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State Coordinator- Capacity Building

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Coordinator- Capacity Building, 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                                                                  

Government of Bihar (GoB) is committed to provide access to Safe Water to all people of the State. Bihar is endowed with abundant groundwater resource, which is the primary source of drinking water in the State. Earlier, Public Health Engineering Department was responsible for Rural Water and Sanitation Services in the State. Hand pumps are the main source of drinking water for almost 94.9% of the rural population. Piped water supply schemes are being implemented in the State under centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). As per 2011 census, only 20% of the urban households and 2.60% of the rural households have access to piped water supply. At present, 3.5% of rural habitations are covered with piped water supply (PHED, 2016).

The Government of Bihar, in line with its good governance agenda (Sushasan Ke Karyakram), has made seven policy resolutions titled ‘Viksit Bihar ke liye Saat Nishchay’, for inclusive development of the State and has set up Bihar Vikas (Development) Mission (BVM) to plan and implement the seven resolves. The resolution includes provision of safe drinking water at the rate of 70 litres per capita per day to all the rural households through one tap house connection within a period of next five years. The initiative visualizes a policy shift - moving away from providing drinking water through hand pumps and public stand posts to providing drinking water through one tap house connection in each of the rural household. The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has developed a detailed strategy for covering the entire population, covering 1,10,000 habitations through the piped water supply. Government of Bihar is committed to rapidly scale up the service delivery in a “Mission” mode, moving away from the routine implementation approach. The task involves two key components, viz. a) Augmentation and completion of existing and ongoing schemes b) Coverage of the remaining habitations through new PWS schemes. The gross total cost of providing piped water supply to all households including price escalation assessed at 8% per annum, works out to Rs.40,938.30 Crores.

Proper upkeep and maintenance of the Rural Water Supply (RWS) systems are most critical to ensure sustainable service delivery. In line with the 73rd Constitutional Amendment and as per the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) guidelines, the ownership and responsibility for O&M management of RWS systems rests with the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

During the past years, huge investment was made for creating water supply infrastructures for rural drinking water supply network in the State, but the level of service delivery is far from satisfactory, mainly due to lack of involvement of communities from planning to commission of the rural water supply systems. Moreover, PHED lacks human resources to handle community mobilization, capacity and skill building, monitoring and other issues.

The 73rd and 74th amendments of the Constitution of India came into force in 1993 and inter alia ensured conferment of powers and responsibilities to public representative institutions for local self-governance. The State of Bihar, through Bihar Panchayti Raj Act, 2006 (Act No. 47 of 2006) Section 10 (1) has defined the functions and power of the Gram Panchayat. As per the Act, establishment, repair and maintenance of rural water supply schemes; prevention and control of water pollution and implementation of rural sanitation schemes are functions to be performed by the Panchayats in their area of jurisdiction.

The work of water supply schemes for non-quality affected areas have been transferred to PRI department and work related to SBM has been shifted to RD Department, PHED has left with only work in the water quality affected areas of the state.

In the meantime, PHED and PRI Department are trying to find out the way, how panchayats/ communities may be involved for taking the ownership of these schemes and offer a good O&M services for these rural water supply schemes on sustainable basis.

Panchayati Raj Department has issued guidelines for all the schemes; the guidelines for Piped Water Supply and Nali Gali Pakkikaran are path breaking as these attempts to devolve the powers to the ward level (through constitution of Ward Vikas Samitee). The feedback so far from the field has been very encouraging as the move is aimed at further devolving the functions.

International Development Agency is providing technical assistance to PRI Department for effective implementation of the flagship program: NRDWP in Bihar. While the guidelines are clear and explicit, it is extremely critical to institute and strengthen the systems at State, District and Block levels can support the Panchayats in effective implementation of these schemes. Further, establishing mechanisms to train and handhold the Panchayats is critical to build ‘how to’ skills at various levels to support organic implementation growth. The key question is how to support scale with quality. One of the core elements of the Technical Assistance is to provide support towards institutional strengthening of the PRI Department are at scale implementation of the MGPNY, with quality.

International Development Agency has proposed to provide Technical Assistance (TA) in the form of State Coordinator, RWS Service Delivery for smooth implementation of the flagship programme: NRDWP- MGPNY. As indicated above, the Government has capacity gaps in their structures to initiate and scale up this initiative. The institutional restructuring process is lengthy and cumbersome as it involves sustained financial commitment from the government’s budget. Government has requested HR support from International Development Agency who can provide gap filler through provision of consultant during the crucial period of the initial phase of the new initiatives.

3. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:

The purpose of the assignment is to assist GoB in capacity building & roll out of MGPNY: improvement in rural drinking water service delivery at scale with quality.
 
4. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the technical guidance of the WASH Specialist & WASH Officer of the International Development Agency, Bihar, the State Coordinator would provide support in building the capacity of the PRIs towards – conducting all their functions, e.g. planning, financial management and implementation of schemes, with improved service delivery at scale with quality.

Key Job Responsibilities:

(1) Provide technical assistance to roll out of Strategy on PRI led O&M of rural water supplies in the state: Guidelines for community participation in O&M of Rural Water Supply Schemes, as per agreed strategy;
(2) Developing the strategy for scaling up improved water supply in rural habitations, with emphasis on Mahadalit communities and marginalized communities;
(3) Coordinate with agencies for roll out and hand holding support to PR institutions for improved RWS service delivery;
(4) Facilitate in adoption of MGPNY: improvement in rural drinking water service delivery at scale with quality;
(5) Provide technical assistance in evolution of different sustainable models for implementation of community based water supply schemes and their sustained maintenance;
(6) Prepare evidence based quarterly analytical reports for PRI Department to address the critical issues and areas of support from the State headquarter and mitigation (including risk reduction) actions with respect to RWS service delivery;
(7) Undertake visits to the districts and review functioning of the RWS schemes and provide quarterly updates on the same to PRI Department and the organization for necessary follow-ups;
(8) Participate in various RWS training programmes at different level as the coordinator and resource person.

5. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
(1) Applicants should have master’s degree in civil engineering (M.E. or M.Tech.) with specialization in one of the areas - water resources and hydraulic engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, water supply and distribution management.     

Experience:
(1) Minimum eight years of experience in water supply sector including working with government structures;
(2) At least three years of experience in planning, designing, implementation and monitoring of public water supply schemes, preferably with community based approaches;
(3) Experience in decentralized governance, capacity building of PRIs to plan, implement and manage operation and maintenance (O&M) of Rural Water Supply Services;
(4) Experience in conceptualization, developing strategies, manuals for rural water supplies involving communities would be an asset;
(5) Previous work experience in Bihar and neighboring states would be an asset.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Excellent understanding of national/ state programmes policies and operating environment for implementation of national flagship programme NRDWP;
(3) Strong research and analytical skills including consultations;
(4) Good knowledge of computers and its operations. Proficiency in using MS-office and its application would be essential;
(5) Knowledge of English is essential, working knowledge of Hindi would be an added advantage.

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

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

7. 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.

8. LOCATION: Patna, Bihar

9. DURATION:

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

10. REFERENCE: SC-CB

11. 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-cb@sams.co.in

12. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to sc-cb@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 May 28, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.