Aspirational District Consultants (Two Vacancies)

Last date of application
 21-Mar-21 23:59 HR

Aspirational District Consultants (Two Vacancies)
 International Development Agency, Chhattisgarh

1. POSITION VACANT: Aspirational District Consultants (Two Vacancies), Bijapur and Dantewada, Chhattisgarh

Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.

Aspirational district initiative was launched by the Hon’ble PM in January 2018. The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a mass movement. The program focuses on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts. Total 115 districts were identified from 28 states, at least one from each state. The major focus area in the program is to raise the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all, to enable optimum utilization of their potentials. The focus areas are divided into five sectors viz. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure with 49 key performance indicators to measure progress of the districts.


The objective of the program is to monitor the real-time progress of aspirational districts based on 49 indicators (81 data-points) from the five identified thematic areas. Among the five sectors health and nutrition sector is with 30% of the overall composite score, the program has identified 13 indicators to focus on antenatal care, postnatal care, and gender parity, health of new-borns, growth of children, contagious diseases, and health infrastructure.

Government of India has identified development partners for each state across the country who are committed to provide technical assistance to the state government to implement RMNCH+A strategy now focusing on the aspirational districts. IDA is a lead partner under RMNCH+A initiative for Chhattisgarh and has been given responsibility to support Bijapur and Dantewada districts. In addition, the scope of the RMNCH+A strategy encompasses cross sectoral convergence, notably with Nutrition, WASH, C4D and Advocacy/ Communications for equity planning, implementation and monitoring.

The Aspirational District Consultants (ADC) shall be responsible for providing technical support for quality implementation of high impact evidence-based interventions under the umbrella of RMNCH+A in aspirational districts with specific focus on quality assurance of intrapartum care and care during birth, convergent programming, innovations and capacity building models.

The ADC will also provide high-end technical as well as supportive supervision support to NHM and coordinate with other related line departments for intensification and harmonization of efforts under the RMNCH+A strategy in the aspirational districts of Bijapur and Dantewada.


S/he will be a part of district RMNCH+A Unit and will provide regular support to key implementing departments for RMNCH+A programmatic components for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and supportive supervision.

The ADC will also support IDA supported convergent program especially in the conflict areas in partnership with local, NGOs and CBOs. This would contribute to linkages being established between the efforts by the NGOs/ CBOs and govt flagship programs.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Specific policy recommendations/ incentives in place to address HR gaps for outreach and facility-based care in the district;
(2) Monthly supportive supervision mechanism for labour rooms and SNCU put in place in the district;
(3) Provide support to the district officials in roll out of supportive supervision for RI;
(4) Analysis and feedback of supportive supervision data from RMNCH+A monitoring;
(5) Generate evidence for policy decisions in relation to gender gaps for newborn girl (female admissions in SNCUs, adolescent pregnancies);
(6) Use of national survey/ HMIS data sets for the district planning for prioritizing interventions and addressing inequities;
(7) Provide support in preparedness of health systems through risk informed programming;
(8) Capacity building of program managers for effective program management;
(9) Provide support for training/ capacity building workshops for program managers particularly for enhancing M&E skills;
(10) Provide support for comprehensive supportive supervision by system supervisors (develop SS plans, monitoring checklists, analysis of the data;
(11) Provide ICT solutions for health systems, innovations and knowledge management;
(12) Evidence generation and documentation of good practices
(13) Provide IT solutions for improved data collection, analysis and utilization for action;
(14) Developed district-specific strategy for SBCC on RMNCH+A developed, costed, budgeted and rolled out in the district
(15) Demand generation for RMNCH+A;
(a) Provide support in strengthening SBCC component through inclusion of adolescent pregnancy; Adolescent HIV and institutional delivery as behavioral targets of the integrated SBCC strategy development;
(b) Provide support for improving interpersonal communication by service providers to improve doctor patient relationship and improve client satisfaction for RMNCH+A services;
(c) Facilitate to identify the gap in RMNCH+A service delivery among the most marginalized communities; Provide support in developing strategies and planning for most marginalized communities;
(d) Provide support operationalization of HWCs in the district;
(e) Implement school health and wellness ambassador program in the district;



Medical/ BDS/ BHMS/ BAMS/ Public Health Graduate/ B.Pharma./ B.Sc. or M.Sc. Nursing.

Post Graduate training in Paediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine/ Public Health is desirable;

(1) Minimum one year of field experience in MCH program/ project management at district/ regional/ state level, with professional knowledge of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Immunization is essential;
(2) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of maternal/ child survival;
(3) Experience in planning and management of Health sector/ RCH programs;

Skills and Competencies:
Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills
(2) High level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software;
(3) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English and Hindi; (4) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports, plan and monitor projects;


5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately seven days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.


The Aspirational District Consultants shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.


Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.

Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form.

(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process;
(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.

8. LOCATION: Districts of Chhattisgarh; Bijapur and Dantewada


10. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2021.



Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 



Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before March 21, 2021.