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April 25, 2018

Department of International Development (DFID) India recruiting to deploy Skills Policy Lead

Organization: DFID India ( Skills Policy Lead, Inclusive Growth and Investment Team )

Position: Skills Policy Lead
Reporting to: Head, Skills
Functional area: Skills

No. of Vacancies: 01
Type of Job: Contractual ( open-ended contract with a 6 months probation period )

Location: New Delhi

Grade : DFID Grade A2 / A2L (Depending on the skills and experience of applicant)
HCS/SAIC/either: Staff Appointed In Country (SAIC)
Security Clearance Required: Baseline Personal Security Standard

Purpose: You will be DFID India’s Skills Policy Lead, reporting to the Head, Skills. You will be responsible for policy and technical advice on skills development as well as leadership on connecting with stakeholders in both India and the UK.
Objective: Ensure high quality delivery of cross HMG UK – India Skill Development Strategy and Projects Key

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Educational Qualification: Postgraduate degree from a recognized university.
Experience: Minimum 7 years of experience in the Skills sector working at national or state level. Preferably, with good knowledge on UK Skills sector and understanding of inclusive approaches.
Experience of working in a development agency or a diplomatic mission will be an advantage.

Skills required: 

  • Ability to engage at senior levels of government and private sector organisations
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Ability to adjust priorities in order to meet changing demands or short-terms pressures
  • Strong people and team working skills
  • Fluent English written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft package


Civil Service Competencies: Applicants will be expected to demonstrate relevant civil service competencies at level 4. The selection process will be looking for evidence against each competency.

Civil Service Competences: Refer to “Competency framework
1. Seeing the Big Picture: Level 4 : ability to assess DFID contribute to x-HMG objectives and the skills sector
2. Effective Decision making: Level 4 competence assessing and making effective decision on strategy and policy to ensure delivery of results
3. Collaborating and Partnering: Level 4, proven, ability to deliver effectively with and through others
4. Leading and Communicating: Level 4 ability to motivate others to deliver and communicate a clear objectives
5. Delivering at Pace: Level 4 capacity to respond effectively to rapidly changing circumstances and remain resilient

Technical Competencies: Applicants will need to demonstrate relevant Programme Delivery capability for the role described in the job description. Refer to http://insight/people/Competencies/programme-delivery/Pages/default.aspx
Programme Delivery capability Competencies
1. Programme Leadership
2. Engages Others
3. Managing Risks and Issues
4. Moniter, learn and Adapt

Roles and Responsibilities: The job involves technical leadership and team working across a range of policy and programme

  • Ensure high quality technical advise on skills including, programme design, analysis and delivery
  • Engage with private sector players in UK and India involved in skills development. This will involve identifying/designing UK offer, leverage on existing and creare new opportunities (where possible) , planning roadshows or other means to showcase expertise and forging partnerships for mutual benefit
  • Lead on sectoral partnerships by:
    • Link with UK skills institutions and providers to identify and deliver sustainable business partnership opportunities
    • Liaise with UK corporates in India on the skilling agenda and encourage them to participate on the India- UK partnerships
  • Build relationships with Indian Ministry of Skills and Entrepreneurship and other bilateral/multilateral organizations to identify and deliver opportunities for the UK partners
  • Effectively engage with policy makers, civil society, businesses and corporates in India, UK/global on aspects of development and prosperity within skills sector;
  • Support cross -HMG Skills Senior Responsbile Officer (SRO) in strategy and delivery plan updates , collaboration with other teams at the British High Commission that work on the skills agenda
  • Promote inclusive approaches in the overall programme design to facilitate opportunities for women and disadvantaged groups.
  • Lead and provide feedback on the knowledge products such as research studies, policy papers and evaluation reports.
  • Collaborative working and effective communication channels with cross- HMG departments, HQ, and programme partners
  • Contribute to management of visits; submissions and briefings/PQs.
  • Write discrete pieces of analysis/policy notes to help DFID develop an understanding of challenges and opportunities and to inform and influence DFID programme strategies in the sector
  • Advise on the latest sector policy developments as well as research findings which may have implications for UK programmes. Be knowledgeable about the legal and policy issues that constrain the sector in India
  • Contribute to programme management of Skills project by being involved in delivery of project outcomes, effective engagement with partners,support/leading monitoring reviews with a clear focus on development and properity results and achieving high value for money
  • Represent/participate in national and state level policy events and dissemination workshops
  • Undertake personal and skill development to maintain high quality competencies and knowledge


DFID is a dynamic working environment and India’s development is a rapidly evolving context. The post-holder will need to be flexible in responding to new opportunities and issues as they arise.

