State Consultant- WASH

Last Date of Apply
 24-Feb-20 23:59 HR
Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION
State Consultant- WASH, International Development Agency, Hyderabad, Telangana

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant- WASH, International Development Agency, Hyderabad, Telangana

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

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

IDA’s aim is to meet the global commitment to fulfilling every child’s right to water, sanitation and hygiene, as it is an ongoing challenge at policy, administrative and community levels. As on today, 30 districts in Telangana have been declared as Open Defecation Free based on 96.4% toilet coverage. The state has planned to achieve the ODF status (100% HH toilet coverage) by December 2018. As per ASER 2016, 75% schools are covered with toilets and 73.3% schools with drinking water. Similarly as per RSOC 2014, 24.8% anganwadis are covered with toilets, 30.5% anganwadis with drinking water. However, there is large variation what is reported and what is available, access and functional. Thus many schools and anganwadi centre’s are not access to safe WASH facilities and services.

The state has made substantial progress in terms of coverage of villages with drinking water with piped water schemes even in areas with predominantly scheduled caste and tribal group population. As per NSSO 2016, around 41% of population in Telangana has access to safely managed drinking water (located on premises, available when needed and free of contamination). Around 3700 habitation are affected with fluoride and 529 habitations with salinity. The state is yet to mainstream water safety planning in the guidelines. Further the Rural Drinking Water Department has limited skills and knowledge on water safety planning and implementation. Institutions and other service providers have limited capacities for building disaster-resilient safe water systems. The state is providing safe drinking water to more than 70% HHs through tap connections under Mission Bhagiratha. The remaining HHs are expected to be covered by March 2020. Several measures are being undertaken to reduce contamination of water from source to fetching point.

IDA support would include engaging a professional to provide strategic technical support to SSBMs, SSA, WCD, and RHM in terms of capacity building, effective institutional coordination, implementation, identification of bottlenecks and addressing the same and, review the progress periodically. Also IDA will be participating in and documenting events and further collect primary data on the progress of WASH interventions including in institutions from various sources and share the key findings with IDA WASH staff to strengthen the higher end advocacy. S/he shall also facilitate consulting agencies undertaking studies and assessments effectively and further ensures dissemination of findings through various mechanisms. As per changed Technical Assistant mandate, S/he will focus on identification of appropriate institutions and academia, build their capacities, and strengthen institutional linkages to support state and districts on sustaining WASH outcomes.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The State Consultant- WASH (SC-WASH), shall be responsible for providing technical inputs to the state and select districts for achieving sustainable Swachh status through provision of safe and sustainable WASH facilities and services to HHs and institutions through development of demand responsive policies and strategies, institutional building, knowledge management, capacity building of key stakeholders, establishing outcome based monitoring systems, etc. contributing to realization of SDG 3, SDG 4 and SDG 6 in the state.

The SC-WASH shall facilitate smooth transition from present technical assistance to changed IDA Technical Assistance to government and other partners in the state. S/he shall assist the state and other relevant partners on strengthening policy and enabling environment for effective implementation of Rural WASH programs especially sustaining WASH outcomes. The incumbent shall be responsible for providing support to the state government in planning, implementation and periodic monitoring of water, sanitation and Hygiene programs.

S/he shall be responsible for providing organizational support and resource inputs for various activities supported by IDA at state and districts ensuring effective implementation and timely liquidation of the funds.

The SC-WASH, shall also provide capacity building support to key stakeholders of state and districts on key components/ emerging areas of WASH.

The incumbent shall provide technical support to state on implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission on scale with special focus on Water Safety Planning and Water Quality Systems.

Key Deliverables:

All the tasks will be carried out under the guidance and direction of the WASH Officer, IDA HFO and will be essentially aimed at assisting him/her to ensure delivery of results stipulated in the rolling work plan for WASH and allied sectors.

(A) Provide technical assistance to state and target districts on strengthening policy & enabling environment for effective implementation of WASH programs especially sustaining WASH outcomes:

 Constantly assess appropriateness of activities, strategies, policies and results based on available online information, partners’ reports and field visit reports. Based on this information, prepare and share periodical analytical reports with relevant departments and provide technical inputs for strengthening the existing/ developing new policies and strategies.

(B) Provide support to the state and districts in planning, implementation and periodic monitoring of water, sanitation and Hygiene programs with special focus on outcomes:

Work closely with PR & RD department, Swachh Andhra Corporation (SAC), RWS, SSA/Education, NRHM and WCD and provide the necessary technical assistance on planning, implementation and monitoring of WASH programs. Assist SAC and RWS on conducting periodical planning cum review meetings with regarding sanitation and water sectors respectively. Also assist on strengthening collaboration with various stakeholders including NGOs, Institutions, PRIs and other grassroots agencies.


(C) Provide organizational support and resource inputs for various activities supported by IDA at state and districts ensuring effective implementation and timely liquidation of the funds:

Assist the respective partners on development of action plans and timely implementation of planned activities. Further, support on establishment of monitoring systems besides ensuring quality and detail progress reports. Also ensure that the funds are managed in accordance with the guidelines provided by IDA, including timely liquidation. Undertake periodic field visits to IDA supported or any other district as directed by IDA and state and share visit reports respective departments. Also participate in internal review cum planning meetings of partners from time to time.

(D) Provide Capacity building support to key stakeholders of state and districts on key components/emerging areas of WASH:

Facilitate strategic capacity building events at state and select districts based on demand from state and other partners which includes training needs assessment, training strategy/ action plan, modules development, and preparation of resource material and facilitating training/ workshop sessions. Advocate with state building resource teams such as ODF teams, SLRM teams, Master Masons teams on retrofitting, Field trainer’s teams, etc. at state and district levels to meet the capacity needs of key stakeholders.

(E) Provide Technical support to state on implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission on scale with special focus on Water Safety Planning and Water Quality Systems:

Work closely with Rural Water Supply (RWS) unit and, PR and RD departments on orientation of key stakeholders on Jal Jeevan Mission guidelines, development of implementation plan, design and implementation of communication strategy, preparation of analytical reports, etc. Further facilitate RWS on development of capacity building strategy besides strengthening convergence among various departments for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission on scale.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
Post Graduate in water and sanitation or related subjects or any other social sciences subjects.

Experience:
(1) Minimum five years’ experience of working in rural/ urban water and sanitation projects;
(2) Previous experience of working in the sector flagships (SBM & NRDWP/ Jal Jeevan Mission) and allied projects (SSA, TSP, Bal Swachhta Mission and NRHM) on WASH would be considered as an additional and desirable qualifications;
(3) Experience in designing, preparation of training modules and facilitation of training, would be desirable.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Fluency in spoken and written English and knowledge of Telugu, are mandatory;
(2) Well versed with using computers and internet;
(3) Applicants having own laptop, vehicle, camera and other communication facilities, would be desirable.


5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 12 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

The SC-WASH shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

7. REMEUNERATION, DSA:

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.

Notes:

(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: Hyderabad, Telangana

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2020.

10. REFERENCE: SC-WASH-TS

11. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Team SAMS
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 


12. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link https://recruitment.samshrm.com/Jobs/ida by or before February 24, 2020.