Monday, March 24, 2014

Program Associate - Evidence Action (Apply by: 11 April 2014)

Job Title: Program Associate

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Evidence Action
is a US-headquartered non-profit dedicated to scaling proven, cost-effective interventions to alleviate poverty. In 2013, Evidence Action assumed management and growth responsibility for Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI). In India, DtWI works with the Indian partner Action Foundation for Social Services (AFSS) , a section 25 company registered in Bangalore, India and ministries of health, education, and women and child development of State Governments to support state-wide school-based deworming programs. 


Academic and research institutions have made significant contributions to the evidence base for school-based deworming, and DtWI’s continued engagement ensures a maintained focus on evidence and impact. J-PAL lists school-based deworming as a ‘best buy’ in education and health: “with hundreds of millions of children still at risk of worm infection worldwide, providing free school-based deworming treatment is an easy policy “win” for health, education, and development.” The evidence for school-based deworming led the Copenhagen Consensus Center, in 2008 and again in 2012, to identify this intervention as one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to the global challenges facing us today.

In India, DtWI works with state governments of Bihar, Delhi, and Rajasthan to carry out school-based deworming programs. It has also secured a multi-year USAID grant for expansion into other states, with additional donors in the near future to fund further expansion. As part of this expansion, DtWI-India is inviting an application for the Executive Assistant to the Country Director. The position is based at the New Delhi office.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Associate (PA) will support the implementation of Preschool and School based deworming in USAID supported state programs in India. The PA will provide support to the Program Manager and state program teams in managing all aspects of program implementation, including strategic planning, development of operations plan, capacity building, IEC and community mobilization efforts, including policy advocacy. The PA will also be the focal person to facilitate documentation and reporting requirements for internal program management and donor purposes.

The PA will be required to travel to state based programs for about 10 % of time.

Job Title : Program Associate
Employment Status : Regular Fulltime
Duty Station : New Delhi

Reporting To: 

• The PA will report to the Program Manager (PM) for all programs and technical matters.
• S/he will be required to work in close coordination with the Country Director for appropriate functions.

Scope of Work:

• Assist PM and National Office team in the development and/or adaptation and dissemination of Deworming related materials- for advocacy, trainings and others as required;
• Assist PM in the preparation and review of Quarterly and annual work plans for national and state offices;
• Coordinate preparation and compilation of program reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) with state offices for internal use and reporting to HQs;
• Compile and share draft of all reports with CD for review and finalization. The PA will coordinate with the PA at HQ for facilitating the report submission in a timely manner;
• Provide inputs and support the efforts towards capacity building initiatives to ensure high quality program design. With PM the PA will work on the standardization of training protocols and material development that will support all state programs;
• Ensure that lessons learned and potential best practices from field activities are well documented in coordination with state teams;
• Support effective donor communications through the development of success stories, guest blog posts, write and edit content for print and online publication etc;
• Under guidance of PM, conduct desk research on deworming and related health efforts in India and globally to feed into advocacy and program strategies;
• Contribute to the creation and adaptation of relevant communication materials with the PM and others;
• Will be the focal person for sharing all program and research related materials, including articles, scientific papers, journals etc. across the country program;
• Responsible for organizing mailings and dissemination of materials to appropriate audiences including stakeholders and partners at national level and through State Offices ; monitoring and evaluating their use;
• Assist in the organization and planning of events, meetings and other programs as required at the National Office;
• Undertake other duties as necessary as and when assigned from National Office.
Qualifications and Experience required:
• Post-Graduation in Public Health, Social Sciences or related field
• At least 1 to 2 years' experience in health programs with an international NGO
• Knowledge of health programs and Public sector health service delivery in India
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Have well developed documentation skills, able to write high level reports to donors, partner
• Budgeting and computer skills including proficiency in MS Office

Compensation: Competitive

DtWI and AFSS is an equal opportunity employer. All contracting arrangements are made through InKlude Labs, an associate company of the above registered in Bangalore, India.

All candidates applying for the position should submit a resume and cover letter via email to infoindia@dewormtheworld.org

Apply by: 11 Apr 2014


Applicants for the Program Associate position should specify “Program Associate” in the subject line of the email application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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