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State Aspirational Districts Coordinator

International Development Agency

Guwahati, Assam

1. POSITION VACANT: State Aspirational Districts Coordinator (SADC), International Development Agency, Guwahati, Assam


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



The Aspirational Districts Programme was launched by the Hon’ble PM in January 2018. The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central and State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers and District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a mass movement. The program focuses on the strength of each district, identifying low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measuring progress and ranking districts with states as the main drivers. The major focus area in the program is to raise the living standards of its citizens and ensure inclusive growth for all, to enable optimum utilization of their potential. The focus areas are further divided into five sectors viz. Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure with 49 key performance indicators to measure progress of the districts. The objective of the program 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 provide 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.  


Assam having highest maternal mortality ratio and second highest infant and under five mortality rate, the improvement in these Aspirational Districts would have major impact on reducing the overall mortality of the state. The IDA as the state lead partner is expected to provide high-end technical assistance through a Senior Consultant to the state NHM and the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Assam to monitor the progress of Aspirational Districts and also provide day to day technical assistance to initiate corrective actions and bridge the gaps. This specific support will aim at building capacity of the state and district health managers/ supervisors to develop evidence based district action plans for Aspirational Districts and incorporate the plans into State PIP, monitor progress of NITI Aayog’s indicators on health in Aspirational Districts, co-ordinate periodic block monitoring visits, plan innovations and document best practices.



The SADC shall be responsible for providing technical support for quality implementation of high impact evidence-based interventions under the umbrella of RMNCH+A in Aspirational Districts with specific focus on quality assurance of intrapartum care and care during birth, convergent programming, innovations and capacity building models. The incumbent shall also be responsible for providing high-end technical as well as supportive supervision support to NHM and coordinating with other related line departments for intensification and harmonization of efforts under the RMNCH+A strategy in the Aspirational Districts of Assam. S/he will be a part of State RMNCH+A Unit at NHM and will also provide regular support to key implementing departments for RMNCH+A programmatic components for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring & supportive supervision. The SADC shall be providing support to the IDA supported convergent program especially in the tea gardens and riverine areas in partnership with TG associations, NGOs and CBOs and this would contribute to linkages being established between the efforts by the NGOs/ CBOs and Govt flagship programs.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Provide specific policy recommendations/ incentives in place to address HR gaps for outreach and facility-based care of the state;
(2) Monthly supportive supervision of mechanism for labor rooms and SNCU in the districts;
(3) Analyze and provide feedback of supportive supervision data from RMNCH+A monitoring of the Aspirational Districts;
(4) Support for planning HR policy in relation to labor room and SNCUs of the Aspirational Districts;
(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) Provide 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) Build capacity of Program Managers for effective program management;
(11) Support for trainings/ capacity building workshops for Program Managers to enhance their M&E skills;
(12) Support for comprehensive supportive supervision by system supervisors (develop SS plans, monitoring checklists, analysis of the data);
(13) Identify ICT solutions for health systems, innovations and knowledge management;
(14) Evidence generation and documentation of good practices;
(15) Develop IT solutions for improved data collection, analysis and utilization for action;
(16) State-specific strategy for SBCC on RMNCH+A developed, costed, budgeted and rolled out in the state;
(17) Ensure demand generation for RMNCH+A;

(a) Support strengthening SBCC component through inclusion of adolescent pregnancy; Adolescent HIV and institutional delivery as behavioral 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) Manage and supervise Aspirational Districts RMNCH+A monitors;
(19) 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;
(20) Support in developing strategies and planning for most marginalized communities.




(1) Any Medical/ BHMS/ BAMS/ BDS or B. Pharma Graduate is essential;
(2) Public Health Graduate, Post Graduate in Pediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine is desirable;
(3) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of maternal/ child survival.

(1) At least one-year field experience in Aspirational District programming OR minimum of two years’ experience in RMNCH+A program at district, state and regional level, preferably in NE states;
(2) Experience in planning and management of Aspirational district interventions.


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 and database software;
(3) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English and Hindi. Knowledge of Assamese and or Bengali would be an added advantage;
(4) Demonstrates ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyze reports, plan and monitor projects;
(5) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of maternal/ child survival.


5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 12 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.




The SADC 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: Guwahati, Assam


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.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
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 May 5, 2019.