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Position of Block Coordinator, Jharkhand

Block Coordinator
Job location
Raidih, DumriKamdara blocks of Gumla district, Karra block of Khunti District, Bano and Pakartanr blocks of Simdega district in Jharkhand
Last Date of Application
24thJuly 2020
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About the Position

The position is for the project title ‘Jharkhand Integrated Development of Health and Nutrition (JIDHAN)’ which would be implemented in 6 selected blocks in 3 districts (namely Gumla, Khunti and Simdegaof Southern Chotanagpur region of Jharkhand. The public healthcare system in Jharkhand is relatively poor when compared to the national average and within the aspirational districts of South Chotanagpur it is more severe. With the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic the situation is much alarming in context of the existing infrastructure and quality of medical healthcare service delivery mechanism. State struggles with basic supplies, PPE-Kits, testing kits, hospital infrastructure – in terms of basic-beds, oxygenated-beds and ventilator care. In wake of the fear of the pandemic, frontline-health system collapsed with frontline health workers not going out of homes; all non-COVID cases and routine services going out of radar. The state government despite its efforts round the clock, is struggling to keep the spread of the disease in check and ensure that non-COVID patients or issues continue be able to access healthcare services.

In the aforesaid context, the project aims at strengthening the community norms and practices for prevention, strengthen the primary healthcare system for disease surveillance and as the first line of response as over 75% cases are asymptomatic or mild and not requiring serious medical attention and strengthen the tertiary & referral facilities – both capacities and infrastructure. The prime focus of the project is to work closely in an embedded manner with Health department by strengthening the public health service delivery system, strengthening the quality of services both at the primary and tertiary levels and build capacities of govt. staff at facilities and Frontline Line Workers (FLWs) of Health & ICDS. Secondly to strengthen the community processes by community awareness on disease, build capacities of local leadership, improve health delivery governance on the ground and create/ promote institutional quarantine or care centres for mild cases and finally filling the most crucial hardware gaps in consultation with the state government. Within this the following outcomes are expected:

  • Community awareness: Greater awareness in the community aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements. Messaging targeted on behaviour change and Gram Sabha/ CBOs /community cadres oriented on multiple aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements, to play the role of a change maker on the ground
  • Strengthening Community Level Institutional response: PRI Members (especially the Mukhiya) aware about the disease and the different protocols / guidelines issued by the GoJ on this, SHG leaders aware about the mode of disease spread, SHG and PRI leaders spread awareness and make efforts to create new social-practices for reducing spread of COVID-19, Scientific knowledge about the disease known by SHG members and Habitation based isolation centres functional
  • Establishment of Chotanagpur CSO Collaborative Platform on public Health: CSOs working on health issues mapped, Sharing mechanism - for sharing of knowledge products, relevant government orders and guidelines, IEC and collaterals on Public Health established, Campaigns on awareness building and protective measures on COVID 19 facilitated other blocks and CSOs engaged in monitoring of health services delivery and health governance through community mechanisms, collating data and sharing periodically with the state.

Job Description

Block Coordinators under the Jharkhand COVID Healthcare Response Project are a critical link in ensuring that the project is implemented in close coordination with the administration thus strengthening the supply side dynamics and an effective community engagement component is delivered through a vibrant team of Panchayat Facilitators which they will manage. The position will be necessarily based in the selected blocks of intervention and would entail extensive travelling within the block and to the district headquarters for ensuring effective implementation of the project.

The Block Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating necessary planning and implementation, building capacities of stakeholders and facilitating activity implementation on the different components of COVID-19 Response in the assigned blocks.

The key responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Establish and manage a coordination mechanism at Block Level involving MoI/C, Block Programme Manager, CDPOs, ICDS Supervisors, ASHA Support system, Panchayati Raj Institutions, District Programme Manager, District Programme Coordinator, VOs and community organizations, CSOs for demonstrate a community based COVID Response mechanism.
  2. Directly supervise the implementation of the project in the block assigned including line management of the team of Panchayat Facilitators in the block
  3. Carry out regular orientation of the Block level team of Panchayat Facilitators on the key actions to be taken under the project and delivery of technical knowledge regarding actions on community health
  4. Take lead and facilitate periodic situation assessment of health services with special reference to the COVID 19 response mechanism and preparedness for the block against a common agreed design. This would include assessment of the community level preparedness and gaps as well as the health delivery system preparedness and gaps.
  5. Along with the team of Panchayat Facilitators ensure that necessary preparedness and planning activities are taken up at the Panchayat level and each of the Panchayats have a documented plan for making their Panchayats a ‘COVID Ready Panchayat’.
  6. Establish strong relations with the block level health functionaries to work in close coordination for strengthening the delivery of health services and entitlements to the community.
  7. Coordinate with BPMU, NHM in training, social mobilization, programme communication and advocacy initiative at village and block level i.e., line listing of high risk cases, selection of Peer Educators (Youths), Community Health Survey, VHSNC meeting and organization of VHSN Days.
  8. In coordination with the team of Panchayat Facilitators facilitate in designing and demonstrating COVID-19 Response protocols at community level as well as in the CHC’s with technical inputs adhering to the guidelines issued by the government.
  9. Undertake regular Supportive Supervision visits to the communities in the assigned Panchayats and contribute for the demand generation of the services.
  10. Undertake all the programmatic and technical support activities as envisaged and guided by state project team
  11. Prepare regular analytical status and progress reports sourcing relevant data from the government and as well as from the community through the Panchayat Facilitators on a monthly basis
  12. Liaison with government officials on program planning and activity implementation
  13. Work closely with the health functionaries and administration to contribute towards community engagement initiatives like Supportive Supervision, Home Visits, and Community Based Monitoring etc.
  14. Support and supervise the Panchayat Facilitators, VHSNCs, and SHGs in development and rolling out of Village Health Plan and Village Level COVID-19 Response Plan with Panchayati Raj Institutions
  15. Facilitate in better planning and implementation of untied funds under NHM and Finances under 15th Finance Commission in coordination with the administration
  16. Undertake regular and extensive travel within the block for effective supervision and implementation of the project.
  17. Design and rolling out of Community Based/Habitant Based COVID-19 Response Strategy involving SHGs-PRI-ASHA-ANM-AWW with focus on Behavior Change Communication.

Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • Applicants must possess either a four-year Bachelors’ degree in a professional course, or a Postgraduate degree in Management, or Social Science, or equivalent stream.
  • Specialisation in community health would be preferred.
  • Candidates must have 3-5 years of experience of working in project implementation with specific focus to strengthening community engagement in health in coordination with the government departments.
  • Prior experience of working on participatory approaches to community health, Routine Immunization, IMNCI, MCH or similar experience is desirable and would be given preference.
  • Sound understanding on social development issues and the work of civil society.
  • Willingness to travel to the field extensively as required in the project.
  • Working knowledge in MS Office and other basic computer applications.
  • Effective skills for managing the periodic reporting and documentation part.
  • Experience in coordinating/dialoguing with block and districtadministration.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective teammate and ability to lead a team independently and being able to provide mentoring support to the team.
  • Experience of working with government, service providers and civil society.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to a cover letter, mentioning your interest and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume including the names of two referees, by or before 24th July 2020. Please mention ‘Block Coordinator – 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.