Recruitment of MIS & IT Specialist at Department of Agriculture - Govt. of Maharashtra

ORG- Department of Agriculture - Govt. of Maharashtra
Closing Date- 30th September, 2019

Department of Agriculture was established as recommended by the Famen Commission of the Year. Work was initiated to include all the departments associated with the agricultural sector and provide necessary support from the state government to increase agricultural production in the rural areas.

Management Information Systems (MIS) and Information Technology (IT) Specialist

Project Background
The Maharashtra government has set up a mission for promoting organic agriculture in the state by passing a government resolution on 16 October 2018 under the state sponsored scheme of organic farming/poison free farming. The mission has been named Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Organic Farming Mission. The mission will help the farmers in production, certification, processing and marketing of farm products such as fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains, which would be free from pesticides and insecticides.

Scope of Position

  1. MIS and IT specialist will be placed in project management unit (PMU) and will support in development of MIS for project components e.g. Capacity Building, Technology Transfer and adoption of Organic Agriculture & Support to farmer for Allied Agriculture activities, Organic Certification, Market Linkages, Establishment of primary & secondary processing units, Action   Research etc.
  2. MIS and IT specialist will have to liaison with various agencies, department s and district level units in the proposed mission districts in planning and  implementation of the above mentioned project activities with reference to organic agriculture.
  3. The MIS and IT Specialist will be an important link between the participating agencies.

A Master’s Degree in Computer, Economics, Information Technology or Engineers (Computers / IT) / related disciplines

Working Experience:

  1. Minimum experience of 5 years in any govt. Programme, or National / International Programme /Cooperative Sector / Bank or reputed institutions or reputed NGO working in the related field.
  2. Good understanding of government policies, processes and procedures including its monitoring and evaluation policies.
  3. Ability to think strategically and conduct dialogue on developing multi-sectoral management information system for comprehensive projects
  4. Demonstrated capacity to undertake operational and analytical tasks, work in teams, coach junior staff, and share knowledge.
  5. Track record of dealing effectively with external and internal clients.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision on a wide range of social development activities, and achieving results with agreed upon objectives and deadlines.

Computer Skills:

  1. Must have experience of using Internet based applications, using and working with advanced word processing/spreadsheet including MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint and other related applications.
  2. Big data analysis using the latest data mining and visualization techniques Expertise in Mapping tools such as Google Maps, arcgis, QGIS, Geoserver etc.

Fluency in both spoken and written Hindi and English languages is essential. Knowledge of Marathi language is highly desirable.

Age of the candidate should not be more than 50 years as on September 2019


  1. Experience of working in project(s) assisted by any international/national organization and/or any international/national NGO institution and/or experience in working in private sector agribusiness and rural transformation organisations etc.
  2. Proficiency in project management software like Microsoft Project would be preferable
  3. Experience of providing technical support to and capacity building of organizations with strong analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts and to communicate them effectively;
  4. Ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently;
  5. Good communication and social skills; the candidate must show initiative, synthesis, organization and personal dynamism and self-motivated, as well as capacity to work with teams and prepare adequate planning and activity reports.
  6. Field experience highly desirable.

Key Job Responsibilities:
  1. Prepare management information system aligned with project results framework by identifying indicators following the logical framework approach with due consideration to finalized project objectives and project components.
  2. Coordinate all monitoring and evaluation project activities during the project implementation period. This includes developing a framework aligned with the overall M & E of the project, finalizing both process and performance indicators to be monitored by the project, overseeing the design and implementation of data collection activities, undertaking regular analysis and reporting on MIS. Regular reporting will involve reporting on project performance and identifying any bottlenecks occurring in project implementation.
  3. Coordinate all project related MIS activities of the various line departments involved in the Project and the central Project Coordinating Unit.
  4. Identify MIS needs of the project and integrate it in the IT system
  5. Identify MIS training needs of line departments and other project stakeholders and coordination these training activities.
  6. Provide technical support for system functional, operational and technical issues.
  7.  Develop MIS process improvements for increased efficiency.
  8. Maintain and support MIS activities.
  9. Coordinate with cross-functional teams to resolve complex problems/issues.
  10. Provide technical support to ensure that hardware and software systems are fully functional.
  11. Manage security administration activities for systems.
  12. Create and generate reports in timely and accurate manner.
  13. Conduct system training to appropriate staff on regular basis.
  14. Manage system maintenance and security activities.
  15. Train users on new applications and upgrades.
  16. Create a separate website of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Organic Farming Mission giving information on organic farming methods, techniques, schemes, beneficiaries, success stories etc.
  17. Develop separate mobile based applications for mission to be used by organic farmers, Lead resource persons (LRP), Master trainers, project implementation agencies etc.
  18. Map agriculture commodities value chains across the project area with a view to improve efficiencies
  19. Use advanced GIS techniques for resource mapping and creation of dynamic database
  20. Design and develop system automation strategy of the project in line with the IT policy of the state
  21. Link village information and inputs with maps and prepare analytical thematic map and analysis as required.
  22. Analysis of the data & trends and generate various reports and visualization
  23. Analyze remote sensing satellite data and carry out change detection based on baseline data.
  24. Create and maintain a geo-referenced database depicting position of works and activities carried out under the project
  25. Provide IT support to project team at PMU & field level and coordinate IT related activities
  26. Assist the project director/ deputy director, Mission Project Management Board (MPMB) and Project Management Unit (PMU) in achieving the mission objectives
  27. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Director/ Deputy Director and Chairperson /Vice Chairperson of Mission Project Management Board (MPMB).


How to apply
Interested candidates shall submit their applications in prescribed format along with photocopies of all necessary documents to the address mentioned below by post or Email on address  till 30th September 2019, by 05.30 PM.

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