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Term of Reference of Consultant-COE

Position Name:  Consultant – COE

Reporting Line:  Sr Manager- Enterprise Development and THR

Tenure:               12 months (Extendable)

Positions:            03

Location:            THR Units/ plants located at Agra (Fatehpur Sikri), Unnao (Hilauli block) and Varanasi (Chiraigaon Block) or any other location as decided by the organization

About PCI India: – 

PCI India, a registered Indian society, has been working in India for the past 25 years. We drive interventions to transform the lives of communities at scale by solving complex development problems. In the past year, PCI India reached more than 1.5 crore, i.e. 15 million people in1649 Blocks of 163 Districts in 14 States

About the Project / Partnership: – 

  1. All Self-Help Group (SHG) women led production and distribution of Take-Home Ration (THR) Nutri Enterprises

Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) has been taking various proactive policy measures to address malnutrition and unleash the power of women’s collectives for rural development. As a part of the same a long-term agreement was signed between Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihoods Mission (UPSRLM) and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), GoUP for decentralized production and supply of Take-Home Ration (THR) to Anganwadi Centers (AWCs) by engaging cluster level federations of SHGs.

PCI, a technical partner to UPSRLM for Health and Nutrition through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) supported Prerna Technical Support Programme (PTSP), has provided technical assistance to UPSRLM in conceptualizing the decentralized production and distribution of THR through SHG-operated Food Enterprise.

Additionally, PCI in collaboration with UN World Food Program (UN WFP) has assisted in the establishment of two production units, one in each of Unnao and Fatehpur, as a proof of concept. The state has a target to setup 204 THR units spread across 43 districts, 403 Blocks and ~99,000 Anganwadi centers (AWC).

PCI is keen on ensuring viability and efficiency of these enterprises by developing three Food Processing Enterprises as Centers of Excellence (CoE), which will serve as learning and immersion sites for other units. The decentralized local production and distribution of THR through food processing SHG micro-enterprises led by women SHGs is anticipated to ensure stronger accountability, reduce leakage, create local employment, and widen the vista of women’s economic empowerment. Further, PCI partnered with Decentralized Renewable Energy organizations and is demonstrating the solarization of 3 THR enterprises in the state with the objective of ensuring optimum production of THR enterprises which are solarized. Learnings from the same would be used for scaling up the solarization of remaining 200+ THR enterprises in the state thus ensuring clean energy apart from nutritional security and women’s economic empowerment.

Key Roles & Responsibilities: under the overall guidance of State Embedded Team of PCI, the consultant would undertake the following:  

  1. Day-to-day operational and functional management of the THR unit.
  2. Develop and implement operational plans and the SOPs for the THR units to achieve its objectives and targets.
  3. Develop & implement strategies to optimize manufacturing processes, increase efficiency, and productivity, and reduce costs.
  4. Manage and oversee the entire production process, including planning, scheduling, and quality control.
  5. Develop and implement inventory management strategies to ensure the availability of raw materials and finished goods.
  6. Work closely with the staff engaged at the THR unit to ensure that the manufacturing unit runs smoothly and meets its production targets.
  7. Develop and implement quality control procedures to ensure that the finished products meet the required quality standards.
  8. Ensure timely in quality of data across all parameters maintained at the THR units and ensure daily reporting of progress on THR app.
  9. Facilitate and capacitate the team at the THR units to comply with relevant laws, regulations, and standards, and maintain appropriate records and reports.
  10. Maintain excellent professional rapport with the concerned block and district mission managers of UPSRL and the Dy Commissioner SRLM, and other stakeholders.
  11. Identify and evaluate new technologies and equipment to improve manufacturing processes and product quality.
  12. Monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the THR unit and develop strategies for continuous improvement and learning.
  13. Prepare and present regular reports on production, quality control, and inventory management to the senior management team.
  14. Ensure the manufacturing unit complies with all safety, health, and environmental regulations.
  15. Any other responsibilities required by Senior Management of the PCI UP-state team.

Qualification and skills required:  

  • Master’s degree/ PG Diploma (in campus/ regular courses only) in Business Administration, Rural Management, Enterprise Management, Food Processing, Food Technology or a related field from a reputed institution.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in managing a social enterprise, or food processing sector, preferably in the food or nutrition industry
  • Working experience with State Rural Livelihood Mission will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent Knowledge of the Hindi and functional knowledge of English is essential.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Proven ability to develop and implement operational plans, SOPs, and to monitor and evaluate performance against targets.
  • Knowledge of financial management, budgeting, revenue generation, and cost control strategies.
  • Strong communication, networking, and partnership-building skills, with a proven ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, partners.
  • Knowledge of safety, health, and environmental regulations
  • Experience working in SHG-based enterprises will be an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel to the field and ability to work against tight timelines.

Note: This TOR is in Intended to provide a general overview of the position and may not cover every aspect of the role. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed to support the organizational goals    

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