Monday, March 10, 2014

Programme Officer - Landesa

Position Title:           Programme Officer

Status:                        Full time, 2 year contract

Location:                     Odisha

Date:                            10 March 2014

Job Summary: 

Landesa is hiring a Programme Officer for the Enhancing Land Regularization Programs with Mobile Technology project in Odisha. The project is a partnership between Landesa and Frontline SMS. The position will report to a Landesa Programme Manager in the Landesa Odisha office (Bhubaneswar). The Programme Officer will also work closely with partners including the Revenue Department, trained Community Resource Persons (CRP), Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme (OTELP) to meet programme objectives.

Project Background:

Approximately 1.25 billion poor people across the globe depend on land for their livelihood but lack secure legal rights to land. Landesa has developed a bottoms-up, barefoot lawyer approach to providing land titles to the rural poor in India that is being implemented in several states including the poor, eastern state of Odisha. The approach involves training educated rural youth as barefoot lawyers who then inventory villages to identify poor families that are eligible to apply for land titles, help them complete the applications, and then assist the government land administration system to process the applications and provide the titles.

Thus far, Landesa’s barefoot lawyers use a paper-and-pen approach for the entire process. The political demand for this approach is growing likely providing opportunity for scale if greater efficiencies can be achieved. SIMLab’s technologies, in particular FrontlineSMS, have demonstrated significant gains in improving the efficiency and data production of distributed and extension agent networks all over the world. SIMLab and Landesa believe that these technologies have the potential to provide the same benefits to their barefoot lawyers and land titling administration systems in Odisha and beyond.

This partnership will develop, pilot, and support the government’s rollout of a multiplatform message-based, bottom-up land titling system in India, based on FrontlineSMS. This system will increase access to land titles by improving systemic efficiency- extending reach while reducing costs and processing time. Phase 1 (18 months) will involve design and implementation of a pilot reaching approximately 25,000 poor, rural households. Phase 2 (18 months) will involve a roll-out of the pilot to an estimated 75,000 households.

Reporting and relationships: Programme Manager, Odisha

Travel Requirements: Local and regional travel.

Availability: The Programme Officer will be expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. Travel within the state would be on-going and might be more than 10 days a month.

Essential Job Functions:

The project framework comprises several activities: (i) Co-ordinate with district counterparts for operationalization of the project; (ii) Facilitate training and capacity building programmes for District Officials, NGOs and Community Resource Persons; (iii) Provide necessary support and guidance to project counterparts for implementation of the project; (iv) Track progress of project and contribute to process documentation.

The full-time Programme officer will implement the project plan in consultation and co-ordination with district stakeholders. The position reports to Landesa Programme Manager who will provide technical guidance.

Specific responsibilities for this position shall include, but are not limited to the following tasks:
To work closely with NGO partners, government counterparts, corporate houses and other private agencies; and providing capacity building needs as and when required for an effective implementation of the project activities.
Collection, consolidation and collation of data generated for or in the project for a support in implementation of activities.
Designing of various forms and formats and capacity building plan as required by the project from time to time.
Tracking and monitoring of project progress on a regular basis and update the Programme Manager and other required stakeholders if required.
Analysis and preparation of project reports and sharing with Programme Manager for necessary action.
Supporting and helping program lead in review and monitoring of project for achieving desired goals.
Evaluating the project from time to time and providing feedback to the program staffs on progresses.
Conduct and transcribe qualitative data, including focus group discussions and key informant interviews with various stakeholder groups;
Regular travel within the district to monitor the implementation process, troubleshoot and maintain quality control.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• A deep commitment to the mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through land ownership and secure land rights.
• Ability to work with government officials.
• Ability to work collaboratively with teams regardless of role within team and to proactively seek ways to contribute to team success.
• Strong communication and writing skills; Proficiency using Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software.
• Commitment to Landesa’s core values of Impact, Respect, Collaboration, Dedication, and Learning.
• Fluency in English and Odiya with the ability to write professionally in English.
• Ability to work in support of and collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including Landesa global staff, project management team, Landesa donors, Landesa partners including government officials, visitors, contractors and subcontractors, outside vendors and services suppliers, and other administrative staff members.
• Ability to communicate well in writing, orally, and non-verbally. Includes an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.
• Work Habits should include but are not limited to accuracy, creativity, efficiency, thoroughness, regularity, timeliness, neatness, orderliness, and punctuality.  A strong drive for excellence in work products and personal performance.
Education and Experience:

The ideal candidate will possess:
Completed post-graduate education in economics, agricultural and applied economics, statistics or other relevant social sciences degree with demonstrable experience in the use of quantitative, qualitative fieldwork methods and data analysis
Substantial fieldwork experience in Odisha,
Substantial experience with Skype and Microsoft Office, especially Excel
Leadership and communication qualities, especially the ability to work across cultures and time zones, and among multiple partner organizations
Experience working on topics related to land tenure and gender is highly preferable.

2-5 years of demonstrable experience with the following:
Planning and implementing of IT based projects
Conducting and transcribing Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews
Information analysis and report writing
Work Environment and Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards which are prevalent in the location of assignment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work. The employee may be required to travel overseas and domestically. When traveling, the employee may be exposed to: Physical Hazards (illnesses, noise, extreme temperatures, wet or humid climates, etc.) Road Hazards (unfinished/dirt roads, potholes, traffic-related accidents, etc.), and Atmospheric Conditions (odors, dust, fumes, smog, etc.). 

Additional Comments: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Landesa is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Qualified candidates may send their application and updated CV to with the position applied for marked in the subject line latest by 21st March 2014.

No phone calls please. Due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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