Project Associate

United Nations Development Programme, Dehradun, India

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th December, 2019

Job Description

UNDP operates in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Since, 1951 UNDP has been collaborating with the Government, civil society and people of India to help them find their own solutions to meet global and national development challenges. UNDP’s approach in India has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of development processes.

The project aims to bring into sustainable Dry waste management practices, through a socio-technical model (segregation/collection/recycling) that is in line with Swachh Bharat Mission in India and the Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), 2016; while ensuring compliance with regulations and improve resource utilization.

In this project the waste pickers (Safaii Mitras) will be institutionalized within the respective governance mechanism and attain improved social conditions. Project’s target is to better manage plastic waste that will amount to around 14000 MT in a period of 4 years and improve socio economic condition of around 2500 Safaii Mitras in 05 locations.

To achieve the project objective and outcomes, the project is structured in 4 components:

  • Component 1: Aims to delineate a base line assessment on the diverse use & users of plastics, present regulatory mechanisms and practices followed, and present scenario in Dry Waste Management in terms of generation, and recycling. Develop an Economically Sustainable Model (ESM) of Plastic Waste Management.
  • Component 2: Focuses on design and implementation of decentralized small collection points leading to establishment of the material recycling centre as Swacchta Kendra, {SK} for improved Dry waste management, under a community led integrated approach. This will also create a digital governance along the Dry value chain.
  • Component 3: Will enable Institutionalization of Safaii Mitra and create an inclusive growth model to obtain improved socio-economic conditions for Safaii Mitras’ and is directed mainly to design, sustain and provide elements to institutionalize SK in governance bodies.
  • Component 4: Is Knowledge Management to establish a more hands on knowledge management, monitoring and communication mechanisms, which will be based on an in-built adaptive feedback system from project results at various stages along the entire duration. Adequate governance mechanisms will be established to assure the right development of project and targets fulfilment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish processes and systems for effective development and implementation of M & E strategies as per the M & E framework developed under the project;
  • Develop the overall framework for the physical and process monitoring of project activities;
  • Develop monthly, quarterly, six monthly and yearly reporting formats on the progress of activities as per the approved work plan;
  • Review monitoring reports, analyses these reports in terms of problems and actions needed as well as for impact evaluation and to identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation;
  • Helps in organizing the fairs, exhibitions, and related knowledge management workshops
  • Keeps a tab, understanding and support in accessing and sharing the technology led information with a range of stakeholders on all the waste incoming, managed and recycled.
  • Facilitate as an important Team member at PMU, in setting up a dynamic monitoring and evaluation systems for monthly monitoring and reporting of project;
  • Contribute to the mid-term and final evaluation and assessment of the project;
  • Any other responsibility assigned by the Sr. Programme Coordinator. Any other responsibility assigned by the Project Manager, UNDP.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, engineering, economics, Rural Development or related field is desirable.
  • Desirable: Master’s degree or equivalent in Energy and Environment, Social Sciences, Rural Development, Management or related field is desirable.


  • A minimum of 5 years of M&E experience is required at the state or national level. Experience in the usage of computers (IT tools) and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Good data analytical, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills on the impacts from project.
  • Good command of Resources Based management tools.


  • IT/computing skills (minimum: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to integrate technology into various aspects of the project for planning, rollout and monitoring

Language Requirements: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi is essential


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