Thematic Program Manager – NRM- Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Position- – Thematic Program Manager – NRM

No. of Opening: 1

Location – Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Last Date:  8th October, 2018

Action for Food Production (AFPRO) is an Indian socio-technical not for profit organization of national importance working for the development of the rural poor through effective natural resource management solutions.

Mission Statement:

AFPRO dedicates itself to its mission of alleviating rural poverty by promoting and working through voluntary organizations; with a focus on enabling the marginalized and weaker sections of rural society to participate in the process of rural dev elopement by strengthening their resource base and capabilities through improved knowledge and skills, both in the technical and socio-economic development areas.

AFPRO having its Head Office in New Delhi requires Thematic Program Manager – NRM for its Regional Office in Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) with the following requirements:

Educational Qualification: Graduate/ Post Graduate in Civil/Agriculture Engineering /Agriculture Science / Hydrogeology/ Geology / Water Engineering etc.

Experience: 7 years of work experience in managing large size multiple projects related to NRM programs.

Compensation: Attractive compensation will be given to the deserving candidate based on his/her experience and performance in the interview.

Job Description

The candidate will be required to lead a multidisciplinary team for effective planning, execution and monitoring of projects related to NRM. An understanding of projects and policies related to Rural Development supported by Government, Corporate groups and international agencies
Scope of Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Extending Socio-technical services to NGVOs in Maharashtra for the effective implementation of Program/Projects related to Natural Resource Management and Drinking water, Hygiene and sanitation
  • Coordinating the activities of multidisciplinary team of professional staff for the services to partners.
  • Program planning by involving various stakeholders based on the regional needs.
  • Conducting Joint Monitoring and Review exercises of the ongoing projects
  • Program Management and conducting Evaluations
  • Developing project proposal on NRM, Drinking water supply and sanitation, Agriculture etc
  • Capacity building of different stakeholders on the integrated watershed management, Water supply and sanitation in parts of rural Maharashtra.
  • Capacity building input in human and institutional development process of CBOs/GPs/NGOs
  • Networking/coordination/liaison with Government/Development agencies in the region for promotion of the programs

Additional Skills:

  • The applicant must be mature, capacity for good public relations, team building, resilient and motivated. Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Good communication and presentation skills both in English and Hindi. Knowledge of local language would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent IT skills which includes MS Office
  • The applicant should have proven record of preparation of guidelines for proposal writing, project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Liaison with other NGOs and Resources Organisations – build and strengthen relationships
  • The applicant will be responsible for documentation efforts for knowledge sharing, visibility enhancement of the organisation.
  • The applicant should be able to take leadership role in bringing innovative approach in areas connected with NRM Management

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The above positions are on contract for 4 years and renewable based on the individual performance and organizational requirement.

Please send your profile/resume, and application to the Regional Coordinator, AFPRO Regional Office, Plot no. 19 & 20, Namdev Colony, Near Shriram Chowk, Ahmednagar – 414003, Ph: 0241-2451465 email: aro.anr@afpro.org website: www.afpro.org

Apply by 8th October 2018.

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Project Manager – Aurangabad , Maharashtra

Positions: Project Manager

No of openings: 1

Location: Aurangabad , Maharashtra

Last Date: 8th October, 2018

Action for Food Production (AFPRO) is an Indian socio-technical not for profit organization of national importance, working for the development of the rural poor through effective natural resource management solutions.

Mission Statement:

AFPRO dedicates itself to its mission of alleviating rural poverty by promoting and working through voluntary organizations; with a focus on enabling the marginalized and weaker sections of rural society to participate in the process of rural development by strengthening their resource base and capabilities through improved knowledge and skills, both in the technical and socio-economic development areas.

AFPRO having its Head Office at New Delhi requires Agriculture / Civil Engineer for its Satellite office in Aurangabad under Regional Office, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Qualification: Graduate / PostGraduatein Agriculture/ Civil Engineering or relevant discipline with 5 years of experience in Watershed Development, soil and water conservation, water supply & sanitation, etc. Experience of working with National NPOs will be preferred.

