• Enlisting of Experts for JNNURM Projects
  • Government of India has launched a Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission & BSUP / IHSDP are the two components of the mission for which MHADA is the nodal agency appointed by Government of Maharashtra. Under this programme, GOI has sanctioned so far 36 BSUP projects and 41 IHSDP projects.

    To strengthen the capacity of Urban Local Bodies to manage and implement the composite array of tasks associated with JNNURM, submission BSUP provides for establishing the Project Implementation Agency / Unit (PIA / PIU) which comprises a panel of five experts.

    Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) vide its letter dated 30th July 2008 No.MH/CE-II/EE-II/525/1320/08 has appointed All India Institute of Local Self Government for empanelling these Experts. For the said purpose applications are invited in attached format from the following experts for all the cities covered under BSUP (DPRs of which have presently been sanctioned by the Government of India) viz Nashik / Nagpur / Nanded City, and DPRs of which will be sanctioned in the future by the Government of India.

    1. Project Coordinator (Housing & Slum Development):

    Scope of Work:
    The incumbent has a broad based role in improving quality of project design, implementation and reporting by providing intellectual leadership and inputs on social needs of the urban poor. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Support in Project Planning: Supervision of preparation of DPR keeping in view the specific requirements of (a) the area being developed and (b) the intended beneficiaries;
    • Ensuring that the designs of houses, layouts etc are of acceptable standards.
    • Identification of beneficiaries and their needs through socio economic surveys.
    • Operationalising the DPR – ensuring connectivity with citywide infrastructure facilities especially in areas of water supply, sanitation and drainage.
    • Activity Planning and Scheduling to avoid time and cost over runs.
    • Monitoring physical progress.
    • To implement infrastructure projects in slums and urban reforms.
    • Design & monitor implementation of City Development Plan, Detailed Project Reports etc. with focus on housing for urban poor, slum development, and provision of infrastructural facilities to urban poor, etc.
    • Advice on Construction Management: Assistance to SLNA in obtaining requisite clearance; detailed planning of implementation; material & supply chain management; quality assurance and benchmarking.
    • Advice on Financial Aspects of Project Management: Fund flow management; monitoring and managing leakages, cost overruns etc; work completion certificates and Payment certificates; preparation of utilization certificates; financial closure of project account etc.
    • Issues of sustainability of created assets, and other social and institutional risks at ULB level.
    • Look after works related to SJSRY and other poverty alleviation initiatives relating to employment generation, skill development, education, health etc to ensure convergence between JNNURM and other Government initiatives.
    Qualifications:
    • Senior engineer / town planner with at least 5 – 10 years experience in a managerial position in a large municipality / PSU in the area of township planning lay-out designing etc.
    • Experience in slum development and local infrastructure, including in-situ slum development.
    • Strong communication and computer skills.
    • Any earlier involvement with JNNURM will be an added advantage.

    2. Social Development Officer:

    Scope of Work:

    The Social Development Officer plays a key role in taking forward the core principles of JNNURM with regard to appreciation and implementation of the reforms, internalizing stakeholder consultations into the operating procedures and practices of infrastructure development and optimizing the community participation in urban governance. He shall render Advisory Support in the following areas, with focus on urban poor:
    • Assess barriers and constraints, demand problems, institutional weaknesses, absorptive capacity constraints, etc.
    • Render advice on all matters pertaining to social development, community participation and urban poverty alleviation.
    • Guide and support implementation of mechanisms for pre-project community consultations design and develop socio-economic surveys for beneficiary identification and needs assessment. Streamlining their inputs into evolving versions of the CDP and DPR preparation by ULBs.
    • Guide and support effective and transparent use of the Community Participation Fund (CPF) by user groups in the select cities and to ensure that the urban poor also derive the benefits from the Fund.
    • Assist ULBs to identify and address gender gaps in coverage of basic services, access to training and opportunities for economic activities with focus on urban poor women.
    • Oversee the timely preparation and periodic updating of city’s poverty profile, in tandem with the BSUP / IHSDP and other poverty focused programmes of the State.
    • Establish Networks with civil society and private sector, and other line departments such as health, education and social welfare in order to bring convergence of their schemes / leverage their schemes with projects under BSUP / IHSDP.
    • Look after works related to SJSRY and other poverty alleviation initiatives relating to employment generation, skill development, education, health etc. to ensure convergence between JNNURM and other Government initiatives.
    Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematic Learning:

    Most infrastructure project monitoring and evaluation systems measure strictly quantifiable, technology – dependent variables such as the number of systems installed, number of household water or sewerage connections etc. They typically are not designed to measure social development impacts, often resulting in the masking of consumer choices and perceptions of the level of service, tariffs, etc. of the users, particularly the underserved. The Social Development Officer will need to:
    • Ensure that information related to social development indicators / elements are adequately captured in data bases, analyzed and the emerging findings applied in practice.
    • Design and implement consumer satisfaction surveys periodically.
    • Monitor the expenditure on improvement of urban services to the poor and overall social impact of projects implemented under JNNURM.
    • Monitor and report of the Mission Directorate on the progress of reforms listed above.
    • Organise studies, surveys etc. to document lessons and disseminate good practices across the state, through state initiatives and by participating actively in PEARL (Peer Experience and Reflective Learning) programme of JNNURM.
    Qualifications:
    • Masters or doctoral degree in social sciences, with practical experience of working in areas related to urban poor.
    • 5 – 10 years experience in a responsible position in issues relating to urban poor / slum dwellers.
    • Experience in designing & conducting socio economic surveys / social development projects in the field of education, health, community mobilization, poverty alleviation etc.
    • Training in organizational behaviour and management of change processes.
    • Any earlier involvement with JNNURM will be an added advantage.

