Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project Manager - CARE India

Project Manager - CARE India

Brief Note on Project:-

CAIRN India and CARE India intends to contribute to improving health status in the district of Barmer in Rajasthan and have developed a joint project that would primarily strengthen delivery of national health programs as well as mobilize communities for better health.

The project goal is to contribute to significant reductions in maternal and infant mortality in Barmer district. The project will also have additional focus on select infectious diseases in the operational area. Considering the methodological difficulties in measuring IMR and MMR at the scale of the project with a statistical significance, CARE would measure improvements in coverage and behaviors that are critical to enhance maternal and infant survival.

The geographic focus of the project will be the district of Barmer with direct intervention support in 3 blocks (Baitu, Sindhari and Dhorimanna) and district level support to government programs to scale up impact in remaining 5 blocks.

The project is proposed for a 5 year period with scope for course-correction as appropriate (however the targets for goals and outcomes will be set for 2017, so as to coincide with the national program cycle – 12th plan).

CARE will engage and mobilize women systematically at the community level and work with community leaders, existing Village Health Nutrition and Sanitation Committees, self-help groups (SHGs) and ASHAs. These will be leveraged to engage women in taking responsibility of their own health in a more systematic way. Appropriate behavior change communications programmes, capacity building and technical assistance from CARE India will be provided to provide impetus to these efforts.

Position: Project Manager

Grade/Level D

Project Integrated Health Initiative Project

Reports to: Regional Program Director

Location: Barmer, Rajasthan

Job Summary:
The Project Manager will provide leadership to the project and will be responsible to manage the interventions to deliver results through effective resource utilization. S/he would lead the process of finalization of project plan working closely/in consultation with the Adviser, Technical Director-Health and the Regional Programme Director, Dalit Hub. 

She/ he would be accountable for all aspects of planning, implementing, monitoring, and budgeting, reporting and coordinating technical assistance for the project. S/he would also be responsible for identifying NGO partners for project implementation, including defining their scope of work.

S/he will also be required to engage in advocacy efforts in accordance with the program design and leverage from networks.

The Project Manager will liaise with relevant state level governmental and nongovernmental agencies, providing guidance and support to the implementing partners as well as reporting regularly on project activities and progress made. She/he will represent CARE at the state level while reporting to the Regional Programme Director.

Job Summary
Key Responsibilities 

• Be responsible for developing and implementing the project plans, including research design and implementation.
• Prepare and implement the district DIP, timelines and training plans and ensure their timely revisions as required.
• Ensure visits field to oversee project activities and provide supportive supervision to the staff, liaise with key counterparts and NGOs.
• Plan and manage the capacity building events and processes with close support from and resource team

• Be responsible for selecting suitable NGO and private sector partners and developing excellent relationships and build their capacities for achieving sustainable program impact
• Select suitable NGOs in consistent with CARE-India’s overall partnership strategies and specific to the project requirement.
• Maintain close communication with NGO chief functionaries and project staff and volunteers to provide supportive supervision as needed
• Ensure participatory analysis of capacity building needs of NGOs and provision of needed technical assistance, training activities and cross visits

• Be responsible to ensure Baseline and project related data used by district as well as Sub partner team for assessing quality and project progress
• Regularly monitor the program progress by collecting and analyzing data from various sources of the program monitoring system of the project and facilitate action by systems.
• Ensure analysis and use of information received at every level.


• Be responsible to represent CARE effectively and maintain productive, collaborative and collegial relationships with Government at the state level 
• Liaison with the state level officials to facilitate engagement of NRHM, RCH and other Governance systems to facilitate implementation of Maternal and Child Health interventions.
• Facilitate planning and review process through the ICDS, NRHM and RCH systems, analyze and use program data to guide implementation through the systems
• Use evidence and data to communicate and convince senior officials at district level on program priorities 
• Facilitate effective participation of all the members in consortia meeting and their meaningful involvement in program implementation. Escort/facilitate travel of visitors/reviewers to the field as and when required
• Maintain an district level updated profile of good agencies and resource persons, short-list potential ones and explore possibilities of collaboration


• Be responsible for district level documentation of project activities and lessons learned, submission of progress reports and other reports required for CARE systems 
• Ensure timely submission of district level report as per given guideline 
• Ensure timely submission of programmatic and financial report by Sub partner reports and its quarterly submission to state office.
• Consolidating the data and report.
• Generating the donor report and monitoring the expenditure against budget.


• Be responsible for supervision of the reportees.
• Be fully familiar with the Performance Management Handbook to have annual performance plans established with your direct reports, conduct their mid-term reviews and annual appraisals
• Be responsible to develop effective individual personal development and project related training plans for enhancement of staff skills and to increase their capacity for high quality performance
• Be responsible for recruiting and timely placement of Sub- Partner Staff in collaboration with the NGO chief functionaries. Engage with senior State level officials to ensure their ownership
• Provide supportive supervision and management support to Program Officers: planning, monitoring and program reviews
• Define the scope of sub-district level support through NGOs
• Channel technical and operational support to districts 


• Be responsible for conducting baseline, midterm and endline surveys
• Be responsible to unpack inter-sectoral convergence using implementation science methodologies: the strategic integration of services based on the best available science and a careful demonstration of how to overcome implementation challenges to deliver services effectively and efficiently for the greatest impact

Contract/Key Relationships 
• Project officer (Health facility improvement) 
• Project officers (Community level outreach and BCC) 
• Finance and Admin Assistant
• Community Outreach coordinators
• Partner NGOs staff and volunteers

Working Conditions
• Based in Barmer, Rajasthan
• 60% travel to villages
• Ability to work in team.
• Leadership and team building skills. 
• Eager to travel extensively to block and villages and gather information and monitor the interventions on program quality 

Qualification & Experience
• Master’s degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Social Medicine, Management or Social Sciences
• At least 8 years experience in rural community development, with a significant focus on maternal & child nutrition and health. At least 5 years experience in program / project management

Skills & Competencies 
• Demonstrated leadership and team management skills
• Experience of working with the national program at state land district levels, especially RCH, NRHM and ICDS
• Strong facilitation and people mobilization skills, especially in mobilizing Government systems.
• Partnership management
• Proficiency in verbal and written communication on English and Hindi. 
• Sensitive to gender and diversity issues.
• Ability to use computers and manage data independently.

Candidates should visit http://apps.careindia.org/eis/Recruitment/frmCareerOptions.aspx to apply for the positions online.

The last date of receiving applications will be 9th December 2013. Only short-listed candidates would be contacted. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

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