District GIS Expert (No of Posts - 2)

Location : Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand, INDIA
Application Deadline :17-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year (extendable)

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.


Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005, is an Indian labour law and social security measure that aims to guarantee the 'right to work'

The MGNREGA was initiated with the objective of "enhancing livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year, to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work". Another aim of MGNREGA is to create durable assets (such as roads, canals, ponds and wells). Employment is to be provided within 5 km of an applicant's residence, and minimum wages are to be paid

Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical information system (GIS) can be effectively used to collect, store and analyze Mahatma Gandhi NREGA assets (Watershed locations, Farm ponds, percolation tanks, check dams, road layer, Irrigation Channels etc). With the use of GIS in the area of asset management, it is possible to visualize and understand the geographical context of an asset and improve the efficiency of asset management. Spatial location is a major common aspect of all the asset data and GIS can map all the assets along with information for visualization and proper decision making. 

The Mahatma Gandhi NREGA GIS Solution intends to provide a single and integrated view of asset information system pan rural India. GIS enabled portal (e-Governance) will act as a gateway to facilitate and coordinate the exchange and sharing of geospatial data between stakeholders from various jurisdictional levels in the spatial data community. This will facilitate to search, locate and publish geospatial data wherein end users can access, share and publish (with appropriate log-in authenticity) in response to the needs of diverse user groups. The GIS enabled portal will maintain, process, store, distribute and improve the utilization of geospatial data for planners, decision makers and public.

An interactive web GIS-based management System will maintain entire information of MGNREGA assets. The system will allow users to create new data, update existing data related to assets, generate queries, spatial query such as buffer, reports, maps, etc. This will help the Department in possessing a valuable digital database (both spatial and non-spatial) for the entire country. Properly defined customized queries will also be made available for day-to-day planning and management of the MGNREGA assets.

The state’s performance in MGNREGA has been on par with the national average but the potential for the scheme expansion in terms for average person days and coverage of work is large.

The 'Aspirational Districts Program', was launched by the Hon'ble Prime Minister in January, 2018 with the objective to quickly and effectively transform 117 most backward districts across 28 States through convergence of government programs / schemes. During the Empowered Committee meeting for FY 2019-20, it was observed that the performances of majority of the aspirational districts were below the state average. The analysis of the performance of the 117 Aspirational District was done for FY 2018-19 which reveals that many districts were lagging behind in the key deliverables of Mahatma Gandhi NREGS.It has been noted that the GIS based planning can lead to accelerated development of backward regions/ aspirational districts.

Cluster Facilitation Project

Cluster facilitation project wish to strengthened the implementation of MGNREGS through strong GIS focused implementation approach in Aspirational District Blocks and Backward block . CFP under MGNREGA will work in convergence with National Rural Livelihoods Mission in the state for development of enabling eco-system in the grassroot level supported by NRLM based CBOs. The Project cover key developmental aspects in terms to livelihoods generation such as improving agricultural allied activity and natural resource management works under MGNREGA. It also ensures priority inclusion of the most vulnerable communities (SCs/STs HHs) in MGNREGA works.

The CFP has a vision of addressing poverty in aspirational districts/backward areas with a multi-pronged strategy of leveraging the synergies of different flagship programme of the Central Government/State Governments in convergence with Mahatma Gandhi NREGS through better coordination, planning and its implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Deliverables

