The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a private, non-denominational development agency established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. The Foundation seeks sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life of poor and disadvantaged communities through participatory, community-based approaches that reinforce civil society and respect local culture. In India, AKF works in the sectors of education, drinking water and sanitation, rural development, strengthening civil society and the conservation of historic and cultural resources.
The Aga Khan Foundation, India (‘AKF (India)’) commenced interventions in the Bahraich and Shrawasti districts of Uttar Pradesh in 2010. The overall objective of the Area Development programme is to improve the quality of life of marginalised communities through a multi-input implementation strategy with interventions on education, livelihood enhancement, the economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls and a migration support programme. As part of its expanding programme portfolio in Bahraich, AKF (India) has been implementing a comprehensive water and sanitation initiative in the district, focused on facilitating access and use of safe sanitation at the household and school level as well as the adoption of improved hygiene practices and behaviour.
Since 2018, the Foundation has been implementing a school hygiene education programme which seeks to enable the creation of a conducive environment for children in schools, to facilitate the adoption of improved hygiene behaviours. The project is intended to promote health seeking behaviours amongst school students with respect to hygiene. This is being achieved by implementing a well-structured hygiene education curriculum developed by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) as well as building the capacity of government teachers and head teachers to implement this curriculum using appropriate and child-friendly teaching learning aids. AKF is also lending support to schools in constituting student-led bodies to monitor the delivery of hygiene education as well as to the School Management Committees (SMCs) in establishing systems for operation and maintenance of school sanitation facilities. The programme is currently being implemented in 100 core schools, and the focus in these schools will remain on introduction of hygiene curriculums, working with the SMCs and Child clubs to strengthen these existing platforms and foster agents of change. In 2019, AKF will further expand the work in 611 additional schools, through a mix of intensive and technical support, where extensive work will take place either by working closely with the existing District Education structure to streamline capacity building of teachers and ensure adoption and roll out of these curriculums and teaching modules.
To support the implementation of this programme, the Foundation seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator with prime responsibility of leading the implementation of the programme. The position will work under the overall supervision of the State Programme Manager and directly report to Programme officer-WASH in Bahraich. It will work closely with the Assistant Programme Officer-WASH in Delhi for technical support.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Undertake an assessment of the identified to schools, to assess current sanitation needs, knowledge, attitude and behavioural practices of children, with a purpose of streamlining hygiene education in schools.
2. Facilitate the development of school-wise implementation plans covering the key components of the programme – (i) promotion of handwashing amongst students before mid-day meals, (ii) training of teachers to build their capacity to deliver hygiene curriculum (iii) Strengthening SMC capacity to promote WASH in Schools, including developing plans for O&M and WASH budgeting (iv) Strengthening school to community link for sustainability and community awareness. (vi) Promoting active student participation through child cabinets.
3. Support Cluster Facilitators in delivering the hygiene sessions as per the weekly schedule and making appropriate use of child-friendly teaching learning materials provided to them. It is expected that the Project Coordinator will from time to time bring in new insights on effective nudges, and tools that could be adopted in schools to make the learning more interesting and engaging for children.
4. Coordinate with the Cluster Facilitators to ensure the implementation of school based hygiene promotion activities to facilitate greater community involvement in school WASH program. Streamline the use of monitoring tools such as SMC and Bal Sansad Trackers to track the programme delivery along these components.
5. It is expected that the Project Coordinator also independently establishes a rapport with key Government officials at the District and block level, to ensure smooth implementation and development of the programmes. With support from the Programme Officer, the Project Coordinator is also expected to share key updates and reports with the key officials on a routine basis.
6. He/she is also expected to liaison closely with other stakeholders, i.e. local -communities, civil society actors, Sarpanch/Pradhan to drive on ground implementation.
7. Work closely with the AKF Delhi office and Assistant Programme officer-WASH to develop contextualized Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategies and communication material related to both projects. Wherever required, mobilise existing resources to implement this function more efficiently.
8. Support the design and development of training modules relating the implementation of the programme for community/school representatives and the implementation team.
9. Lead capacity building initiatives for community representatives and programme staff. This will include identifying training needs, sourcing of resource persons, organizing training, and tracking the outcomes of training on improved project implementation.
10. Identify best practices and document lessons learned, and share learning with relevant stakeholders. Maintain regular and updated documentation of case studies and orographs from field.
11. Post finalization of the plan and budget, coordinate and support the development of monthly, quarterly and annual implementation plan, and ensuring tracking of project deliverables based on the MIS. Also be responsible for detailed implementation of the approved plan as per agreed milestones and timeline, and undertake strict tracking of budgets with a view to achieve cost effectiveness, and ensure its accordance with approved financial protocols and guidelines.
12. Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
13. Stay abreast of the latest innovations, practices and technology in the WASH sector to provide technical recommendations and quality inputs for programme development and implementation. This includes identification of feasible individual/community and school toilet designs, BCC strategies and cost effective implementation approaches.
14. Support the State Programme Manager in representing AKF/ AKDN at various forums and meetings.
15. Lead all project advocacy efforts on field including supervising and coordinating external field visits for programme dissemination.
16. Undertake assessment of staff performance in consultation with State Programme Manager developing their capacity buildings plans and to ensure that staff get adequate support to deliver on the ground
17. Carry out any other additional duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Programme Manager from time to time.
A degree in public health, rural development or social sciences with 2-4 years of experience in community based Water and Sanitation work. In addition, those with experience of working with health systems at state and district levels will be preferred. Strong communication skills – both written and verbal – are required.
Please submit a cover letter with an updated resume and expected salary. Mention the position title in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
The last date for receipt of application is 18th April, 2019.
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