Individual Consultant – Deputy Program Manager-Livelihood

Location : Bangalore, INDIA
Application Deadline :31-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year
Expected Duration of Assignment :Renewable for 2 more years based on performance and funds availability

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 strives to have a workforce, which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities approach. UNDP does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are on merit.

The DAY-NRLM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission) is the flagship program of Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India relaunched in 2016 for promoting poverty reduction by building strong institutions of the poor, particularly women. The programme creates and enables community owned institutions of women to empower and make them economically self-reliant by improving their agency to access a range of livelihood and financial services and maximize their resources for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities. 

The state governments are mandated to set up dedicated Mission Management Units at the state, district and village/community level for the effective implementation of the NRLM scheme.  The mission provides regular hand-holding support to SHG/federations for a period of 5-7 years.  At the end of a fully implementation cycle the SHGs/federations are well prepared to become resource institutions at the community level for providing evidence and support to other social initiatives. 

Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (KSRLPS)

The State Government is implementing DAY-NRLM scheme in phases through Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society in the name of “Sanjeevini”. The mission statement of KSRLPS is: “To reduce rural poverty by providing gainful wage and self-employment opportunities through community institutions resulting in sustainable improvement in their livelihoods”.

Sanjeevini is a community driven and process-oriented programme. The processes include different activities such as awareness building, social mobilization, development of Community Resource persons (CRPs). Formation of CBOs, strengthening SHGs/ CBOs/federations/Livelihood Collectives, establishment of linkages and promotion of livelihoods. The conventional methods of monitoring focuses on physical, financial and logistic aspects of projects, but do not capture the processes of community perception, satisfaction with project services, inclusion and 

institutional dynamics. As the community processes do not conform to pre-set rules, deadlines, targets or blueprint approaches, a responsive and adaptive implementation is necessary.

It is in this context that the State government of Karnataka has partnered with UNDP to implement The National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP) in Karnataka. NRETP proposes to implement higher order economic activities which are cross cutting in nature, for instance, the project design envisages that there will be an organic link between the model Cluster Level Federation (CLFs) and financial inclusion strategies, insurance and pension schemes, producer groups and organizations, product marketing and enterprise development. The financial inclusion strategy will also have a key role in financing of farm and non-farm enterprises. UNDP will be uniquely positioned to quickly transfer the technical know-how gained at the national and state level working across the country.  The state SMMU will be fully synchronized with the National level team working at the center, important for better alignment of state priorities with those of the national programme while formulating the State specific poverty reduction action plans.

Under the scheme, UNDP is looking for a Deputy Programme Manager Livelihood to undertake the activities as provided below. The incumbent will be based at SANJEEVINI- KSRLPS and will perform duties under the direct supervision of the Mission Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

following results:

  • Monitoring of the sanctioned Livelihood both farm and non-farm activities through regular field visit and periodic review.
  • Support for roll out the livelihood activities.
  • Rolling out certification in the clusters and facilitate technical support agencies in implementation.
  • Continuously scout for opportunities by analyzing potential for developing strategies value chain interventions for existing commodities being produced.
  • Maintain information regarding produce of the SHG members, markets (prices and trends) and commodity-wise details.
  • Executing capacity building plans for the project staff Community members on farm livelihoods and value chain development
  • Identify and document best practices
  • Ensuring data collection and entry into MIS for monitoring and evaluation
  • Under taking the studies regarding the Livelihood activities already implementing under SANJEEVINI- KSRLPS
  • Provides secretarial support by entering, formatting, printing information; organising work; answering the telephone; relaying messages; maintaining equipment and supplies as required
  • Candidate should be willing to travel across the districts of the State of Karnataka
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor / Mission Director

Deliverables & Payment Schedules:

Payment %

Deliverable target dates

  • Submission of report highlighting,
    • Understanding and analyzing of block level projects implemented by Sanjeevini.
    • 1 detailed report of the analysis of sanctioned districts.






Month 1

  • Submission of report highlighting,
    • Preparing the implementation action plan as per the project / Annual Action Plan. 
    • Get approval from the supervisor at Sanjeevini.
    • Submit 1 report on the annual plan.


Month 2

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Monitoring of the sanctioned farm and non-farm livelihood projects.
  • Conduct 2 field visits in the month.


