Individual Consultant (District Project Officer) 30 Positions, For Indian Nationals Only.

Location : Various districts in Odisha, INDIA
Application Deadline :15-Jan-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year (with possibility of extension on availability of funds and extension of project)

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.


The Government of Odisha has committed itself to the people of Odisha that permanent houses would be provided to all the rural poor (people below poverty line) by 2019 under different housing schemes like Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Mo Kudia(my house) / Biju Pucca Ghar programmes. The current Technical Support project to the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Odisha is conceived to fast-track construction of Rural Houses with support from UNDP would strengthen the i.e. a) Policy and Planning procedures including institutional mechanism for delivery, b) Improve Designs and introduce new technology to house construction and c) Build Capacities of stakeholders for construction and support Monitoring of the housing construction. The project thus conceived would focus on the following:

  • Initiating the process of setting up Project Management Unit (PMU) at the State, District and Block Levels;
  • Develop a communication strategy as well as IEC materials (in local language and illustrative form) for making government functionaries and the beneficiaries and the public aware of their roles and responsibilities under rural housing schemes;
  • Create a cadre of trained construction fraternity (engineers, masons, bar-benders and carpenters) and supervisors/community mobilisers to support green and disaster resilient housing supply & maintenance.

In order to operationalize the Project, UNDP is currently in the process of recruiting Planning Officer (PO) to support the nodal agency (State Government). The Planning officer would be placed within the State Department of Panchayati Raj office.

The Planning officer will work under the guidance of the Director/ Deputy Director, Panchayati Raj who will provide overall project implementation guidance

Duties and Responsibilities

The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results will have an impact on poor and marginalized sections of the community and help in reducing poverty.

  • Support establishment of systems and procedures that support the management, administration, and monitoring  for housing activities;
  • Support in preparation of work plans, analytical reports including power point presentations on the progress of the housing schemes in the district;
  • Ensure regular updation of data by the Block Project Officer on online AWAS portal and support them as and when required.
  • Support for the strengthening of community associations to undertake their own development initiatives with special emphasis on women;
  • Assist communities in integrating other schemes like Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, MGNREGA along with housing;
  • Provide support to the district and block level officials to identify potential candidates for training.
  • Assist the technical team to conduct training of local work teams/groups for construction of houses and community infrastructure on construction quality standards measures and practices.


Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • A proven record in community level project management, planning and community mobilization.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Strong analytical and planning skills.

Management and Leadership

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

  • University degree in field related social sciences/ rural development or relevant field.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of working  experience in community mobilization.


  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Odia.

Institutional Arrangement:

  • Contracted consultant will submit the monthly progress report duly certified by reporting officer;
  • Contract will be administered by UNDP on behalf of the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Odisha.
  • All the  logistic support  related official travel will be borne by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Odisha as per their prevailing rules;
  • Consultant will be entitled for leaves of 2 days per month (non-encashable)..

Duration of the Work:

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

Duty Station:

  • Duty station would be  any of 30 districts in Orissa.
  • The Consultant is required to report regularly to the office as per the State Government policy;
  • Relocation expenses, if any would be borne by the successful Consultant

Schedule of Payments:

  • Consolidated Annual Consultancy Fee (Remuneration) of Rs 2,40,000/- payable in equal monthly instalments, upon submission of monthly progress report certified by the reporting officer;
  • In the event of travel, payment of official travel costs including tickets and lodging will be covered by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Odisha and paid as per the prevailing rules of the state Government.

Documentation required:

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

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview, shortlisting would be done based on the following criteria:

  • Educational Qualification 30%;
  • Relevant Experience 50%;
  • Suitability for the assignment 20%

Interviews will be conducted by telephone / over skype or face to face in orissa and will be based around the competencies (skills) required as per the ToR . The contract shall be awarded on the merit basis. If face to face interviews are conducted, travel costs will be borne by the shortlisted consultants.

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