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Project Analyst (NPSA9)

New Delhi

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: Junior level - NPSA-9, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed
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.

UNDP has been working in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development. Together with the Government of India and development partners, we have worked towards eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, strengthening local governance, enhancing community resilience, protecting the environment, supporting policy initiatives and institutional reforms, and accelerating sustainable development for all.

With projects and programmes in every state and union territory in India, UNDP works with national and subnational government, and diverse development actors to deliver people-centric results, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. As the integrator for collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the UN system, we are committed to supporting the Government of India’s national development vision and priorities and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs for the people and the planet.

UNDP India’s current Country Programme, 2018-2022, is in its final year of implementation. Our new Country Programme (2023-2027), which comes into effect in 2023, builds on our prior work and aims to provide an integrated approach to development solutions in three strategic portfolios:

  • Strong, accountable, and evidence-led institutions for accelerated achievement of the SDGs
  • Enhanced economic opportunities and social protection to reduce inequality, with a focus on the Marginalized
  • Climate-smart solutions, sustainable ecosystems and resilient development for reduced vulnerability

South-South cooperation, gender equality and social inclusion are promoted across the pillars. The programme is supported by a framework of renewed partnerships and blended finance solutions, strategic innovation and accelerator labs, and data and digital architecture

You are invited to join a team of future-smart development professionals to support India in achieving the national and globally agreed goals. As part of the UNDP team, your focus will be to work with diverse stakeholders to find country-specific solutions that lead to sustainable development and reach those furthest behind first.

The Plastic Waste Management Project is designed to minimize negative impacts and risks to environment and human health in India. The aim is to enhance sustainable plastic waste management (segregation/collection/recycling) practices through a socio-technical model in line with Swachh Bharat Mission in India, while ensuring compliance with regulations and ensuring improved use of resources. The project targets institutionalization of waste pickers (safai sathis) through improved governance mechanisms, capacity building and improved social conditions. The project also targets community engagement to enhance responsible waste disposal behaviour, and cross-stakeholder engagements for improved action on plastics.

To achieve the project objective and outcomes, the project is structured in 4 components.

Component 1 aims to develop, support, and implement an economically sustainable model (ESM) for packaging plastic waste management.

Component 2 focuses on design and implementation of Pilots in Material Recovery Facilities (Swachhta Kendras) for improved plastic waste management in administrative wards of selected cities.

Component 3 is directed mainly to design, sustain, and provide elements to institutionalize Swachhta Kendras in governance bodies and to obtain improved socio-economic conditions for waste pickers; and

Component 4 aims towards developing knowledge management, monitoring and communication mechanisms based on in-built adaptive feedback system during the project duration.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Analyst assures leadership to the PWM programme, works in close collaboration with the Programme Manager, Head-Circular Economy and other programme, operations teams, including project staff, government, civil society, private sector, programme staff and other UN Agencies, and technical advisors/experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors.

  • Oversee strategic planning process for the project and ensure its implementation in accordance with the project document.
  • Coordinate closely with donors to ensure timely disbursement and utilisation of funds and reporting programmatic delivery as per agreed KPIs.
  • Lead development of communication strategies and ensure effective communications with all stakeholders.
  • Identify partnership strategies with project partners, specialized experts, co-financiers, and develop capacity building programmes for project partners such as Urban Local Bodies and practitioners on the ground.
  • Lead and strategize policy and advocacy work, identify research areas, and contribute and support the development of knowledge products, and its dissemination to policy makers, knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Ensure that project contributes to the promotion of gender equality by reaching, involving, and benefiting women, men, and people of all gender in its activities (gender mainstreaming). Perform other duties related to the scope of work and as requested by Programme Manager – Circular Economy.
Core Competencies
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction & Strategy

  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized 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.

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need.
  • Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.

Business Management

  • Resource Mobilization: Ability to plan, organize, priorities and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • Digital Inclusion: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed.
  • Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.
  • Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability: Ensure regular conversations with people about work, provide positive and constructive feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas- social science, social work, international development, or related field with 4 years of relevant professional experience is required, or
  • Master’s degree in any of the above-mentioned areas with 2 years of relevant professional experience is required
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in the areas of development sector, waste management, with special reference to plastic waste management, experience in consulting and implementing similar projects and stakeholder coordination including donors and partners post Bachelor’s is required.
  • At least 2 years of experience in the above-mentioned areas post master’s is required.
  • Identifies problems and propose solutions.
  • Works as a team member.
  • Knowledge of various government rules & regulations of solid and plastic waste management is required.
  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.
  • Experience of working in waste and recycling sector at national/international NGOs/UN bodies/ Government would be preferred.
  • Project Management: Experience in project management in the field of solid waste Management, particularly plastic, in governmental, non- governmental, or international organizations.
  • Social Inclusion: Experience in design and implementation of social inclusion programmes.
  • Sound knowledge of UNDP rules and regulations, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Ability to establish, build, and sustain effective relationships, partnerships, and alliances, advocate effectively, and communicate sensitively.

Language Requirement:

  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi is essential.

NOTE: This position is open for India nationals only

Remuneration starting at INR 19,95,995 (Annual) / INR 1,66,330 (Monthly) as per the scale depending on qualifications and experience. The remuneration is excluding 8.33% pension amount paid over and above the salary.

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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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