Project Associate Gender and Social Protection (NPSA7)

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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Human Rights
  • Deadline:
    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.
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

Main Purpose: The candidate will broadly provide technical support to the team to: (a) build capacity for the project team, partner organization and approaches with PWM program workplan,(b) develop integrated activities within the projects support the inclusion of Safai Sathis, and (c) collaborate with project partners disseminate and communicate effective approaches to jointly achieving PWM unit objectives and goals.

Under direct supervision of the Project Analyst PWM, s/he will:

  • Act as gender and social inclusion focal point for the project to support and monitor the overall gender and Safai Saathis social protection programme for the PWM Project and partner organizations at field level, ensuring quality implementation and achievement of results.
  • Ensure monitoring and implementation of KPIs identified for the project and support field team in compiling the information. This includes working in close coordination with UNDP M&E team, review and improve the quality of project/ partner organization’s existing data, data collection tools/databases/reporting templates for capturing gender and social inclusion outputs.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of minimum standards and various SOPs to mainstream gender and social protection initiatives with the other thematic areas of the PWM project.
  • Design and implement capacity building programmes for the project team, partner staff on gender and social protection activities, including development of training materials.
  • Support the development of concept notes, white paper, project documents, success stories, SOPs, reports, policy frameworks, research areas, and other thematic papers as required from time to time.
  • Provide inputs to gender and social inclusive annual work plan, monitor actions and draft quarterly and annual reports on gender and inclusion related activities.
  • Carry out any other work assigned by the Programme Manager, Head – Circular Economy (PWM Project) related to the project.

Core Competencies:

  • 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:

Business Direction & Strategy

  • System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexists within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact other parts of the system
  • 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
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication, to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Audit and Investigation

  • Collection and analysis of evidence: Ability to extract and analyze all relevant types of evidence and be able to draw reasonable inferences and conclusions

Programme and Policy

  • Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Impact assessment services to countries on stigma, discrimination, gender and human rights concerns / inclusive and rights -based approach to basic services and livelihoods
  • Gender: Gender Issues & Analysis, Gender Mainstreaming
Required Skills and Experience
  • High School Degree, or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Gender studies, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related field with 4 years of experience will be given due consideration
  • Minimum seven years’ experience of high school experience OR
  • Minimum four years’ experience post Bachelors in any of the field below
  • Experience at the national or international level working with informal waste pickers, recycling workers will be an added advantage
  • Strong familiarity with current theories and issues in gender, development studies and human rights
  • Experience in project development, initiation, and coordination
  • Experience in report writing, workshop facilitation and capacity building skills
  • A deep understanding of the sensitivities of working with different kind of stakeholders
  • Computer skills, including the ability to use modern office technology, spreadsheet, presentation, and related software required
  • Ability to do desk research, compile information and find solutions online to information gaps is essential
  • Strong analytical and strategic planning skills
  • Strong documentation and writing skills, particularly focused on the ability to produce high quality written documents.
  • Ability to work and coordinate with large and complex teams
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Experience in writing proposals on the issues related to gender and social inclusion


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

Note: This position is open for India nationals only

Remuneration starting at INR (12,65,502.61) Annual INR (97,349.35) (Monthly) as per the scale depending on qualifications and experience. The remuneration is excluding 8.33% pension amount paid over and above the salary.

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
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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