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Job Description

State Consultant- Youth and Child Marriage

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Jaipur, Rajasthan

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant- Youth and Child Marriage, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is an 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:

Adolescents between 10-19 years in India constitutes almost 1/5th of the population and in Rajasthan constituting 225 million are adolescents, which is about 22.5% of the state’s population. Though the female literacy rate of the state has increased from 44.34% in 2001 to 52.66% in 2011, however it is still low. High dropout rate among girls is one of the major factors inhibiting the attainment of educational milestones.

 

Rajasthan is a high prevalence state with regard to the issue of child marriage. The practice of child marriage exists across the state with a large number of girls marrying below the legal age of 18 years. According to the 2011 census, in Rajasthan 32% girls have married under the age of 18 years in comparison to the national average of 17%. This indicator is the percentage of girls aged below 18 years who got married 0-4 years prior to the 2011 census. The percentage has decreased in the last decade from 52% in census 2001 to 32% in census 2011. There is also very high inter-district variation and in districts like Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Jhalawar, Ajmer, Tonk and Bundi, prevalence of child marriage is more than 40%. As per the NFHS-4, 35.4% of women between 20-24 years got married before the age of 18 years. Prevalence of anemia among women and girls is also quite high in the state.

In 2011, Government of India has launched the SABLA scheme in 200 districts across the country. In Rajasthan, the SABLA scheme was launched and implemented by the Directorate of Women Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan in 10 districts viz. Bhilwara, Jodhpur, Banswara, Udaipur, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Barmer and Ganganagar. The SABLA scheme was scaled up to cover lakhs of girls in a short period of time and in the remaining districts, Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) is being implemented.

 

UNFPA has supported Directorate of Women Empowerment (DWE) in the development of the State Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage in the state and there is need to continue the support to the DWE in its roll-out in the state. UNFPA will support to the Consultant at DWE to provide quality technical support to strengthen the roll-out of Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) and the Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage in the state. In 2017, UNFPA has also provided technical support in rolling out the Chirali Programme, which is a community action programme initiative to address gender based violence in the identified districts.

UNFPA is looking for State Consultant- Youth and Child Marriage (SC-YCM), who will be placed at the state level and work closely with the office of the Directorate of Women Empowerment to facilitate the implementation of the SAG initiative at the state level and the districts.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the Secretary-Women and Child Development, Director, DWE  and State Programme Coordinator, UNFPA state office, the State Consultant- Youth and Child Marriage, shall be responsible for the following:

(A) Key Deliverables:
(1) Facilitate the development of a robust and a comprehensive work plan for the implementation of the SAG initiative at the state level and the districts;

(2) Facilitate the development of a capacity building plan and training calendar to strengthen the delivery mechanism of the SAG programme at all levels;

(3) Provide inputs and monitor quality of the training of the different categories of the functionaries involved in the implementation of the SABLA scheme.

(4) Provide technical inputs in strengthening the non-nutritional component of the SABLA and develop a strategic plan for delivering the same;

(5) Facilitate building the technical capacities on the life skills, gender and adolescent development for the state and district level officials to facilitate the roll out of the programme;

(6) Provide inputs in strengthening the institutional mechanism at the state and district level by developing criteria based review mechanism to review SABLA and KSY;

(7) Facilitate the roll out of the Saaja Abhiyan to address child marriage in the state;

(8) Facilitate development of an action plan to roll out the State Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage;

(9) Facilitate coordination among different stakeholders to strengthen the roll out of Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage;

(10) Facilitate critical community based rapid assessments to understand the attitudes of the communities with respect to the Child Marriage and Gender Based Discrimination;

(11) Facilitate the roll out of the Chirali initiative by providing technical inputs;

(12) Provide technical inputs in developing training modules and guidelines related to Child Marriage interventions and Chirali programmes;

(13) Coordinate with the high prevalent districts and facilitate the development of robust district action plan to address child marriage;

(14) Facilitate and develop monitoring systems to roll out of Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage;

(15) Review the resource materials available at the state level and those of other agencies related to adolescent and develop a database;

(16) Facilitate the development of a robust monitoring system of visits at the state and district level through an objective checklist for the adolescents programme at the state;

(17) Develop a comprehensive monthly report of the gender and adolescents programme with an analysis of both programmatic and financial elements;

(18) Develop the monthly report on status of roll-out of Strategic Action Plan for prevention of child marriage;

(19) Facilitate the establishment of an institutional mechanism for convergence of the various departments and partners for synergistic efforts to strengthen the implementation of the SABLA programme.

(20) Coordinate with UNFPA and the departments to synergies the efforts of both the agencies for the effective implementation of the Adolescent & Gender related programmes;

(21) Update DWE with evidence on good practices in programming for young girls and boys and for addressing harmful practices like child marriage; 

(22) Other responsibilities related to Adolescent Programming, Child marriage in discussion with UNFPA.

 

(B) Quarterly Deliverables:

(1) Analysis of the progress of SAG initiative and action plan for the next quarter;

(2) Analysis of the roll out of Saaja Abhiyan and Chirali in the state;

(3) Analysis the status of the progress of the planned training activities and develop the same for next quarter;

(4) Analysis the status of any planned assessments/ studies and develop the same for next quarter;

(5) Maintain the details of any materials/ guidelines;

(C) Reporting:
(1) Submission of travel reports within four working days of travel to UNFPA and Director, DWE;
(2) Monthly analysis of MPRs submitted to the districts;
(3) Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the activities undertaken;

(4) Prepare progress report on SAG programme;
 

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:

Applicants must have Masters in Social Work/ Rural Management/ Health Management;


Experience:
(1) Minimum five to seven years’ experience of working with adolescents or in health/social work related fields;

(2) Working experience with government programmes and or familiarity with issues concerning adolescents and life skills will be an added advantage;
(2) Experience in training in the area of adolescents programme is desirable.

 

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Good planning and coordination skills;
(2) Good training, communication and writing skills;
(3) Good skills in operating computers and MS office package; Working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel is a must;
(4) Creative skills and ability in planning, implementation and monitoring programs;
(5) Ability to understand and address development related issues;
(6) Ability to work with a diverse group and settings;

(7) Ability to deal with multiple stakeholders and work in team;

(8) Good report writing and documentation skills;

(9) Proficient in use of various IT equipment and software e.g. Computer, Laptop, Tablets, Android applications.

 

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

 

The State Consultant- Youth and Child Marriage shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

 

6. REMEUNERATION:

The selected candidate will be paid a consolidated amount of Rs. 65K to 80K per month. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.
 

7. LOCATION: Directorate of Women Empowerment, Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

8. DURATION: The selected candidate shall be issued an initial consultancy contract till December 31, 2019, extendable for 12 months subject to satisfactory performance.

 

9. REFERENCE: SC-YCM-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 June 18, 2019.

 

UNFPA is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.