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Regional Coordinator

International Development Agency

Hazaribagh and Palamu, Jharkhand (Number of Vacancies:2)

1. POSITION VACANT: Regional Coordinator, International Development Agency, Hazaribagh and Palamu, Jharkhand (RC-H&P)

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Our client is a respected, International Development Agency, that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.

Project Background                                                                  

Jharkhand is one of the poorest states in India with one of the highest under five mortality (48 per 1000 live births). Per RSOC 13-14, the underweight prevalence among children of five years is 42 percentage, which is highest in the country. About 47.4 percentage of children in Jharkhand under five years are stunted or too short for their age, which indicates that they have been under-nourished for some time.

15.6 percentage of the children are wasted, or too thin for their height because of inadequate recent food intake or a recent illness, according to RSOC 13-14.  By all three measures (underweight, stunting and wasting) of nutritional status, children in Jharkhand have a worse nutritional status than in most of the states. Jharkhand has the highest rate of anaemia among women of age 15-49 years in the country.  About 70.6 percentage of women in the State are anaemic as against the national average of 56.2%.  Also, about three-fourth (70 percentage) of children of 6-59 months are anaemic , according to NHFS- 3. 73 percentage of girls are slightly more likely to have anaemia than boys, which is 68 percentage. Another area of concern is that there is a difference of only three-four percentage points between anaemia among children and women . According to RSOC 13-14, in Jharkhand, proportion of underweight children belonging to Scheduled Tribes (51.1%), Scheduled Caste (43.8%), and Other backward caste (39.1%) is very high, compared to others.

Purpose of Assignment

(1) Provide support towards knowledge management functions and support in implementing pilots and monitor outcomes in focus districts;
(2) Support in preparation of annual plans: APIP (ICDS) and nutrition components under NRHM and advocate for adequate resource allocation on essential nutrition interventions (IYCF,Vitamin A, Management of SAM, WIFS, SABLA, National Iron Plus Initiatives and USI);
(3) Identify the barriers in service delivery pertaining to infrastructure, human resources, training, monitoring and supplies; Prepare a report and share it with the District Social Welfare Officer, District Collector and the International Development agency;
(4) Support in capacity building of the district/ block functionaries on IYCN, SAM and Micronutrient programmes and ensure review of training outcomes;
(5) Provide technical support to the Department of Social Welfare and NRHM to monitor, analyze reports and capture information on key nutrition indicators through the existing MIS system of the departments;
(6) Support in strengthening the knowledge management framework and building evidence by facilitating studies, assessment and other knowledge management activities, as directed by  the International Development Agency;
(7) Coordinate with District Collector and officials of other departments to facilitate convergence, for improving nutrition outcomes, between the line departments (ICDS,NRHM, NBA, HRD, Tribal Welfare).

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the overall guidance of the District Social Welfare Officer of the International Development Agency and the direct technical supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, Jharkhand, the Regional Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the Department of Women and Child development, Health and relevant officials at both State and District level.

Key Job Responsibilities:

(A) Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)
(1) Provide support to the District Social Welfare towards the rolling out of activities forecast under restructured ICDS PIP;
(2) Provide technical support for training of functionaries on the above-mentioned components and update on IYCN and WIFS;
(3) Strengthen and expand the core group in the district and coordinate with the trainers for supporting regular capacity building sessions;
(4) Conduct visits to AWCs, VHNDs, schools and MTCs to monitor the administration of protocols to carry out validation checks and provide supportive supervision wherever required;
(5) Attend at least two block level meetings (Project Meeting) per month and carry out a capacity building activity on any component from: IYCN, WIFS, Micronutrient programmes, WHO-growth monitoring, screening of children with SAM-referrals and follow-up, MIS and reporting;
(6) Prepare block wise report card on key nutrition indicators: WIFS coverage-compliance; MTC referrals and follow-up, growth monitoring and usage of adequately iodized salt, SABLA status (wherever applicable) and share it with BLMC members; Also, attend at least two BLMCs meeting per month to facilitate discussion on the report card;
(7) Attend DLMC meeting of the district of posting and another one from the region assigned.

(B) Health
(1) Support in preparatory activities to plan the bi-annual Vitamin A round by facilitating microplan updation, pre-positioning and follow-up on supplies, formats etc. Also, ensure the inclusion of H2R area sessions in the microplan;
(2) Provide support to DRCHO to facilitate one preparatory meeting before the round and one review meeting after the round;
(3) Collect, collate, analyse and share the reports on usage of adequately iodized salt with DSWO, CS, DRCHO, FSSO and state micronutrient cell;
(4) Provide technical support towards rolling out of IYCN at the facility level, coordinate with DPMU and hospital managers to ensure district/block level IYCN trainings;
(5) Undertake regular monitoring of MTCs, in the district/region, and ensure submission of at least one checklist per MTC per month; Collate and analyse outcome indicators at MTCs (especially, default rates, cure rates and follow-up); Ensure and follow-up for timely submission of monthly reports from MTCs and weekly bed occupancy reports;
(6) Coordinate with ICDS and highlight on convergent platforms the issue of bed-occupancy, referrals etc.

(C) Human Resource Development
(1) Coordinate with DEOs (and DSEs) for the implementation of WIFS programme and identify gaps (if any) and ensure corrective measures by highlighting gaps.

(D) Others
(1) Support in knowledge management functions and rollout of pilots in focus districts;
(2) Coordinate with district based NGOs and create platform for capacity building of their functionaries on IYCN, WIFS and screening/referral/ follow-up of children with SAM;
(3) Coordinate with PRI department and seek platform to build the capacity of their functionaries on IYCN, WIFS and screening/referral/ follow-up of children with SAM innovations for wider sharing within district and with the organization and state departments; (4) Any other task as assigned by the supervisor.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
Masters in Sociology/ Anthropology/ Child Development/ Social Work/ Biotechnology/ Agriculture or MBBS/MPH/MHA or other relevant field.

Experience:
(1) Experience of more than two years in the field of child development & nutrition, emergency nutrition

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Good analytical, negotiation and communication (oral and written) skills;
(2) Computer literate and conversant with MS Office and its application, internet, e-mail;
(3) Knowledge/familiarity with the national flagship programmes (NRHM, ICDS and Education others) and experience of working with Government will be an asset;
(4) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with governmental, non-governmental and civil society organization;
(5) Knowledge of English and Hindi is essential.

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

The RC shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

6. PROFESSIONAL FEES:

Gross annual remuneration budgeted for the position is attractive. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.

7. LOCATION: Hazaribagh and Palamu, Jharkhand, with need based travel to field.

8. DURATION:

The consultancy assignment will be effective from the date of joining till December 31, 2017.

9. REFERENCE: RC

10. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 
Email: rc@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to rc@sams.co.in with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organisation and expected compensation, by January 31, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.