CARE India
Project Officer – Integrated Natural Resource Management
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Full Time

Closing Date

Jun 11 2021


Project Officer– Integrated Natural Resource Management [Bathinda, Punjab]

POSITION/DESIGNATION: Project Officer (PO) – Integrated Natural Resource Management

GRADE/LEVEL: Contractual position (1 Year renewable contract based on performance and organizational need analysis) at Grade G

PROJECT/UNIT: Empowering Smallholder Farmers through promotion of sustainable agriculture and water harvesting & conservation methods in Bathinda, Punjab

PROJECT DURATION: March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2024

REPORTS TO: Project Manager

LOCATION: Three blocks (Bathinda, Phul and Maur) in District Bathinda, Punjab

TRAVEL: 80% including daily field travel, district head quarter, state and national travel as required.


CARE is a not-for-profit organisation working in India for over 68 years, focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice. We do this through well-planned and comprehensive projects in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods.

During FY 2019-20, CARE India directly reached out to 50.2 million people through 53 projects across 19 states, covering more than 90+ districts. We are part of the CARE International Confederation, working in 100 countries for a world where people live with dignity and security.

CARE India seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

Our goal is to ensure that women and girls from the most marginalized communities are empowered, live in dignity and their households have secure and resilient lives. CARE India aims to accomplish this goal by working with 50 million people to help them have quality health, education, livelihoods and overcome the effects of disasters. | Regd. as CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development

PROJECT DETAILS Project goal is to empower 12,000 smallholder farmer households through promoting sustainable agriculture and water harvesting and water conservation resulting in enhanced income for the smallholder farmers. The objective of the project are as follows:
-Objective 1: Strengthening Community Based Organizations by building their capacities
-Objective 2: Natural Resource Management through promotion of water conservation and water harvesting methods
-Objective 3: Promotion of sustainable agriculture practices within smallholder farmers
-Objective 4: Enterprise promotion and support
-Objective 5: Enabling environment creation for enterprise and smallholder farmers


Project Officer - INRM is to be primarily contracted for 12 months (may be extended as per need/requirement for a maximum of further 23 months) to support the project located in Bathinda, Phul and Maur Block in Bathinda District, Punjab. Project Officer - INRM is the resource person to bring in innovation, project execution and strategies to realize the vision of Integrated Natural Resource Management supporting small and marginal landholding farmers particularly women farmer.

• Lead village level micro planning studies for natural resource management and prepare village level micro plans for promotion of soil and water conservation in the project area.
• Prepare detailed strategy and implementation plan for promotion of soil and water conservation in the project area.
• Lead formation and capacity building of Water User Groups and Water Budgeting practices in the project area.
• Designing and developing detailed training module for training of CBOs and Community Resource Person on relevant trainings such as soil and water conservation, water conservation structures, micro irrigation technologies, solar energy-based technologies etc.
• Facilitate identification and selection of Community Resource Person and train them on relevant thematic areas with respect to Integrated Natural Resource Management.
• Design and facilitate demonstrations of relevant technologies and soil & water conservation structures.
• Responsible for water structure and irrigation systems design, maintenance and repairs with macro-micro projects like dug well, water sheds, drip irrigation, etc. with farmers and community empowerment, training and community mobilization and resource and labour contribution from the farmers and community.
• Create systems of community ownership and management with contribution for design creation, maintenance and repairs and take lead in integrating resources from diverse sources like agriculture department, watershed mission, SRLM, etc.
• Ensure that the target households are extended technical support strictly adhering to the SOP, continuous monitoring, leadership of Community Resource Persons (CRPs), M & E systems, timely procurement, following accounts & procurement systems, etc. with planning, ownership and prior approval of project manager and Deputy Director.
• Understand issues and problems faced in the field, aggregate and seek advice from senior colleagues as per requirement.
• Producing designs, both initial outlines and full plans, timely monitoring, on-field demonstration and support to CRPs and farmers, donor reporting.
• Support to the team in designing and organizing state level events, policy discourse and representing various forums.
• Produce papers, learning materials and bulletins from time to time for wider packaging of project & CISSD.

Other responsibilities:
• Be accountable for timely accomplishment of responsibilities under his/her thematic area line items with respect to the project DIP and Workplan and generate adequate Means of Verifications (MoVs).
• Raise purchase requests (PRs) and closure of PRs in consultation with the supervisor, for products and services deemed necessary towards undertaking prior-approved project activities with discussion and prior approval of the Project Manager and Deputy Director as per CISSD Procurement Policy and functions Provide domain related documentation such as training reports, technical assessment summary, activity cost-estimation, etc.
• Perform any other task assigned by the line manager as per organizational requirement.

• A water engineer/ agricultural engineer with multidisciplinary professional with exposure to climate resilient efficient water usage advanced agriculture systems for sustainable multi-diversified agricultural productivity at micro, small and marginal levels.
• Interested in and have proved track record in developing water retention, irrigation and climate resilient agriculture productivity models or climate impacted state/ geography with proven impact on sustainable production of nutrient rich crops in various agro-climatic and socio-cultural situations.
• Prior proven experience of leveraging MGNREGA scheme, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana etc. for promotion of micro watershed development, micro irrigation technologies and other relevant water conservation structures and technologies.
• An innovator and diligent professional who accepts challenge.
• Strategic communicator with ambition towards research and knowledge.
• An inspiring leader who can motivate and mobilize community, engage with government departments and brig in resources from diverse sources including motivating community for contribution in developing community water structure and adopt to new water models.
• A leader with proven capacity towards supportive supervision and meet strict deadlines adhering to quality of deliverables.

• Master of Science in Agriculture / M. Tech in Agriculture Engineering from reputed institution / Government agriculture university with related experience at least 3 years.
• Bachelor of Science in Agriculture / Diploma in Watershed Management / B. Tech in Agriculture Engineering from reputed institution / Government agriculture university with related experience at least 5 years.
• Hands on experience in working extensively on diverse water structure design, development and implementation and working experience of directly working with farmers on the ground to support soil and water conservation.
• Experience in supporting and handholding farmers in adopting and adapting to best practices and newer climate resilient farming through adoptive water and other technologies.
• Experience of working in a large project and as part of a diverse team.
• Women candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

• Familiarity with agro-ecological conditions and climate challenges in similar geographies in the country.
• Experience and interest in working with women farmers and their groups at grass-root level.
• Understanding of adult learning principles.

Professional competencies:
• Strong facilitation /training and communication skills.
• Willingness to learn from and replicate best practices from elsewhere.
• Good writing and oral communication skills in English and Hindi. Candidates with proficiency in Punjabi will be preferred.
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite mainly Word, PowerPoint and Excel, Internet.
• Understanding of tribal development and gender dimensions within Climate Smart Agriculture and Nutrition Security domains.
• Ability work in a team and build capacity and connect to community stakeholders.

Personal attributes:
• High level of integrity and honesty.
• Communicates with impact.
• Compassionate, and respectful of all people.
• Adaptable and flexible.

Candidates should send their resumes to to apply for the position online.

The last date of receiving applications will be 11th June, 2021 . Only short-listed candidates would be contacted.

CARE India is an equal opportunity and diversity promoting employer. Therefore Women, persons differently abled, SC/ST/ OBC candidates are especially encouraged to apply.