United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Programme and Partnerships Associate (Youth)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in all areas of human development, from democratic governance to inclusive growth, to sustainable energy and climate and disaster resilience. The Inclusive Growth portfolio is anchored in the national priority of ‘accelerated growth with inclusion and equity, employment generation, and skill India’, aligned to outcome 1 of the UNDP strategic plan. While the focus of outcome 2 is on decent work and Economic Growth (SDG 8) and reducing inequalities (SDG 10), the UNDP Comparative Advantage in the sector as a facilitator and knowledge leader will be leveraged to strengthen institutional linkages between enterprise and skills-training providers and to identify synergies between national programmes and missions to assist marginalized groups’32 access to sustainable skills, jobs, livelihoods and productive assets. Solid gains can be expected in SDGs 1, 5 and 10, as well as the environmental SDGs 6, 7, 11, 15 and 17. The focus of the portfolio has been primarily women and youth from the marginalized communities across the country. It takes into consideration that women face significant social and economic barriers in participating in India’s workforce. Under the portfolio, there are several projects being implemented. Apart from this, the partnership with the State Government departments, with private sector entities like SAP, L&T Hero, and others, and with bi-lateral agencies like GIZ have led to successful projects being conceptualized and implemented in the area of career guidance and counselling, apprenticeships promotion (with industry clusters), micro-Enterprise Development, strengthening of the farm/non-farm and artisanal values chains, and developing second generations managers. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the important role of young people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and calls for action against the challenges faced by young people that limits their economic, social and political inclusion. Young people are responding to the challenges of the day with innovative approaches, contributing fresh ideas, creating the world they want, and driving human development for themselves, their communities and their societies. When it comes to work, rather the future of work, it is imperative to include perspectives, ideas and solutions from young people as they are the driving force that can address and shape the future. UNDP India is striving to work towards streamlining its interventions around youth empowerment and placing youth front and centre to tackle society’s problems, where youth are not just mere beneficiaries of progress but are leaders who would lead change. With key youth engagement projects such as Youth Co:Lab India, Movers Programme India and Project Unnati, as well as interventions focused on youth employment and entrepreneurship under the Inclusive Growth portfolio, UNDP India is leading youth empowerment and engagement. UNDP India has also partnered with Generation Unlimited, UNICEF to drive the youth agenda in India and is working closely with other key UN agencies as well. UNDP intends to engage a Programme and Partnership Associate to support the overall youth engagement framework of the Inclusive Growth programme’s, including project and knowledge management. S/he will also be an integral part of the Inclusive Growth team and contribute towards achievement of project results. s/he will work under the overall guidance of the Team Lead, Inclusive Growth, and in Coordination with Project Design and Partnership Officer. The position is based in New Delhi with limited travel across India. Duties and Responsibilities Summary of Key Functions: Working under the overall guidance of the Team Lead, Inclusive Growth, and in coordination with Project Design and Partnership Officer, the Programme and Partnerships Associate will support shaping up of inclusive growth’s youth engagement strategies and implement youth focussed projects such Youth Co: Lab initiative, Code Unnati. S/he will also work on mainstreaming the youth agenda across teams as the youth focal point. Specific roles and responsibilities are: 1. Project Management
  • Responsible for the operational management of the Youth Co:Lab Chapter in India. S/he will liaise with the regional youth office, Atal Innovation Mission, identify and forge partnerships, design, implement and monitor the programme.

  • Provide management and coordination level support to Project Unnati, supported by SAP India and other youth empowerment focussed projects under the Inclusive Growth vertical.

  • Keep a track of project deliverables and follow up with the State team/ PMU as and when required;

  • Coordinate with consultants/technical experts for their visit plans, deliverables and invoices in a timely manner

  • Flag off deliverables which have not been achieved as per the action plan and take appropriate corrective action; and

  • Provide effective support in conducting trainings, project review meetings, steering committee meetings, workshops etc; and prepare agenda for such meetings and workshops.

2. Youth Engagement Strategy
  • Support development of UNDP youth strategy across teams, in line with UN Youth Strategy, Youth2030, SDGs and the national framework, together with UNDP India and Regional colleagues. S/he will aim to create a platform for youth engagement with key stakeholders and other partners. S/he will identify youth specific priority areas and potential points of interventions and S/he will work closely with colleagues for youth and gender mainstreaming across projects. Work on youth mainstreaming as well as identifying entry points for youth engagement and youth-led innovation across teams.Work closely with Generation Unlimited to coordinate UNDP-Generation Unlimited interventions in India, along with other relevant agencies

  • Help in operationalisation of the Movers Programme chapter in India, which will entail working with other agencies such as UNV, UNICEF and other CSOs, as well as the regional UNDP office, to kickstart the programme in India

3. Knowledge Management and Partnership Development
  • Support partnership lead and carry out preparation and development of concept notes and project proposals to facilitate resource mobilization.

  • Responsible for the preparation of project documents, progress reports and learning notes to facilitate knowledge management under the projects (Youth Co:Lab and Code Unnati); Draft notes of record, meeting reports, presentations, as required;

4. Other
  • Work closely with the Future of Work taskforce within the Inclusive Growth vertical to establish the agenda for India.

  • Act as the gender focal point team of Inclusive Growth and bring in key learnings on gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting to incorporate within proposals and projects.

  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Team Lead and Project Manager

Competencies Project Management:
  • Understanding of efficient project management techniques and demonstrated ability to implement during project life cycle

People’s skills
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others, and give duly credit to other people’s ideas and suggestions.

  • Demonstrates high moral integrity, as well as diplomacy, impartiality and discretion.

  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork

Communication Skills:
  • 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

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals

  • Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations

  • Ensures partnerships and networks to achieve the established goals

  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN System

  • Ability to deliver strategic insight and Analysis on communications and media strategies relevant to development sector.

Management and Leadership
  • Ability to provide leadership to technical partners

  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complex situations

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience Educational Qualifications: Essential:
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences.

  • Post graduate degree in social sciences

  • Minimum 4-5 years of working experience with a 2-year experience in the area of youth empowerment. Also experience in the area of gender would be useful.

  • Experience of managing a project centred around youth .

  • Experience of working in a UN agency desirable.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Working knowledge and skills in IT (MS office) is a prerequisite for the assignment. Being part of a dynamic team, he/ she must be able to perform effectively as a good team member and equally capable to undertake independent assignments.

Remuneration package is 98,492/- per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder and encourages work life balance. UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance and applies an equal opportunities approach. All selection is on merit. Disclaimer Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. 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. Workforce diversity UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.
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