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Legal Associate

New Delhi

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-15
Background
 
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.

More than half of all livelihoods in India is primarily dependent on agriculture. A massive 54.6% of the total workforce is engaged in agricultural and allied sector activities and 57% of the rural households are directly dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. However, the agricultural sector is facing various challenges like small landholding, declining productivity, rising input costs, declining farm income, the adverse impact of climate change, and decline in the percentage share of workers engaged in the agriculture sector. Agricultural production shocks have huge social and financial repercussions, impacting rural income levels, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and poverty rates.

The Government of India’s flagship schemes Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and KCC/MISS have become important tools to strengthen the resilience of Indian farmers. The schemes ensure maximum benefits for the farmers by providing financial risk protection against natural calamities and catastrophic events including pests, climate uncertainties and environmental shocks. Apart from providing comprehensive risk coverage for the entire crop cycle, PMFBY also enables direct claim transfer into farmers’ accounts through e-remittance. Additionally, to address agrarian distress, Kisan Credit Card/ Modified Interest Subvention Scheme (MISS) was introduced by the Government of India to provide cheap and hassle-free credit for millions of farmers and to ensure continued investment into agriculture to bring in mechanisation, modernise agriculture practices and eventually enhance productivity.

UNDP’s Country Programme Document (2023-2027) intended outcome 2 states that “By 2027, people will benefit from and contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth through higher productivity, competitiveness and diversification in economic activities that create decent work, livelihoods, and income particularly for youth and women”. UNDP leverages its expertise in systems strengthening to support the Ministry of Agriculture through setting up of Central Program Management Unit (CPMU) for the implementation of PMFBY and KCC, to improve institutional and programme responsiveness, increase coverage and better access among marginalised and excluded farm households, offering innovative measures and support mechanisms for Agri-value chain financing, risk management and reduced crop loss for the rural population in India. The PMU will also focus on providing Capacity Building and Training support to participating state-level government departments involved in PMFBY and KCC and advancing the scheme among new states for improved uptake.

Duties and Responsibilitie
  • Processing and follow up of legal cases under PMFBY & KCC filed against the MoA&FW.
  • Vetting of draft counter reply being filed on behalf of MoA&FW in respect of above cases.
  • Briefing of ASGs, senior government council, advocates in respect to the defense at the time of entrusting the case and again at the time of arguments.
  • Expediting the compliance of court orders in respect of the PMFBY & KCC cases. Visiting to the court as when require.
  • Filing of appeals in higher courts regarding PMFBY & KCC cases wherever required.
  • Monitoring of all court cases including on LIMBS portal.
  • Travelling to different city for any legal matters.
  • Perform any other tasks consistent with the level of the post assigned by the supervisor
Competencies

Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

Ethics

Legal Analysis and Report Writing

Ability to apply legal analysis to a diverse range of complex issues, and express themselves clearly; ability to communicate well, to all levels of staff and contractors/consultants, governments et.al.

Legal

Legal Research

The ability to identify and retrieve information to support legal positions and corporate decision making from all relevant sources. In the UNDP context, this skill includes, amongst other things, proactive seeking of information in anticipation of the different angles that any given issue may present.

Legal

Legal Analysis Skills

The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization's best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework.

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • High School OR Bachelor’s Degree in Law or closely related field will be given due consideration.
Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum 06 years’ (high School) or 3 years (Bachelor) of demonstrable experience related to Monitoring and Evaluation in national/international projects.
  • Relevant Experience at the national level working with
  • Governments and private entities in the insurance sector.

Desirable:

  • Additional years of relevant experience in handling legal cases for corporates, insurance companies, Central or State Government Ministries.
  • Exposure in handling insurance claims, underwriting, vigilance would be an added advantage.
  • Usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of web-based management systems is required.
  • Job knowledge and technical expertise 

    • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position.
    • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
    • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning.
    • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

    Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods, and procedures

    • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
    • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning
    • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

    Communication Skills

    • Good facilitation and communication skills
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills

    Maintains effective client relationships

    • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
    • Establishes, builds, and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
    • Responds to client needs promptly
    • Ability to liaise and work with people of different backgrounds and in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to work well under pressure and as a part of a team

    Data gathering and implementation of management systems

    • Uses information/databases/other management systems
    • Provides inputs to the development of simple system components
    • Makes recommendations related to work procedures and implementation of management systems
    • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Intra-Internet, e-mail applications etc. 
    • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.
    • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the organisation.
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Remuneration:
Remuneration starting at INR (Annual) 9,38,400 / 78,200 INR (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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