Remuneration: The appointment will be under local terms and conditions and subject to security clearance.

  • The salary range for A2 grade is INR 22.79 – 31.63 Lakh p.a. and the salary range for A2L grade is INR 15.37 – 22.67 lakhs p.a The successful candidate will be offered a starting salary within this salary range commensurate with their qualifications and experience.
  • The British High Commission offers a good working environment and, is a preferred employer, DFID offers broader benefits beyond the financial compensation which include:
    • The opportunity to grow in an intellectually stimulating environment.
    • Professional development opportunities for Learning & Development.
    • Opportunity for work life balance and flexible working arrangements
    • Comprehensive medical and accident insurance.
    • Become part of the British Government overseas with access to career opportunities across all of our operations in India and further afield.
    • Working in an international environment.


Application Process: Completed DFID Job Application Form and an up-to-date CV should be sent to AsiaHRHubRecruit@DFID.gov.uk. Please note applications without the DFID Job Application form and CV will not be considered.

  • While applying for the position the Subject header should read as – <Your Name> A2/A2L Skills Manager Reference ID SPLA2AG-AG1117IN.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • To access DFID Job Application form, please click the link to download: Application Form_DFID India
  • The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional and medical clearance.
  • No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
  • You must have or be able to obtain work authorization for India in order to apply.


Last date to apply: 10 December 2017, 23:59 hours (11:59 PM)

Note: Please note that only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.


Why India?
India is the world’s seventh largest economy, and the third largest by purchasing power. It is also currently the world’s fastest growing major economy and will contribute more to the global rise in energy demand than any other country. However, it is home to a third of the world’s poor, 130th on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index and 76th on Transparency International’s Corruption

The scale of India and its development challenges remain large. India is home to one in six of the world’s population. While India’s cumulative growth is cementing its Middle-Income status, DFID’s focal states, were they countries, would rank amongst the least developed in the world. At the same time, India offers growth prospects for businesses and investors, both domestic as well as
international, including the UK.

In India DFID works jointly with other HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) departments like FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), DIT (Department of international trade) and RCUK (Research Councils UK) to achieve progress on UK priorities based on shared analysis that respond to India’s own top priorities; and that have the maximum potential to achieve an ambitious and enduring partnership that delivers for both India and the UK. This UK-India approach (rather than a DFID approach) is embedded in all our top deliverables for India such as Skills, National Infrastructure Investment Fund, Smart Cities, Economic Policy & Prosperity Partnership, UK-India Energy for Growth Partnership and increased co-operation globally and in third countries.

Skill Development
DFID India and British High Commission (BHC) have together begun a new phase of the UK-India development partnership focusing on Technical Assistance to open up markets, leverage investment for India’s development. In particular DFID is now focussing on areas where UK expertise, both public and private, can support India’s development through innovation, finance and skills partnerships.

This role is to support DFID’s work on skills in India – a high priority area of work for both UK and Indian governments. The UK already has a strong partnership with India on skills though several existing initiatives and there is scope to do more. You will shape the strategy for our engagement over the next 12-months and beyond, and deliver that strategy.

DFID has a Skills for Jobs project which provides technical support to Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreunership, select Sector Skills Councils and select State Skill Development missions working through other line ministries, the corporate sector and particularly bringing in the best of UK practices for an upgrade of India’s vocational education and skill development systems. We have now extended the project to operationalise an enhanced collaboration in this area. The project will, benefit up to one million people (at least 30% women and 5% disabled) directly or indirectly from better training & assessment. A Government to Government (G2G) mechanism is being worked out to provide the strategic steer and visibility to all interventions in the skills area through India-UK collaboration.

This is an exciting opportunity working in a cross-HMG team. You will need good strategic awareness and an understanding of Indian priorities at both national and state level. You will use this knowledge to promote UK strengths and successes, and to identify opportunities for the UK including for government to government collaboration and business cooperation for UK skills organisations.

The post will be based with DFID, British High Commission in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The High Commission provides a high quality and diverse working environment with sport and leisure facilities open to members of staff. The UK government is committed to equality and encourages applications from diverse backgrounds to enhance the ability of the UK mission in India to deliver its mission.