Social Safeguard Specialist
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Grade: Unspecified
Occupations: General Support
Job Expired 16 Jan 2021
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Job Description

Indian producers face several challenges to secure their household’s income, food provision while making an important economic contribution for the country. And one reason for the rising farm distress is crop failures and yield losses triggered by the vagaries of climate. The livelihood of a large proportion of India’s population—as the largest private enterprise with ~138 million farm families with an 18% contribution to national GDP—is at risk. Any shock on agricultural production already has social and financial repercussions for both the population and the country as a whole; it impacts rural income levels, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and, in the worst years, poverty rates.

The Government of India’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), compensates farmers for any crop losses. The scheme insures farmers against a wide range of external risks — droughts, dry spells, floods, inundation, pests and diseases, landslides, natural fire and lightning, hailstorms, cyclones, typhoons, tempests, hurricanes and tornadoes. While the idea of insuring farmers against crop losses isn’t new, the PMFBY is an attempt to plug the gaps in the previous crop insurance schemes — the National Agriculture Insurance scheme (NAIS) introduced in 1999 and the Modified NAIS (mNAIS) introduced in 2011.

The scheme came into operation from 1 April 2016 with a Central government budget allocation of Rs 5,500 crore for 2016–17. Further, the Central government plans to bring 40 per cent of agricultural area under PMFBY in 2017–18 and, accordingly, a provision of about Rs 9,000 crore has been made in the 2017–18 budget.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana promotes sustainable agriculture production through – i) financial support to farmers against crop losses due to climactic or external shocks ii) securing incomes iii) improved, modern and innovative farming practices for better yield iv) enhancing credit availability in the agricultural sector.

The Country Programme Document (2018-2022) of United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) approved by the Government of India has defined one of its foremost programme priorities and outcomes as “Institutional and systems strengthening for service delivery” as the single most innovations to achieve last mile developmental impact. UNDP will leverage its expertise in systems strengthening to support the Ministry of Agriculture to set up a Technical Support Unit for the implementation of PMFBY, to improve institutional and programme responsiveness, increase coverage and better access among the marginalised and excluded farm households offering innovative measures for risk management and reduced crop loss for the rural population in India. The TSU will strongly focus on providing Capacity Building and Training support to the participating state-level government departments involved in PMFBY and advancing the scheme among new states for improved uptake.

Under this partnership, UNDP wishes to hire the services of an Social Safeguard Specialist to perform the duties below.

Summary of Key Functions: As the Social Safeguard Specialist, the person will be responsible for supporting the NPC-TSU in ensuring the marginalised groups are included in the project design and implementation. The Social Safeguard Specialist will collaborate closely with project associate UNDP, the project admin focal point for all requisite submissions to be made to UNDP on a regular basis.

Organization : GoI- UNDP project with Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) : “Technical Support Unit for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana”

Supervisor : National Programme Coordinator – Technical Support Unit

Duty Station : New Delhi, post location in Ministry – MOA&FW

Duties and Responsibilities
The Social Safeguard Specialist will be based at New Delhi and shall work under the guidance and supervision of the NPC – TSU. The Social Safeguard Specialist is responsible for: -
I. Social Safeguards for Inclusion of Marginalised:
(i) Provide high quality implementation support to the TSU/PSU team towards safeguarding the interest of indigenous people or tribal and other socially and economically marginalized group/category of people/households;
(ii) Develop guidelines/toolkits wherever required to ensure that (a) Social inclusion and assessment is an integral part of planning, preparation, and implementation of various project activities and its proper monitoring as per the agreed guidelines of the International Donors like the World Bank Group and the Government of India
(iii) Undertake/Lead various studies related to social assessments at the project/program level to address issues of social sustainability and safeguards.
(iv) Organize capacity building programs for the TSU/PMU; States and staff of other stakeholders on social issues and compliance to social safeguard norms.
(v) Roll out computerized PFMS for the proper accounting and timely preparation of reports.
(vi) Provide inputs in finalizing and conducting the baseline and impact evaluation surveys;
(vii) Working with the NPC TSU and Agriculture specialist, conduct a participatory rural appraisal along with a gender assessment to gain a better understanding of the socioeconomic issues in selected districts and how pro-poor design can be incorporated in implementing insurance services; and
(viii) Examine ways the project could best serve the interest of the most vulnerable groups including small farmers and women and provide recommendations during the development of PMFBY.
II. Liaison
(ix) Liaise relevant government agencies and all project partners for effective coordination of all project inputs;
(x) Provide technical backstopping for inputs for training activities supported by the Project;
(xi) Provide timely inputs for the timely submission of all progress reports as may be required by UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture;
(xii) Foster partnerships with key national and state government departments.
(xiii) Support the TSU team for successful achievement of the project objectives;
III. Other tasks
(xiv) Perform any other tasks consistent with the level of the post and/ or assigned by the Reporting Officer; NPC – TSU; Joint Secretary, DoAC&FW, MoA&FW.
Core Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the organisation
Functional Competencies:
Job Knowledge/ Technical skills

Sound knowledge and experience in the field Social Safeguards and current norms with capacity to function independently with minimum supervision.
Sound knowledge of the social economic conditions of the marginalised groups and their issues
Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and requirements of the post with excellence;
Possesses the capacity for strategic planning, result – based management and reporting;
Communication Skills
Good communication skills
Tailors and presents information to diverse audiences using a variety of communication delivery methods (e.g., written, electronic, oral, interpersonal) Documentation
Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Management skills
Demonstrated skills connecting with a wide range of stakeholders – communities, farmer organisations, state agencies etc.,
Ability to participate and contribute consultative meetings at national and state level with partners and senior stakeholders to identify priorities and manage the timely delivery of project activities.
Reliable in delivering own parts of the work as part of a team effort
Demonstrates excellent work/project planning skills;
Is open to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments;
Required Skills and Experience

Essential: Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Sociology or Social Development or equivalent.

Desirable: Masters in Social Sciences or Sociology or Social Development or equivalent from a reputed University.

At least 5-6 years of relevant experience in rural poverty and development, gender analysis, community mobilization, and capacity building.
Experience of Social Safeguard Assessments in large developmental projects
Experience of working with Central and/or State Governments/ international agencies/ on similar assignments will be preferred.
In-depth knowledge of the socioeconomic situations of the project areas is highly desirable.
Relevant Experience at the national level working with Governments and private entities in the insurance sector
Prior experience of technical advisory services in the insurance sector
Language Requirements:
Excellent oral and writing skills in English and Hindi
Remuneration package is INR 119,175/- per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which includes medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for the contract holder and encourages work life balance.

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