Child Rights and You CRY
State Program Manager
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
Kolkata West Bengal
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jun 25 2021


Job Title: State Program Manager

Tenure: Position is contractual subject to renewal based on performance and continuation of the project.

Function /Division: Development Support

Location: Kolkata

Project: Strengthen Institutional mechanism and systems to prevent Child Marriage, Child Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in West Bengal supported by UNICEF
Background of the Project:

CRY is partnering with UNICEF for the program implementation and subsequent scale-up of Adolescent Empowerment and Ending Child Marriage across the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Your Challenge:

At CRY – Child Rights and You, you’ll be using your professional skills and experience to help restore to underprivileged Indian children their basic rights to – survival, development, protection and participation. CRY has a holistic approach to development based on the child rights framework with community empowerment as a key ingredient. CRY also places strong emphasis on networking with other NGOs and advocacy efforts to influence macro policies for children.

The role and responsibilities of this position:

The State Program Manager is responsible for the overall implementation of the project at the state level and ensuring coordination with and between district coordinators as well as the State M&E Manager.
-Coordinating with UNICEF State Office to report progress and receive feedback
-Regularly following up with District Resource Person to ensure alignment of district-level implementation with the state’s Strategic Action Plan
-Ensuring progress reports from the state M&E Manager is aligned to the result matrix
-Supervising the programme through regular field visits in districts and submitting progress reports
-Facilitating knowledge management efforts of the district by managing the knowledge repository, coordinating with district program officers in organizing knowledge banks and documenting the processes and success stories
-Assuring quality of work
-Taking up Any other work assigned by CRY’s Regional Office to fulfil the required deliverables

Team Management: Functions through Team

The State Program Manager shall play a key role in ensuring the deliverables agreed upon with UNICEF are met with. He/ She shall also be responsible for supervising the District Resource Persons and ensuring quality project implementation at the district level. The work shall entail the following:
-Providing technical support to District Resource Persons towards the implementation of the project in Rajasthan/ West Bengal/ Gujarat
-Facilitating the preparation of district-specific Strategic Action Plan for preventing child marriages in coordination with the district administration, District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and the Women Development Corporation (WDC) / Department of Social Welfare etc
-Coordinating with State / District stakeholders and UNICEF to ensure effective administration of the programme
-Establishing a District task force and/or strengthen an existing one
-Developing guidelines and protocols for the task force
-Mapping the stakeholders, key influencers and CSOs with the District task force
-Participating in Review and Reflection Meetings of district-level work at the state level hosted by CRY and UNICEF
-Undertaking a needs’ assessment and vulnerability mapping of children and adolescents at the district level to identify issues
-Ensuring regular visits to monitor progress in each district
-Coordinating with UNICEF state office, CRY Regional office and all other project staff, to align project work plan and deliverables
-Facilitating monthly, quarterly and bi-annual review meetings with stakeholders, including WDC
-Guiding and assisting the dedicated workforce across all 13 districts to work as a composite group to accomplish the deliverables
-Monitoring of expenditure as per budget and meeting the standard audit requirements
-Managing performance of the district program Officers to ensure that the capacity building needs of the district team members are identified and addressed


Educational Qualification:
-Master's Degree or equivalent in Social Science, Rural Development, Humanities, Development Communication
-An LLB/LLM in Child/Human Rights would be an added advantage

Work Experience:
-At least 8 to 9 years’ of experience as a Senior or mid-level professional in the arena of child protection and Child Development
-Experience in adolescent program would be an added advantage
-Experience in working with multiple stakeholders, specifically government and civil society
-Experience in Team Management

Skill Sets:
An ideal State Program Manager must have strong written and oral communication skills with an eye for detail. He/She must have strong negotiation skills and possess a sound understanding of results-based management approach to programme planning, budgeting, review and monitoring systems is essential. The person should be able to think on his/her feet and must have high-quality presentation making skills.

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