Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP (a High School Diploma or Bachelor’s in Social Work Required)

Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP

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Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings

Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP (a High School Diploma or Bachelor’s in Social Work Required)

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Background ; Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP

Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP (a High School Diploma or Bachelor's in Social Work Required)
Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP (a High School Diploma or Bachelor’s in Social Work Required)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

With projects and programmes in every state and union territory in India, UNDP works with national and subnational government, and diverse development actors to deliver people-centric results, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. As the integrator for collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the UN system, we are committed to supporting the Government of India’s national development vision and priorities and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs for the people and the planet.

UNDP India’s current Country Programme, 2018-2022, is in its final year of implementation. Our new Country Programme (2023-2027), which comes into effect in 2023, builds on our prior work and aims to provide an integrated approach to development solutions in three strategic portfolios:  

•   Strong, accountable and evidence-led institutions for accelerated achievement of the SDGs
•   Enhanced economic opportunities and social protection to reduce inequality, with a focus on the marginalized
•   Climate-smart solutions, sustainable ecosystems and resilient development for reduced vulnerability

South-South cooperation, gender equality and social inclusion are promoted across the pillars. The programme is supported by a framework of renewed partnerships and blended finance solutions, strategic innovation and accelerator labs, and data and digital architecture.

You are invited to join a team of future-smart development professionals to support India in achieving the national and globally agreed goals. As part of the UNDP team, your focus will be to work with diverse stakeholders to find country-specific solutions that lead to sustainable development and reach those furthest behind first.

  Office/Unit/Project Description ; Project Assistant ( District Operation) 48 Openings at UNDP

UNDP has been partnering with various government departments at the national and state level to remove key barriers to livelihood promotion that exist at all levels – micro (village-district), meso (state), and macro (national). UNDP’s Inclusive Growth portfolio is anchored in the national priority of ‘accelerated growth with inclusion and equity, employment generation, and skill India’.

One of the flagship programme, being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India under the inclusive growth portfolio is “PROmoting Inclusive GRowth through Enhanced Access to Local Livelihood Opportunities, Education to Work Transition and Social Protection Schemes (PROGRESS)” with the overall goal to secure local livelihoods, increased incomes, and improved quality of life for marginalized sections of the society, specifically youth, women, and migrants. 

The key planned outcomes of PROGRESS are: 
•   Effective implementation of national flagship policies and programmes with a focus on inclusion in targeted districts
•   Youth and women make informed and aspirational vocational choices and transition into gainful employment and productive economic activities 
•   Integrated model of sustainable local livelihoods promotion and resilience building

The Proposed project’s overall objective is to support the effective implementation of SANKALP and Mukhyamantri Sarathi Yojana as well as other skilling and employability schemes of the central and Jharkhand Government so as to improve the institutional capacity of district-level public and private sector stakeholders for demand driven skilling Planning and facilitate development of an enabling skilling and employment ecosystem in the state of Jharkhand.  

UNDP is providing technical assistance to the Jharkhand Skill Development Mission Society under Department of Labour, Employment, Training & Skill Development, Government of Jharkhand in planning, development, monitoring and coordination of planned skill development activities.  The project will give special focus on strengthening the capacity of District Skill Committees, which are designed under the SANKALP Program of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to promote inter-departmental convergence and strengthen the skill and employment ecosystem. Departments of Agriculture, Livelihood, Rural Development, Education, Industries, and Skill are committee members. 

The expected outcomes under the project are 
Improved capacity of JSDMS, DSC and enhanced coordination amongst district and state level actors (District skills committee, SAMC, Employment Exchange, VTP etc.)
a.   Demand-driven and Need-Based support to JSDM: 
b.   Capacity enhancement of DSCs 
c.   Support in the Preparation of District Skill Development Plans: 
d.   Support aspirational districts to prepare special innovative proposals with a focus on the inclusion of women, LGBTQ, PwDs, and tribal communities as per MSDE guidelines

Key stakeholders (DSC, Associations, Enterprises, Youths etc.) are aware of the skilling and employment programmes and make an informed choice to participate and benefit
a.   Capacity building of District and Cluster Based public and private institutional actors:
b.   Publicity and Visibility of Skill Development Initiatives 
c.   Career Conclave and Job Fairs

UNDP is in the process of creating a well-diversified and qualified team to support the JSDMS to achieve its outputs and outcomes.
 Job Purpose and Scope of Work 

A.   Main Purpose:  The Project Assistant (District Operation) position will support the project in development and implementation of skilling and training activities in the districts and blocks of the state for the youth and girls to link them to appropriate skill development training programmes which enable them to access dignified job opportunities in the market. T

he position will provide technical support to JSDMS team in the district to solve the operational  related issues with Vocational Training Providers for improving mobilisation, training, certification, assessment placement and retention of the candidate in their jobs. The candidate will support the capacity building of stakeholders in the districts as oer NSQF across the state. S/He will ensure engagement of all direct stakeholders and delivery of project objectives in the district, in coordination with the Government of Jharkhand when needed.

