Employing organization: Sangama, Bangalore
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Date of Issue: October 13, 2010
Closing Date: October 20, 2010
About Sangama: Sangama, a human rights organization founded in 1999 works mainly with sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV in India through human rights activism, community led campaigns, providing support to community based organizations, producing documentary films, reports, etc. Helping community organizations in providing health services and advocating for health rights is an important part of our work.
Sangama will implement a long term project titled Project Pehchan: Strengthening of MSM (Men who have sex with Men) and TG (Transgender) Community Systems in partnership with emerging and existing Community Based organisations (CBOs) in the states of Karnataka & Kerala, with funding support from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), and technical assistance from India HIV/AIDS Alliance, New Delhi. Main objectives of this intervention are: a) To strengthen community systems that reach MSM and TG communities; b) To increase the number of beneficiaries reached by such systems; c) To strengthen the relevant health system resources and d) To increase knowledge and advocacy for MSM and TG concerns.
Sangama is looking for a suitable individual for the position of Project Manager, Project Pehchan.
Job description of Project Manager – Main Functions:
The Project Manager will primarily be responsible for the overall implementation of the project with the MSM and TG communities. The project entails development and strengthening of 34 CBOs across Karnataka & Kerala to reach MSM and TG individuals with HIV messages and services over a period of five years.
The principal role will be managing programmatic, technical and organizational development within Sangama and provide similar support to the programme implementing partner CBOs; supporting and managing programme development and capacity building; promoting innovation and documentation of good practices in HIV/AIDS programming for MSM and TG communities and other vulnerable populations; and, actively representing and contributing to planning and policy work on behalf of Pehchan Project.
Key Responsibilities of the Project Manager:
– The Project Manager will lead, support and manage the development and implementation of various programme implementation plans and budgets (including that of the partner CBOs).
– S/he needs to contribute to the development and implementation of effective monitoring, review and evaluation strategies and activities for the programme against agreed project deliverables.
– S/he needs to work along with other team members in preparing and submitting necessary reports to India HIV/AIDS Alliance, different State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) and Technical Support Units (TSU) on timely basis, and coordinating with the said authorities for various programmes.
–S/he will be required to contribute towards operational research related to the project, and developing tools and resources in prevention programming.
1. Capacity Building and Technical Support to CBOs
– The Project Manager will assess the programmatic, organizational and technical support needs of the CBO partners and will accordingly identify, develop and implement capacity building plans for needs identified for community mobilization, CBO formation and functioning.
– In collaboration with the administration and finance team s/he will review partner financial systems and procedures and facilitate specific technical support in areas of overall programme budgeting, financial management, internal control systems and grant management. S/he also needs to monitor, review and evaluate the progress and impact of the capacity building programmes.
2. Team Planning and Development
– In consultation with Program Director, the Project Manager will develop strategic direction and work plans for the project staff and will closely work with the project team for implementation of all the activities.
3. External Relationships and Networking
– The Project Manager will work closely to strengthen Sangama’s working relationship with India HIV/AIDS Alliance, partner CBOs and external institutions involved in HIV/AIDS prevention programmes (including key government agencies, donor agencies, NGO/civil society partners and research institutions).
– In close consultation with the advocacy team, s/he will identify the key advocacy issues at the state and districts levels, and will provide necessary support to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies and activities.
Skills/ Qualities Required:
– At least 3 to 5 years of relevant project management experience in the health or development sectors, including at least 3 years’ middle management experience.
– At least 3 years working in HIV prevention programmes, including experience working with MSM and TG populations.
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of development issues and the HIV epidemic(s) in India, particularly in relation to MSM/ TG populations and other vulnerable populations.
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of donor environment, donor relations and donor Monitoring & Evaluation and reporting systems.
– Demonstrated experience of project proposal development and budget preparation.
– Excellent analytical, writing and verbal communication skills.
– Experience of working with multiple stakeholders in civil society and the government at different levels.
– Experience of providing technical support to and capacity building of organisations, especially those working at the community or grassroots level.
– Ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently.
– Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel, primarily within India.
– Strong commitment to HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
– Fluency in English required. Fluency in Kannada/ Malayalam preferred.
Salary will be based on experience and skills.
Sangama believes in affirmative action and encourages people from marginalized backgrounds to apply for this post, including: sexual minorities and their family members, sex workers and their family members, people living with HIV and their family members, women, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disability.
Interested candidates may apply by sending their complete CV (with contact details of self and 2 people who know their work as references) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th October, 2010.