Job Description

The UN General Assembly, and all its 193-member countries, in September 2015 adopted a Global Development vision entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 2030 Agenda was designed as a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  It lays out 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, to stimulate global action over the next 15 years on issues critical to humanity and the planet. India committed to these SDGs at the September 2015 UN Summit and the SDGs officially came into force on 1st January 2016. The Government of India has actively engaged in mainstreaming the SDGs in its work from early 2016. NITI Aayog, the National Institution for Transforming India, has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the efforts on SDGs with ministries and states, indicative of “whole of government” approach. NITI Aayog has prepared an Action Agenda (3 Years) and is preparing medium term perspective plan (7 years) and long term (15 years) goals for the country through a 15-year vision document for a period up to 2030, which will be co-terminus with Sustainable Development Goals. NITI Aayog has also developed the Output Outcome Monitoring Framework – OOMF. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has prepared the draft National Indicator Framework (NIF) consisting of 306 indicators.  Based on 62 high priority indicators, NITI Aayog has prepared an SDG India Baseline Index in the year 2018 in which the State of Punjab is in the category of ‘Performer’. NITI Aayog is now in the process of publishing the SDG India Index Baseline Report 2.0 for the year 2019. The UNDP India Country Programme Document CPD (2018-2022) signed with the Government of India (GoI) aims at transformative change and development impact at scale. In line with this, UNDP has initiated active support to many state governments in mainstreaming SDG’s within their schemes and programmes as a part of an UN system wide to SDG roll out for visioning and planning in India. UNDP has done some pioneering work on localizing SDGs in States like Uttarakhand, Haryana, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and North East. The focus of the agency is to support the States in Localisation & Integration and to provide technical capacity in the implementation framework for SDGs. In view of India’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda, the Economic and Statistical Organisation (ESO), Department of Planning has come up with vision document focusing on sectoral growth aligned with SDGs and is in the process of developing State Indicator Framework also. State level consultations are underway to align the global goals with the planning process of the State. To implement the ambitious targets set for itself in SDG VISION 2030, the Government of Punjab is partnering with UNDP to establish SDG Coordination Centre (SDGCC) under Punjab State Board for Economic Policy and Planning reporting to the Department of Planning. UNDP is putting together a team of experts to be a part of the PMU in SDGCC and work closely with relevant government departments, technical agencies, UN agencies, civil society organization and academic institutions to provide the requisite impetus to the state government’s initiative in rolling out the SDGs. The team is expected to catalyse the actions around achieving the Global Goals by 2030 by performing the role of a think tank and solutions provider to the State. While the SDGs are global, their achievement will depend on our ability to make them a reality in our cities and regions. The services of an SDGCC Localisation Lead are required to work under the overall leadership and guidance of SDGCC Project Head and lead a small team in “Localizing” of the Punjab SDG VISION 2030. He /she will need to consider the subnational contexts in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in Punjab, from the setting of goals and targets, to determining the means of implementation and using indicators to measure and monitor progress. Localization relates both to how the SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy and to how local and regional governments can support the achievement of the SDGs through action from the bottom up and to how the SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy. The SDG Action Plans will need last mile adaptation or LOCALISATION at the District and GP level. Districts are extremely important units of governance and Administration and their role in achieving Agenda 2030 is vital.  There is a need to build capacities of the districts in developing long term vision, action plans, monitoring mechanisms and processes that support implementation, linked to State vision. Duties and Responsibilities Supervisor: SDGCC Project Head, UNDP Punjab Summary of Key Functions: • Integrate SDG Targets with District plans • Strengthen the functioning of state level resource institutions • Developing relevant Capacity Building and Training • Identifying and Collaborating with Institutions/ Experts with thematic specializations • Programme Management functions Under the supervision of the SDGCC Project Head, Punjab, the incumbent will – 1. Integrate SDG Targets with District plans and GPDP plans • Ensure orienting of local planning and implementation at GP level by providing technical knowhow and hand hold all district / GP functionaries in formulation of Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP) including Mapping of existing schemes under the GPDP with the SDGs. • Ensure specific SDG Action plans for each SDG has a clear deliverable for the District and GP plans. 2. Strengthen the functioning of state level resource institutions and departments for training • Ensure the state institutions working towards the monitoring of GPDP and FFC utilization are suitably supported and District and Block Resource Centres are strengthened. 3. Developing relevant Capacity Building and Training and knowledge materials • Ensure that local language adapted Manuals and modules are available along with Capacity Building at the District and GP level • Support District Budget and GP Budget Analysis and formulation • Ensure knowledge products prepared are of high quality and are disseminated and used by the relevant institutions and stakeholders. • Identify and collate national and international best practices and material that can be adapted by the States • Conduct research studies, develop fact sheets and awareness generation material. 4. Identifying and Collaborating with Institutions/Experts with thematic specializations • Identify and build network of resource institutions/experts/NGOs at the national level and in specific states on thematic specializations to strengthen the capacity building efforts. • Develop a data base of institutions/experts/organisations and collaborate with them in making research material, Design and conduct trainings. • Bring in international knowledge/experts 5. Programme Management functions: • In consultation with the SDGCC Head, take lead in planning, coordinating and monitoring the activities of the SDG LOCALISING component of the project. • In consultation with the SDGCC Head, develop Annual Work Plan and implement it. • Ensure preparation of periodical progress reports (quarterly and annual reports), review quality and consistency of internal reports. • Ensure receipt of quarterly progress reports and quarterly financial reports from all project sites, check for slippage against work plan and take corrective action; • Ensure effective financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines. • Ensure financial delivery of the project as per the AWP. • Ensure that regular Project appraisal meetings are held. • Participate in meetings and discussions related to project implementation, monitoring and follow-       up. • Any other responsibility assigned by the SDGCC Head, UNDP Competencies Functional Competencies 1. Building and managing strategic partnerships • Identifies common interests and goals and carries out join initiatives with partners • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationship, partnerships and alliances with private sector, foundations and other agencies • Makes effective use of resources and Comparative Advantage to strengthen partnerships 2. Advocacy • Brings visibility and sensitizes decision makers to relevant emerging issues • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work 3. Client Orientation • Demonstrates an understanding of client / partner / donor perspective and strives for high quality client-oriented services • Establishes smooth relationship and enabling environment between clients and service providers 4. Leadership and Management • Is results driven and solution oriented, is able to work under pressure • Ability to identify problems, propose solutions and take immediate corrective measures • Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches 5. Results based management • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals • Demonstrates ability to generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision• Required Skills and Experience Educational Qualifications • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Rural Development, Public and Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences or related field. Experience:  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in the field of institutional development, capacity building, project design, project monitoring, research, reporting and documentation. • Experience in managing big projects, handling partnerships including funding. • Good understanding of issues pertaining to Panchayati Raj Institutions as well as training institutions. • Understanding of Human Resource issues. • Ideally should have worked and engaged extensively in institutional development. • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc). • Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment • Previous work experience with government agencies is desirable. • Ability to work independently and under pressure • Willingness to travel extensively. Knowledge and Skills • Promotes and enforces ethics and integrity and creates precedence in good practice • Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment • Self-development, ability to take initiative, adopt a corporate approach to complex situations • Creates and promotes an enabling environment for open communication. Language Requirements  • Fluency in written and oral English and Hindi is essential. Knowledge of Punjabi is desirable. 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. 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