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State Consultant – Emergency Preparedness and Response

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant – Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Development Agency, Patna, Bihar


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

Project Background:

IDA Bihar Field Office supports the Government of Bihar (GoB) in adaptation and state-wide implementation of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India (GOI) Strategy document for Reproductive Maternal New Born and Child Health plus Adolescent (RMNCH+A) program to guide action to accelerate reduction of maternal and child mortality, with focus on the most deprived populations. Bihar is a disaster-prone state that is constantly bearing the brunt of devastating floods, droughts and even earthquakes.

In Bihar, floods have become a recurrent and annual phenomenon.  It accounts for almost half of India’s average annual flood losses. 2017 floods in Bihar that engulfed 22 districts without much early warning is arguably the worst floods of Bihar since 1987. Nine districts of Northern Bihar were most severely affected. Close to 514 deaths and 17.16 million people, including 7.89 million children, were affected. From the initial assessment, it is known that 6.1 million children in the primary schools and 2.68 million children in the middle schools in 211 blocks were adversely impacted due to loss of school days and teaching learning material. Hence the protective environment for large number of children continues to remain challenged; a big risk of losing what has been achieved for children through development action.

In this scenario, years of efforts in developing even basic amenities get wiped out in the blink of an eye. Against the backdrop of poverty and under development in Bihar, floods of this scale have devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people and has the potential to push them backwards by many years. It further exacerbates their inability to come out from the circle of poverty. The poor have thus less access to social and economic opportunities. Out migration (largely male) to other states is very common in these areas and large majority of people are extremely resource poor, mainly small farmers, casual non‐farm daily wage laborer and small vendors.

Taking the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) forward, which is a comprehensive 15-year (2015-30) framework with seven global targets and four priority areas, the government of Bihar has developed a 15-year Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap for Bihar which is probably the first organized attempt anywhere in the world after WCDRR. The DR Roadmap has been developed over a one-year period through an intensive multi-level multi-stakeholder consultative process. The 4 priorities under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are: 1. Understanding disaster risk, 2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk, 3. Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, 4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

IDA has been proactively providing support to the Disaster Management Department by deploying experienced and skilled Field Coordinators with background in Health, Nutrition, CP and DRR on the request from the Department of Disaster Management Department and State Health Society Bihar during disasters such as the 2017 floods. This has contributed to improving the efficiency of relief operations at the Relief Centres and enabled basic services and responsiveness of line-departments to the need of flood impacted women and children.

The World Humanitarian Summit (2016) outcome, “The Grand Bargain” (GB), dedicated its sixth work stream to the ‘Participation Revolution’, while the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (ISAC) commitments of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) on Quality and Accountability focused on transforming ways to empower local actors and enhancing their participation in the humanitarian programme cycle by putting people affected by disasters at the centre of humanitarian action. Research suggests that accountability and localization improves quality, effectiveness and impact of disaster preparedness and action. Studies and analysis have repeatedly shown that there is no systematic engagement with communities, especially a two-way communication in which affected population receive information and are engaged in problem identification or planning for solutions and the design of the disaster response remains insufficiently informed by the views and feedback of the most at-risk communities. Government of India (GOI) has gradually been refocusing its approach towards/on Disaster Management (DM), from a relief-centric to a more holistic one, covering the entire DM cycle of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation. This approach reflects the conviction that sustainable development can only be reached by addressing disaster risk through disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation. NDMA has also started initiatives such as Apda Mitra to train community volunteers and others to strengthen linkages with the last mile populations for improved disaster preparedness and building resilient communities. it has been assessed that lives can be saved with programs such as IDA supported Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR)/Resilient Village Programme in Bihar, which focuses on community engagement, develops capacity and capability for DRR planning and action at community levels. During 2017 floods, in CBDRR villages, there was zero mortality compared to other flooded districts and visible transformation in affected villagers from passive victims to active agents of disaster mitigation. Government of Bihar after assessing the results of CBDRR villages, first time actioned social sector recovery planning in the state under the leadership of United Nations Disaster Management team and to connect early recovery with better preparedness for floods in the subsequent year. Hence, there is a need to have a comprehensive communication system to engage communities in all stages of the programme cycle and integrate disaster risk management practice into it (disaster response, DRR and development continuum)


Working in close collaboration with C4D Officer/Specialist, IDA, the State Consultant – Emergency Preparedness and Response will be responsible for assisting IDA and the Government of Bihar in drafting and operationalizing a comprehensive child centered Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) strategy with Social and Behaviour Change Communication approach focusing on prevention, mitigation preparedness and response. S/He will also be responsible for building the capacity of key stakeholders including frontline workers on operationalizing the strategy.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Provide technical inputs and coordination for a Rapid assessment/dipstick study for understanding the current Attitudes, practices, preparedness levels and indigenous coping mechanisms of the communities with regard to recurring emergencies (Floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones) in the state;
(2 Generate evidence on child centered CBDRM programme and provide technical oversight to the disaster management department for designing and development of Social and Behavior change communication strategy for promotion of Positive risk behaviors;
(3) Support development of state specific guidelines and costed operational plans under SDMA;
(4) Provide supportive supervision for implementation of SBCC activities for preparedness of the school safety program in the state;
(5) Supportive supervision and technical inputs into community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) program in the state;
(6) Build capacities of the relevant convergent departments for the implementation of the above program priorities;
(7) Any other task assigned by the Supervisor.


(1) Applicants must have a Post graduate Degree/ Diploma in Social work, Sociology, Communication design or related Social Science from a nationally acclaimed/ reputed institute.

(1) Minimum five years of experience of working within government systems with strong liaising skills;
(2) Experience of working in disaster risk reduction / emergency response / disaster management is essential;
(3) Knowledge of national/State training guidelines on the above is desired.

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;
(3) Good track record demonstrating managerial skills and experience in administration of community-based programs in disaster management
(4) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyze reports, plan and monitor projects
(5) Excellent written communication inter-personal communication and advocacy skills
(6) Fluency in Hindi and English (both written and verbal) language;
(7) Computer literacy is essential


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


Professional fees of the selected candidate shall be Rs. 1,00,000 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-EPR).

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.



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 


Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to 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 or before September 30, 2018.