B.   Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the operations of skill development schemes in the district and blocks with special    focus on implementation of SANKALP scheme and Mukhyamantri Sarathi Yojana in Jharkhand
a.   Coordinate the training activities with various stakeholders responsible for the implementation of the skilling schemes in the district.
b.   Conduct on-field visits in the district to understand the quality of training being imparted by vocational training providers under various schemes of JSDMS.  
c.   Co-ordination with Training Partner for all support, periodic reviews and follow-up on Action items in the district

d.   Prepare report on training practices, gaps, inefficiencies in the training processes followed by training partners of JSDMS  in the district
e.   Provide recommendations for improving training qualities of vocational training partners for better quality of placements of the candidates and ensure the implementation of the same in the district 
f.   Provide substantial advice to executing VTP agencies in the district on training practices followed and submission of timely data in the portal.

g.   Facilitate the efforts of vocational training providers for better quality of training by establishing a mechanism for sharing and avoiding duplication of efforts among stakeholders
h.   Advice training partners to focus on inclusion of women, disadvantaged, differently abled, vulnerable, and marginal section of society in training programmes supported by JSDMS.

      Technical Support to Jharkhand Skill Development Mission Society (JSDMS)  
a.   Capacity building of district skill experts and other staff on monitoring the quality of training under schemes of the state by organizing training programs & workshops 

     Knowledge & Data Management
a.   Regular progress review on the indicators of the Skill related schemes with VTPs etc. in the district 
b.   Prepare documents for progress, review, and DSC meetings in the district 
c.   Maintain records of project deliverables, documents, files, data, and materials that are part of the project

d.   Carry out any other assignments related to a timely and effective implementation of the project as may be requested by the supervisor
e.   Any other responsibility related to the project assigned by the Project Management Associate


Achieve Results:   LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:   LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:   LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:   LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:    LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:   LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:   LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Agenda 2030: Prosperity Inclusive Growth   •   Urban development design / risk mitigation, inclusive design, resilience, and sustainability

Business Management:   Project Management   •   Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management:   Client Management   •   Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs.
•  Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements   •   High School OR Bachelor’s in social work, management, development, rural management, business administration, economics, labour studies etc. 

Min. years of relevant work experience    •   Essential
•   4 years of demonstrable experience in operation and coordination support for project implementation post high school OR 1 year of relevant work experience post Bachelors.
•   Relevant Experience at the state level working with Governments and private entities in the skill sector  

•   Desirable
•   Experience of working with Central and/or State Governments/ international agencies/ on similar assignments will be preferred.
•   Prior experience of working in a PMU in the skilling or livelihood sector
•   Previous experience of training and curriculum development experience 

Required  skills    
•   Job Knowledge/ Technical skills
•   In-depth knowledge of skilling policies, guidelines, tender design, national and state policies and existing schemes, scheme design, regulatory laws related to skilling, related concepts, policies and practices.

•   Adequate experience in Project Management practices and ability to formulate and manage budgets.
•   Broad based knowledge across cross-cutting thematic areas such as skilling, livelihoods, social protection, risk management, procurement procedures, environmental and social safeguards.
•   Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and requirements of the post with excellence.

Desired skills    
•   Communication Skills
•   Good facilitation and communication skills
•   Ability to carry out research and communicate strategic pieces that guide decisions on strategic programme directions

•   Tailors and presents information to diverse audiences using a variety of communication delivery methods (e.g., written, electronic, oral, interpersonal) documentation
•   Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

•   Management skills
•   Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multi-disciplinary teams
•   Hands-on experience in design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
•   Ability to guide the PMU in implementing and achieving project outcomes.
•   Reliable in delivering own parts of the work as part of a team effort
•   Demonstrates excellent work/project planning skills.
•   Is open to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments;

Required Language(s)    •   Excellent oral and writing skills in English and Hindi

Professional Certificates   •   NA


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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