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Aspirational District Coordinators

International Development Agency

Districts of Assam: Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi and Udalgiri

1. POSITION(S) VACANT: Aspirational District Coordinators (Seven Vacancies; Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi and Udalgiri Districts), International Development Agency, Assam

 

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:
 

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

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND:
 

The Aspirational Districts Programme was launched by the Prime Minister in January 2018. The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers and District Collectors), and Competition among Districts, driven by a mass movement. With States as the main drivers, the program focuses on the strength of each district, identifying low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measuring progress and ranking districts. A total of 115 districts have been identified across 28 states, at least one from each state. The major focus of the program is to raise the living standards of its citizens and ensure inclusive growth for all, to enable the optimum utilization of their potential. The focus area is divided into five sectors viz. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure, with 49 key performance indicators to measure the progress of each district. The objective of the programme is to monitor the real-time progress of Aspirational Districts based on 49 indicators (81 data-points) from the five identified thematic areas. NITI Aayog in partnership with the Government of Andhra Pradesh has created a dashboard for monitoring the real-time progress of all districts. Amongst the ranking of 101 Aspirational Districts shared by NITI Aayog, the seven districts in Assam viz Baksa, Dhubri, Darrang, Hailakandi, Udalguri, Gaolpara and Barpeta ranked 66, 68, 73, 76, 79, 84 and 87 respectively. Among the five sectors, health and nutrition sector is with 30% of the overall composite score and the programme has identified 13 indicators to focus on antenatal care, postnatal care, and gender parity, health of new-borns, growth of children, contagious diseases, and health infrastructure.

 

Government of India has identified development partners for each state across the country who are committed to providing technical assistance to the state government to implement RMNCH+A, strategy now focusing on the Aspirational Districts. The IDA is a lead partner under RMNCH+A initiative for Assam. In addition, the scope of the RMNCH+A strategy encompasses cross sectoral convergence, notably with Nutrition, WASH, C4D and Advocacy/ Communications for equity planning, implementation and monitoring. 

 

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

The Aspirational District Coordinators (ADCs) shall be responsible for providing technical support for quality implementation of high impact, evidence-based interventions under the umbrella of RMNCH+A in the Aspirational Districts, with specific focus on Quality Assurance of intrapartum care and care during birth, convergent programming, innovations and capacity building models.  

 

The ADCs shall provide high-end technical as well as supportive supervision support to NHM and co-ordinate with other related line departments for intensification and harmonization of efforts under the RMNCH+A strategy in the aspirational districts of Assam.

 

The ADCs will be a part of State RMNCH+A Unit at NHM and provide regular support to key implementing departments for RMNCH+A programmatic components for overall planning, implementation, monitoring and supportive supervision.

 

ADCs will also support the IDA supported convergent programme, especially in the tea gardens and riverine areas in partnership with TG associations, NGOs and CBOs. This would contribute to linkages being established between the efforts by the NGOs/ CBOs and government flagship programs. 

 

Key Deliverables:

(1) Specific policy recommendations/ incentives in place to address HR gaps for outreach and facility-based care in the designated, seven districts of Assam.

(2) Monthly supportive supervision mechanism for labour rooms and SNCU put in place in the district.

(3) Analysis and feedback of Supportive supervision data from RMNCH+A monitoring.

(4) Support for planning HR policy in relation to Labor room and SNCUs.

(5) Generate evidence for policy decisions in relation to gender gaps for newborn girl (female admissions in SNCUs, adolescent pregnancies).

(6) Use of national survey/HMIS data sets for the district planning for prioritizing interventions and addressing inequities.

(7) Support to social protection/universal health coverage policy/advocacy.

(8) Advocacy/policy/evidence generation for gender/value of the girl child.

(9) Support preparedness of health systems through risk informed programming.

(10) Capacity building of program managers for effective program management.

(11) Support for training/capacity building workshops for program managers particularly for enhancing M&E skills.

(12) Support for comprehensive supportive supervision by system supervisors (develop SS plans, monitoring checklists, analysis of the data).

(13) ICT solutions for health systems, innovations and knowledge management.

(14) Evidence generation and documentation of good practices.

(15) IT solutions for improved data collection, analysis and utilization for action.

(16) District-specific strategy for SBCC on RMNCH+A developed, costed, budgeted and rolled out in the district.

(17) Demand generation for RMNCH+A

 

(a) Support strengthening SBCC component through inclusion of adolescent pregnancy; adolescent HIV and institutional delivery as behavioural targets of the integrated SBCC strategy development  

(b) Support for improving interpersonal communication by service providers to improve doctor patient relationship and improve client satisfaction for RMNCH+A services

 

(18) Facilitate to identify the gap in RMNCH+A service delivery among the most marginalized communities i.e. among tea garden communities and char area population. Support in developing strategies and planning for most marginalized communities.

 

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

 

Qualification:
(1) Any Medical/ BHMS/ BAMS/ Public Health Graduate.

(2) Post-graduate training in Paediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine/ Public Health is desirable.

 

Experience:

(1) At least two years field experience in MCH program/ project management at state/ regional level, with professional knowledge of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and IMNCI is essential.

(2) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of Maternal/ Child Survival.

(3) Experience in planning and management of Health Sector /RCH programs

 

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills

(2) High level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software

(3) Excellent oral and written communication & presentation skills in English and Hindi. Knowledge of Assamese and or Bengali would be an added advantage

(4) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports, plan and monitor projects.

 

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 8-10 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables. Occasional travel to the State HQ/ other districts/ outside the state, may also be required, as per programme needs.

 

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

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

 

7. REMEUNERATION, DSA:

 

Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.

 

Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form, comprising:

 

(a) Monthly Professional Fees and

(b) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for field travel outside the duty station.

 

(Notes:

(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process

(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.

 

8. LOCATION: ADCs shall be based in the Office of Joint Director (Health Services) in Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi and Udalgiri districts.

 

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2019.

 

10. REFERENCE: ADC-HLTH-AS

 

11. 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 
 

12. APPLICATION PROCESS:

 

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link http://apply.samshrm.com by or before January 27, 2019.