Program Officer Position

The State level Taskforce for Women and Child Development at the Government of Maharashtra (RJMCHN Mission) is looking to hire young professionals with a passion to bring systemic improvements in malnutrition programming in Maharashtra. Selected candidate/s would work closely with technical experts from UNICEF Maharashtra, and provide policy inputs and support to the Principal Secretary, Department of Women and Child Department, Government of Maharashtra.

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Deadline to apply: 10th May 2022 11:59 pm IST

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Details about the position

Key Deliverables:

—Present results and gap analysis to senior government officials, consultants, and researchers at the state level and implement recommendations in collaboration with Divisional and District level officials
—Conduct need-based field visits and studies to provide insights and feedback for various programs. Recommend appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
—Gathering and analyzing information: Collation of disaggregated data, processing and statistical analysis of datasets for tracking Poshan 2.0 targets, and improving service delivery
—Provide coordination with state-level government officials for implementation of pilot projects, providing field insights, and monitoring of the department programs such as Village/Urban Child Development Centers for SAM management, Amrut Aahar Yojana, Aakaar program for ECCE, Aarambh Program for ECD etc.
—Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.


1. A graduate/post-graduate from a reputed institute.
2. Training and background in engineering, management, social sciences, medicine, and public health with zeal to be a part of the nation-building movement would receive preference.
3. Analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills.
4. Understands the big picture and can identify potential opportunities for action and challenges that exist. Forms sound evidence-based judgments in the delivery of government programs.
5. Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing, in English and Marathi.
6. Ready to go in the field and report field insights to the state-level officials.
7. Experience in and will to learn data analytical tools will be an asset.
8. Experience in working with government on schemes targeted towards children and women will be an asset.

1. Professional fees @ Rs. 65,000 per month
2. Travel, Air/ train fare, vehicles for road, DSA, Out-of-pocket expenses, etc. upto maximum Rs 30,000/- (Thirty thousand only) per month. This shall be provided as per DSA and OPE policies of RJMCHN Mission and with prior approval.

Duration of appointment: 11 months (extendable subject to performance)

Place of work: Mantralaya, Mumbai / Div Comm Office, Nashik

Reporting Authority:

—Principal Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development/Director-General, RJMCHN Mission
—Director, RJMCHN Mission

Interested applicants should fill application and upload, in English, a detailed CV (3 pages maximum) and a brief cover letter (2 pages maximum).

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About us

Maharashtra was the first state in the country to take a decision to tackle malnutrition in ‘Mission – mode’ and with this purpose, Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health & Nutrition Mission was established. The aim of the Mission is to reduce child malnutrition in Maharashtra by focusing on the first 1000 days from conception, i.e. the period of -9 to 24 months.

The Rajmata Jijau Mission works as an autonomous technical and advisory body fully funded by UNICEF. It aims at improving convergence and coordination between the Public Health Department and Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra. A deliberate decision was taken not to fund the Mission through the state budget, and not to implement any schemes directly through the Mission. This enables it to function with freedom and autonomy. The Role of the Mission includes the following:

—Advocacy regarding the importance of the first 1000 days.
—Acting as a ‘think tank’ and to give policy advice to the government regarding evidence-based interventions.
—Achieving convergence between different departments with the common objective of women and child development.
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