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Position: Block Technical Coordinator
Job location: Fatehpur, Jamtara, Jharkhand
Last Date of Application: 16 September 2019
Project duration: 1 September 2019 – 14 June 2020 (Renewal subject to extension of contract)

About PHIA Foundation
Partnering Hope into Action (Phia) Foundation is a Charitable Trust registered in India that works on the issues of social exclusion and poverty reduction. Phia through its affiliate and partners brings in a long legacy of over 50 years of experience and expertise in development and humanitarian work in India and globally and draws upon its wide portfolio of partnerships with grassroots civil society organizations. This includes the flagship PACS Programme that has reached over 9 million people in 7 of the poorest states, helping socially excluded communities claim their rights and entitlements. While the PACS program concluded, PHIA Foundation is helping take the processes and initiatives under PACS further into a new phase. Phia strives to empower poor marginalized and vulnerable groups for non-discriminatory access to rights and entitlements: in essential services, gainful livelihoods, relief during emergencies and address inequality and inter-generational poverty. The issue of gender equality crosscuts all its work.

About the Position
Phia Foundation is looking forward to recruiting a Block Technical Coordinator to be located in Block – Fatehpur of District - Jamtara, Jharkhand to take up the responsibility to lead the Village Planning and GPDP process of the project titled ‘Strengthening Local Self Governance’.

Phia has partnered with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative Pvt. Ltd (APPI) on a programme that focusses on strengthening local self-governance in 3 blocks in Jamtara, Gumla and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand. The intervention areas fall under the 5th schedule, presenting an opportunity in the form of a greater role for Gram Sabha in local governance systems and management of local resources for increased uptake of entitlements and services. The incumbent is expected to lead the Village Planning initiative and will be reporting to the Project Lead/ Technical Support Officer for Jharkhand and will be based in the Block – Fatehpur of District - Jamtara, Jharkhand.

Job Description

  • Develop partnership with JEs based in the block for critical inputs and convergence at Block and Panchayat level for approval of the Village Development Plan (VDP) and Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and implementation of the schemes.
  • Provide technical support to the block level project team on NRM and watershed management in terms of participatory Gram Sabha resource management planning for effective implementation of MGNREGA and other programs focused on INRM.
  • Provide technical support to the block team and communities on mapping exercise for Community and Individual rights under FRA 2006 Act and assist block teams and communities for developing post claim management while ensuring convergence with various government programmes – MGNREGA, etc.
  • Undertake field visits to support community collective for effective implementation of the program deliverables.
  • Facilitating partnership and collaboration with MGNREGA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Welfare and Soil and water conservation department.
  • Support PRI members on technical intervention – planning, estimates, etc.
  • Support the team in preparing the progress reports, collection of information, monitoring, IEC activities, awareness building of the community on technical and operation and maintenance aspects.
  • Develop Barefoot Community Technical Cadres (BCTC) as Planners, implementers and monitors.
  • Document case stories containing impacts of the biophysical intervention through convergence processes.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Project Lead/ Technical Support Officer, relevant to the project.

Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • She/ he should be preferably Graduate/B. Tech /Diploma in Civil Engineering.
  • Relevant experience of 3 year of experience in NRM, watersheds, Participatory Perspective planning, CBOs strengthening, work on governance at Panchayat level etc.
  • Willingness to travel to the field extensively as required in the project.
  • Working knowledge in MS Office application shall be preferred.
  • Understanding of national flagship programs like MGNREGA, FRA, etc. would be preferred
  • Experience in coordinating/dialoguing with block and district administration.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with a range of people from diverse backgrounds in an open-minded, non-dogmatic manner.

How to Apply
Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to  with a cover letter, discussing your interest and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume including the names of two referees, by or before 16th September 2019.  Please mention ‘Block Technical Coordinator – Jharkhand in the subject line. 

Applicants from SC/ST/religious minorities and other marginalized sections are encouraged to apply.