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Job Description

State Coordinator- Birth Registration

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Coordinator- Birth Registration, International Development Agency, Patna, Bihar

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

Birth registration, the official recording of a child’s name and age, provides the child with a legal identity. Having a legal identity permits children to claim rights and services and is an important step towards acquisition of a nationality. Knowing the age of a child is also central to protecting children from child labour, being arrested and treated as adults in the justice system, forcible conscription in armed forces, child marriage and trafficking. A birth certificate may support the traceability of unaccompanied and separated children and promote safe migration. Furthermore, birth registration, is an essential component of a country’s civil registry, supports vital statistics, efficient government and planning. The right to a name and nationality and to be registered at birth is enshrined in Article 7 of the convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and in other human rights conventions. The Government of India, as a signatory to the UN Convention on Child Rights, 1989, has the obligation to ensure registration of every birth. In India the registration of births and deaths is done under the provisions of a Central Act, Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 and the corresponding rules are framed there. The registration of births, deaths and still births are compulsory under the provisions of Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969, in all parts of the Country.

As per the 2014 Annual Report on Vital Statistics of India based on CRS - Level of Registration of birth and death, State of Bihar recorded 64.2% birth and 24.1% death whereas the National averages were 88.8% Birth Registration and 74.3% Death Registration. Low birth registration rates and lesser percentage of birth certificates issued both in rural and urban areas is a challenge. These can be attributed to the following:

(1) Lack of awareness about the need and importance of registration of births and death;
(2) Lack of awareness about the place and registration authorities to whom to report, particularly in the case of rural areas;
(3) Lack of procedural knowledge among the registration functionaries;
(4) Inadequate and ill-equipped staff;
(5) Low importance assigned to civil registration work;
(6) Provision of less resources in the state budget for birth registration;
(7) Lack of convergence among key departments associated with birth registration;
(8) Low importance accorded to evidence based planning;
(9) Weak service delivery mechanisms particularly in civil strife affected districts;
(10) Low utility of birth certificate;
(11) Low use of population statistics for development planning and monitoring.

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of consultancy on birth registration is to undertake review (desk and field) of status of birth/death registration, consultation with stakeholders, identify bottlenecks and provide technical inputs in preparation of state roadmap for improving civil registration in the state. Consultancy on civil registration intends to understand the length and breadth of the problem and provide technical strategic guidance on preparing roadmap and long term plan for improving civil registration in the state. The inputs will be provided for recommendations on policy advocacy and system strengthening so that gaps can be narrowed.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the overall guidance of the Chief Registrar, Directorate of Economics & Statistics, GoB of the International Development Agency, the State Coordinator shall be responsible for:

(1) Assist Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES) in developing set of activities for 2017 and develop work plan to implement those prioritized activities;
(2) Provide support in planning and organizing State level Consultation on Civil Registration in 2017;
(3) Take lead in planning for divisional ToT on Civil Registration and Vital System;
(4) Assist in good quality training on birth and death registration in selected low performing districts (including High Priority Districts – Gaya & Purnea) and at the district level, if required;
(5) Support preparing a training kit, including presentations, resource material and apt reading material (in Hindi) for the trainings and develop monitoring formats;
(6) Support roll out of online software issued from ORGI;
(7) Analyze data on birth and death registration from different sources including monthly reporting system and suggest suitable action points and plan to DES;
(8) Assist in statistical analysis of different data related to vital events and support the production of key reports in collaboration with the Directorate of Economics & Statistics;
(9) Support validation of all vital registration in DES publications, press releases, briefing notes and presentations;
(10) Support innovative ways to best serve the Directorate of Economics & Statistics in-house data and information needs at the state and district level.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
(1) Applicants must have a Post graduate degree in Statistics/ Demography/ Sociology/ Economics or related field.

Experience:
(1) At least eight years of professional work experience in a data management field related to the development sector with special focus on analyzing and tracking demographic indicators is highly desirable;
(2) Experience in research and documentation, field surveys and participatory assessments are desirable.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Knowledge and prior experience of working with data processing software e.g. SPSS, EPI-Info, GIS based data packages and other data analysis software are required. Experience of using excel based data systems, Microsoft office, including power points are necessary;
(2) Good writing and presentation skills is must in both English and Hindi;
(3) Knowledge of Government Functioning at the State and District levels will be considered an advantage;
(4) Proven experience of developing knowledge products – fact sheets, analytical reports etc.

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

The SC-BR 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: Patna with need base travel to field.

8. DURATION:

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

9. REFERENCE: SC-BR

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: sc-br@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to sc-br@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 organization and expected compensation, by March 13, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.