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State Consultant SBCC - Adolescent Empowerment

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant SBCC- Adolescent Empowerment (SC-AE), 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:

Adolescence marks the developmental transition from childhood to adulthood, a time when many important social, economic, biological, and demographic events set the stage for adult life. The nature and quality of young people’s future lives, as well as a country’s future social and economic development, depend largely on how well adolescents navigate this transition. In India, numerous social, economic and health factors may undermine the ability of adolescents to lead full and productive lives.

Adolescents (10 – 19 years) in Bihar comprise of 22.47 percentages of its total population (Census 2011). Of the total adolescent population 59.50 percent belongs to the 10-14 years age group and about 40.50 percent are in the 15-19 years age group. Females comprise nearly 46 per cent and males 54 per cent of the total adolescent population. The adolescent sex ratio in Bihar is 854 (Females per 1000 males). 39.1 percent of women (between the ages 20 – 24 years ever married) are married before the legal minimum age. Among young women aged 15-19, 12.2 per cent are already mothers or pregnant.

Prevalence of moderate to severe anemia among adolescent girls is as high as 55 percent. Only around 42 percent adolescents reach the Secondary level of education and a large number of school drop outs forms the potential labour-force, mainly in an unorganized sector. A rough estimate suggests that over 50 thousand young people (below the age of 18 years) embark upon unsafe migration every year in search of economic opportunities in different parts of the country. Due to enormous gaps in educational opportunities, poor skills and fewer job opportunities, the demographic ‘window of opportunities’ is turning into a cohort of these young people getting excluded with limited space and opportunities.

One of the resolves of Bihar Vikas Mission is to provide employment and skill development opportunities to youth, however, majority of the adolescents will never reap the benefits as in most of the cases, the eligibility is for those above 18 years. Also, in most cases, adolescents who do not have basic education are not eligible. Indeed, there are schemes and programmes available as part of social security measures for the most deprived and marginalized to access health, education, nutrition and other entitlements, however, the above data suggests a skewed inequity and deprivation of adolescents, especially girls. These inequities need to be addressed for greater gains to ensure a prosperous and equitable future.

Despite representing a large proportion of the population, adolescents are widely excluded from decisions that affect them, have limited access to information on issues affecting their lives, and have limited spaces and opportunities to acquire and share knowledge and to participate actively in decision-making processes. Adolescents are largely invisible as citizens.

IDA has been supporting the Government of India’s flagship program RKSK on adolescent health. The state RKSK unit was strengthened by way of capacity building of Counselors/ANMs of AFHCs, adoption of Menstrual Health SBCC package and supportive supervision of AFHCs in order to operationalise them was undertaken. In a bid to expand the scope of the adolescent programme in Bihar, IDA supported Women Development Corporation (WDC) under the department of Social Welfare in 2017 to establish a Cell for adolescents to address all issues related to adolescents including health, nutrition, education, protection, exploitation, participation and skill development in a holistic manner leading to adolescent empowerment. The objective of the Adolescent Cell is to coherently weave the various disparate flagship schemes and programmes being implemented by different government departments resulting in a State Action Plan with a robust convergence mechanism for implementation of all the programmes under the adolescent beam.

In order to further strengthen the adolescent program component of the government, C4D cluster proposes to engage a State Consultant SBCC Adolescent Empowerment to support the system strengthening and institutional capacity development for implementation of adolescent programmes in the state under the Adolescent Cell. The Senior State Consultant, under the guidance of Bihar C4D team and in coordination with other Programme Specialists and government partners, will provide technical oversight and support to the WDC and other related departments on all components of the program including RKSK, WIFS, adolescent pregnancy and nutrition, menstrual hygiene management, sexual and reproductive health, continuance of secondary education, skill development and digital/social media literacy.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the C4D Officer/ Specialist, the State Consultant SBCC - Adolescent Empowerment (SC-AE), shall be responsible to provide technical support to the state in strengthening the implementation of Adolescent program in the state.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Strengthen the capacity of Adolescent Cell to be able to implement the adolescent program in the state including SBCC activities for effective demand generation, advocacy, inter-sectoral convergence, capacity development, partnership building and MLE;
(2) Provide technical assistance to state government to develop and rollout SBCC strategies for adolescent engagement, participation, child marriage and promoting appropriate practices and social norms;
(3) Initiate and support in mapping of partners/stakeholders and their role under adolescent health (RKSK programme) and facilitate setting up coordination, convergence and accountability mechanisms along with regular review;
(4) Support state and districts through quality assurance to adapt training modules on MHM and life skills ensure quality training, and mainstreaming of the module into the regular capacity building systems;
(5) Initiate partnership building with youth based organizations, peer networks for training, peer mentoring, health promotion and awareness generation activities, demand generation activities;
(6) Facilitate implementation of supportive supervision mechanisms;
(7) Review existing HMIS indicators with the aim of incorporating indicators on adolescent health as part of regular monitoring system under NHM and other line departments;
(8) Rigorous field visits to monitor effectiveness of implementation and provide quality assurance for activities;
(9) Identify convergence platforms with regard to geographical reach and programmatic focus on Child Marriage, Adolescent nutrition, Adolescent pregnancy, etc.;
(10) Participate and represent, as required in state/district/block workshops, advocacy consultations, review and convergence meetings;
(11) Any other task as assigned by the Supervisor.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
Applicants must be Post graduate degree/diploma in Social work, Sociology, Communication design or related Social Science from a nationally acclaimed/ reputed institute.

Experience:
(1) Minimum ten years of work experience at regional or district level in programme management including coordinating, developing, planning and monitoring of adolescent related interventions, modules and guidelines;
(2) Minimum five years of experience of working within government systems with strong liaising skills.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Understanding of the concepts of Social and Behaviour Change Communication;
(2) Understanding of the concepts of Adult learning, Social Mobilization, IPC and Participatory methods of training, communication research is preferred;
(3) Proven skills in undertaking training need assessment and performance gaps analysis to identify areas, topics and skills for trainings;
(4) Good track record demonstrating managerial skills and experience in administration of adolescent programs;
(5) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyze reports, plan and monitor projects;
(6) Understanding of national flagship programmes on SSA, RKSK, RTE, RMSA, KGBV,NHM, SABLA, LSBA, SBM will be an added advantage;
(7) Fluency in Hindi and English (both written and verbal) language;
(8) Computer literacy essential.

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

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

6. PROFESSIONAL FEES:

Professional fees of the selected candidate shall be Rs. 1,07,000 per month for the period of the consultancy assignment. (Note: Subsistence, Mobility and Contingency support shall be separately provided, to address field travel and related costs incurred by the SC-AE).

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, 2018.

9. REFERENCE: SC-AE

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: scae@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to scae@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 July 15, 2018.