Zonal Engagement & Implementation Associate (2 Openings)

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Job Description

Background

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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 New Country Programme (2023-2027) 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.

This position directly reports to Engagement and Implementation Analyst (NPSA 8) and Overall reports to National Programme Director (NPSA 11).

Duties And Responsibilities

The Zonal Engagement & Implementation Associate – Central Project Management Unit will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the National Programme Director-CPMU. S/He will ensure engagement of all direct stakeholders and delivery of project objectives, in coordination with the Joint Secretary & CEO, DoA&FW, MoA&FW when needed.

  • Engagement with States/UTs for better implementation of MoA&FW’s PMFBY & KCC-MISS schemes by establishing effective relationships with key stakeholders viz. State Governments, Insurance Companies, Banks & CSC etc.
  • Support internal teams to develop implementation plans and strategies for Ministry’s initiatives under PMFBY & KCC-MISS.
  • Coordination and support in organizing meetings, workshops, and conferences with all stakeholders to discuss program implementation, progress, and challenges.
  • Support the development and refinement of program guidelines, policies, and procedures in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Support in conducting research and analysis on relevant policies, regulations, and best practices in the field of state engagement and program implementation.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, including progress reports and case studies, highlighting the achievements and challenges of program implementation across assigned states/UTs.
  • Support in obtaining data and information from the States and other stakeholders to identify patterns, trends, and opportunities for program enhancement.
  • Conduct field visits to understand the local context and engage with State-level partners.
  • Perform any other tasks consistent with the level of the post and/ or assigned by the NPD – CPMU.

Competencies

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

General (across the functions)

  • Event planning and execution: Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP’s overall brand and mandate.
  • Public relations: Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public.

Partnership management

  • Multi- stakeholder engagement and funding: Knowledge and ability to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships and remove any obstacles to resource mobilization and multi-stakeholder funding platforms.
  • Strategic engagement: Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives.

Communications

  • Advocacy strategy and implementation: Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change.

Business Management

  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Education

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Secondary Education (High School) is required.
  • University degree (bachelor’s degree) in project management, agribusiness, rural development, public administration or closely related field will be given due consideration.

Experience

  • Minimum 7 years (Secondary Education) or 4 Years (bachelor’s degree) of demonstrable experience at the national or international level in project management, stakeholder engagement, and implementation in the agricultural or rural development sector.
  • Relevant Experience at the National/State level working with Governments and private entities in the insurance sector.
  • Additional years of experience at the national or international level in program implementation in the field of agriculture, rural development, IEC & Capacity building.
  • Relevant years of Experience of working with Central and/or State Governments/ UN agencies/ National/ International/ Public private organization/ on similar assignments
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and requirements of the post with excellence.
  • Possesses the capacity for strategic planning, result – based management and reporting.
  • Good facilitation and communication skills.
  • Ability to carry out research and communicate strategic pieces that guide decisions on strategic programme directions.
  • Tailors and presents information to diverse audiences using a variety of communication delivery methods (e.g., written, electronic, oral, interpersonal) Documentation.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and connecting with a wide range of stakeholders – insurance agencies, farmer organisations, state agencies etc.
  • Hands-on experience in design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to lead consultative meetings at national and state level with partners and senior stakeholders to identify priorities and manage the timely delivery of project activities.
  • Reliable in delivering own parts of the work as part of a team effort.
  • Demonstrates excellent work/project planning skills.
  • Is open to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments.

Required Languages

  • English and Hindi

Remuneration

  • Remuneration starting at INR (Annual) 12,38,820 / 1,03,235 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.

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

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.

Applicant Information About UNDP Rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Non-discrimination

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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