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Organizational context and brief project description:
Project Code Unnati: Empowering Youth and Women for Future Employability Skills and Entrepreneurship is a multi-year partnership project between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV), supported by SAP India CSR. The project aims to improve access to entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for 20,000 young people and women, while also empowering them to make informed decisions. Across the two proposed target groups (young people and women), the interventions would work towards increased awareness, enhancing employability and business skills capacity, facilitation of linkages, mentorship support and nurturing the innovation potential of youth and women of rural and urban areas.
The project activities will be implemented across 3 districts in the state of Karnataka viz. Bangalore Rural, Dakshin Kannada and Udupi/ Raichur. The proposed project builds on UNDP’s experiences on youth and women empowerment globally and specifically in India, its deep engagement with the state government of Karnataka and leverages United Nations Volunteers (UNV)’s strong on-the-ground presence with 58 volunteers present across the country. It also incorporates the essence of SAP’s CSR strategies to make a meaningful contribution to communities, emphasising on the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 1, No poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
- SDG 5, Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The key objectives and outcomes of Project Unnati is as follows:
- Improved local support system to facilitate start of women owned enterprises through creating a pool of community-based business women mentors (Unnati Sakhis).
- Women have improved self-confidence and capacity to start and run enterprise through conducting entrepreneurship awareness and entrepreneurship development Training Programs (EAP & EDP) with continued mentorship and facilitation through Unnati Sakhis to start women owned microenterprises
The Project would be implemented by a joint team of UNDP and UNV consisting of highly qualified experienced as well as young professionals. Core project team would be lean and technical partners would be engaged for specific programme activities.
Considering the need for Coordination, monitoring and convergence at the district level for effective implementation of all the interventions, the Project is seeking the services of 3 UNV as District Coordinators for the above-mentioned initiatives and geared towards influencing a robust career guidance and entrepreneurial support ecosystem in the district.
UNVs would function as the on-ground focal points for the project Unnati. District Coordinators will leverage their NYKS, NSS, district Administration networks. They will also conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of the project and will report to Project Officer.
Raichur is a city municipality in the district of Raichur in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Raichur, located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers, is the headquarters of Raichur district. As of the 2001 India census, Raichur had a population of 205,634. Males constituted 51% of the population and females 49%. Raichur has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 62%: male literacy is 58%, and female literacy is 62%. In Raichur, 13% of the population was under 6 years of age. The main language is Kannada, but Telugu and Urdu are also spoken. In Raichur, the average annual temperature is 27.7 °C.About 713 mm of precipitation falls annually.
The monsoon period is from June to September, with rainfall averaging more than 4,000 mm (160 in) every year and heavy winds.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
A 12-month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance.
Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Rs. 42,473.67 (Rupees Forty-Two Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Three and Paise Sixty Seven only) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
Interested candidates should submit their applications at http://www.in.undp.org/content/india/en/home/operations/careers/.
Under the overall supervision of Programme Manager, UNDP and direct guidance of the state Project Head, Project Unnati, the District Coordinator will undertake the following:Support the Project Team in co-ordination and documentation of the following:
- Coordination with all the implementing partners / team, various departments of Government of Karnataka and other stakeholders for the effective implementation of project in the allotted districts.
- Coordination for the development of Master Trainers and Unnati Sakhis for the Capacity Building of SHGs and conducting rural women entrepreneurship programs.
- Facilitate to conduct EAP, EDP, mentorship programs to support women-owned microentrepreneurs.
- Build institutional linkages at district level with banks, incubator/accelerator programs, retail stores, e-commerce platforms etc. for financial and marketing linkages to women-owned microenterprises.
- Coordination in identifying schools and colleges, and training of the faculty to conduct career guidance and counselling programs.
- Facilitate to conduct digital skills, employability skill and entrepreneurship development programs for school students.
- Support in Monitoring & Evaluation of the project as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) defined for each intervention and validating the same.
- Coordination and implementation of district workshops, programs and initiatives including Policy Advocacy workshops, Youth networking summits, innovation challenges, design thinking workshops, Digital skills championships, scholarships etc.
- Facilitate corporate volunteering and industry connect for enhance career guidance and training including support to develop a technology platform for continued support.
- Facilitate and support in conducting Stakeholder Mapping, potential dropout mapping and M&E activities including Baseline, Midline and end-of-project assessments.
- Facilitating and ensuring Knowledge Management, documentation and communication of ongoing interventions in the field.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
- Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/ websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers.
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
- As an active UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
- Capacity of Master Trainers and Unnati Sakhis developed for building of SHGs and for conducting rural women entrepreneurship programs
- Institutional linkages built at district level with banks, incubator/accelerator programs, retail stores, e-commerce platforms etc. for financial and marketing linkages to women-owned microenterprises.
- Corporate volunteering and industry connect for enhance career guidance and training including support to develop a technology platform for continued support facilitated
- Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNDP; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNDP procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP n daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
Commitment to Continuous Learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;
Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNDP’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
Masters degree in the field of Management/ Economics/ Rural development/Social sciences and related discipline or equivalent.Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.