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 Technical Support Officer (3 Vacancies)
 National UNV

 Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan
 Last Date: May 6, 2009
 Email: (Reference:


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UNV volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UNV volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UNV volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

1. UNV Assignment Title: Technical Support Officer (3 Vacancies)

2. Type of assignment: National UNV

3. Project Title: Capacity Development for Local Governance

4. Duration: One Year (Renewable)

5. Location, Country: Jaipur in Rajasthan, India

6. Expected starting date: May 2009

7. Brief Project Description:

The Government of India-UNDP project Capacity Development for Local Governance, is implemented by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR). State governments and national level resource institutions are partners in the project. In Rajasthan, the Responsible Party for this project is the Panchayati Raj Department of the Government of Rajasthan (GoR).

The 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts, 1992, gave Constitutional status to the third tier of government at the sub-state level, thereby creating the legal conditions for local self-rule or Panchayati Raj. Since the enactment of the Acts in 1993, the Government of India (GoI) has increasingly emphasized the role of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in local governance and decentralized planning to make service delivery more effective and to strengthen transparency and accountability.

Realizing the imperatives of strengthening capacities of PRI elected representatives and officials to effectively undertake their roles, Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) has launched a National Capacity Building Framework (NCBF), which provides details of various training programmes aimed at PRIs. In this context, the CDLG project aims at strengthening the state level training institutions, such as SIRD in Rajasthan, with the intention to improve capacity development (i.e. training, knowledge sharing, networking, etc.) of the PRI representatives and officials. The project duration is four years.

At the national level, the project is led by the National Project Director (NPD). The current NPD is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR). A Project Management team led by the National Project Manager (NPM) is in place to support project management, coordination, monitoring, reporting and in the implementation of project activities at the national level.

The project is seeking to appoint three National United Nations Volunteers (NUNVs) to support the project implementation in Rajasthan. The NUNVs will be placed at the Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj & Gramin Vikas Sansthan (SIRD) and will report to its Director. At SIRD they will provide technical assistance to strengthen the institution in delivering its mandate of capacity development for Local Governance. The three NUNVs to be placed at SIRD under the CDLG project would be specifically assisting in the technical areas of (1) Panchayati Raj and decentralized planning (2) gender and human development, and (3) capacity building and research. In addition they may be asked to support the State Project Coordinator placed with the Panchayati Raj Department in the implementation of project activities, progress monitoring and reporting.

The IGPR &GVS (SIRD) Rajasthan is an autonomous organization established by the Government of Rajasthan as an apex institution of the state with a view to develop human resource in PRIs and Rural Development sector.

8. Host Agency/Host Institute: UNDP / IGP&GVS State Institute for Rural Development (SIRD)

9. Description of Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Director SIRD the UNV volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Assist in implementation of project activities at the state level as per the approved project work plan;
Conduct research as and when required;
Support the training content development as and when required;
Assist in the development of a monitoring and evaluation system to capture the impact of training;
Assist the State Project Coordinator in supporting Stakeholder Networks in Rajasthan as and when required;
Follow-up with project partners, resource institutions and individuals on implementation of project activities;
Collating information from government departments and resource institutions, analyzing it, highlighting discrepancies (if any) and consolidating it as per the requirements;
Assist in financial and physical monitoring and reporting of project activities including consultancies, sub-contracts, travel, workshops and meetings;
Assist in the maintenance of all project related records, documents, files, assets and supplies at SIRD;
Maintain an appropriate follow-up system to serve as a good reminder on project activities;
Ensure proper maintenance of equipment and other items of supply under the project, prepare and maintain up-to-date inventory of equipment and other items;
Undertake field visits, as authorized, for proper monitoring of project implementation and submit necessary back-to-office reports (BTORs) for appropriate follow-up and action;
Any other task as identified by the Director at SIRD.

Furthermore, UNV volunteers are encouraged to:

Strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
Getting acquainted with and building on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflecting on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contributing articles/write-ups on field experiences and submitting them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assisting with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UNV volunteers;
Promoting or advising local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encouraging relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

10. Qualifications/Requirements:

Possession of a post graduate degree in the area of social sciences, social work, development studies, or humanities with experience in the area of grassroots development, training and research.
Experience in working with State Governments and/or training institutions would be an added advantage
Displayed competency in providing operational management, research, and coordination support for projects aimed at PRIs and decentralized planning with human development and gender focus
Minimum 3 years of relevant experience
Excellent writing and communication skills (English and Hindi)
Knowledge of any vernacular language of Rajasthan would be an added advantage
Ability to work independently and under pressure
Indian Nationality
Excellent knowledge of MS Office required
11. Conditions of Service
A 12-month contract; monthly volunteer living allowance (VLA) intended to cover housing, basic needs and utilities, equivalent to approximately Rs. 29,600; settling-in-grant (if applicable); life, health, and permanent disability insurance; return trainfares (if applicable); resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Interested candidates should submit their application including the names and contact address of three references, using UNV CV template by email to or by ordinary mail to the UN Volunteers, Post Box No. 3059, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi - 110 003, India, stating the post. The closing date of application is 6th May 2009. UNV CV template is available at

This position is open to applicants of either sex. Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. Only short-listed candidates would be contacted.

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