National Livelihoods Officer - SECURE Himalaya

National Livelihoods Officer - SECURE Himalaya

Organization: UNDP

Apply By: 12 Oct 2019

Location: New Delhi(Delhi)

About the Organization:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. They advocate for change and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for them. They provide expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. They promote technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Position: National Livelihoods Officer - SECURE Himalaya

Job ID: 26419


The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India along with four state governments and 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.

The project aims to support the Government of India to effectively promote sustainable land and forest management in alpine pastures and forests in high range Indian Himalayan ecosystems that secure sustainable livelihoods and community resilience and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species. It will engineer a paradigm shift from the current approach of conservation to demonstrate a new approach of landscape-based conservation. This is an integrated approach, which focuses on working with various sectors and partners in areas within and outside protected areas, to effectively reduce threats to biodiversity of local, national and global significance.

Job Description:

UNDP seeks to engage the services of a National Livelihood Officer to support MoEFCC and UNDP in primarily taking forward the livelihood component in the project; help in implementation of activities under the component and achieve best outcomes by forging links with the other components in the project and other specialists in the team. S/he will work under the supervision of the National Project Director, MoEFCC and Head - Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP, in implementing the project and coordinate with the four state governments for the development of sustainable livelihoods activities in the project. As this is a full-time position, the National Livelihoods Officer cannot hold any other assignment(s) during this time period.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Livelihood Officer will be responsible for the following technical, administrative and managerial tasks:

  • Plan, implement and monitor progress of Component 2 of the project. This includes, conducting livelihood analysis and identification of opportunities for livelihood diversification with the aim of reducing pressure on natural resources and design innovative models for the target groups especially women.
  • Support the states in designing activities for Outcome 2 in the Annual Work plan for the project.
  • Provide handholding support to the state and landscape level teams in implementation of livelihood activities as per Annual Work plan.  
  • Participate in design, direct oversight and quality control over the implementation of village and landscape level livelihood activities, including regular site visits.
  • Develop value chain and enterprise development activities of the project by identifying specific opportunities for value addition and help build capacities of stakeholders to promote select opportunities.
  • Identify and liaise with technical agencies in the states and outside for improved interventions in the landscapes under Outcome 2
  • Tap opportunities for convergence of resources from government and other agencies for livelihoods, natural resources management and capacity development. The convergence may help to strengthen livelihood, value chain and enterprise development.
  • Work closely with the communications and M&E team in reporting and public outreach via the mass media, events, seminars, in-field training, and other means, to disseminate the results of the project and to promote sustainable biodiversity conservation, livelihood improvement and sustainable grazing management in the Himalayan areas.
  • Ensure that the quarterly and annual targets for the livelihood related components/ outputs and activities are integrated in the work plans.
  • Monitor, track and manage project activities and expenditure as per the Annual Work Plan to ensure timely achievement of results (physical and financial).
  • Develop new proposals for resource mobilization to augment support to the programme/project and create links with government and other donor programmes for the same.

Required Skills and Experience:

Educational Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences/Natural Resource Management/ Social Work/ Skill Development/ Rural Management or related field.
  • Masters’ Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management/ Social Work/ Skill Development/ Rural Management or related field is desirable  


  • At-least 5 years’ experience of developing and working on community-based projects with a special focus on sustainable livelihoods and micro-enterprise development.
  • Experience of working on community- based conservation initiative with a focus on conservation and livelihood generation including leading community mobilisation and institutional development
  • Experience of working with government especially district administration and state forest departments is desirable
  • Experience of establishing convergence with government departments in the implementation of project activities
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively under close supervision, as well as under minimal supervision, and to meet deadlines.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • Good Command over Hindi


  • Proficiency in MS-Office, especially PowerPoint, Excel and Word; Advanced knowledge of spread sheet, database management and research skills will be an asset.
  • Willingness to undertake substantial travel largely within the country


Technical Knowledge

  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts and principles of rural development and livelihood promotion.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the area of professional discipline and job knowledge.
  • Possess basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.
  • Demonstrate extremely strong influencing and facilitation skills
  • Establish priorities for self and team; schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources; monitor performance against development and other objectives and correct deviations from the course.
  • Sound understanding of environment, conservation, development and livelihood issues.

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on expected impact and results and responds positively to feedback; Promotes teamwork and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders and external actors;
  • High interpersonal skills, and ability to remain calm, in control and good humoured under pressure;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed; Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates skills to liaise with varied government stakeholders and report to senior government officials.

Communication Skills

  • Excellent oral and writing and communication skills;
  • Sound analytical and presentation skills;
  • Good interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Build Strategic Partnerships

  • Establish, build and sustain effective relationship, partnerships and alliances with government and other agencies.
  • Advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies.
  • Result-orientation and ability to develop strategic approaches
  • Identify problems and propose solutions
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of information technology and its application in work assignments.
  • Promote Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
  • Generate new ideas and approaches, research best practices and propose new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Document and analyze innovative strategies and new approaches.

Client Orientation

  • Demonstrates an understanding of client/partner/donor perspective and strives for high quality client-oriented services.
  • Establish smooth relationship and enabling environment between clients and service providers

Duty Station: New Delhi, India

Remuneration package: INR 1,19,175/- 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 to its employees.

How to apply

Vacancy End Date: 12/10/2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

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