Compensation: Attractive compensation will be given to the deserving candidate based on his/her experience and performance in the interview.

The above positions may require extensive travel to project locations.

Additional skills:

  • The applicant should be able to make project proposals, design details of the structure, cost estimate etc.
  • The applicant must be mature, good public relations, team building, resilient and motivated.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Good communication and presentation skills both in English & Hindi. Knowledge of local language would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office.

The above position is on contractual basis and renewable based on the individual performance and organisational requirements.

Please send your profile/resume, and application to the Regional Coordinator, AFPRO Regional Office, Plot no. 19 & 20, Namdev Colony, Near Shriram Chowk, Ahmednagar – 414003, Ph: 0241-2451465 email: aro.anr@afpro.org website: www.afpro.org

Apply by 8th October, 2018.

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Program Executive – MIS & Documentation

Positions:  Program Executive – MIS & Documentation

No of openings: 1

Location:  Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Last Date:  8th October,  2018

Action for Food Production (AFPRO) is an Indian socio-technical not for profit  organization of national importance, working for the development of the rural poor through effective natural resource management solutions.

Mission Statement:

AFPRO dedicates itself to its mission of alleviating rural poverty by promoting and working through voluntary organizations; with a focus on enabling the marginalized and weaker sections of rural society to participate in the process of rural development by strengthening their resource base and capabilities through improved knowledge and skills, both in the technical and socio-economic development areas.

AFPRO having its Head Office at New Delhi requires Program Executive – MIS & Documentation its Regional Office, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Qualification: University degree inany subject (mass communication / English would be preferred) with 3 – 5 years of experience in MIS/ project documentation / development of success stories / monitoring and evaluation / impact studies etc.

Compensation:  Attractive compensation will be given to the deserving candidate based on his/her experience and performance in the interview.

The above positions may require extensive travel to project locations.

Scope of Tasks:

  1. Ensures knowledge management: collects, processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication and interaction with counterparts, the university, government institutions, and farmers.
  2. Identifying and documentation of lessons learned and good practices.
  3. Preparation of case studies, news briefings, media release, newsletters, reports, video-clips, documentation, etc.
  4. Assist in planning, coordinating and documenting of meetings, workshops, seminars, etc.
  5. Lead, design, edit, update and manage project relevant databases.
  6. Networking with relevant organizations for coverage of good practices and advocacy areas.
  7. Represent and participate in resources mobilization and collaboration opportunities at various levels;

Additional Skills

  • The applicant must be mature, good public relations, team building, resilient and motivated.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Good communication and presentation skills both in English & Hindi.  Knowledge of local language would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office.

The above position is on contractual basis and renewable based on the individual performance and organisational requirements.

Please send your profile/resume, and application to the Regional Coordinator, AFPRO Regional Office, Plot no. 19 & 20, Namdev Colony, Near Shriram Chowk, Ahmednagar – 414003, Ph: 0241-2451465 email: aro.anr@afpro.org  website: www.afpro.org

Apply by 8th October, 2018.

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Regional Manager – Gwalior

Position – Regional Manager

Opening – 1

Location: Gwalior

Last Date: July 30, 2018

 

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Contributing to development of land and water resources: Devpimpalgaon’s model watershed

Contributing to development of land and water resources

Contributing to development of land and water resources: Devpimpalgaon watershed, Maharashtra

Acknowledging that groundwater development needs to be supported simultaneously by water conservation measures and that rapid expansion of groundwater would compromise resource sustainability, a unique project was formulated in the late 1970’s with the support from the Swiss Technical Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland. Popularly known as the ‘Integrated Land and Water Use Project at Devpimpalgaon’, the initiation of the project is traced to the successful impact of a percolation tank constructed in Devpimpalgaon, a drought prone area in the Deccan Plateau (Maharashtra) and observed improvements in groundwater levels in wells located downstream. Subsequent additions to the project included regeneration of the environment through micro watershed management, soil and water conservation measures, water harvesting and afforestation. Implemented with the support of our partner, documented physical impacts include storages of 0.5 million cubic meters through water harvesting; 64 acres under irrigation; sprinkler irrigation in 32 acres; 8,00,000 tree under community forest on 200 acres; electrification with energization of 20 wells; multi purpose community center; dryland agriculture center established on 14 acres for demonstration of dry farming techniques, demonstration of improved varieties of cattle and small ruminants.

