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Consultant – Project Officer

Kolkata (India) | west bengal

  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Kolkata (India) | west bengal
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Youth
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-09

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Job id : 103665 Apply by: 09 Sep 2018 Relevant Sectors Administration, HR, Management, Accounting/Finance Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child

 Terms of Reference of Project Officer, West Bengal

Reporting to
Consultant – Project Officer
Duration of the consultancy is till 31st December 2018
Kolkata, West Bengal
Job Code
PO – B
Email ID to send applications (Please mention the job code in subject line)
Last date to apply
09th September 2018
Save the Children (SC) is a leading independent child rights organization working for children's rights and delivers immediate and lasting improvement to children's lives worldwide. The organization is working in 4 core thematic areas - Child Protection, Education, Health & Nutrition and Disaster Risk Reduction & Humanitarian Response in collaboration with the Government, civil society organizations and the community across 17 states. We work alongside community groups, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with central, state and local governments. We have so far reached nearly 8 million children[1] across India.
Save the Children was founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, as a response to the condition in Europe immediately following the First World War. Save the Children, a federation of 31 member countries with similar vision, mission, and values for children, works in more than 110 countries to form a truly international movement for children.
Save the Children has existed in India since the pre-Independence days. Save the Children, Bal Raksha Bharat is the 28th independent member of the International Save the Children Alliance.
In West Bengal, Save the Children is working for System strengthening and with Child Domestic Workers (CDWs) and the survivors of Child Trafficking and At Risk Children under child protection thematic area for more than a decade now. West Bengal is the most densely populated state in India, with a population density of 904 people per km². The state of West Bengal is a notorious transit hub for child domestic workers, as it borders three of India's most disadvantaged states - Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa - and also shares porous, poorly guarded frontiers with impoverished neighbors Nepal and Bangladesh. There is a high incidence of child labour in the state of West Bengal. The “State Plan of Action 2003,” by the West Bengal State Government, shows that the state’s rate of child labour is 4.4%, slightly higher than India’s national average of 4.2%[2]. In Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, there is an estimated 100,000 child laborers who are engaged in domestic work and bonded labour.
The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is a program implemented by the Government of India to ensure the protection of every child living under vulnerable conditions, through an integrated approach of Community Based Child Protection Mechanism. Proposed in 2006 and initiated in 2009, the ICPS is administered at the state level by state child protection committees and societies and at the district level by district child protection societies. The implementation of the ICPS is still in its early stages and there are capacity and resource gaps.
Through the Breakthrough Programme – G0142 formally called “Competency Based Training and Accreditation: testing the approach” Save the Children is working on the development of “On the Job Training and Accreditation” for the 5 key positions of the ICPS at the District Level. The establishment of this approach in India will provide a model of working on training and accreditation for DCPU workers elsewhere, and experience of using an approach that is competency based, practical and reaches agreed quality standards of operation.
Save the Children in collaboration with Pearson Education with previous Breakthrough funding has drawn up Job Descriptions (refined & validated them) and the Occupational Standards (OS) of select key personnel under the ICPS at the District Level. These OS form the first step in a roadmap of practical, competency based training that over time can be assessed, accredited and integrated into the National Skills and Qualifications Framework (NSQF) in India. Through the proposed approach, it is envisaged that the training would be based on the OS which would have built-in assessment framework, ensuring all the content of OS is covered in the training.
Overall Objective
By the end of 2018, Save the Children’s approach to training and accreditation will be functioning to build the competence of child protection staff in India’s ICPS System.
Specific Objective
70% of personnel in five key positions in three states of Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal of India are performing as per the Occupational Standards for their role.
From January’2016 to December’2018 the following activities will be performed.
  1. JD & OS finalization of the 5 key positions of ICPS
  2. Development of training material, assessment tools & framework for assessment and accreditation.
  3. Conducting training of five key positions in ICPS over three years
  4. Recognition an accreditation of the training modules
  5. Assessor identification, TOT of assessors and assessment of the training recipients
  6. Formation of Advisory Committee in State level
  7. Organize State level consultations and training programmes
  8. Evidence generation about the programme
To reach out to the outcome after three years of intervention, State Technical Consultant will work closely with Save the Children and the Department of Women & Child Development.
Job Description of the position:
A.   Under Breakthrough Program:
  • Liaise with the Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking and SCPS for execution of Breakthrough Programme on regular basis
  • Carrying out the Competency based 'on the job' training course (Pilot and roll out trainings) for all the 3 posts (DCPO, PO-IC, Counsellor) in three phases
  • Panel/Pool of Assessors (for assessing the candidates who are undertaking 'on the job' training) are selected and empanelled as Master Assessors.
  • On job Support, Follow-up & Evidence Generation: Follow up and supporting candidates enrolled in the training (DCPO, PO-IC, Counsellor) and produce evidences of their performances to meet the occupational standards for their specific role (evidence generation on MIS, referrals, case studies & case management status etc)
  • Capturing progress of the assessment for sharing with the trainees and the respective State Government (before the next phase of the roll out training)
  • Support in formation of an advisory committee at the State Level, which includes Government officials, trainers, academicians and practitioners for this programme. Update the progress of the project at regular intervals and seek their inputs
  • Ensure finalization of training reports on Competency based 'on the job' training course for 3 Positions (DCPO, PO-IC, Counsellor) during both pilot and roll put phase
  • State level dissemination of the learnings of the project on annual basis.
  • Organize Consultations with the Directorate of CRT for integration of refined Job Description and sharing of Operational Standards
  • Update SCPS and Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking about the progress of Breakthrough programme at regular intervals
  • Coordinate with Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking and SCPS for execution of the Competency based 'on the job' training course  for 5 key positions
  • Develop database of Master Trainers from Academic Institutes/Individual Consultants and liaise with them for execution of Competency based 'on the job' training course
  • Participate in Interstate Trainings as resource person for rolling out Competency based 'on the job' training course  for 5 key positions in Jharkhand, Odisha and wherever the programme is replicated
  • Develop and share monthly and quarterly report (Donor) and submit for review and onward submission to National Office
  • Responsible for Management Information System (MIS) mechanism of Save the Children and documentation of good practices and case studies compendium
  • Inter departmental coordination within the organization; with Finance & Administration, Knowledge Management and ACC   for implementation of the programme
B.  Save the Children advocacy on ICPS with Government and civil societies:
  • Regular liaison with Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking on accelerating implementation of ICPS at State level.
  • Take lead as State level Resource Person in rolling out CPC training module for Master Trainers of all districts in West Bengal, in collaboration with Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking and SCPS
  • Take lead in translation of various child protection materials, IECs etc. in Save the Children
  • Develop proposals on Child Protection in consultation with Programme Coordinator - Child Protection
  • Develop detailed understanding on prevention, protection, rehabilitation and prosecution protocols on anti-child trafficking
  • Develop understanding on JJ Act 2015, POCSO, ICPS and ITPA
  • Represent Save the Children in meetings of DCPU and SCPS as and when required
  • Represent Save the Children in various child protection forums and networks
  • Undertake any other additional responsibilities as assigned by the organization
  • The Consultant will report directly by the Assistant Manager – Programme. Additional support and guidance will be provided by the General Manager, based in Kolkata
  • The Consultant will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with Child Protection Team, the rest of the SC project team on Child Protection, partner staff and Government officials associated with the implementation of ICPS at State, District and Sub-Divisional level
Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.
Recruitment and selection procedures & checks reflect our commitment to protect children from abuse 

[1] Annual Report 2014, Save the Children-India
[2] The Hindu Business Line, 2003 
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