Program Officer – Technical (Delhi) (2-3 years’ experience)
Background for NIUA:
National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute for research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge for the urban sector in India. It is registered as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. NIUA conducts research in emerging themes such as urbanization, urban policy and planning, municipal finance and governance, land economics, transit oriented development, urban livelihoods, environment and climate change and smart cities. NIUA supports innovations in the urban sector through informed dialogues, knowledge exchanges, training and capacity building. In its mission to promote evidence-based policy-making and urban scholarship, NIUA is currently engaged in inter-disciplinary research and proactive engagements with change agents, which involve projects that create and maintain digital interface solutions.
Background for the Project:
The Sanitation Capacity Building Platform (SCBP) is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) supported programme grant to NIUA https://www.niua.org/scbp. The programme aims to promote septage and wastewater management by states and towns, through a capacity building intervention that is aimed at a few states and through the nodal training agencies of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
The SCBP portfolio of support goes beyond delivering training modules, and also includes activity based capacity building support to officials of cities and states, consultants, NGOs and masons and contractors. This consists of identifying and assessing generation of faecal sludge and septage, preparing state level enabling policy guidance, identifying actions needed at state and ULB level to promote incremental improvements in addressing sanitation and FSSM challenges, technical support for developing DPRs for treatment plants, etc.
Qualifications: Master degree in Environmental/ Sanitary Engineering or any other related field (with extensive knowledge of water and sanitation projects)
Knowledge and Experience: At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the area of non-sewered sanitation. Strong conceptual and technical skills related to assessment and feasibility studies for non sewered sanitation including FSSM and wastewater management. Professional experience in documentation and research, and technical content development for training programmes/ learning events.
Written and Verbal Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of Hindi language is preferable.
Technical Proficiency and Skills: Ability to work in large team and produce desirable outputs. Knowledge of MS office programmes - Word, PowerPoint and Excel is essential. Basic knowledge of GIS and similar analytical software is preferable.
Responsibilities: Would include but not be limited to:
- Support in revision of existing technical modules and development of new technical modules
- Contribute to content development for technical aspects of capacity building activities
- Conducting of technical activities on ground – assessments, feasibility studies, DPRs with support from partners/consultants
- Preparation of technical reports
- Support Senior Program Officer in executing plan of operation.
The position shall report to Team Leader, SCBP
Location of position: The position would be based at NIUA office in New Delhi; with travel to the project area and partner locations as required.