Project Associate

United Nations Development Programme, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th November, 2019

Job Description

This initiative is designed to minimize negative impacts and risks to environment and to human health in India, by enhancing sustainable Plastic Waste Management practices, through a socio-technical model (segregation/collection/ recycling) while ensuring compliance with regulations, to improve use of resources and in line with Swacch Bharat Mission in India; in this project the waste pickers (Safaii Mitras) will be institutionalized with respective governance mechanisms and attain improved social conditions. Project’s targets at the end of period are, to better manage an amount more than 85,000 MT/year of plastic waste and to improve socio-economic conditions of 30,000 plus Safaii Mitras. To achieve the project objective and outcomes, the project is structured in 4 components: Component 1: Aims to develop support and implement an economically sustainable model (ESM) for packaging plastic waste management. This component focuses on developing and implementing the model at 50 selected cities in different States. It also entails support and active involvement of key stakeholders relevant to plastic waste management in urban areas in India for a holistic approach in convergence with the existing mechanisms and resources. This will also include an analysis of present regulatory mechanisms and practices followed, subject to relevance to ‘plastic waste’ in specific and current resources and technologies available as well as for creating an enabling environment, and covering under their umbrella the various kinds of plastic waste, including plastic bottles; Component 2: focuses on design and implementation of Pilots in City Units (Swacchta Kendras) for improved plastic waste management, in the administrative wards of selected 50 cities. Socio-technical approach is to be applied to combine improved technological development in handling, with the social aspects of waste collection and segregation. This component represents the core development of the project, from its results; projections will be developed towards implementation in the entire country. Component 3 is directed mainly to design, sustain and provide elements to institutionalize Swacchta Kendra in governance bodies and to obtain improved socio-economic conditions for waste pickers. This is to be achieved by incorporation of the plastic waste management model, and its main stakeholders presence and importance, into urban local bodies at city, state and national levels; by obtaining Safaii Mitras’ activities recognition as a service to society, with the corresponding starting up of their mainstreaming; and by fostering and strengthening self-help groups for Safaii Mitra living improvements of their way of life; Component 4 is aimed to developed a knowledge management, monitoring and communication mechanisms, which will be based in a in-built adoptive feedback system from project results at various stages along the entire duration. Adequate governance mechanisms will be established in order to assure the right development of project and targets fulfilment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure Sustainable recycler partnerships for all Field Locations with Registered Recyclers of State Pollution Control Boards.
  • Will be completely responsible for all recycler mapping and management in project
  • Will Collect and maintain sale data of all centers for all incoming waste and map prospective recyclers in the geography for the same
  • Developing SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for complete approach to recycler partnerships and Documentation Requirements for Donors under the EPR Guideline
  • Will facilitate compliance on documentation and traceability at project geographies field locations as required by CPCB for Donor’s EPR Verification
  • Benchmarking best practices and sharing across the board
  • Will build capacity of existing recyclers of project and get them registered with state pollution control boards
  • Will devise solutions to ensure project compliance on Recycler management/partnership is met as per standards
  • Any other responsibility assigned by the Program manager and Head of division

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Essential: Graduate Degree in Public Relations or related fields.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years’ experience with minimum 1 year in Waste Management, Preferably plastic waste management and other relevant partnerships.

  • Preferable – Understanding Central pollution control board guidelines on plastic waste, and experience with plastic waste management recyclers in India
  • Must have knowledge of and familiarity with best practices of Waste Recycling processing as per standards ISO 15270:2008 – Plastic Recycling and Recovery in India
  • Good analytical, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills on the impacts from project.
  • Good command of resources-based management tools.


  • Experience in MIS tools and applications
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to integrate technology into various aspects of the project for planning, rollout and monitoring

Language Requirements: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi is essential


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