Our experience of working in Devpimpalgaon gradually evolved into what is now commonly known as watershed programmes. The project offered an integrated approach to the management of land and water resources with environmental, social and economic impacts. However, despite the adoption of this approach by over 500 villages, sharing of experiences amongst the government agencies and the non-government sector and it being one of the flagship activities of the partnership, sustenance of interventions and stiff external triggers continue to be challenges faced.

Reducing vulnerability in agrarian distressed regions of Maharashtra

Reducing vulnerability in agrarian distressed regions of Maharashtra

Integrated development of livelihoods (natural resource management), Maharashtra

The Vidharbha region of Maharashtra, distributed across 11 districts (Yavatmal, Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Buldhana, Washim, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gadchiroli and Gondia), is known to face severe agrarian distress. ‘Convergence of Agricultural Interventions in the distressed districts of Maharashtra’ (CAIM) is collaboration between Government of Maharashtra (GoM), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) to develop six of the most distressed districts of this region. As part of the programme, two rainfed clusters, distributed across 10 villages of Yavatmal district, received support from us. The approach recommended under this programme is an improvement in livelihoods through the management of natural resources and subsequent reductions in overall vulnerabilities.

Here components of integrated livelihoods were designed to alleviate rural communities. Creation of irrigation potential through rainwater harvesting, land management through multiple soil conservation measures, crop and nutrient management as part of agricultural extension and creation of enabling environments for better market linkages through collectivization were part of the practical solutions promoted under the programme. Human and institutional development were part of these interventions with capacities of three sets of institutions built at the village level – Village Development Councils (VDC), Self Help Groups (SHG) and Producer Groups. The project also paid special attention to creation of employment opportunities for women as well.

CAIM represents a unique model of convergence where Governments and national and international funding agencies have partnered with a non government organization, investing their resources and skills in developing a distressed region of the country. With one of the most vulnerable systems (rainfed areas) targeted under the programme, the impact has reached over 3000 farmers. While, environmental impacts include improvement in surface storage or harvested rainwater, enhanced soil moisture retention, improvement in the capability of land to support agriculture and allied activities and reduction in further degradation; economic impacts include an improvement in productivity and subsequent improvements in income.

Empowering Communities by creating access to safe drinking water and sanitation

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Water Safety Planning, Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh

An estimated 37.7 million Indians are affected by waterborne diseases annually and 1.5 million children die of diarrhea, creating an immense need to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Further, since drinking water infrastructure is poorly maintained, the availability of adequate drinking water is another challenge. With 79% of the 21 million in Chhattisgarh who reside in rural areas at risk, ‘Multi – District Assessment of Water Safety (M-DAWS) Project in Chhattisgarh’, ‘Water Quality Surveillance & Mitigation’ and ‘Capacity Building and Mitigation measures of drinking water hand pumps (HP)’ are three programmes specifically designed to address these issues. We work closely with the Government of Chhattisgarh through UNICEF and PHED to address drinking water and sanitation requirements in Konta, Sukma and Chhindgarh blocks, Dantewada district (presently Sukma district), Chhattisgarh.

Here we have successfully prepared and demonstrated Water Safety Plans (WSP). This includes sanitary surveillance of drinking water sources, design of simple and cost effective technical solutions ensuring access to ‘safe’ drinking water, awareness generation of village institutions and local communities (water user groups) on improved WASH practices and training of local youth on operation and maintenance (O&M) of drinking water infrastructure (hand pumps). Of special mention are training programmes on Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM). The groups targeted on a priority basis include women, anganwadi workers and school children.

