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India Project Coordinator

 Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa with frequent travel to Ganjam and surrounding districts
 Last Date: March 17, 2011
 Email: (Reference:

Status     Contract
Compensation     Commensurate based on experience
Duration      April 2011- December 2013
Start Date   April 15th, 2011

ONE DROP—an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil—fights poverty by supporting access to water and raising individual and community awareness of the need to mobilize so that safe water and sanitation is accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow.

ONE DROP has designed an approach called “tripod approach,” based on three complementary components: a technical component aimed at improving access to water and sanitation and promoting responsible water management and preservation principles, a microfinance component for granting loans to populations with better access to water so they may start productive revenue-generating activities (thus ensuring project sustainability), and a social arts and popular education component designed to raise collective awareness as well as educate and mobilize the population on water-related issues.

Project India is a three year initiative focussing on the social arts and popular education component. This project is an initiative that is funded by the Royal Bank of Canada and operating in partnership with:
S Theatre Parminou, an Canadian based theatre company
S Gram Vikas, Oriyan NGO implementing technical component and access to water
S Natya Chetana, Oriyan NGO implementing the activities of a multidisciplinary touring show (theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry, etc).
S Bakul Foundation, Oriyan NGO implementing workshops and documentation
S Sikshasandhan, Oriyan NGO supporting in project development & documentation

In collaboration with these partners ONE DROP plans to deliver two core multidisciplinary touring shows in the year and complementary workshops focusing on water and sanitation to rural and urban populations in Orissa. Additional supporting activities include, but are not limited to: creation of a documentary film for future dissemination and education; publications of educational children’s books and other forms of educational documents for all ages.

The India Project Coordinator based in Orissa Bhubaneswar will report to the Special Projects Manager, whom is based in Montreal, Canada. The Field Project Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the project development, implementation and execution of this project in India. Acting as the point person for all partners and supporting organizations, the Field Project Coordinator will be the eyes and ears for the project and will be responsible for coordinating field visits and logistics for the management team.

General Responsibility
- Ensure clear lines of communication between partners, ONE DROP & project supporters;
- Establish partnership protocol & support partners in project implementation;
- Organize project logistics;
- Develop and produce project communication pieces (flyers, posters, etc) in collaboration with ONE DROP and local partners;
- Identify resource peoples for diagnosis and evaluation and draft a terms of agreement;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of management plan;
- Ensure planning, implementation and coordination of project activities; and Track budgetary expenditures and inventory of project equipment / items with partners
Specific Terms of Reference – Field Project Coordinator
- Orchestrate and oversee technical and socio-economic diagnosis;
- Develop, analyse and comment on different activities;
- Collect reports from partners and incorporate into producing regional quarterly, annual and final reports(financial & narrative);
- Ensure proper application of methodology and procedures;
- Provide administrative and financial management of the project in collaboration with partner activities;
- Strengthen project network, by conducting outreach and liaising e.g attend committees and conferences; and
- Collaborate with ONE DROP on media relations and public exposure.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience
- Posses a minimum of 7-10 years experience of project management;
- Experience working for an NGO and or INGO in India;
- Background / experience with the social arts / popular education;
- Posses in-depth knowledge of political, anthropological and socio economic context of the Country, State of Orissa;
- Have interest in and knowledge of water, sanitation and poverty issues in the context of Orissa and India;
- Experience/familiarity working with Schedule Caste (SC) & Schedule Tribes(ST);
- Comfortable working in rural areas and amongst SC & ST populations;
- Capacity to work efficiently and autonomously;
- Work well independently, think outside of the box, showing initiative, yet contribute as a team player;
- Possess conflict resolution skills with the ability of building consensus when disagreements arise; strong research and analytical skills;
- Strong project management, organizational, logistical, partnership management, communication and facilitation skills;
- Ability to liaise with NGOs, Government officials, UN officials, Panchayat committees, etc.; and
- Proficient in Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and forms of social media.

- Posses a University degree of the social sciences: project management; community development; political sciences; international relations, etc.;
- To be based in Orissa with flexibility to travel within the state, to Delhi and other states, and potentially to Canada; and
- Fluent (speech & writing) in Oriya and English.

Details of application
- Interested candidates should submit a C.V. and cover letter outlining applicant’s experience and interest in the position - by email no later than March 17th, 2011 9 a.m. EST to  
- Applicant is also asked to address if they are available to begin the contract as soon as April 15st, 2011


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