Project Associate – Coordination

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    6 days ago
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    December 9, 2022


Job Description

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.

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 Government of India has accorded high priority and adopted multifaceted development strategies to promote socio-economic growth of Scheduled Tribes (STs) constituting 8.6% of the India’s total population as their human development indicators with regards to health, education, gender and other indices are well below the national average.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) being the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of STs, has been pursuing the agenda of inclusive growth with Central and State governments to address the critical gaps in development of STs.

UNDP is supporting establishment of the Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. CPMU will have a team of highly qualified experts who will be tasked to promote a holistic approach to tribal development.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP proposes to hire Project Associate – Coordination who will be responsible to provide coordination support to CPMU ensuring high quality and accuracy of work for the CPMU. The Project Associate- Coordination promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach.

The Project Associate will work under the overall supervision of the Project Lead CPMU and in close collaboration with the UNDP Programme Officer and Project Team members. S/He will ensure engagement of all direct stakeholders and delivery of project objectives, in coordination with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs when needed.
•    Support planning, monitoring and evaluation activities of the project, in articulation with the Project Manager.
•    Support the organization of project reviews/tripartite meetings.
•    Draft regular M&E project reports and assist in the preparation of project evaluation and/or review reports.
•    Compile and consolidate project component reports monthly/quarterly/bi-annually.
•    Ensure that project data are entered and updated on a timely basis.
•    Update data in press releases and pages for project webpages, as needed.
•    Keep archive of human-interest stories (most significant change).

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
Business Direction and Strategy
Strategic thinking
Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within
such frameworks
Business Management
Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks -Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and

Working with Evidence and Data
Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal
of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Business Development
Knowledge Generation
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
Digital & Innovation
Data analysis
Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements
•    High School Education or
•    Bachelor’s degree, in social science, rural development, Arts, Science or any other relevant field
Min. years of relevant work experience
•    At least 6 years of work experience, with High School (3 Years for candidates with bachelor’s degree.)
Required skills
•    Experience of working with the Central/State Government would be an added advantage
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
•    High-level of IT/computing skills (minimum: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
•    Experience in handling of web-based management systems
Required Language(s)    
•    Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Hindi is desirable.