a. Briefly describe the office/ unit structure and context
Nepal has made successful strides in reducing poverty from 25.2 percent in 2011 to 16.7 percent in 2020. But these numbers belie a harsh reality: huge disparities and inequalities persist between regions and social groups. Underdeveloped trade and industry, low agricultural productivity, and lack of access to affordable credit are among the key factors contributing to high unemployment rates and the relative weakness of Nepal’s economy. It is feared that COVID-19 along with massive earthquake of 2015, flooding, drought and other shocks may have pushed a significant number of people who had managed to climb out of poverty back into poverty. Crucially, from a longer-term perspective, the Covid-19, harder than those crisis Nepal faced previously, is widely recognized as severely inhibiting Nepal’s development gains over years, and the ambition of graduating from the status of Least Developed Country in 2021, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and becoming a middle-income nation by 2030.
The UNDP country programme, 2018-2022, is based on the premise of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘reaching those furthest behind first’. The programme includes integrated solutions to complex, interconnected development challenges. The following interconnected priority areas define the 2018-2022 programme: (a) inclusive economic growth; (b) inclusive governance and rule of law; and (c) resilience and reconstruction. UNDP’s efforts to eradicate poverty and promote economic growth in Nepal seek to address the relationships that link those factors and to ensure that the vulnerable are the priority beneficiaries and no one is left behind. The central focus of the intervention is to ensure the economic growth that Nepal aims to achieve translates into improved lives and the availability of better choices for all its citizens.
b. Rationale / background and the objectives of the unit
Nepal has tremendous potential for development and subsequent job creation through sustainable use of natural resource-based enterprises in the country. However, lack of awareness, education and skills to utilize existing resources continues to perpetuate underemployment and underdevelopment. To help address challenges and tap opportunities, UNDP’s work in Nepal on poverty and sustainable development has been designed around three broad pillars: employment creation, access to energy and policy support in pro-poor development planning and monitoring. For this, UNDP prioritized helping Nepal’s socio-economic recovery efforts through different projects and programmes under the Inclusive Economic Growth portfolio.
c. Briefly describe how the required services will contribute to the work of the unit/project
Currently, Inclusive Economic growth porfoilo is handling eight projects and programmes across the socio economic support, employment creation, livelihood recovery along the institutional strengthening of government agencies, municipalities, CSOs, and service providers. This requires rigorous engagement, consultation and support to the programmes and projects of the Inclusive Economic Growth portfolio unit. The demand of these services is further magnified with the prevalence of Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent prolonged national wise lockdown. This service is anticipated to facilitate in accelerating the implementation process, tracking delivery and supporting projects and programmes to ensure consistency in service delivery and operating protocols of UNDP under the Inclusive Growth portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of Inclusive Economic Growth Portfolio Manager, the incumbent will perform following responsibilities to support Inclusive Economic Growth Portfolio, UNDP:
- Appraise and follow up with projects and programmes for tracking on annual work , procurement plan, preparation of acceleration plan and take timely & appropriate actions to meet work, procurement plan objectives and reporting requirements to ensure consistency in service delivery and operating protocols of UNDP;
- Analyze the project/programme resource allocation, delivery tracking with projects to reallocate resources as required within the resource planning and results management framework requirements;
- Actively work in close collaboration within the team and with project staff and the client to review all operational aspects, undertake monitoring missions to evaluate progress, identify problems and report back to the Portfolio Manager for necessary actions;
- Support to prepare and finalize documentation and contracts required for service delivery under the Inclusive Economic Growth portfolio’s management;
- Support Project and Programme for ensuring Gender and Social Inclusion in project planning, implementation and reportings;
- Review and assist to the projects and programmes to evaluate proposals; make suggestion for contract awards; progress and completion reports;
- Work closely with project/programme staff in the timely preparation of reports, annual workplan, amendment; Support portfolio for socio economic response activities;
- Provide support to the portfolio for the development of new project and programme; and
- Any other duties assigned by Supervisor.
Under the direct supervision of Inclusive Economic Growth Portfolio Manager, the incumbent will provide support Inclusive Economic Growth Portfolio, UNDP.
Core Competencies: Level 2: Supervisor / Associate / Analyst / e.g. Programme Associate or Analyst with supervisory responsibility.
Adapt with Agility
Act with Determination
Engage and Partner
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
Cross Functional Competencies:
Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Ability to identify and organise action around mitigating and proactively managing risks.
Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Negotiation and Influence
Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiate mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and create ‘win-win’ situations.
Addressing developmental impacts of COVID 19 and safeguarding progress towards the SDGs
Economic Transformation, Policy and Planning
Inequality and exclusion
Job/ Employment /Decent work Promotion
Local Economic Development
Poverty and Human Development
SDGs/National Development Strategy and Planning
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA
Min. Academic Education
Min. years of relevant Work experience
Required skills and competencies
Desired additional skills
Required Language(s) (at working level)
Travel: Incumbent is expected to travel for the monitoring of field level project activities/interventions.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers;
- A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position; and
- Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.