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Project Officer, Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India (Open to Indian Nationals Only)
|Location :||Hyderabad, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||16-Sep-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year (extendable)|
India presently faces a dual challenge of a severe paucity of highly-trained, quality labour, as well as non-employability of large sections of the educated workforce that possess little or no job skills. The National Skill Development Policy (2015) of the Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship indicates that on the demand side, there is an additional net requirement of 11.92 crore skilled manpower in twenty-four key sectors by 2022. On the supply side, it is estimated that broadly 11.9 crore fresh entrants to the workforce over the next seven years (i.e. by 2022) will need to be skilled. In addition, 30.7 crore of existing farm and non-farm sector workforce will need to be skilled, up-skilled or re-skilled. Women confront additional barriers, both social and economic, as a result of which their recorded participation in the workforce is limited to 27 per cent. The Skill Policy (2015) states that ‘’skill development is a shared responsibility of both the Government as well as the industry.’’ It lays a lot of emphasis on demand-orientation and the role of the private sector.
The project 'Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India’ represents a partnership between UNDP India, the IKEA Foundation and Xyntéo (a private sector advisory firm) with the ambitious goal to touch the lives of one million Indian women in 3 years through training, employment and entrepreneurial skills development, as well as development of a new model of public-private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India by the end of this ‘proof of concept’ phase in 2017.
This project will adopt a twin strategy. One element will focus on identifying opportunities for skilled personnel in the business sector and entrepreneurial opportunities in their supply chain. The second will focus on mobilisation and capacity building of women so that they avail of the opportunities arising from the business sector in a manner that is in harmony with their aspirations and needs. The project will be implemented in collaboration with Government, industries and implementing agencies who will be identified through due diligence process and will leverage on the existing Government programmes/schemes and existing platforms to reach the goal.
The project will be located in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and the NCR Region. Thus it is proposed to set up state-level offices in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai/Pune and Gurgaon/Manesar. To the extent possible, these state offices will be located in the premises of the respective state-level skill missions.
The state offices will be responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of state level programmes in the framework of the overall project strategy. Establishing close working relationship with the state government, the business sector and a variety of implementing agencies as well as the relevant programmes that are operational at the state level will be a key responsibility of the state offices. The state offices will also be responsible for functions such as documentation of lessons, knowledge management, communication and advocacy in support of the project goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the State Project Head of the UNDP/IKEA Project, the Project Officer has the responsibility for the following tasks:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
Building Strategic Partnerships:
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Required Skills and Experience
Remuneration package is Rs. 106,359/- 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.
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 selection is on merit.
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.