The Project Officer – Programme and Partnership will coordinate efforts with the Programme and Operations Units in Karnataka state and India Country Office for building linkages with the UNDP programme Pillars and advancing the SDGs. The incumbent is also expected to provide technical inputs and contribute to UNDP’s state engagement strategy, resource mobilization and knowledge Management. The incumbent will be will perform duties under the direct supervision of UNDP state project head and State Outreach / Inclusive Growth Unit in Country Office. Other important duties and responsibilities are indicated below:
1.Engages in partnership building and resource mobilization of UNDP programme pillars,
•Analysis and research of information on funding windows and any other potential sources, preparation of substantive briefs on possible opportunities for project finance and co-finance in particular with a focus on private sector, financial institutions and Government cost-sharing.
•Lead discussions for resource mobilization by preparing the background analysis, partner consultations, and organize high-level meetings to facilitate a closer cooperation with Government/Private sector/Foundations/bi-lateral and multilateral agencies.
•Coordination of activities and communications with all relevant stakeholders to build and strengthen existing strengthen relationships with partners and relevant government counterparts.
•Identification of capacity building and institutional development needs and implementation of appropriate interventions to enhance capacity and skills in the country for programme/project development and resources mobilization.
•Develop and support implementation of UNDP’s strategy, making the business case for a closer private sector engagement focusing on both partnerships in CSR and core businesses.
•Lead in establishing and maintaining strategic contacts and association with relevant partners, follow-up proactively on engagement ideas and work closely with UNDP Programme Units.
•Contribution to the UNDP’s work in Karnataka.
2.Lead on the formulation, development, and design of new integrated development initiatives
•Lead thorough analysis and research of the country political, social and economic environment on the formulation and design of new integrated development initiatives in the areas of livelihoods, inclusion, SDG’s and UNDP Programme pillars.
•Prepare substantive inputs to key strategic and policy documents, which direct and guide UNDP support interventions in Karnataka.
•Collaborate closely with the Government and Private Sector counterparts to identify new project ideas in line with the UNDP’s priorities, initiate project concepts, lead the consultations on project formulation and agreement.
•Draft concept notes, project documents, project briefs, proposals, presentations for further discussion with clients and donors.
•Facilitate outreach and partnership development in identified sectors and programme areas and work with the programme units to formalize subsequent project proposals
•Coordinate closely with Country Office State Outreach and Inclusive Growth team, governmental and other institutions to ensure an effective formulation process leading to the approval of the projects
3.Provides oversight and management of initiatives and programmes:
•Effective application of Result Based Management (RBM) tools in project management, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
•Facilitate the State team to manage the Atlas as defined and participation in various process including recruitment, finance management, action plan preparation etc,
•Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions; follow-up on audit recommendations and other.
•Preparation and contribution to the regular reports on outputs and outcomes as required including AWP, Prodoc, M&E reporting etc.
4.Ensures facilitation of knowledge generation and management through:
•Formulate and develop best lessons learnt products, tools, pitch documents/communication Collaterals,
•Provide quality assurance of knowledge products with relevance for UNDP’s work on livelihoods, inclusion, SDG’s, etc
•Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues and quality contribution to knowledge networks regionally and globally to support the provision of quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
•Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual report / result on outputs and outcomes.
•Coordinate and support the organization of advocacy activities, capacity building and campaigns events, trainings, workshops, knowledge products.
•Support UNDP Project / activities in Karnataka