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Job Description

Project Officer - Adolescence Education Program

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION(S) VACANT: Project Officer - Adolescence Education Program, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Patna, Bihar
 

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN organization working for reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

 

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting Government of Bihar (GoB) and Bihar State Madarsa Education Board (BSMEB) in implementing Adolescence Education Program (AEP) in Government aided/recognized Madarsas of Bihar. The project seeks to enhance knowledge and skills of Madarsa adolescents through age and context specific learning materials, training of teachers, and strengthening of systems. The pilot phase of this intervention was initiated in 2019 for 373 Madarsas in the Purnia and Katihar District.

 

High level advocacy with Government of Bihar and BSMEB has convinced the State Government of the potential of this initiative. The project is being upscaled in the entire Bihar State (38 Districts) covering approximately 2500 Madarsas and reaching out to 1.2 lakh adolescents in Madarsas annually with the support of Department of Minority Welfare, Government of Bihar, and under the leadership of Bihar State Madarsa Education Board. The upscaling will be done in partnership with BSMEB, Department of Minority Welfare, Department of Education, Government of Bihar, UNFPA and credible national institutions. The age and context specific teaching will be introduced from Grade VI – X, through a cascading training approach centred around 50 Regional Resource Centres (1 RRC/40 Madarsas) and State Resource Centre through a period of three years.

 

A high level Empowered Committee will oversee the implementation of the project under the leadership of Bihar State Madarsa Education Board. UNFPA will provide technical assistance and systems strengthening for the project.

 

AEP cell is envisaged to be a technical and managerial pivot for the implementation of the project that will work under Bihar State Madarsa Education Cell and will provide administrative, managerial, and technical direction and inputs for achieving the results of the project. A dedicated team will be placed at the offices of Bihar State Madarsa Education Board’s office at Patna and Purnia which manage, guide and oversee the implementation. The AEP cell will be responsible for enabling execution of the inputs. A major task of the AEP cell would be to identify and operationalize the 50 Regional Resource Centres, which will be the administrative and technical resource hubs for a unit of 40 Madarsas including building capacities of Madarsas on training, counselling, career guidance, creative expressions and MIS.

 

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Reporting to the State Program Coordinator of UNFPA, Bihar and Project Manager, AEP Cell, the Project Officer shall be responsible for providing essential support to the project and will be working with other team members to achieve project success. The position will primarily be responsible for executing and monitoring the activities of project, especially in operationalization of Regional Resource Centres.

 

Key Deliverables:

(1) Identify and prepare listing of potential Madarsas to be developed as Regional Resource Centres in coordination with all the stakeholders;

(2) Draft short material on the role, scope and competencies for Regional Resource centres and network with potential Madarsas to explain the role of Regional Resource Centres in the project;

(3) Support Identified Regional Resource Centres to enhance their capacities as per their envisaged role in the project;

(4) Support Madarsa Board in planning and monitoring of training;

(5) Develop systems to operationalize Regional Resource Centres and monitor the progress on a regular basis;

(6) Align the Regional Resource Centres operationalization with the State Resource Centre at Darbhanga in coordination with Implementing Partners;

(7) Coordinate the execution/implementation activities under guidance from Senior Project Manager and Regional Office of Madarsa Board;

(8) Collect and collate the information/data on Regional Resource Centres and prepare monthly reports;

(9) Initiate documentation of different activities in the project in close co-ordination with relevant stakeholders;

(10) Undertake field visits as and when required to assess the progress of the implementation.

 

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

 

Qualification:
Applicant must have bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

 

Experience:

(1) Minimum three to five years of experience in executing and managing program activities;
(2) Prior experience of working with Madarsa system will be and added advantage;

 

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Fluency in written and spoken Urdu is mandatory;
(2) Ability to understand and address development related issues;
(3) Proficiency in operating computers and MS Office package;

(4) Ability to work with a diverse group and settings;
(5) Willingness and ability to travel extensively.
 

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:
 

The Project Officer -Adolescence Education Program shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

 

6. REMEUNERATION:

 

The selected candidate shall be paid a consolidated amount of Rs. 50,000 per month based on salary history, qualification and experience.

 

7. LOCATION: Bihar State Madarsa Education Board, Patna

 

8. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued an initial consultancy contract for one year, extendable for further period subject to satisfactory performance.

 

9. REFERENCE: PO-AEP-UNFPA

 

10. CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Team SAMS
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 
 

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

 

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link http://apply.samshrm.com, by or before January 18, 2020.