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POSITION -1

Position: MIS cum Documentation Officer
Job location: Ranchi, Jharkhand
Last Date of Application: 31 December 2019 
 

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

Jharkhand is one of the most forested landscapes in the country, inhabited by a large section of forest dependent communities who are involved in NTFP collection and income from NTFPs contributes around 25% of their total income. Alike many states, Jharkhand also has a long history of forest and land alienation of tribal and other forest dependent communities. While Jharkhand was exposed to progressive land and forest tenancy legislations a century before the Forest Rights Act was promulgated, alienation of tribal and forest dependent communities continued unabated.

In the state, implementation of the said act began only in October 2008 over a prolonged confusion regarding the status of Gram Sabha as there have been no panchayat elections in the region for more than two decades. In these contexts, Phia Foundation in collaboration with its partnering civil society organizations (CSOs) intends to implement a project titled ‘To empower tribal and other traditional forest dwellers to get their community forest rights recognised for sustainable forest-based livelihoods and conservation’. The project is designed to tackle the pressing issue of forest rights in Jharkhand in Gumla and Simdega district of Jharkhand during the initial phase with further expansion to other potential districts of Jharkhand.

The project’s focus is on the following components:

  • The project is designed to tackle the pressing issue of forest rights in Jharkhand. Hundreds of thousands of families throughout the State do not have a legal entitlement to their land, despite the Forest Rights Act being in place. This project will address this by building community capacity to claim their rights on forest resources.
  • The project will look to address all the relevant bottlenecks and problems in the process of gaining land entitlement. This will include helping communities to understand their rights and the process for claiming land, rolling out a digital means of verifying claims to expedite and accurately represent the claims and assist with the processing of claims and helping resolve any disputes that arise.

The project will support the claims of Community Forest Land to help secure this for communities.

Job Description

  • The MIS cum Documentation Officer would be responsible for the development of the project MIS framework (formats, templates, guidelines) for regular data collection, collation and management to capture the project progress.
  • To ensure an effective MIS system and its reporting capability as a tool for the various stakeholders. 
  • To undertake field visits to support documentation at the partner organization-level and also to capture program progress, learning and challenges.
  • Organize data for efficient reporting and retrieval; make necessary modifications; perform back-up for data systems and data security, and maintain electronic archives of retired materials.
  • Supporting the state team for data compilation and report generation as and when required.
  • Maintain all records, minutes of meetings and events. Prepare and/or manage the publication of summaries of discussions, outcomes reports, articles, presentation etc.
  • Support in all project activities related to process documentation to capture the project progress and achievements by providing requisite data/ information
  • Manage post-event activities – communications, press releases, reports, website etc.
  • Prepare major reports, including background documents, case studies, agendas, invitation letters, website content, etc.


Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • She/ he should be preferably having a Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in Social Science/ Social Service.
  • Relevant work experience of at least 3 years.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in donor reporting, documentation and report writing
  • Considerable experience of working in the NGOs/Development Sector
  • Excellent communication and articulation skills
  • Knowledge of print and audio-visual production would be preferred
  • Ability to think creatively coupled with excellent writing and presentation skills would be preferred
  • Fluency in English and Hindi is a must
  • Experience of working on social media
  • Computing Skills (Should be well versed with MS Office, especially Word, excel and electronic communication).

How to Apply
Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to jobs@phia.org.in  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 31 December 2019.  Please mentionMIS cum Documentation Officer – Jharkhand’  in the subject line. 

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

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POSITION -2

Position: Project Officer
Job location: Ranchi, Jharkhand
Last Date of Application: 31 December 2019 

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

Jharkhand is one of the most forested landscapes in the country, inhabited by a large section of forest-dependent communities who are involved in NTFP collection and income from NTFPs contributes around 25% of their total income. Alike many states, Jharkhand also has a long history of the forest and land alienation of tribal and other forest-dependent communities. While Jharkhand was exposed to progressive land and forest tenancy legislations a century before the Forest Rights Act was promulgated, alienation of tribal and forest-dependent communities continued unabated.

In the state, implementation of the said act began only in October 2008 over a prolonged confusion regarding the status of Gram Sabha as there have been no panchayat elections in the region for more than two decades. In these contexts, Phia Foundation in collaboration with its partnering civil society organizations (CSOs) intends to implement a project titled ‘To empower tribal and other traditional forest dwellers to get their community forest rights recognised for sustainable forest-based livelihoods and conservation’. The project is designed to tackle the pressing issue of forest rights in Jharkhand in Gumla and Simdega district of Jharkhand during the initial phase with further expansion to other potential districts of Jharkhand.

The project’s focus is on the following components:

  • The project is designed to tackle the pressing issue of forest rights in Jharkhand. Hundreds of thousands of families throughout the State do not have a legal entitlement to their land, despite the Forest Rights Act being in place. This project will address this by building community capacity to claim their rights on forest resources.
  • The project will look to address all the relevant bottlenecks and problems in the process of gaining land entitlement. This will include helping communities to understand their rights and the process for claiming land, rolling out a digital means of verifying claims to expedite and accurately represent the claims and assist with the processing of claims and helping resolve any disputes that arise.

The project will support the claims of Community Forest Land to help secure this for communities.

Job Description

  • The Project Officer would be responsible for overall management - that includes planning, coordination, facilitation and implementation of the project on the Forests Rights Act in 2 districts of Jharkhand. 
  • Ensuring progress of the project initiatives with proper documentation and dissemination of key learning and findings and facilitating its use for influencing participation of the administration.
  • Prepare state-specific plans with the partners and facilitate its implementation and generate periodic reports/ updates on the progress.
  • Undertake monitoring visits to CSOs partners to critically review their performance for the effective realization of results.   
  • Extend necessary support and guidance to the district coordinators and partners in consultation with the Line Manager for conducting events, generating reports and initiate advocacy work.
  • Establish links with resource organizations for need-based capacity building of CSOs
  • Key role in the roll-out of all CSO capacity building initiatives under the project, state-level events in close coordination with the Line Manager.  
  • Work with Line Manager and Finance Officer for timely allocation of funds to CSOs
  • Assist in the management of consultancies and subcontracts.
  • Identify opportunities and contribute to undertaking advocacy initiatives at the state level in consultation with the Line Manager.
  • Network and liaise with external stakeholders including government departments and other likeminded organizations at the state level.


Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • She/ he should be preferably having a Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in Social Science/ Social Service.
  • Relevant experience of 3 years in social service with sound technical knowledge on the Forest Right Act, 2006, implementation gaps and challenges.
  • Good understanding of social development issues, working in partnerships and partnership management
  • Willingness to travel to the field extensively as required in the project.
  • Working knowledge in MS Office application shall 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.
  • Experience of working with government, service providers, civil society and media

How to Apply
Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to jobs@phia.org.in  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 31 December 2019.  Please mentionProject Officer – Jharkhand’  in the subject line. 

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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.