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Voluntary Health Association of India is one of the largest health and development networks in the world. Started in 1970 and based in New Delhi, it is a federation of 27 State Voluntary Health Associations, linking together more than 4500 member institutions and 1,00,000 community health workers across the country. The Government of India recognizes VHAI as an institute of national importance.

VHAI is implementing a comprehensive health promotion and tobacco control programme at the national and state levels across several settings in the country. VHAI is also one of the largest publishing houses among NGOs, with over 1000 titles on health, gender, health promotion, tobacco control and development issues. More information on our activities is available at: www.vhai.org and www.rctfi.org .

Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) working with the primary goal of ‘making health a reality for people of India’ is one of the largest networks of voluntary organizations in the country. The organization has a vast presence in the difficult, un-served and underserved parts of the country which includes the North Eastern states. VHAI is implementing Intensified Malaria Control Project II (IMCP II) under GFATM R9 along with other two SR partners - CMAI and Futures Group along with PR Caritas India in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura.

For the above on-going Project, VHAI needs the following personnel at the Regional Level, to be based at Guwahati:
Current Openings
1. Regional Programme Manager
Under the direction and supervision of the Strategic Advisor for GFATM Round 9 project, the Regional Project Manager will be responsible for the overall implementation planning and management and M&E of the project in the north-eastern region. S/he will coordinate with the district teams, PR2, sub-national VBDCP and other stakeholders on service delivery and ensure smooth functioning of the project.

Specific Responsibilities

• Contribute to formulation of project implementation strategy, plan including coordination with all stakeholders (PR2, SRs, State/ District Vector Borne Diseases Control Authorities and concerned Regional Office of Health & Family Welfare of the Govt of India).
• Liaise between national and district project teams for programmatic, financial, logistics management of project in the region.
• In coordination with the regional offices of PR2, SRs and state/ district VBDC authorities, Regional Office for Health & Family Welfare, state/ district NRHM bodies ensure timely execution of the project activities according to plan.
• Oversee the implementation ASHAs and Community Health Volunteers training.
• Contribute to QA of programmatic activities and data.
• Undertake field visits to review and resolve project implementation issues and ensure quality service delivery.
• Coordinate with the state/ district VBDC authorities for planning requirements of health products such as LLIN and RDT and pharmaceutical products such as ACT and ensure timely availability at district level.
• Provide support in establishment and consolidation of M&E/ MIS systems and processes and application and ensure timely and quality reporting/ recording/ tracking.
• Support preparation of synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in project management and knowledge building and knowledge sharing across stakeholders.
• Facilitate project review, evaluation, operational research, as undertaken by NVBDCP, other technical institutions, as necessary.
• Contribute to preparation of the project newsletter, Quarterly/ Annual Report of the project.
• Supervise consolidation of M&E/ MIS action plan, its dissemination; facilitate development/fine tuning of M&E/MIS SOPs, forms, checklists.
• Advise on establishment of M&E/ MIS systems and processes and implementation of M&E/MIS as per plan and advice on streamlining reporting/recording/tracking.
• Perform any other duties related to Round 9 project, as necessary.
• Provide leadership to VHAI regional team based at Guwahati.

Qualification and Experience

• Master’s degree in relevant discipline including public health, public administration, management, business administration, social sciences, or any development related field
• 5 years of experience in development projects, particularly civil society projects in public health domain (preferably related to malaria control)
• Experience in providing support to design, implement, monitor and evaluate projects
• Proven familiarity with large scale project operations, experience in leading a team and project management
• Ability to effectively coordinate with the State/ District Health Departments
• Knowledge of national goals, programmes, updates, etc. preferably related to malaria control • Understanding of social, economic, cultural and political context of the northeastern states.

Skills

• Conceptual, analytic, presentation and advocacy skills
• Ability to ensure results-based management and reporting
• Ability to identify existing or potential problems and innovate solutions for varying situations
• Excellent project management skills
• Track record of undertaking a range of tasks simultaneously, adherence to time lines and ensuring delivery of quality services and reports in addition to effectively engaging
with partners and donors;
• Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing management support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• Excellent interpersonal skills including professionalism and a cooperative attitude;
• Ability to interact effectively, both outside and within the Caritas India;
• Proficiency in standard MS Office Suite Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc.), other analytical software
• Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with various counterparts by maintaining strong working relationships.

