Job Title: Project Coordinator
Delhi: Patna, Bihar
Employment Duration: 23 months
Reporting to: Project Manager
PCI, a Global Communities Partner has been working in India since 1998 with the Mission to empower people to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women and girls. PCI, a Global Communities Partner, envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future.
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About the Project
PCI India is preparing to implement in Bihar an innovative project that will use human centred design approach to pilot test a set of innovative solutions aimed to address the vulnerabilities and SRHR needs of the population segments impacted by migration.
The project will be designed and implemented collaboratively with a partner organization, in four phases over 24 months. The partner organization will design and conduct the impact evaluation while PCI India will be responsible for conducting the user testing and implementation of the innovative solutions. PCI India will also work closely with the partner organization to set up a Knowledge Center on Migration and SRH, and production of knowledge products like a program/policy brief, research publications and other appropriate products based on project learning. The key target segment for the study will be currently married women in the reproductive age and their husbands in two high out-migration affected districts of Bihar i.e. Gopalganj and Nawada. A special focus would be on rural, poor and socially under privileged segments.
The secondary target segment will be the families of primary TG and social support systems that influence family planning decisions and contraceptive use by eligible couples.
Another important segment for the project will be other players in the ecosystem such as:
- ASHA and AWW Health Workers, and JEEViKA Community Cadres
- Senior bureaucrats/Leaders and Program managers in the public health system
- Private manufacturers, commercial managers, and vendors in the railways
Phase 1: User Testing
This phase will review the solution concepts developed in the previous phase of the project and conduct rapid user testing of hi-fidelity prototypes with 40 families from 4 gram panchayats (GPs) in Gopalganj and Nawada districts. This phase will last 3 months.
Phase 2: Analysis and Synthesis of findings
This phase will focus on the synthesis of findings from the user testing and stakeholder consultations to shortlist, from among all the concepts, the most promising ones for efficacy testing implementation in the next phase. Learning from the user testing will be disseminated through an event to all the stakeholders.
Phase 3: Pilot Implementation
This phase will focus on implementing the shortlisted interventions in a manageable geography with the intent of gathering evidence on the efficacy of the solutions. During this phase, for instance, the project will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to secure their participation in implementing the relevant solutions. The interventions will be implemented by female Community Coordinators who will be recruited and trained by the project team. Four Block Coordinators (one for each block) will manage and supervise the work of Community Coordinators in their respective blocks. The Block Coordinators, in turn, will be managed and supervised by two District Coordinators who will report to the Project Manager. Additionally, one Stakeholder Coordinator, based in Patna, will work closely with the Railway department for implementing one of the interventions at two popular junctions (e.g. railway station, bus stand) for returning migrants.
The interventions will be studied over 12 months to understand any seasonal variations in the travel intensity, period of stay, or other socio-cultural variables at different times of the year (such as during wedding season, festivals, harvesting season, or other annual leave related travel patterns among returning migrants). This phase will gather regular data to monitor the project activities, track the progress and performance along key output and outcome indicators, make course corrections where necessary, and document the project processes to add to the end of project learning. This phase will culminate with the endline survey to measure the changes in key impact indicators benchmarked at the project baseline. The total duration of this phase will be 15 months.
Phase 4: Dissemination of Learning & Contribution to Knowledge Center
This phase will focus on the analysis of the endline survey findings, dissemination of the findings and project learning to a wider group of stakeholders and production of knowledge products like a program/policy brief, research publications and other appropriate products for web-based advocacy.
- Assisting the Project Manager in preparing a detailed work plan based on the approved project proposal, discussions with the donors, partner organization and stakeholders, and with other project teams in Bihar.
- Liaising with stakeholder departments such as Health Department, Railways, JEEViKA and ICDS to obtain necessary approvals and buy-ins for testing of the program interventions.
- Coordinating with stakeholder departments such as Health Department, Railways, JEEViKA, ICDS and other stakeholders for smooth implementation of the program interventions.
- Coordinating with the design agency TinkerLabs for planning, implementing, and monitoring the development phase of the project for Human Centered Design.
- Active involvement during the design and testing phase to ensure that the intervention prototypes are implemented as per the protocols agreed with the stakeholders.
- Regular travel to the project areas for monitoring the project activities.
- Updating the Director – SBCC and Project Manager at PCI on the project progress and performance on a regular basis and analyzing the performance indicators and taking corrective actions/measures to ensure achievement of project objectives as per the agreed timelines.
- Other tasks as may be assigned by the Director – SBCC from time to time.
Experience and Qualifications
We are looking for a qualified and experienced Project Coordinator to assist in project implementation through its four phases. Candidates with innovative and analytical thinking who enjoy working with communities on health and social development-related issues are invited to apply. Specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated candidate with the following qualification and experience:
- The ideal candidate will have at least a graduate degree in any subject. A post-graduate degree from a recognized university or institution is desirable but not essential.
- The candidate must have about 3 years of experience in having worked with different stakeholders.
- The candidate should have experience of working with the communities in rural areas, especially with poorer and marginalized communities. Experience of working with community platforms like SHGs will be an added advantage.
- Candidates with experience of working on themes like Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Empowerment will be preferred.
- Experience of traveling and working in Bihar is essential. Preference will be given to candidates located in Bihar.
- Familiarity with projects using principles of human centred design and other innovative methods will be an added advantage.
- Excellent communication skills (both spoken and written) in Hindi are necessary for this position, and familiarity with local dialects such as Bhojpuri, Magahi or Maithili will be an added advantage. Ability to prepare and send regular progress and monitoring reports will be an added advantage.
- Applicants should not be more than 30 years of age as on the date of application.
Interested candidates can apply for the Position of Project Coordinator by 16th August 2022,5:00 pm.
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.