Project: GoI-UNDP project: “Implementation of Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation in Jharkhand”
Supervisor: Senior Programme Coordinator
The Ganga forms the largest river basin in India in terms of catchment area, constituting 26% of the country’s land mass. In addition to the immense religious significance of the river Ganga in the country, it also supports livelihoods and well-being of around 45% of the country’s population. However, high pollution levels in the Ganga are a cause of concern to humans and also to the diverse biodiversity supported by the river. In this context, the national government has taken up rejuvenation of the river Ganga as one of the major national priorities. The National Government has allocated an amount of around USD 300 million (Rs. 2,037 crores) in the budget for the financial year 2014-15 for this objective.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is the nodal agency of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India mandated with the responsibility of ensuring abatement of pollution and rejuvenation of the river Ganga through a river basin approach promoting inter-sectoral co-ordination for comprehensive planning and management. NMCG also aims to ensure minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development. Effective implementation of planned activities and utilization of allocated budget has been severely constrained by capacity constraints at both national and state government levels.
In this context, UNDP has been in discussion with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to develop a proposal through which it can provide technical and implementation support to NMCG in its efforts to rejuvenate the river Ganga. UNDP will support national as well as state government initiatives undertaken through NMCG programmes. The proposed engagement with NMCG builds on the extensive experience of UNDP in the country on a diverse range of aspects including ecological restoration, water management, institution building, capacity development and community mobilization. This engagement will be implemented by UNDP through the Development Support Services (DSS) modality in close cooperation, oversight and guidance of the NMCG. Through this modality, UNDP will receive funds from NMCG, and will be responsible for effective use of resources and the achievement of the project outputs indicated in this note. The project will mainly focus on improved sanitation and especially on sustainable solid and liquid waste management through enhanced local capacities and linked livelihoods.
UNDP is looking for a dynamic, experienced individual to be the Operations Officer for the GoI-UNDP partnership for implementation of the project ‘Implementation of rural sanitation initiatives for Ganga rejuvenation in Jharkhand’.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of Key Functions:
The Operations Officer will oversee in close cooperation with the Senior Programme Coordinator all aspects of the Ganga Rejuvenation Program management and operations. This includes financial management, procurement and human resources management consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. The main role is to ensure the smooth functioning of the projects and constant evaluation and readjustment of the operations to take into account changes in the operating environment. S/he will receive policy guidance from the relevant Country Office teams in the areas of Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Programs and Procurement and act as an Advisor to the Senior Programme Coordinator on developing solutions for the operational challenges of the Ganga initiative. Maintain links with the NMCG and support the back-up functions on programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator, the Operations Officer will be responsible for the effective and efficient operational management of the project. The key responsibilities would include:
Job knowledge and technical expertise
Results based management
Building and managing strategic partnerships
Leadership and Management
Required Skills and Experience
Knowledge and Skills:
Remuneration package is Rs. 106,291/- (approx.) per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder.
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