Our learnings from Dantewada district comprise of a renewed confidence in the effectiveness of Water Safety Planning (WSP) and Information Education and Communication (IEC) in addressing WASH challenges. Here, working with communities affected by political conflict and with a low priority for WASH was the main challenge. Despite this, an indication of its success is its growth in coverage and scope. With humble beginnings of working with 4 IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps, we are now working in IDP camps and 40 villages. Gram Panchayats too have come forward to pilot the Water Safety Plans, with Water User Groups making conscious efforts to ensure safe and hygienic conditions around all drinking water sources. Further, while trained cadres of hand pump technicians are repairing hand pumps; refresher trainings and continued institutional support are required for their effective functioning as potential extension arms to the PHED. A further reflection of encouragement is a continued partnership with UNICEF and requests for introduction of similar approaches in other districts by both the state and corporates such as State Groundwater Board (SGWB), Civil Society Organizations, Bharat Aluminum Company Limited (BALCO), ACC, BILT, LAFARGE etc.

Promotion of the Deenbandhu Biogas model: Experiences from the National Project on Biogas Development

Under the climate change regime, there is a growing concern among the global community to mitigate anthropogenic factors contributing to this change. Consumption of fuel for cooking is also identified as a contributor. With Biogas technologies increasing being acknowledged as a ‘Climate Change Mitigation’ measure, it is increasingly being viewed for its contribution in reduction of two main greenhouse gases – Carbon dioxide and methane. In addition to this it can save millions of tones of firewood burnt as fuel and also generate rural livelioods. We have pioneered the promotion & development of biogas technology in the country through a decade long programme titled ‘National Project on Biogas Development (NPBD)’. The programme is implemented with the support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Through a network of grassroot level NGO, over 97,000 biogas plants across the country have been constructed.  The Deenbandhu Biogas Model designed by us is approved by the formerly Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources. Due to experiences from this project, we have been invited to train and monitor the implementation of biogas plants in Kenya.

Due the successful demonstration of the Deenbandhu Biogas technology in India, we were invited by atmosfair, a climate protection organization actively protecting the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies to demonstrate this technology in Kenya, Africa. Our biogas trainers trained technicians and masons in construction of these plants. During the project 40 masons we constructed under our supervision itself.

Successful demonstration of the Deenbandhu Biogas plant in Kenya

Promoting Household Lighting in a Remote Tribal Village, Udaipur district, Rajasthan

Geographically located within the tropical and sub tropical latitudes, India has an abundant potential to develop solar energy, a source renewable in nature. Supporting the southern part of the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan with an improved access to electricity, AFPRO Udaipur has provided support for the implementation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting System in Somawat, a tribal village in Kherwara tehsil of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. The project is being implemented by Rajpurohit Seva Sansthan, Udaipur. This action research project included the installation of household LED lamps with solar panels and charger-cum-control units. The primary benefit of the LED Lamp is foreseen in terms of relief for the womenfolk involved in household chores after nightfall, an aid for children school-going studying at night, and a sense of security for the elderly. With an initial target of 25 households and the effectiveness of the lamp obvious to everyone, the entire village comprising 451 households came forward to adopt the technology.

Hydrogeological Investigation of the Nyoil river basin

Groundwater development has rapidly expanded in the six decades since independence meeting the drinking and irrigation requirements, especially of the rural population. However, the hydro-geological conditions which favor the development of groundwater are complex and understanding the intricacies involved can assist in scientific and sustainable development of groundwater. Supporting the scientific development of groundwater, a study titled ‘Geohydrological Investigation in Nyoil river basin, Tamil Nadu’ was commissioned by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1971. We were invited to contribute to this study in 3550 sq km of the Nyoil river basin. A collaboration, support and guidance from the Central and State Groundwater Boards were also received under the project. Key components of the study included mapping of local geological and hydro geological conditions, electrical resistivity surveys, geophysical well logging, and short duration pumping tests, water level fluctuations and water sample analysis. Findings from the systematic and scientific survey of the basin have served as inputs and support to local drilling programmes.