Role of Field NGOs (FNGOs)

The Field NGOs (FNGOs) are responsible for strengthening the capacity of Van Panchayats (VPs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in their area of operation for sustainable forest management and improved livelihood. It involves community mobilization, facilitation of participatory micro-planning processes, convergence with other schemes and projects, providing guidance in income generating activities (IGAs), management of revolving funds to be provided to SHGs and to capacity building of VPs and SHGs in implementing the Project activities. FNGOs are also to assist in capacity building of community level resource persons. In executing the above tasks, FNGOs provide qualified personnel to be placed in the field and work in close coordination with PMU/DMU/FMU to achieve the desired Project objectives.

Selection of VPs to be taken up in the Project is being carried out in batches. Eventually a total number of 750 VPs are to be taken up in the project duration. Selected VPs would be implementing various interventions under the Project. From each VP, 2 SHGs (in all 1500 SHGs from 750 VPs) will be provided support for livelihood and income generating activities.

The FNGOs are providing the services of field level coordinators (FLCs) and Marketing Specialists (MS) for working with the local community of the selected VPs and facilitate micro planning, adoption of existing SHGs or, if required, formation of new SHGs, facilitating income generating activities, organizing various training programs, providing handholding support to the village community and convergence with different Government schemes.
At the DMU level, Field NGOs engage MS and field coordinators (FLCs) in batches at the FMU level.

  1. Marketing Specialist

    Marketing Specialist works in close coordination with DMU and report to DMU Chief/ DFO about various developments and the inputs provided, and also apprises his FNGO about the progress made at regular interval.

    The indicative list of tasks assigned to Marketing Specialist include,
    inter alia, the following:

    1. To prepare monthly work plan of Field coordinators for assigned tasks for the purposes of SHG formations/adoption, capacity building and IGAs in close coordination with DMU/FMU.
    2. To identify the training needs of the SHGs and organize training programs and exposure visits.
    3. To guide SHGs in all the activities from identification of potential activities, development of business models and micro financing.
    4. To mobilize subject matter specialists as per requirement of SHGs.
    5. To facilitate linkages between SHGs and market, financial institutions and other schemes/programs to mobilize resources based on convergence.
    6. To facilitate development of enterprises and setting up of cluster level organizations.
    7. To prepare monthly and quarterly reports and submit these to DMU.
    8. To participate in review meetings.
    9. Any other Project related activity as the situation arises.
  2. Field Level Coordinators (FLCs)

    Field Level Coordinators (FLCs) report to their respective FMUs and the DMU and are the link between VPs/SHGs and DMU/FMU. They require to carryout capacity building activities so as to enable the VPs/community in executing various Project activities. They carry out the following tasks and report to FMU/DMU in the format devised for this purpose:

    1. Mobilize VPs for Project implementation to achieve Project objectives.
    2. Guide VPs in selection of Entry Point Activities (EPAs) and preparation of micro-plans.
    3. Capacity building of village resource persons as per requirements of the Project.
    4. Formation of new SHGs or adoption and revival of existing SHGs.
    5. Support SHGs in identification of potential IGAs and developing business models with support from market specialists placed at DMU level.
    6. Assist VPs/SHGs in record keeping and organise meetings.
    7. Convergence with other Government Schemes in augmenting livelihood options for the community.
    8. Record the progress of the field level Project activities as per requirements of the Project.
    9. Organise various training programs and exposure visits at VP/SHG level.
    10. Prepare various monthly reports for submission to DMUs.
    11. Any other Project related activity as the situation arises.
    12. Intimate FMU/ DMU while making field visits and report back to FMU/DMU.
    13. Attend review meetings.
    14. Send an account of the tasks accomplished to FNGO for review.