Position: Consultant – Analysis & Process documentation of Family Planning campaign activity
Reporting Line: Associate Director Family Planning
Number of Positions: 1
Duration – One month maximum 10 working days
About the Project:
The JEEViKA Technical Support Program (JTSP) is a flagship program of Project Concern International (PCI) in Bihar, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In its earlier phase between 2015 to 2021, JTSP has successfully supported in the demonstration, layering and integration of health and nutrition, into the operational framework of JEEViKA (the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Society). JTSP has supported JEEViKA to deliver a range of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition outcomes, through an at scale social behaviour change package and has enabled JEEViKA’s transformation into a model State Rural Livelihoods Mission, which embraces Health and Nutrition into its overall mandate. The next phase of this work, called JTSP II, is planned for the period between 2021 and 2024 and seeks to transition skills and capabilities to JEEViKA to drive HN strategies through its systems and network of community based organizations.
Family planning is instrumental for gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is essential to address gender and social norms that are restrictive in nature, limit access & abilities for family planning by women and men. Considering this, State Health Society Bihar and Bihar Rural Livelihood Project have come together to initiate a convergence program, focused on family planning. Family planning intervention in 10 blocks of 5 districts has been agreed to by both BRLP and SHSB. The program aspires to seek, how the influence of JEEViKA community cadres and peers, can foster change in deeper social constructs like son preference, early marriage and a young couple’s need to prove fertility soon after marriage and bring the couple closer to jointly plan for the well-being of their family. This project would be a collaboration of State Health Society Bihar and Bihar Rural Livelihood Program to promote family planning, through the platform of Self Help Groups, among the young couples through sensitization and active participation of gatekeepers of the community.
In the pilot phase, the program would be rolled out in the two blocks each of 5 intervention districts with the involvement of the field cadres of JEEViKA program, namely Community Mobilizers and Community Nutrition Resource Person. The Behavioural Change Communication would be used by the field cadre to engage eligible couples to discuss on family planning and encourage communication between young couples, leading to enhance contraceptive usage amongst them by linking them with ASHAs.
An intensive capacity building program would be organized at the state, district and block level to enable the field cadre to function effectively for program activities, ensure familiarity with the documentation and reporting systems and build skills to communicate with different levels of society members. The program also aspires to leverage the SHG platform for family planning program by bringing JEEViKA cadre and front line workers of health on common platform to work in collaboration to reach newly married women and young married women with no parity.
PCI as JEEViKA Technical Support Partner to BRLP would be providing the necessary support to build the partnership between the key departments SHSB and BRLP, followed by field based support to the frontline workers of JEEViKA cadre. This position would be critical for the program activities and the desired results, culminating into planning for next phase of the program. The outcome and learnings of the pilot phase would be determinant for the following phase of the program, both in terms of scope and geography.
• To capture the learning of special activities held during Family planning campaign in collaboration
of Health & JEEViKA under Family Planning convergence Program in intervention districts.
• Documentation of the whole process of special activities conducted at community, block, and
district level during Family planning campaign along with the challenges and impact.
• Identify best practices, success stories and case studies and documentation of the same.
Scope of Work
Participation as observer of special activities held during Family planning campaign: Consultant will need to travel with the team to observe and understand the different activities at community, block and district level in two intervention blocks of five districts, Aurangabad, jehanabad, Lakhisarai ,Sheikhpura and Sheohar to capture the valuable insights for the document.
• Designing and preparation of learning document/report: Consultant will focus on detailed documentation of the whole process along with depth analysis of successful strategies and implementation techniques.
The final document should capture the expected outcomes as detailed below.
Convergence and integrated approach of Key departments to improve the family planning status in intervention blocks during Family Planning campaign.
Involvement of local healthcare providers and experts to conduct informational sessions on family planning methods, their benefits, and proper usage by using multimedia tools like videos and pamphlets to educate villagers about different contraceptive methods and their effectiveness.
Involvement of government agencies, NGOs, and local community organizations to support the distribution of contraceptives and family planning commodities.
Community awareness program through meetings and door to door counselling.
The assignment includes 10 days of work with field visits and documentation purposes to be utilized as per the program activities. The date of the ongoing activities at community, block and district level would be confirmed by the district team to participate and observe the activities. After the observation of all the FP campaign activities the consultant would be required to submit the first draft in three days and the final version within the five days after receiving the inputs from PCI team in the time span of 20 days of consultation period from the date of signing.
Qualifications and Experience:
• Post-Graduation in Rural Development will be preferred.
Previous documentation experience with lead agencies on community-based issues related to women empowerment, gender, Family planning and SRH.
Previous working experience with Government organization will be desirable.
Interested candidates can apply for the position of Consultant – Analysis & Process documentation of Family Planning campaign activity by 29th July 2023
PCI India is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, and/or marital status. Due to the heavy inflow of resumes, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.