, IT based solutions, to achieve the overall objective of the project. 
•Ability to facilitate consultative meetings at state and landscape level with government stakeholders to identify priorities and assist in the timely delivery of project activities. 
Communication Skills 
• Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and other communication material for providing progress updates to government, donor and implementing partner. 
•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 
•Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed 

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Academic Education

Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication/IT Engineering/ Computer Science Engineering would be essential.
Minimum  years of relevant Work experience 
•Minimum of 2 years of experience in IT/M&E/ Communication is required. 
•Knowledge of communication system of international agencies like – UNDP, World bank etc. would be an asset. 
•Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages. 
•Experience in handling of web-based management systems. 
Required Language(s)
Fluency in English and local languages 



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