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Job Description

Senior Project Manager - Adolescence Education Program

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION(S) VACANT: Senior Project Manager - 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 Chairperson of Bihar State Madarsa Education Board. The SPM will be leading the AEP cell and will be responsible for executing the entire work envisaged for the AEP cell, including identification of trainee teachers, identification of madarsas and preparation of a roster for training of Nodal Teachers and Master Trainers, identification of Resource Centres, getting orders issues for trainings and release of teachers, assist Madarsa Board in getting necessary approvals, implement the systems strengthening component in Madarsas etc.

 

Key Deliverables:

(1) Prepare the implementation plan of trainings, identification of Nodal Teachers and criteria for identification of Regional Resource Centres;

(2) Formalise training needs and arrangement with Management committees of Regional Resource Centres;

(3) Support AEP cell in planning and executing the community engagement directly through the regional centre at Purnia as well as with Partners;

(4) Support Madarsa Board in executing the systems strengthening approaches for institutionalization of AEP;

(5) Support Madarsa Board in preparation of MIS and streamline mechanisms for data collection, analyses and timely feedback;

(6) Support Madarsa Board to convene project Advisory committee meetings, prepare agenda and proceedings;

(7) Assist the Project Advisory committee members in reviewing the materials and coordinate with partners to incorporate any changes;

(8) Work with Madarsa Board in issuance of necessary orders, directives for release of teachers/principals for training;

(9) Support Madarsa Board in preparation for the Empowered Committee meetings;

(10) Conduct review meetings with team members and undertake capacity building of project personnel;

(11) Undertake field visit and monitor the work of project personnel.

 

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

 

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

 

Experience:

(1) Minimum five to eight years of experience in project management;

(2) Prior experience of working with government is desirable;

(2) Prior experience of working with Madarsa system will be an 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 Senior Project Manager -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. 80,000 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: SPM-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.