India nationals: Project Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

New Delhi, , IN


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 agreed with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation it ought to 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, through SPMG, Govt. of Jharkhand and will be responsible for effective use of resources and the achievement of the project outputs indicated in the project document. The project will mainly focus on improved sanitation, with special focus on sustainable solid and liquid waste management, through enhanced local capacities and linked sustainable livelihoods and enterprise management.

Organization                   :  Ganga Rejuvenation project

Supervisor                       :  Senior Programme Coordinator                                           

Duty Station                    :  New Delhi

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of Senior Programme Coordinator, UNDP, the Project Officer is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist in oversight Ganga Rejuvenation project and drafting of project proposals on the activities of sanitation and livelihoods;
  • Assist in review and develop the proposals, training programs, knowledge management for project activities proposed by the project team;
  • Develop systems, approaches, materials based on a range of project activities, support team with policies drafted and agreed through mutual consultations;
  • Review periodic technical reports of implementing partners and provide appropriate comments and recommendations;
  • Promote a results-based approach for activities under projects and link them to knowledge centres; centres for excellence, and emphasizing results and impacts;
  • Prepare consolidated progress reports for project management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation, and providing specific recommendations;
  • Compile the monitoring data, and the prepare reports, talk with stakeholders, make presentations as required and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future actions. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps;
  • Undertake visits as required to the field to support implementation of project activities and to identify where links are required with the type of institutions;
  • Maintain good relations and liaison with National Mission for Clean Ganga, MoWR,RD&GR and other stakeholders;
  • Act as a facilitator or trainer in areas of programs in projects; writing of reports, succinct presentations, draft agendas for the PSC meetings, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and related committees, document minutes etc. for all types of meetings;
  • Draft annual work plans, negotiate with stakeholders – NMCG, state government, and other related departments;
  • Other duties as required by UNDP country office and Senior Programme Coordinator

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understanding and able to comprehend and apply fundamental concepts of sanitation, livelihoods, environmental management, with a focus on participatory processes, and gender issues;
  • Familiarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for self-management and sustainability of actions;
  • Willingness to undertake field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders;
  • Technical report writing skills and a high-level of computer literacy;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Hindi is required for the post;
  • Good personal organization, interpersonal and communication skills; for maintaining liaison with a range of stakeholders;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation and Results Based Management.

Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Establish, build and sustain effective relationship, partnerships and alliances with government and other agencies
  • Advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies.
  • Result-orientation and ability to develop strategic approaches
  • Identify problems and propose solutions
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Promoting 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
Required Skills and Experience


  • Graduate Degree in Community Development, Social Works, Political Science, Rural Development/ Development Studies or related field;
  • A Master’s Degree or MBA in rural management, sanitation or equivalent is desirable;


Minimum 3-5 years of relevant experience at middle management of responsibility in the State or at National levels in the logical framework approach and other strategic planning approaches; planning, design and implementation of projects and data/ information analysis

  • The candidate should have performed the following functions:
  • Working with a multi – disciplinary team in large scale development programmes
  • Providing facilitative support to large scale development projects and office.
  • Design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of small projects and writing project proposals in an integrated manner on sanitation issues, livelihoods and capacity building;
  • Handling multiple partnerships including resource mobilisation

Language Requirements:

  • Strong written and oral English communication skills. Fluency in Hindi is required.

Remuneration package is Rs. 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 to its employees.


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