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We are looking for an Associate Manager – Urban Transport Financing & Governance Reforms

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work on reforms in urban public transport financing and governance with special focus on bus transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Associate Manager- Urban Transport Financing and Governance Reforms do?

Your work will revolve largely around two areas:

  • building knowledge and content around public and bus transport financing and developing communication/engagement collaterals that help push governments, parastatals and key-stakeholders toward definite action on financing and
  • providing technical advisory support to governments, parastatals and state transport undertakings on institutionalising a financing mechanism (akin to setting up a public/bus transport fund)

In doing so, you will work closely with different members of the Advocacy and Reforms team and at frequent intervals, engage with the CEO as well. You will be required to lead, with adequate guidance and support, most aspects of these two pieces including conducting desktop based research, stakeholder interviews and consultations, crafting policy briefs and thought-leadership pieces, crafting senior stakeholder presentations, financial landscaping and data analysis etc. You will also be part of meetings and engagements with senior stakeholders across governments, consulting orgs, academia, think-tanks and NGOs/CSOs. To give you more clarity, listing some more activities below:

  • Undertake research on urban transport & bus transport to publish thought leadership pieces, Op-eds & white papers;
  • Develop tools & resources for data driven discourse/ decision making in the government’s public/bus transportation ecosystem;
  • Ensure deliverables are of high quality and completed on time;
  • Build and nurture relationships with senior government functionaries as well as transport/urban sector experts;
  • Co-ordinate with government departments, STUs, on-ground personnel, consultants, civil society organizations and external stakeholders as required;
  • Analyse data, create presentations and frequent updates for senior management within Janaagraha, relevant stakeholders and donors;
  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s public bus transport and identifying contemporary trends and advocacy agendas;
  • Engage with and persuade government functionaries to administer robust bus transport reforms and governance

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 2.5 years of professional work experience in Public Finance, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting or Economics
  • Any of the following educational qualifications – Bachelor’s / Post Graduation Diploma / Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Engineering or Transport Planning ;
  • A keen interest in urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the public transport industry trends and best practices
  • Strong financial, analytical and numerical skills as well as aptitude
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation making skills
  • The drive and ability to own pieces of work in entirety, needing minimal supervision
  • The ability to deliver in unstructured and challenging environments, including working on tight timelines and in a data-poor ecosystem

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good presentation making skills, good numerical aptitude, good working knowledge of finance and financing – we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

We are looking for a Senior Manager – Climate Finance

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar). Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to lead our work on reforms in green and climate financing in the urban sector with special focus on urban transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive systemic reforms in urban governance.

The Senior Manager – Climate Finance would work closely with the CEO as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team and lead a team of 2-3 people to deliver on the organisation’s objectives around clean and general urban infrastructure financing. This includes establishing and managing relationships with senior government bureaucracy, experts at multilaterals and bilaterals, crafting thought-leadership material and writing op-eds frequently. This position will be based out of Delhi-NCR/Bangalore.

If you’re interested in this role, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Senior Manager- Climate Financing Urban do?

You will work closely with the CEO and different members of the Advocacy and Reforms team to shape and drive reforms that help drive investments to green urban infra. To give you more clarity, some more activities are listed below:

Deliver strongly on government & donor engagements:

  • Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements;
  • Engage closely with senior leaders in government and the market ecosystem to both advocate for systemic reforms in climate financing in urban sector with special focus on urban transportation and to inform Janaagraha’ s strategy for the same;
  • Continuously strive to transform climate financing in India at scale and with speed and agility, through a whole of systems approach;
  • Create an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly and creatively, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility;
  • Manage and ensure high quality delivery of all projects undertaken;
  • Manage the development and implementation of communication strategy and plan for climate financing in urban sector;

Mentor and build the team:

  • Oversee and approve program work plans, manage budgets, monitor resource allocation and manage donor compliance processes;
  • Manage performance of team members, provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership and performance feedback and coaching;
  • Promote learning and development and put in place a systematic talent development program/plan;
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;

Engage with the climate financing ecosystem and build a clean urban infra financing practice at Janaagraha:

  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s climate financing in urban sector and identify contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Conceive and drive action-research projects that both help shape general discourse on urban infra financing and help project Janaagraha as a go-to organisation for clean urban infra financing policy
  • Explore program/project funding opportunities to help grow the infra financing practice
  • Represent Janaagraha in external forums, events and meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on project development and implementation;
  • Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on Climate finance and urban infrastructure finance.
  • Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs and participate in critical meetings and events;

