Project Officer

Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th March, 2019

Job Description

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders.

Project Brief:

The project would attempt to design and facilitate the adoption of alternate model(s) for responding to the critical shortage of medical specialists in select states. Medical specialists are scarce in India, and the numbers are disproportionately lower in the public sector, at the Community Health Centre (CHC) level and above. Even district hospitals in several states have an acute shortage of medical specialists. Increasing the conventional supply side of medical specialists is expensive and slow in demonstrating results. It is acknowledged that here is an immense latent potential in utilizing District Hospitals (DHs) as a site for training medical specialists, which can lead to acquisition of a formal higher education qualification as a specialist. The District Health Model of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS) model are two alternative models that can be adopted in select states. This project requires working closely with the Government of India State Governments, the NBE and the CPS, and other stakeholders to: accelerate policy decisions to support specialist strengthening in the public sector; leverage DHs for specialist training; and with states with traditionally poor health indicators especially in vulnerable groups and geographies. Project is based at Bengaluru, Karnataka.


  • To provide programmatic and administrative support to the Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager and other members of project team in setting up meetings and discussions with various stakeholders at national and Karnataka state level.
  • To facilitate Project Team and Supervisors for handling the day-to-day implementation of all project activities: technical and administrative.
  • Assist Deputy Project Manager in administrative functions and ensure timelines across the project period.
  • Facilitate in keeping track and ensure timely meetings.
  • To assist Deputy Project Manager and project team in development of draft reports and other documentation as needed.
  • Facilitate in documenting all activities related to this project, including capacity building, research and training, advocacy.
  • Facilitate in documenting the meeting as per the guidance and supervision of Deputy Project Manager.
  • To assist Deputy Project Manager in development of progress reports and updates on a quarterly basis (or more frequently if required).
  • Facilitate Deputy Project Manager in developing write-ups as and when required for various activities including workshops, conferences, reports, media communication, etc.
  • Any other tasks as directed by Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager and Supervisors.


Essential:Master’s degree in Public Health/Management/AYUSH/Social Sciences/Medical Sciences.



  • Minimum 3 years of experience in public health OR project management.
  • Experience of working with senior officials at state government/s, academic partners of national repute, collaborators and/or funders etc.
  • Knowledge of local language will be essential.


  • Experience of assisting in related projects in the state of Karnataka.
  • Experience coordinating training/teaching-related activities as part of a larger teaching/research organisation in public health education.


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