About the Aga Khan Foundation (India)
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalized communities in the world. Special emphasis is placed on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. The Foundation prioritises interventions across six thematic areas - Agriculture and Food Security; Economic Inclusion; Education; Early Childhood Development; Health and Nutrition; and the establishment and strengthening of community institutions to lead development interventions. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of 11 development agencies addressing the needs of poor and marginalized communities in more than thirty countries where it operates.
AKF started its operations in India in 1978, and today implements programmes both directly and by supporting work by other AKDN agencies and partners in rural and urban areas.
The Cluster Facilitation Project (CFP) aims to strengthen the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) through a focused implementation approach in selected blocks of Aspirational Districts and selected Backward Blocks. The project covers key developmental aspects in terms of livelihood generation such as improving agriculture and allied activities and natural resource management works under MGNREGA. The CFP has a vision of addressing poverty in aspirational districts/backward areas with a multi-pronged strategy of leveraging the synergies of different flagship programmes of the Central Government/ State Governments in convergence with MGNREGS, through better coordination, planning and implementation.
AKF India is seeking to recruit Natural Resource Management Experts to be positioned at the block level under the Cluster Facilitation Project (CFP) promoted by MGNREGA. S/he will support the Block Coordinator (GIS) in planning, implementation and monitoring of all MGNREGA work at the block level. The position will report to the Block Coordinator (GIS), and liaise with the Programme Officer (Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Inclusion), based at the AKF state office in Bahraich.
Role and Responsibilities
- Provide inputs for preparing a GIS based plan and validate this through ground-proofing.
- Support the approval process by the Gram Sabha.
- Prepare design, plan the estimates of works.
- Provide layout of the works and monitor the work execution and completion.
- Regular monitoring and tracking of expenditure of NRM and individual work in the block.
- Ensure timely commencement of work as per GIS based integrated NRM plan in the cluster.
- Actively work to create social awareness about rights and entitlement of Mahatma Gandhi NREGS.
- Any other work assigned by the competent authority.
Qualifications, Experience and & Skills required
- B. Tech in Civil engineering/ Agricultural engineering or Diploma in Civil engineering.
- Atleast 3 years of work experience with a reputed organization on the implementation and monitoring of NRM project/ watershed project including design and implementation of water harvesting and recharge structures.
- Experience in the planning and designing of various water harvesting structures, soil and water conservation work, check dams, etc.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Hindi
- Solution-oriented, creative and needs to be comfortable dealing with ambiguity
- Excellent interpersonal and team skills
- Ambitious, energetic, and hard-working professional committed to improving lives among India’s most marginalized communities. Must share a sense of urgency about development.
Please submit your updated CV, accompanied by a cover letter (200 words) stating the reasons for your interest and suitability for the position by 10th November, 2020 through the following link:
The Aga Khan Development Network is an international group of private, non-denominational development agencies and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities. Visit us at www.akdn.org
The Aga Khan Foundation is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and will strive to ensure that all job applicants, staff and volunteers, do not suffer negative discrimination on the basis of their religion, race, caste, color, nationality, social class, sex, place of birth, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, HIV status, age etc. or any combination of these.