India nationals: Project Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ranchi, , IN

Project: GoI-UNDP project: ”Implementation of Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation in Jharkhand

Supervisor: Head of State Office, UNDP Jharkhand under the overall supervision of the 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 agreed with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and developed 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.

Summary of Key Functions:

UNDP is looking for a dynamic individual to be the Project Officer to be based at Ranchi, Jharkhand and work under the direct supervision of the Head of State Office, UNDP Jharkhand for the project ‘Implementation of rural sanitation initiatives for Ganga rejuvenation in Jharkhand’. The person will be located at the UNDP State Office, Ranchi, and report to the UNDP State Head, under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator. The selected candidate will be recruited for a period of twelve months initially. The contract will be extendable on the basis of performance in the first year. As the project officer, the person will be responsible for co-ordination between the UNDP project team, SPMG cell (GoJ) and other relevant Stakeholders on a day-to-day basis. 

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with UNDP project team, SPMG and other relevant Stakeholders for development of annual/ quarterly work plan and budgets.
  • Work with UNDP State Office and SPMG, Govt. of Jharkhand and other relevant Stakeholders for tracking effective implementation of the Annual Work Plan for the project through field visits and reports submitted by various stakeholders in the project
  • Anchor the documentation work of the project, including preparation of a compendium of good case studies under the project.
  • Co-ordinate with the district project team for preparation of all mandatory project reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) and submit it to SPMG & other Stakeholders as per the stipulated timeframe.
  • On behalf of UNDP, follow-up with SPMG and other relevant Stakeholders for timely communication, response and approvals related to various activities of the project.
  • Follow-up with SPMG & other Stakeholders for timely release of funds so that the project progress is not hampered.
  • Ensure timely response to any queries raised by SPMG / other relevant Stakeholders, on reports (physical and financial), contracts, partnerships and payments.
  • With support from UNDP teams set up monitoring systems as required by the Project.
  • Ensure regular updation of the computerized MIS system of the project through follow-up with the district team, so as to capture the real time status of the project progress.
  • Ensure timely monitoring and delivery of payments to vendors and other bills, by UNDP through the Mother-Child account created under the project.
  • Provide technical and co-ordination support in organising various stakeholder consultations/meetings/workshops at Ranchi and Sahibganj under the project.
  • Support the SPMG cell / other relevant Stakeholders in project planning, monitoring and reporting from time-to-time.
  • Follow-up and co-ordinate with all stakeholders at the State level in setting up meetings, trainings, workshops, and procurement of consultancy support to the district team.
  • Be responsible for State level liaison and relation building with officials of all relevant departments, for establishing linkages of various Government programs and schemes with the project.
  • Support the district team in knowledge management and capacitate them on various govt. policies and programmes relevant to the project.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned from time to time by the Head of State Office, UNDP Ranchi and/or the Sr Programme Coordinator related to the project framework or organisational mandate.

Leadership and Self- Management

  • Strives for excellence and focuses on quality;
  • Ability to work independently with limited instructions
  • Demonstrates an aptitude for innovations
  • Effective Teamwork with conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated openness to change and ability to manage complex situations
  • Consistently approaching work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Responding positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
  • Understands the main processes and methods of work related to the position
  • Possesses sound knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multi-task as needed

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, evaluate information accurately and identify key issues required to resolve problems
  • Ability to build strong relationships of various partners, focusing on impact and result

Strategic Partnerships and Client Orientation

  • Maintains effective relationships with project stakeholders
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with government and main constituents, advocates effectively, communicates sensitively across different constituencies
  • Possesses consultative and collaborative capacities

Results Based Orientation and Strong Communication skills

  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Demonstrates ability to generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations; and
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the organisation
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Management, Economics, natural resources, social sciences or related field. 


  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in project management at the grassroots.
  • At least 2 years of hands-on experience on Sanitation with specific work on Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Experience of working in a multi stakeholder environment.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral.
  • Should have good knowledge of computers in MS Office and data management and analytical skills in Excel. 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Hindi and English is required. 


  • Limited travel to Ranchi and field areas in Sahibganj district of Jharkhand and other parts of the country.

Remuneration package is INR 92,469/- 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. 


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