The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, along with UNDP, is implementing a GEF funded project: SECURE Himalaya (Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems) in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
Supervisors : State Project Director/Chief Wildlife Warden, State Forest Department, Uttarakhand/ State Nodal Officer and Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP
The State Project Officer will work under the supervision and guidance of the State Project Director/Nodal Officer and Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP, and will have the following responsibilities:
• Assist the State Project Director (SPD)/Nodal Officer in planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring the project to ensure that its results are in accordance with the project document and results framework.
• Manage and supervise project implementation and evaluation across all components on a daily basis within the state – budgeting, ensuring adequate information flow, discussion and feedback among relevant stakeholders of the project.
• Prepare State-specific Annual Work Plans, including monthly targets and deliverables as well as annual spending targets in accordance with the Project Document. S/he has to track work outputs throughout the year in light of these Annual Work Plans and ensure accurate and timely reporting to MoEFCC and UNDP.
• Guide the landscape level project management unit for smooth implementation of project activities in accordance with the Annual Work Plan
• Ensure regular communication and coordination with the National Project Management Unit, State Project Steering Committee, Landscape level Committee and Management Unit, UNDP and MoEFCC with respect to project activities in the state.
• Foster partnerships with relevant line departments and technical institutions working on land and forest management and sustainable livelihood issues in Uttarakhand to ensure convergence.
• Organize, facilitate and participate in the periodic review meetings including State Project Steering Committee meeting at least once or twice, per year, subject to availability of members and follow up on decisions taken at such meetings.
• Develop Terms of Reference for consultants/ institutions/consultancy firms to be hired to undertake project activities and help the state government/UNDP in contracting processes.
• Commission activities like research studies, state level assessments, training workshops etc. and manage the operational aspects of procurement, event management, logistics etc. in coordination with the state nodal officer and UNDP.
• Identify capacity development needs of implementing partners and stakeholders and develop a capacity development plan.
• Develop and ensure timely submission of Quarterly Progress Reports, Annual Progress Reports, Project Implementation Report and mid-term progress reports to MoEFCC and UNDP, based on inputs from the landscape and state.
• Track and manage project expenditure in the state in accordance with the budget, financial rules and procedures of MoEFCC and UNDP to ensure transparency, responsibility and timely achievement of project targets.
• Help in identification and documentation of best practices across thematic areas relevant to the project.
• Coordinate with national team and other landscape teams under the project to share lessons and experiences.
• Manage and track contracts with project partners and flag any potential risks and suggest its mitigation measures. Ensure timely contract management and payments.
• Undertake review meetings with partners and field visits to track progress made in implementation of the project and take corrective action as required.
• Review quality and consistency of reports and deliverables by partner institutions/ responsible parties including financial reports from all project partners.
• Guide the team at the landscape level and monitor the work undertaken by consultants employed under the project.
• Ensure regular dialogue with UNDP’s State Outreach Mission and other pillars/projects for synergized actions.
• Supervise regular data collection and analysis, as well as reporting and public outreach via the mass media, events, and other means, to disseminate the results of the project and to promote conservation, sustainable livelihoods and resource management, sustainable pasture management and wildlife crime prevention.
• Assist the State Project Director/Nodal officer/UNDP in independent Mid-term and Terminal Evaluation of the project.
• Any other tasks and responsibilities related to the project assigned by the State Project Director/Nodal Officer, Department of Forest/Wildlife and Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP.
• Sound understanding of current issues related to environment and conservation.
• Hands-on experience in implementation and monitoring of biodiversity conservation projects.
• Adequate experience in project management at state level.
•Ability to guide the technical experts and project team in implementing project activities at the state and landscape level to achieve the overall objective of the project.
•Ability to lead consultative meetings at state and landscape level with government stakeholders to identify priorities and manage the timely delivery of project activities and achievement of physical and financial annual targets.
• Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and other communication material for providing progress updates to government, donor and implementing partner.
•Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
•Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Remuneration package is Rs. 1,52,593/- 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: 12 Months