S. NoDeliverables/ Outcomes6 Months12 Months18 Months
1Expenditure on NRM work should reach up to 65% of the total expenditure at Block within 6 months from the date of commencement of the CFP.100%100%100%
2Expenditure on Individual work should reach up to 60% of the total expenditure at Block within 6 months from the date of commencement of the CFP100%100%100%
3Preparation of GIS based GPs plan for Mahatma Gandhi NREGS in saturation mode within six months100% GIS Plan of GPs50% execution of GIS Plan100% execution of GIS Plan
4Commencement of works as per GIS based INRM plan25%100%100%
5Completion of works taken up as per GIS based INRM plan10%60%100%
6Expenditure on Agriculture and allied work should reach up to 60% of the total expenditure at Block within 6 months from the date of commencement of the CFP100% GPs100% GPs100% GPs
7Saturation of plantation works on community100% Planning of Plantation25% execution of Plantation Works100% execution of plantation Works
8Survival rate of plants on plantations on community and individual landsAt least 90% in all GPsAt least 90% in all GPsAt least 90% in all GPs
9All SC/ST household will get at least 10% more person-days than the district average.100%100%100%
10100% generation of Fund Transfer Order (FTO) within 8 days from the date of closure of muster roll.100%100%100%
11Completion rate of the work should reach up to national average within 9 months.80% of National AverageUpto National AverageMore than national Average
12Capacity Building at GP/ Block level-   Two rounds of training at GP level for beneficiaries-   Four rounds of training at GP level for beneficiaries.-   Four rounds of training at GP level for beneficiaries.
 The capacity building of the GP beneficiaries and functionaries should be improved for individual schemes, water scenario, benefit of NRM planning suing GIS tools including map reading etc.-   Two rounds of trainings at block level  for functionaries-   Four rounds of trainings at block level for functionariesFour rounds of trainings at block level for functionaries
13The performance of the block on the parameters PD Generation80% of the State AverageUp to State AverageMore than State Average
14Grievances redressal-100%100%100%
 80% of Grievances disposed in 15 days   


In the context of the above UNDP will technically support Government of Uttarakhand in implementation of Cluster Facilitation. Therefore as a  part of the above plan two  District GIS Expert will be onboarded.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Provide Support to block CFP cell to prepare the GIS based plans for all GPs.
  2. Facilitate in providing data/maps/information from different government departments.
  3. Ensure completion of all GIS plans of GPs in the block within 6 months;
  4. Any other work assigned as and when by the competent authority



Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Should have exposure to social mobilization processes. tools and techniques.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Excellent analytical skills particularly with social processes.
  • Good communication and drafting skills

Management and Leadership

  • Ability to work in a team and train staff on the job on social mobilization tools

Corporate Competencies:

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.

Essential Competencies:

  • Demonstrated willingness to work on poverty issues and the affected community
  • Suitable orientation to work with the deprived sections in the rural areas, vulnerability livelihoods
  • Should be self-driven and motivated for social change.

Desirable Skills:

  • Management & Leadership skills
  • Mentoring & Mobilization skills
  • Communication, Training, & Language skills

Required Skills and Experience


Educational Qualification

M. Tech/ M.E/M.Sc in Geographic Information Science/Technology/Remote sensing & GIS/Geo Spatial Technology/Geo Informatics//Geo Spatial science/Surveying and Geo informatics.


BE/BTech with PG Diploma in Geographic Information Science/Remote sensing from recognized university or institute


MCA with PG Diploma in Geographic Information Science/Remote sensing from recognized university or institute.


Post Graduate in science/Agricultural Science with PG Diploma in Geographic Information Science/Remote sensing from recognized university or institute



Work experience of at least 3 years in GIS based projects in reputed government funded organizations like NIRD & PR, NRSC, SRSAC etc. or similar reputed organization.

Schedule of Payments:

  • A Consolidated Annual Consultancy Fee (Remuneration) of Rs 8,40,000/- (@Rs. 70,000/- per month) payable in equal monthly instalments, upon submission of monthly progress report certified by the reporting officer.

Institutional Arrangement

  • Contract will be administered by UNDP on behalf of the State Government of Uttarakhand;
  • The consultant would report to District Programme Coordinator/District Collector.
  • The incumbent shall be provided a laptop/computer by the government.
  • All the logistic support related official travel will be borne by the Government of Uttarakhand as per the prevailing rules;
  • Travelling allowance@ maximum 10% of emoluments based on actual bills.
  • Consultant will be entitled for 2 days leave per month (non-encashable)

Evaluation Method and Criteria

  • Preliminary shortlisting would be done based on the following criteria:

Step 1: Short listing would be done based on the following criteria:

•           Educational Qualification - 30 Marks;

•           Relevant Experience - 40 Marks;

Step 2: Personal Interviews (Face to Face/ Skype)

•           Suitability for the assignment - 30 Marks;


  • Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 marks) of 70 marks will be eligible to appear for the interview. Top scoring candidates (out of total 100 marks) will be sent offer of consultancy in order of ranking.
  • Interview for the shortlisted candidates would be either conducted face to face in Dehradun or by telephone / over skype.


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