In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” is anchored on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the agenda’s results framework that captures universal aspirations across three dimensions of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. The 2030 Agenda is an integrated, indivisible agenda, which balances the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability, the success of which will depend on the extent to which coherent, evidence-based plans and policies are formulated and implemented at country, regional and global levels.
Today, India is the epicenter of global progress on the SDGs – the country is a leading force for climate action, home to the world’s biggest and most ambitious developmental programmes and social legislations – Housing for All, universal health coverage, digital and financial inclusion, and the empowerment of women, and it is one of the fastest growing major economies.
In India, NITI Aayog has been entrusted with the role to co-ordinate the work related to the SDGs. The task at hand for NITI Aayog is not merely to periodically collect data on SDGs but to act proactively fructify the goals and targets not only quantitatively but also maintaining high standards of quality.
The institutionalization of the SDGs in India has been an exemplary project and one that has lessons for the world. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has developed the national indicator framework to contextualize the SDG targets for the country and formalize the way in which SDG achievement will be measured. With the launch of the SDG Index baseline report by NITI Aayog last year, India became one of the first country to track its progress on the goals at the subnational level. The launch of the index has sparked a very important conversation in the country and among people, on measurable progress at the state level. State governments have proactively led the localization of the SDGs by investing in preparation of vision documents, monitoring and capacity development.
India’s example in the institutionalization of the SDGs will be important to the world, not only because of its size, but for the innovations and advances that will be forged here, and because of the political will it is inspiring, around the planet, on sustainable development.
The position of the SDG Officer will be to support the SDG team at NITI Aayog in its functions, promoting the mainstreaming and implementation of the Agenda 2030 in India. The SDG Officer will report directly to Adviser, SDGs at NITI Aayog and on a day to day basis with monthly reporting to Chief of Staff, UNRCO.
• Coordinate with State /UTs on progress in the SDG implementation process.
• Document emerging good practices on various SDGs.
• Support States in their initiatives towards localisation of SDGs.
• Support in conduct of regular reviews at the national level.
• Support in preparation of the national SDG reports on a regular basis.
• Support mechanisms for strengthening horizontal and vertical coordination within Government.
• Support collection of necessary information and data for the development of Voluntary National Reviews etc and quality assurance of data.
• Support regular update on SDG progress.
• Draft policy briefs, speeches, presentations and other documents.
• Support the organization of workshops and other events related to the SDGs, including preparation of inputs.
• Provide technical advice and act as resource person to the SDG Team at NITI Aayog.
• Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor
Supervisors: Adviser, NITI Aayog/Chief of Staff, UNRCO
Duty Station: NITI Aayog, New Delhi
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
• Knowledge about India’s development administration systems.
• First hand exposure to central or state government’s work on SDGs
• Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Building Strategic Partnerships
• Establish, build and sustain effective relationships, partnerships and alliances, advocate effectively and communicate sensitively
• Strong networks across diverse sectors at leadership levels.
Results based monitoring
• Result-orientation and ability to develop strategic approaches
• Identifies problems and propose solutions
• Demonstrates extremely strong influencing and facilitation skills.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
• Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
• Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
• Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity
• Works as a team member
• Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicating effectively
• Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment
• Ability to work independently and under pressure
• Schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources; monitors performance against development and other objectives and corrects deviations from the course.
• Self-development, initiative-taking
• Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
• At minimum, Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Development, Political Science or related fields. Master’s degree is desirable.
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in development related activities, advisory role on effective development cooperation, politics, governance, project/programme management, and capacity development.
Knowledge and Skills
• Experience in managing multi-stakeholder engagement
• Experience in carrying out research and preparing policy briefs
• Experience in drafting reports
• Prior experience with government, UN agencies and other international organisations is desirable
• Knowledge and experience related to national planning
• Excellent verbal and written Hindi and English skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Remuneration package is Rs. 98,492 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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Contract Duration: One Year
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