Mitigation Analyst, New Delhi, India At United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Job Identification : 8844

Locations : New Delhi, India

Posting Date : 02/28/2023, 12:19 PM

Apply Before : 03/14/2023, 06:29 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB4

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Nature, Climate and Energy

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Hindi

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

UNDP has been working in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development. Together with the Government of India and development partners, we have worked towards eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, strengthening local governance, enhancing community resilience, protecting the environment, supporting policy initiatives and institutional reforms, and accelerating sustainable development for all.

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 new Country Programme (2023-2027) 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 While India is on track to achieve some of its NDC targets on emission intensity and non-fossil fuel-based energy installations, there remain significant bottlenecks to increasing diffusion of cutting-edge climate technology for the transition to low carbon pathways; and for building adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to cope with climate change. Unavailability of climate finance further exacerbates the challenge towards achievement of NDCs and green recovery.

The India component of the Japan Supplementary Budget (JSB-II) will support adoption of efficient and clean energy solutions and strengthening the resilience of communities and infrastructure and urban systems to climate shocks, that complement achievement of India’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Most importantly, the project activities will aim at capacity building of key stakeholders on low carbon technologies and/or alternate livelihood opportunities to build resilience of communities impacted by Just Transition and develop a cadre of community climate fellows.

In line with the global objectives, the India country proposal has two main objectives: Output 1: Enable adoption of efficient and clean energy solutions in the MSME and Green Livelihoods. Output 2: Enhance resilience of urban and rural communities through specific activities and studies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Mitigation Analyst will provide the technical and programmatic support to the Project Management Unit (PMU). S/he shall work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM) and the overall guidance of the Senior Advisor and Team Lead- Environment, Energy and Resilience Unit, UNDP India. S/he would be responsible for overall implementation of the approved project in the target States.

  •  Plan, coordinate and facilitate implementation of project activities to ensure successful project delivery.
  •  Supervise activities of the team members and consultants linked to Mitigation activities, as may be recruited under the Project at the national and state level;
  •  Provide inputs in the development of overall project annual workplan, outlining key activities, deliverables and timelines
  •  Provide regular project updates on mitigation components of the project to ensure timely reporting to UNDP, donor and other key stakeholders
  •  Provide information and inputs for developing Terms of reference for consultants/ consultancy firms to be hired to undertake project activities;
  •  Support and facilitate activities like research studies, state level assessments, training workshops etc. and manage the operational aspects of procurement, event management, logistics etc. in coordination with PMU;
  •  Identify capacity development needs of implementing partners and arrange for necessary trainings.
  •  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,
  •  Regular financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines; ensure effective financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines;
  •  Prepare quarterly project progress reports and conduct project review meetings; provide necessary information and inputs for preparing presentations and other documents for project steering committee
  •  Facilitate and participate in the periodic review meetings and discussions related to project implementation, monitoring and follow-up;

Competencies

Core competencies:

  •  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

Business Direction & Strategy

  •  System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact other parts of the system
  •  Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development

  •  Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management

  •  Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  •  Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
  •  Resource Management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity
  •  Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Bachelor’s degree OR Master’s degree from a recognized institution in environmental science/engineering/ sustainable development/ Social sciences/ public policy.

Experience:

  •  Minimum 4 years (post Bachelor’s degree) OR 2 years (post Master’s degree) of relevant experience in environment, climate change and mitigation
  •  Good understanding of climate change and development issues at national/sub national level. S/he needs to be conversant with the available knowledge on innovative and inclusive climate change mitigation measures.
  •  Knowledge and experience of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies
  •  Ability to carry out research and communicate solutions that guide decisions on strategic project directions
  •  Provide technical support in creating the framework, governance mechanism, and structure for the mitigation activities, as planned in the project.
  •  Experience with International organizations on development programmes on climate change and renewable and low-carbon technologies will be preferred.
  •  Ability to build strategic partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders working in the field of climate change mitigation;
  •  Excellent documentation skills, including technical and analytical writing
  •  Ability to build and maintain constructive relationships with colleagues (and reports where appropriate).

Required Languages:

  •  Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi is mandatory

Remuneration: Remuneration starting at INR 19,95,954 (Annual) / INR 1,66,330 (Monthly) as per the scale depending on qualifications and experience. The remuneration is excluding 8.33% pension amount paid over and above the salary.

Disclaimer

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.

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