Travel

Regional Project Manager will be expected to travel extensively in the northeastern states of India and should be available for meetings with partners/ donors, as necessary.

Consolidated Salary: Around Rs. 50,000/-pm

2. Regional Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) Officer

Under the direction and supervision of the Regional Project Manager, the Regional BCC Officer will be responsible for development/ customization of the BCC strategy, as appropriate and in line with that of the national programme; and planning, managing and tracking implementation of BCC in close coordination with the PR2 National BCC Officer and other team members.

Specific Responsibilities

• Provide support in carrying out research/assessment, as necessary, to understand the knowledge, awareness, beliefs and practices at the community level about malaria prevention and control, motivational barriers and keys for adoption of appropriate practices at individual/ family/ community levels as well as constraints in community ownership.
• Analyze effectiveness of different media in the field and facilitate focus on effective media and prepare a synthesis.
• Assist in designing BCC/ social mobilization activities/ campaigns drawing from research/assessment that will have reach and impact on the behavior change.
• Assist in designing messages and materials for use in the field for mid-media and inter personal communication in relation to prevention and control interventions and availability of services.
• Support planning, implementation of BCC/ social mobilization activities as per the strategic schedules.
• Participate in strengthening community leadership, community decision-making/ self-monitoring.
• Liaise with partners for synchronization of different BCC activities/ campaigns.
• Provide inputs for assessing effectiveness of the BCC strategy periodically, as necessary and provide inputs for modifications.
• Organize/ manage/ coordinate capacity building activities in relation to BCC/ Social mobilization at sub-national levels for effective implementation of BCC activities and use of BCC materials.
• Assist in M&E of BCC/ social mobilization activities. • Visit field to exchange critical and technical information, monitor/ resolve/ support BCC/ social mobilization related issues.
• Assist in knowledge building and knowledge sharing through dissemination of experiences/ innovations/ best practices/ success stories in relation to BCC/ social mobilization.
• Prepare drafts on BCC/ social mobilization related content of the Annual Report of the project.
• Perform any other duties related to any component of IMCP II project including BCC/ social mobilization aspects of the Round 9 project, as necessary.
• Keep VHAI HQ updated on various health & development issues of North east

Qualification and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in communication, social sciences, or related field
• 5 years of experience in development projects, particularly in public health domain (preferably related to malaria control)
• Experience in providing support in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating BCC, social mobilization and advocacy components in development projects
• Excellent understanding of the potential of different media, especially at the grassroots level for effecting behavior change
• Proven familiarity with large projects, preferably GFATM and ability to effectively coordinate with the state government/ district health authorities and partner organizations, as necessary
• Understanding of social, economic, cultural and political context of the northeastern states. Skills
• Conceptual, creative, analytic, presentation and advocacy skills
• Ability to identify existing or potential problems and innovate solutions for varying situations
• Track record of undertaking a range of tasks simultaneously, adherence to time lines and ensuring delivery of quality services and reports in addition to effectively engaging with partners and donors on BCC/ social mobilization
• Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing support for BCC/ social mobilization, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English • Excellent interpersonal skills including professionalism and a cooperative attitude;
• Ability to interact effectively, both outside and within the Caritas India;
• Proficiency in standard MS Office Suite Applications (Word, PowerPoint, etc.);
• Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with various counterparts by maintaining strong working relationships.

Travel
Regional BCC Officer will be expected to travel extensively in the northeastern states of India and should be available for meetings with partners/ donors, as necessary.

Consolidated Salary: Around Rs. 30,000/-pm

Interested candidates may send their CVs along with two current references and one photograph to the following e. mail, with clearly mentioning the name of the post applied for in the Subject line:

vhaigfatm@vhai.org with cc to vhaigfatmr9@vhai.org

The last date to apply for above positions is 25th March 2015.

Please note that women are specially encouraged to apply. Smokers and tobacco users are strongly discouraged from applying as VHAI has a tobacco-free environment.
Our Contact address
VHAI, B-40, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016
Ph: 011-47004300
E-mail: ceo@vhai.org