UTTARAKHAND - Program Officer – Technical (Uttarakhand) (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 Urban Infrastructure/ Environmental Planning/ Environmental/ Sanitary Engineering or any other related field any other related field
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. Strong conceptual and analytical skills of undertaking research, documentation, producing learning materials and reports will be an asset. Prior experience of planning and rolling out capacity building activities/learning events is highly desirable.
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:
- Provide on-demand support to ULBs/State on FSSM related work.
- Contribute to defined activities in Uttarakhand under the project.
- Support Senior Program Officer in executing plan of operation.
- Regular visits to identified ULBs/cities for implementation of FSSM interventions.
- Co-ordinate state-level learning events and capacity building activities for state/ULB officials.
The position shall report to Programme Manager (Uttarakhand).
Location of position: The position would be based at Dehradun; with frequent travel to other ULBs in Uttarakhand as required.