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Project Associate - Digital Expert



17 Apr 2023

7 May 2023



New Delhi with willingness to travel to partner States/ Cities

Job description

The Programme “Sustainable Urban Development – Smart Cities II” (SUDSC II) aims at anchoring resilient, sustainable approaches and solutions for urban development including infrastructure that consider disaster risk management and the leave-no-one-behind concept, within the context of various programmes and missions of the Government of India. As a Strategic Partner with GIZ, NIUA will play a variety of roles as part of an end-to-end ‘Ecosystem Support’ for mainstreaming risk- informed, integrated, resilient and sustainable urban development in cities. This will involve four components:


 Policy Advocacy: This component will focus on supporting the effective development of various policy frameworks and guidelines for shaping city planning practices, infrastructure design and technology adoption as well as governance mechanisms to effectively achieve riskinformed, integrated, resilient, sustainable and inclusive urban development.


 Capacity Building: This component will focus on developing capacities of government functionaries as well as other professionals from industry, academia and civil society who can champion the strategies foregrounded under the partnership and ensure implementation. NIUA will support the roll out of cross-sectoral modules through selected training institutions.


 Mainstreaming Innovations: This component includes support for implementation of innovative frameworks/ solutions in partner cities that can act as lighthouse initiatives for scaling up across the cities/states. Focus will be on fostering data-based digital tools that can lead to improved planning, governance and service delivery.


 Instituting Communities of Practice: This component will focus on constituting peer-to-peer knowledge exchange platforms comprising representatives from public, private, scientific communities and CSOs. Deliberations of such groups will result in the development of knowledge products on risk-informed, integrated, resilient and sustainable urban development with focus on gender and inclusion. Summarily, under the partnership, NIUA will help to improve timely adoption/adaption of the strategies espoused under the SUDSC-II into the planning and governance frameworks of partner States (namely Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana) and Cities and effectively nudge onground implementation.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Project Associate will provide support to the Team Lead (SUDSC) at NIUA for executing digital transformation components with special focus to digital innovation, development of digitally sound capacity building modules and dissemination of the content through different online methods. The ideal candidate should be able to provide cutting-edge and integrated solutions to India’s urban development challenges by bringing together expertise across diverse domains of knowledge and practice. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Lead, the Project Associate shall undertake the following tasks: i. Lead the end-to-end management of digital transformation and data innovation projects in various areas like urban infrastructure, municipal services, etc.; ii. Provide data science and analytics support to the project team and partners for informed and evidence-based decision making; iii. Support development of knowledge products and communicating innovations to a broad target group; iv. Perform the quality assurance over the content, functionalities and structure of the programme; v. Maintain a good flow of communication & information and coordination with relevant stakeholders at the city level; vi. Support in preparation of project progress reports as per the GIZ guidelines; vii. Any other duty and responsibility assigned by the Director, NIUA; Lead, Urban Strategy Unit; and Team Lead. B. QUALIFICATION & EXPERIENCE: i. Master’s degree (in Urban Planning/ Urban Management/ Data Science/ Data Analytics or related fields) AND/ OR Bachelor’s in Technology/ Engineering (IT/ Computer Science) or related fields related to the programme objectives; ii. Applicant to have an understanding of various cutting edge IT tools and at least 5 years of professional experience of which 2 years of experience should be in Digital Transformation projects in an Urban Development sector or related sector/ programme objectives; experience of developing websites/ analytical dashboards/ portals related to urban development/ urban services, etc. iii. Applicant to have working knowledge of trends and technologies based on IoT, cloud computing, big data analytics; iv. Applicant to also have understanding of how to design API connections between rest API platforms/ software which includes the process of building an API or integrating one with applications and platforms; v. Coordination skills and ability to work in a team with other professionals; vi. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment; DESIRABLE: i. Experience with State Govt/ Central Govt/Local Bodies/ Resource Centres/ NGOs/ Communities/ National Urban Missions (SMART City, AMRUT, PMAY, etc)/ multilateral/ biletteral organisation like ADB, KFW,UNDP, GIZ etc; ii. Proficiency in spoken and written English. A good command over regional language of partner Cities is an advantage.

About the organisation

Established in 1976, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, for research and capacity building for urban sector in India. NIUA’s broad objective is to bridge the gap between research and practice on issues related to urbanisation. For more than 40 years now, NIUA has been the vanguard for contributing to and building the urban narrative for a fast-evolving urban India. The Institute has been actively working on bringing forth key areas of concern for urban India in order to build the urban discourse at various urban scales. It has utilised its competencies in research, knowledge management, policy advocacy and capacity building to address urban challenges and continuously striving to develop sustainable, inclusive and productive urban ecosystems in the country. It has emerged as a thought leader and knowledge hub for urban development in India and is sought out by both Indian and international organisations for collaborations and partnerships in India’s urban transforming journey. NIUA is committed towards aligning its efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through all its initiatives and programmes.

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