Local recruitment: State Support Specialist [Consultant] (Rural Sanitation Mission) via DevNetJobsIndia

Water for People

Kolkata, West Bengal, India 🇮🇳

About Water For People
Water For People India is a non-profit organization which supports people of developing countries to improve their quality of life by promoting locally sustainable drinking water sources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene programs. We believe that access to safe water and adequate sanitation are basic human rights and can help put an end to needless suffering and mortality from water related preventable diseases. Water For People India initiated its operations in West Bengal in 1996 in Nadia and North 24 Parganas districts. Consistent with the global vision and mission, we exist to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Our organizational values are: accountability, courage, empowerment, partnership and transparency. Water For People India programs have been implemented in 26 districts in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Assam. Water For People aims at improving WASH initiatives by supporting government at national, State and district level by providing comprehensive technical assistance in program planning, management, capacity building, monitoring and coordination support. Water For People has initiated a Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the Government of West Bengal to provide techno-managerial assistance to improve the coverage of key sanitation hygiene and water services interventions and services in the state and district.
Position Summary
The consultant will play a vital role in strengthening government service delivery and its coverage in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The position will be engaged in extensive program support to identify gaps and guide the development interventions based on evidence during different review meetings at district level. The Consultant will support the State Lead – West Bengal in managing the Technical support Intervention of Water For People and coordinate with the government considering the organization Vision and Mission on priority.
Duties and Responsibilities
Work under the guidance of the W.B State Sanitation Mission Director in coordination with the Water for People State in Charge, West Bengal. To support the state planning implementation and monitoring of SBM ii by following a system strengthening approach Review of existing training modules and strategy of the State and develop or align the capacity building (application of digital content) and skill development strategy in discussion with the department. Support inter-departmental coordination with other stakeholder departments at the state and the district level. Coordination with other NGOs, funding and technological organizations for providing support for digital content creation, attestations, guided mentoring etc. Direct support in South 24 Prg and Birbhum district with support from existing District Support Specialists placed by WFP for SLWM intervention Support PnRD – Sanitation Mission Program in integration of IEC and digital content-based capacity building content in technical training modules as applicable. Identify and describe key institutions, functional actors and knowledge partners and their role in the roll out of training in discussion with Water For People India and support in organizing state level Capacity Building and Skill Development related joint meetings as required. Review of existing monitoring or MIS system and alignment between Water For People ‘Level of service’ and ‘Level of sustainability’ and develop the monitoring framework and share with the State for integration or as a reference for planning. Support the State in evaluating the flagship program of ‘SBM 2(Mission Nirmal Bangla)’ specially in two pilot districts-South 24 Pargana and Birbhum and if required other priority districts as required. Support in development and demonstration of capacity building plans and tools for behaviour change communication to create awareness around the scheme for community led planning, implementation, and O&M to support source and system sustainability. Support the State in charge, Water For People in developing modules and IEC materials for capacity building of service authority and service provider and support in replication of the best practices and help in delivering the desired objectives in other districts of the state. Maintain good working relation with PRD, and related departments like PHED to promote convergence and effective implementation of SBM 2 and JJM Develop learning and knowledge products that communicate project findings and lessons learned and capture pilot innovations. Extend support towards sharing of best practices and success stories to State specific portals and relevant websites of the State. Extend support to PnRD State Sanitation Mission or assigned bodies for preparation of reports and action plans as required. The State Consultant will be involved in regular coordination with the district consultants at South 24 and Birbhum regarding planning and progress. Contribute significantly to the execution of the overall project strategy and work plan and achievement of project results Participate in various national/international WASH networks, meetings, as appropriate to represent the project and ensure collaboration with relevant technical work Other duties as assigned by the line manager. PnRD (State Sanitation Mission and SRLM), PHED, BRAIPRD, UNICEF, Water For People team and other related departments as required.
Educational Criteria – Postgraduate/ Graduate degree from a recognized University in social sciences, Rural Development, Management, or a related field. Minimum 10 years of experience working in public health or WASH domain, with demonstrated familiarity in the field. Experience working with the UN/ development agencies and with the Government at state level is preferable.
Key Skills & Competencies: Candidates with Behavioral Competencies like – Analytical ability, planning and prioritizing, problem solving, communication, building relationships, flexibility, creative thinking will be considered Candidates with Technical Competencies like –  Sound knowledge of government schemes and guidelines relating to Water and Sanitation.  Knowledge and experience in developing WASH/ public health training content and in organizing and facilitating training and learning events is expected; Knowledge and experience in capacity building and skill development preferably in WASH domain. Additional skills – Excellent writing and presentation skills (English and Bengali) is a basic requirement; Computer knowledge including the internet and various office applications is essential. Excellent adaptive management skills and ability to build collaborative relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders Email ID for CV Submission: waterforpeople@kaeleste.com and cc to hr-india@waterforpeople.org with subject line “State Support Specialist WB” How to Apply:   Please apply on email id mentioned above on or before 15 January ,2023, while mentioning title of the position in subject line.   Water For People is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strict confidence.  Water For People has ZERO Tolerance on sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment including sexual harassment and gender / racial discrimination. Any selection therefore will be subject to satisfactory reference and background check. Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. Water For People is committed to protecting children encountered during our work and by our employees, preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of all individuals with a particular focus on women and children and other marginalized communities in the performance of our work, preventing human trafficking in the performance of our work and in our supply chain and to having a drug-free workplace. During the recruitment processes, additional documentation will be requested to comply with our policies and in accordance with the legal requirements in your country of residency, this includes a background check. If you apply for employment, we want you to be aware of our recruitment, selection and hiring processes including important policies regarding employee conduct. Water For People is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to creating a culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace. Water For People strives to create and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of race, ethnicity, ancestry, tribal affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, Parental status, genetic information, political affiliation, or other social identities is critical to our ability to have a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development