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Position of CSO Coordinator, Ranchi, Jharkhand

CSO Coordinator
Job location
Ranchi, 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

The CSO Coordinator would be responsible for engaging with civil society organizations in the area of public health response in the South Chotanagpur region. The incumbent needs to have knowledge and experience of leading and managing civil society networks, coordination amongst diverse range of stakeholders. The incumbent would steer the processes and initiatives in geographies beyond the project area with the existing civil society organizations working in the South Chotanagpur region which is of a non-funding nature and strengthen the CSOs on public health response through scale up intervention of best practices.

Following will be their key responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate establishment of a network of civil societies (Chotanagpur CSO Collaborative Platform on Community Health) working in the area of operation.
  2. Lead the engagement with civil societies for initiating Covid-19 response work in non-intensive blocks.
  3. Develop strong relations with civil society partners and other stakeholders (Line departments and JSLPS) to have a shared understanding and a common vision.
  4. Strengthen the advocacy work on community health related issues in the state.
  5. Facilitate periodic meetings of civil society platforms and convene its meetings ensuring proper representation and participation of member organizations.
  6. Facilitate/ initiate collaborative work on Covid-19 response in the non-intensive areas within the operational districts.
  7. Support and guide the civil societies in the network in responding to the emerging health issues in the area of operation.
  8. Undertake mapping of CSOs who have a presence in the operational districts of South Chotanagpur and are working on the health issues.
  9. Establish mechanism for sharing of knowledge products, relevant government orders and guidelines, IEC and Collaterals on Public Health along with resources developed for the project
  10. Facilitating campaign in Blocks on awareness building and protective measures on COVID 19, campaign on strengthening on health delivery through community level health sub centres, campaign to engage traditional leadership on establishing norms for COVID 19 prevention and mitigation through community action
  11. Constructive engagement with the media to highlight best practices, critical gaps and needs in community health delivery in COVID and aftermath.
  12. Facilitate interface meetings with the state to put forward pertinent issues and find joint solutions.

Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • Applicants should preferably must have a Post-Graduate Degree/ Diploma in Management, or Social Science, or equivalent stream. Specialisation in community health would be preferred.
  • Candidates must have more than 10 years of experience of working in partnerships and networks
  • Experience of leading civil society networks with specific focus to strengthening community engagement in health would be preferred.
  • Experience of working on participatory approaches to community health, Routine Immunization, IMNCI, MCH or similar experience is desirable and would be given preference.
  • Should have an understanding of advocacy work.
  • 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 basic computer application.
  • Effective skills for managing the reporting and documentation part
  • Experience in coordinating/dialoguing with block and district administration.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and being able to provide mentoring support to the team.
  • 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 with 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 ‘CSO 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.