Month 3

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Support for roll out of livelihood activities.
  • Submit 1 report on the livelihood activities.


Month 4

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Identify the organic certification agencies and process to get certification.
  • Facilitate technical support agencies in implementation.
  • Submit 1 report on the organic certification process.


Month 5

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Collection of data for the past 6 months about the progress of the project.
  • Submitting the data to the MIS team for monitoring & evaluation.


Month 6

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Identifying the opportunities by analyzing potentials for developing strategies value chain interventions for existing commodity being produced.
  • Conduct at least 1 field visit in the month.




Month 7

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Collection of information of produce of SHG members.
  • Maintain information of market trends, prices and commodity wise details.
  • Submit 1 report on the market trends and produce of SHG members.




Month 8

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Executing capacity building plans for the project staff and community members on farm livelihoods and value chain.
  • Submit 1 report on the capacity building plans




Month 9

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Identifying and documentation of best practices.
  • Conduct 1 field visit in the month.




Month 10

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Visit different districts for effective implementation of the project.
  • Providing secretarial support in the office.
  • Submit 1 report on the effective implementation of the project.




Month 11

  • Submission of report highlighting,
  • Collection of data for the past 1 year about the progress of the project.
  • Submitting the data to MIS team for monitoring and evaluation.




Month 12



  • Knowledge of work in multi-disciplinary sectors including livelihoods both farm and non-farm models in rural setting in the state having successfully led teams at block and field levels.
  • Knowledge of compliances for both export and domestic markets, relevant strategic planning, livelihoods market analysis.
  • Ability to work effectively with community resource persons, community and field staff to deliver results
  • Good data analysis and conceptualization skills
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with Government departments, technical support agencies and capacity building agencies
  • Demonstrated openness to change and ability to manage complex situations
  • Willing to travel extensively in the field and stay in a village for 15 days a month
  • Excellent communication, documentation (MS Word, Excel) and typing skills in English and Kannada

Required Skills and Experience

Fulltime Post Graduate Degree in Agricultural science/Rural Development and Management/Social Sciences/ NGO Management from a recognised university.

Languages Required: Fluency in English and Kannada spoken, read and write for all official communicationis essential. Knowledge of English and Kannada typing is mandatory


  • 2+ years in a livelihood development project both farm and non-farm responsible for promotion of production systems and allied activities-based livelihoods
  • Should have handled procurement / marketing / supply chain social enterprises, in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood engagement e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship.
  • Experience of roll-out of PGS or third-party certification with at least 100 farmers.
  • Experience in setting up systems and processes to make it effective.
  • Demonstrable experience of project management, ensuring the delivery of high quality programmers as well as managing internal learning processes across virtual teams
  • Experience in managing a team of minimum 5 field staffs
  • reviews, evaluations and/or After Action Reviews.

Duration of The Work:

The contract will be awarded for one year initially. Working days will be as per the State Government policy.

Official Travel:

In case of official journey within/outside the state, candidates will be entitled to reimbursement from KSRLPS. All official travel must be authorized and certified in advance by KSRLPS. 


Consolidated annual consultancy fees (Remuneration) of INR 5,40,000/- payable as per the deliverables and payments schedule mention above, upon submission of working progress report certified by the reporting officer.


  • Contract will be administered by UNDP on behalf of the KSRLPS. Government of Karnataka
  • The consultant should report to the State Project Manager –Livelihood
  • The consultant should also report to any Official designated by CEO.
  • All the logistic support related official travel will be borne by the KSRLPS, Government of Karnataka.
  • Consultant will be entitled for 2 days leave per month (non encashable). The accumulated leaves will be forfeited on the termination/further extension of the contract period.

Documentation Required:

Personal CV indicating all past experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least 3 professional references.

Evaluation Method and criteria:

Preliminary shortlisting would be done based on the following criteria:

  • Educational Qualification 30 marks.
  • Relevant Experience 40 marks.
  • Interview for 30 marks

Those who obtain a minimum 70% of total 70 marks (Educational Qualification & Relevant Experience) will be eligible to appear for the interview. 

Interview for the shortlisted candidates would be either conducted face to face in Bangalore or by telephone/over skype.

The contract shall be awarded on the merit basis.

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