Project Coordinator (Business & Human Rights)


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (French: Programme des Nations unies pour le développement, PNUD) is the United Nations' global development network. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. The UNDP provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 1+ Years
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Jul 17, 2022

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Despite the introduction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), corporate houses tended not to take issue. After the Human Development Report was published in 2000 which stated, ‘Of all Human Rights failures today, those in economic and social affect by far the larger number and are most wide spread across world’s nations and large number of people’, while corporate sector is gradually addressing human rights concerns in the business sector.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has promoted people centric economic development without compromising human value, dignity and rights. Nepal stands ready to follow a more stable development pathway – one that supports inclusive growth leading to the realization of the Government of Nepal’s vision of “Prosperous Nepal-Happy Nepali” where the major focus is in developing infrastructure and bringing in private sector investment aimed at attaining a high economic growth rate. However, human prosperity and happiness will not be possible unless government’s development efforts and private sector investment are made in compliance with universally accepted human values, human rights standards.

Nepal’s constitution, under the directive principles and state Policies, highlighted sustainable economic development with the involvement and participation of the public, private and cooperative sectors. Keeping this in mind, laws are more receptive towards the contribution business sectors in economic development. There are laws in place to promote competition and market promotion along with laws that govern foreign direct investments that directly affect the business sector. While there are laws that have created feasibility and growth of investments in the business sector, we can also see laws that regulate these businesses making sure that they ensure respect, protection and promotion of human rights.

The “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” outlines the role of business and governments in respecting human rights. The Principles do not create any new international legal obligations on companies or the private agencies, but they help concerns to operate with full respect to human rights and meet their legal responsibilities set out in domestic laws.

The 5th National Human Rights Action Plan 2020-2024 has included development of National Action Plan on Business and Human rights as one of the strategic action in line with the UNGP on Business and Human Rights. Government of Nepal, in the leadership of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS), has been developing a National Action Plan on Business and Human rights. UNDP, through Access to Justice project, has been engaged extensively in advocacy, technical assistance and dialogues facilitation.

In this context, UNDP has been engaging in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs clarify the duty of states and the responsibility of businesses to uphold international norms and treaties on human rights. The UNGPs rest on three pillars: 1) the State’s duty to protect human rights; 2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and; 3) the joint responsibility of both the State and businesses sector to provide access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses. Human rights activists, and development practitioners are deepening their work on a wide variety of thematic areas, while leading national and multi-national enterprises are embedding human rights due diligence approaches into their operational policies and corporate communication profiles.

UNDP Nepal is intervening various activities in collaboration with Ministry Federal Ministries, National Human Rights Institutions, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and relevant stakeholders. Currently UNDP implementing, the project, Business and Human Rights in Asia: Enabling Sustainable Economic Growth through the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework.

The goal of this project is to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Nepal through multi-stakeholder efforts focused on advocacy, policy development, technical advisory support, capacity building, awareness raising and innovation platforms. The project will be implemented by the UNDP Country Office in collaboration with Bangkok Regional Hub and in partnership with NHRIs, Federal Ministries, CSOs, and Private Sector on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

The Business and Human Rights Project Coordinator under the guidance of Portfolio Manager, Governance and Rule of Law Portfolio of UNDP and day to day supervision of the National Project Managers of Access to Justice (A2J)-II and NHRC’s Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP) and also Business and Human Rights, Crisis Prevention and Rule of Law the Bangkok Regional Hub supports for project coordination, implementation, planning, administration and reporting. The Project Coordinator also supports in policy research and developing knowledge products as well as supports communication and partnership-building. The Project Coordinator on business and human rights is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:

    • Effective coordination, delivery of project implementation, planning, administration and reporting in consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
    • Communications, awareness raising, capacity building and advocacy at national and province level.
    • Also provide necessary support and assistance in planning and implementation of the NHRC’s Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP) activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the strategic guidance of National Programme Manager, the incumbent will report to and work under the direct supervision of the Portfolio Manager

Effective coordination, delivery of project implementation, planning, administration and reporting in consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

  • Provide support for effective and smooth project coordination and implementation;
  • Support to establishing and strengthening the coordination with stakeholders and project clients;
  • Prepare and coordinate in the preparation of annual and quarterly work plans, quarterly reports, and progress reports (quarterly, yearly) with a high level of accuracy of project results as per UNDP requirements;
  • Facilitate to conduct the training of government/non-governmental representatives on Business and Human Rights to support institutional knowledge and capacity building;
  • Support for continued monitoring for smooth delivery of the project and result-based reporting;
  • Collate with Managers and other experts to ensure effective implementation of policies and guidelines  and in monitoring the progress of the project implementation;
  • Strengthen the coordination and collaboration with the Ministries, NHRIs, other partners, local government, and stakeholders including CSOs for delivery of project outputs in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Engage in regular dialogue with partners and working groups of business and human rights in maintaining relation and tracking new opportunities of project intervention;
  • Support the collection, collation and documentation of project database, and ensure availability of latest information for informed decision making by consistently updating and maintaining the existing databases/information;
  • Ensure project meets expectations as specified in project document, and update CO management and Bangkok Regional Hub as required in collaboration with UNDP Nepal Portfolio Manager;
  • Draft concept notes, note to the file, program agenda, budgeting and programme report in implementation of the project;
  • Draft terms of reference and request for proposals (RFP) for sub-contractors, and consultants and ensure timely procurement of goods and services;
  • Perform any other assignments, as requested by the Portfolio Manager in consultation with National Project Managers.

Communications, awareness raising, capacity building and advocacy at national and province level.

  • Coordinate and support to organize the national events on Business and Human Rights and other relevant areas to support knowledge building and exchange of best practices;
  • Provide necessary support to make sure the certain level of quality of the project’s products, consultants’/partners reports, works etc;
  • Coordinate with the designated national and sub-national counterparts on formation of Steering committees and stakeholder committees.

Mainstreaming Gender and social inclusive approaches in the implementation

  • Coordinate to mainstream gender and social inclusion in the implementation;
  • Try to outline key activities in the plan to respond to the gender inequality;
  • Ensure participation of women and excluded communities in the project interventions and decision making.
Also provide necessary support and assistance in planning and implementation of the NHRC’s Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP) activities.
  • Achieve Results: Level 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: Level 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: Level 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: Level 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: Level 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: Level 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Level 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Business Direction and Strategy

  • Business Acumen and Commercial Thinking:
    • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome
    • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks
  • Effective Decision Making : Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
  • Strategic Thinking
    • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP`s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
    • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management

  • Resource Management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity

 Administration & Operations

  • Documents and records management: Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Masters  degree from a recognized university in management/social science, economics, development studies, human rights, law, business administration or any other relevant field or
  • Bachelors degree in the related fields with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of a Master’s degree
  • No experience needed with Master’s degree or 2 years with a Bachelor’s degree of relevant work experience in programme or project coordination planning, management,  implementation as well as reporting;
  • Demonstrated skills in preparing high-quality reports;
  • Experience in working with the government, UNDP and other international agencies, NHRIs, business, and civil society, preferably on Human Rights issues is also an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Nepali, both written and oral, at a professional level is essential.


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How to Apply

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