    3. Livelihoods Development Specialist:

    Scope of Work:

    The incumbent has a broad based role in improving quality of project design, implementation and reporting by providing intellectual leadership and inputs on social needs of the urban poor. This includes but is not limited to ensuring that the development plans are tailor made for each slum keeping in view the occupation pattern and socio-economic milieu of the incumbents. In case of relocation, the Specialist will ensure that the livelihoods of the displaced persons are not affected.

    In addition will render Advisory Support relating to:
    • Devising communication strategies to make the communities aware of their responsibilities in keeping cities / colonies clean, preserving and helping in making the investments secure and complying with requirement of the reforms.
    • Assist ULBs to identify and address gender gaps in coverage of services, access to training and opportunities for economic activities with focus on urban poor women.
    • In the wake of decentralization effective interface among staff of ULB and associated parastatal institutions is critical. The Consultant shall help establish mechanisms for dialogue between elected representatives, staff and clients.
    • Oversee the timely preparation and periodic updating of city’s poverty profile, in tandem with the BSUP / IHSDP and other poverty focused programs of the State.
    • Establish Networks with civil society and private sector, and other line departments such as health, education and social welfare in order to bring convergence of their schemes / leverage their schemes with projects under BSUP / IHSDP.
    • Coordinating vocational training to youth, women etc. under various schemes of Government of India and State Government.
    Qualifications:

    • Degree in Sociology / Social Work / Communication.
    • 5 – 10 years experience in a responsible position in issues relating to urban poor / slum dwellers.
    • Experience in designing & conducting socio economic surveys / social development projects in the field of education, health, community mobilization, poverty alleviation, monitoring and evaluation etc.
    • Any earlier involvement with JNNURM will be an added advantage.

    4. Research Officer

    The incumbent has a broad based role in strengthening the capacity of personnel at State & ULB levels in the context of BSUP/IHSDP and Urban Poverty. The expert will undertake studies of Best Practices in the field of Urban Poverty, Housing for poor, provision of Basic Services to the Urban poor, Urban reforms & Inclusive city planning. The expert will facilitate preparation of livelihoods improvement plans, roadmaps for pro-poor reform, and internalizing new approaches (“best practices”) at State and ULB levels.

    The expert will support in improving quality of Socio-economic surveys of the Urban Poor, preparing urban poverty profile of the state & cities, integration of employment generation, skill development and programmes related to Health, Education & Social Security with the BSUP & IHSDP projects. The expert will identify challenges for policy & implementation of Urban Poverty Alleviation programmes including provision of basic amenities to the poor at the State/ULB level and suggest tools / e-tools for meeting those challenges.

    Qualifications

    – Masters or doctoral degree in Social Sciences, with practical experience of working in areas related to urban poor
    – 3-7 years experience in area of research relating to urban poor / slum dwellers.

    5. Research & Training Coordinator

    The incumbent has a role in putting in place core research, advocacy and coordination capacity, build database in the areas of urban poverty, slums, skill development, housing and construction, develop concept notes and undertake research and guidance tasks in areas of urban poverty. The Specialist will constantly assess the training needs at the ULB level. The expert will coordinate all training & capacity building programmes for the ULB staff in the areas of Urban poverty including JNNURM projects & livelihood programmes and and assist ULBs to access quality training on site or at recognized centres of excellence.

    The expert will develop & coordinate Annual Training Programs in the area of implementation of JNNURM, Urban Reforms, Livelihood programmes & other poverty alleviation schemes. He will also continually implement effective induction programmes including orientation on JNNURM. The expert will closely work with MIS expert in SLNA to develop a database on assessment of skill requirement of staff at local level and update it regularly.

    Qualifications

    – Masters or doctoral degree in Social Sciences/ Economics, with experience of research in areas related to urban poor
    – Coordination skills, Ability to work in a team with other professionals
    – Experience in dealing with State Government/ Local Bodies/ Resource Centres / NGOs / Communities
    – Any experience in computers will be added advantage

    Preference would be given to the local candidate. The engagement of the professionals will be strictly on contract basis, for a period of one year likely to be extended for the period not exceeding three years based on performance outputs and desired impacts. In case of performance found unsatisfactory the contract may not be extended.

    This advertisement is based on the guidelines issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Any changes or modifications made by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India may cause the changes in the terms.

    Apply to :

    The Director
    Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies
    All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG)
    M.N.Roy Human Development Campus, Plot No.6, 'F' Block,
    Opp. Government Colony, Bldg. No.326, Near Uttar Bhartiya Sangh,
    TPS Road No.12, Bandra (East), Mumbai - 400 051
    Tel: +91-22-26573795 / 96 / 98
    Fax: +91-22-26573973
    Email: rcuesaiilsg@yahoo.co.in


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