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Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin Specialist

International Development Agency

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

1. POSITION VACANT: Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin Specialist (SBMGS), Panchayat and Rural Development Department, (DoPRD), GoMP, International Development Agency, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


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

Project Background:

Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on October 2, 2014 as one of the most prioritized national flagship program of the Government of India to accelerate the rural sanitation coverage and bring an incremental change in rural lives by attaining and maintaining open defecation free communes. The program has two Sub-Missions, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) is the nodal agency to facilitate implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin that aims to achieve Clean India by October 2, 2019, as a fitting tribute to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Clean India refers to complete elimination of open defecation, judicious management of solid and liquid resources and adequate hygiene practices at all levels. 


The key objectives of SBM (G) include acceleration of sanitation coverage to eliminate open defecation, promoting overall cleanliness and adoption of hygiene practices. To achieve the SBM vision by 2019, the strategy is to motivate communities and Panchayat Raj Institutions to make Gram Panchayat Open Defecation Free (ODF) through CAS (Community Approaches to Sanitation) focusing on collective behavior change. State Water and Sanitation Mission, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh is the nodal agency for implementation and monitoring of Swachh Bharat Mission (G) in Madhya Pradesh. 


Community Approaches to Sanitation (CAS) has augmented the sanitation service level and enhanced toilet use in rural Madhya Pradesh. The state has provided safely managed sanitation facility to 6.27 million left out rural households under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen and attained “universal access” on 2nd October 2018. Here universal access refers to the households identified under the Baseline Survey 2012. According to NARSS 2017, the rural sanitation coverage in the state has been increased from the level of 30.7% as on 2nd October 2014 to 76.78% as on 2nd October 2017 i.e. increase of 46 percentage point in three years. All 50,228 villages spanning 51 districts have been declared as Open Defecation Free. This has posed the following challenges:

(1) Despite having access to sanitation facility, use by all at all occasions is still a challenge. While use of household toilet in rural Madhya Pradesh has been increased from 19.4%  in 2015 to 71%  in 2018; there is no such evidence available on the use of toilet by all members of the households and/or reduction in prevalence of open defecation;
(2) While Census 2011 shows that the state had 11,080,278 (11.08 million) rural households with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.3 during 2001-2011; the Baseline Survey 2012 estimated 90,59,667 (9.06 million) households. Therefore, it is important to triangulate the estimate and include the households left out in Baseline and new households created after the Baseline for achieving 100.0% coverage;
(3) The word quality has been derived from the Greek word quails, means the degree of excellence. Sustainable use of toilet depends on both internalities (behavior change) and externalities (the functional excellence of the assets created). Since the state has adopted multi-pronged approach to provide access to IHHL; it is important to validate the quality of the assets and determine the needs of retrofitting/augmentation of the assets.

A cross sectional study conducted by the Indian Institute of Management, Indore in December 2017 reveals the following findings:
(1) While 79% of the ODF declared villages sustained the status, 21% failed to sustain it;
(2) 3-33% households had no toilet facility being left out of the base line;
(3) 8% household toilets became dysfunctional;
(4) 21% of the toilet constructed were septic tank without safe disposal of slurry;
(5) 28% of the leach pit constructed were single pit;
(6) More than 13.43 lakhs IHHLs were more than 4 years old

The evidence-based advocacy has influenced the state policy in developing a state specific protocol of ODF-Quality(Q) to attain universal coverage of safely managed sanitation service level in line with SDG 6.2 and eliminate open defecation by 2nd October 2019. The state has also decided to formulate ODF-S strategy for sustaining the status in all its villages in next 2-3 years.

Since the inception of Swachh Bharat Mission, IDA has been supporting the state government in scaling up CAS for attaining ODF status in all its villages. The support is in three-fold:
(1) Institutional strengthening at state and regional level to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery;
(2) Develop replicable model of  equity focused, its roll out and support in scaling;
(3) Monitoring, assessment, documentation and dissemination of progress and outcomes;
(4) Develop, roll out and monitor the results of evidence based SBCC interventions

State Swachh Bharat Mission, the nodal agency for implementing SBM-G has requested IDA to continue technical support and place a SBM-G Consultant to manage and monitor the ODF-Q and ODF-S interventions.



The Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin Specialist (SBMGS) shall be responsible to provide technical support to the State SBM-G Cell, Panchayats and Rural Development Department (P&RDD) to facilitate developing state specific strategy for ODF-Q (Quality) and ODF-S (Sustainability) for complete and sustained elimination of open defecation. Major focus will be developing guidelines, modules, training materials, designs and estimates and setting up a protocol for quality assurance of both hardware and software interventions.

The SBMGS will support in developing strategy for ODF-Q and ODF-S and accountable to develop, design and roll out modules and materials by tapping synergy with other national flagship programs. S/he will also provide support to select focused districts in planning, implementation and monitoring of ODFS and ODF plans.
Key Deliverables:

(A) Strengthening the ODF-Q (Quality) and ODF-S (Sustainability):
(1) Technical support to DoPRD in development and roll-out of ODF-Q Guidelines, strategy and modules;
(2) Support the development of capacity building plans and its roll-out for various stakeholders through SRGs, DRGs and Key Resource Centres (KRCs) focusing on ODF-Q and ODF-S;
(3) Technical support to focused districts on implementation on ODF-Q and ODF-S Strategies;
(4) Facilitate the documentation of ODF-Q case studies and support its wider dissemination;
(5) Develop ODF-S guidelines and technical modules and facilitate its roll out;
(6) Support integration of ODFQ and ODFS related Behavior Change Communication components in SBM-G Annual Implementation Plan(AIP);
(7) Support design and roll-out of State wide campaigns on ODF-Q (Quality) and ODF-S (Sustainability);
(8) Support SBM-G in establishing engagement with Key Resource Centre and capacity development of Key Resource Centre(KRCs);
(9) Support KRCs in development and roll-out of capacity building plans focusing on ODF-Q and ODF-S.

(B) Strengthening Institutional convergence mechanism for Institutional WASH and hygiene promotion:
(1) Support DoPRD in Institutionalization of state level convergence mechanism with SSA, NHM, WCD, PHED, PMAY, SRLM and/or corporates for convergence to strengthen Institutional WASH and Hygiene Promotion;
(2) Handholding support to at least three districts in implementation on convergent work focusing in Institutional WASH and Hygiene Promotion;
(3) Facilitate convergence with School Education Department and WCDD and demonstrate two innovative approaches for integrating hygiene in sanitation;
(3) Strengthen conjoint approach to Water and Sanitation through fostering convergent planning, prioritization  under PRD and PHED;
(4) Facilitate partnership with, SRLM, SLBC for Credit Financing for WASH.

(C) Knowledge Management  and Initiating ODF + initiative:
(1) Support documentation of knowledge products for internal and external sharing on ODFS and ODF-Q;
(2) Support process documentation of successful pilots on Solid and Liquide Resource Management;
(3) Support development of Fecal Sludge Management(FSM) related concept note, finalize at least two areas of FSM piloting, handholding support for FSM pilots and documentation;
(4) Support development of manuals and guidance note focusing on retrofitting of toilets to facilitate provision on safe sanitation technology.




University degree in Engineering/ Post graduate degree Business Administration/ Social Sciences with specialized knowledge and experience in community water supply and sanitation program.

(1) Minimum 10 years of relevant field experience, focusing on social mobilization and capacity building of field workers, Panchayat representatives and government staff;
(2) Proven ability to advocate effectively with state and district level officers of counterpart and other departments;
(3) In-depth knowledge of sector policy and practice, in particular, relating to SBM(G) program and its status in the State of placement;
(4) Previous experience working with UN or bilateral agency will be an advantage.

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Good verbal and written communication skills (English and Hindi), including presentational skills;
(2) Demonstrated excellent motivational skills to achieve behavior change in communities;
(3) Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Office, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet program


5. Estimated Travel: Approximately 12 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables in across the state.




The Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin Specialist (SBMGS) shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.




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.



(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: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


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






Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
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New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 



Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before March 10, 2019.