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 primarily works across six thematic areas – agriculture and food security, economic inclusion, education, early childhood development, health and nutrition, and the 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 programs in both rural and urban areas across six states (Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi).
The rural water supply schemes project aims to implement piped water solutions with water security measures in UP to meet community water needs through household-level tap connections. The proposed water supply facilities will be based on ground water-based source, overhead tank, distribution line and individual household tap connections. In select locations, the project will also explore the use of solar powered technology.
The proposed project will be implemented in 40 villages in the Lucknow and Sitapur districts, potentially benefiting 40,000 people.
The overall approach of the proposed initiative supported by HDFC is to develop, test and document high-quality decentralized habitation level piped water supply systems and support the policy objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission to facilitate access to water supply to every household in the identified villages.
The key objectives of the project are:
- Demonstrate models of community managed water supply solutions within the wider water security framework
- Assist the district administration to scale up the proposed model to increase the access of rural communities to functional household tap connection as envisaged under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
- Institutionalize management of rural water supply service delivery to local governments and communities.
To support the implementation of this programme, the Foundation seeks to recruit Area Coordinators (Rural Water Supply scheme) with prime responsibility to implement the program in the assigned area of the district. The Area Coordinator (Rural Water Supply Scheme) will implement the project in the identified villages of Lucknow and Sitapur districts, Uttar Pradesh. S/he will be responsible for planning, implementation and ensuring the timely delivery of a high quality programme working under the overall guidance of the Project Coordinator. The position will coordinate with Water and Sanitation block level committee, Block Development Officer and Area Development Officer.
Programme Planning and Implementation
- Support the Project Coordinator in planning and preparing a detailed implementation schedule for the ‘Rural water supply schemes Project’.
- Conduct/support baseline mapping, village profiling, resource mapping, assessment of existing challenges faced by the community related to drinking water access and supply. These assessments will be undertaken in consultation with community and PRI members
- Working under the guidance of the Project Coordinator, identify and finalise villages to be taken up under the project
- Ensure community engagement through IEC campaigns, strengthening village level institutions (VWSC/PANI Samiti) and develop village action plans by conducting PRA activities
- Promote and ensure voluntary ownership among the local community by way of contributionin cash, kind and/ or labour (shramdaan);
- Ensure the sustainability of the water supply system, i.e. water source, water supply infrastructure, and funds for regular O&M
- Train and develop community members in the water supply and sanitation sector such that the demands of construction, plumbing, electrical, water quality management, water treatment, catchment protection, O&M, etc. are taken care of in short and long term
- Generate awareness and increase involvement of community and local governance stakeholders on various water and sanitation aspects including the significance of safe drinking water
Govt. Liasoning & Institutional linkages
- Ensure that the implementation of the project is aligned with the overall objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission and the project complements the achievement of the goals of the Mission.
- Liaise, build and maintain productive collaboration with block level Government officials (Rural Development Department, and Panchayati Raj Department etc.) and other agencies/ departments
- Regular participation in block level government meetings (BWSM/BWSC)/ workshops and share information on AKF’s work in the area.
- Identify opportunities to leverage funding under government programmes and facilitate access to government schemes/ entitlements for participating households.
- Support VWSC in finalizing & collection of O&M costs/ water tariff and creating and maintaining financial records of collection and expenditure.
- Support the Project Coordinator and Civil Engineer in trial runs, commissioning and hand over of the drinking water supply schemes with a robust plan of operation and maintenance
- Ensure high level engagement of the community and other stakeholders to ensure wider replication of the community led piped water models integrated with source sustainability and grey water management.
Ensuring high quality programme delivery, review and monitoring
- Develop systems for regular monitoring of project progress, support the Project Coordinator in the development of regular progress reports and project briefs as required.
- Undertake regular field visits in the project area for regular monitoring project deliverables including regular coordinate with construction vendors and update the Project Coordinator regularly.
- Roll out the implementation of a technology-based monitoring system on the ground
- Carry out any other responsibilities as assigned by the Reporting Officer from time to time.
Documentation & Reporting
- Prepare village profiles, collect data, undertake a mapping of village level resources and analyse data collected.
- Prepare monthly, quarterly progress report along with success stories and facilitate the dissemination of emerging learning
- Support the Project Coordinator in the identification and documentation of best practices and case studies across the project.
Undertake any other additional duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Reporting Officer/ State Programme Manager from time to time.
Qualifications and Skills Required
- Post-graduate in Social Sciences, Agriculture, Rural Management, Rural Development or related fields.
- Minimum 3-4 years of relevant experience in the field of rural development. Preference will be given to candidates having experience of working with community based organisations and PRI institutions. Experience of working at district/block level on water sanitation and hygiene and in the implementation of rural water supply schemes and infrastructure development will be an added advantage
- Strong IPC and community mobilization skills and stakeholder management
- Ability to establish strong linkages and liaison with government and other stakeholders
- Excellent communication skills and ability to prepare reports/documents in English.
- Solution-oriented, creative problem-solver, who can be versatile and is willing to work around obstacles.
- Excellent computer skills in MS Office especially in MS-Word and PowerPoint alongwith database management
Please submit your updated CV, accompanied by a cover letter stating the reasons for your interest for the position by 31st March 2021 using the link below
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.