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • 8-10 years of professional work experience in Climate Financing, Public Policy, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting, or Economics;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, finance, public finance, public administration, public policy, Economics, Planning or other directly relevant fields OR a Membership of a Professional Institute such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ;
  • A keen interest in and intermediate level knowledge around urban climate financing, urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the industry trends and best practices;
  • Excellent inter personal and communication skills- verbal, written and presentation;
  • Adequate experience in managing senior stakeholder relationships
  • Adequate experience in leading high-performance, client service teams;
  • Strong project management skills and sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to interact with the sector’s best as well as top bureaucratic leadership and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Job Description: Product Manager – www.cityfinance.in, a national-level portal developed for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt of India, serving as the national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial and operational information on cities (urban local bodies)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. We work with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha is part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state levels in the areas of own revenue optimization, grant automation, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current engagements include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 15th Finance Commission, in addition to State government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing. Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work as Product Manager for one of our flagship initiatives: www.cityfinance.in. We have launched a beta version and plan to add new features in next 2 years to make it a ‘go-to’ place for accessing any financial and operational information on cities. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role along with your CV.

What will the Product Manager- Cityfinance portal do?

We are working on solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. Cityfinance portal is envisioned to work as a tech tool to drive data driven governance on financial management of cities, reduce the information asymmetry on performance of cities amongst stakeholders like city governments, state governments, investors, CSOs, academicians, journalists etc. This is “change at scale” role with responsibility of building largest database on cities and building tools for improving financial resources & management in ULBs.

The Product Manager-Cityfinance will work closely with Advocacy and Reforms team and at frequent intervals, engage with and manage deliverables of external design UI/UX consultants, tech vendor, as well as engage with senior stakeholders across governments, consulting orgs, academia, think-tanks and NGOs/CSOs. Here’s a listing of some of the indicative responsibilities and activities required from the incumbent:

  • Build product roadmap in line with programmatic and stakeholder priorities, including government officials, building on what matters most to achieve the strategic goals and initiatives
  • Plan and implement periodic release of additional features on the cityfinance portal in consultation with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ideate for new and innovative features for products and use of open source solutions for development of product for achieving scale at speed
  • Competitive bench-marking with global peers in terms of features and functionalities and continuously incorporate best practices onto the cityfinance portal
  • Ideate on system architecture and tech infrastructure to be used for development of optimal platform
  • Coordinate and act as bridge between tech development team, design firms, communications teams external consultants for development of quality product and new features
  • Ensure deliverables from vendors are of high quality and completed on time;
  • Extract, synthesize and analyse data, create presentations and frequent updates for senior management within Janaagraha, relevant stakeholders (including senior government officials) and donors;
  • Articulate and present pros/cons of different technology solutions to key internal/external stakeholders;
  • Act as an inspiring technology leader for the development team by having a thorough understanding of technologies, processes and design;
  • Resolve complex technical issues and provide mentoring on best practices, processes and design;
  • Oversee and contribute to user documentation and training; outbound marketing; product support, and handle support escalations; including quality assurance and release management;
  • Specific event-based content initiatives to drive traffic and outcomes based on organization goals;
  • Data analytics and usage analysis of content and traffic sources;
  • New implementation of cutting-edge ideas to deliver more user value based on global benchmarks

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 4 years of professional work experience as Product Manager with one of the ‘unicorn’ tech-startups or similar tech-oriented organizations
  • Worked and built scalable and large-scale institution-facing web/mobile applications, including those that have decision support tools/dashboards
  • Exposure to and experience on designing and maintaining applications in an Agile environment
  • Experience of working across all layers of modern web/mobile application development
  • A keen interest in urban development and civic tech products
  • Strong organizational, analytical skills with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Keenness and experience of working on government projects
  • Good understanding of new developments in civic tech, prevailing and modern technologies and open source solutions

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good communication, good problem solving aptitude, good working knowledge of tech development process – we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Janaagraha has a pioneering Citizen Engagement civic-tech platform called I Change My City which is official Grievance Redressal and Citizen Participation platform for many states and cities, Swachhata and Swachh Manch which are official Grievance Redressal and Citizen Participation Platforms for Swachh Bharat Mission in partnership with Government of India.

We are looking for a Full Stack Developer to work on the Civic Tech Platforms. You’ll be working with the team which runs India’s largest civic engagement platform, work on applications which are used by more than 15 million users across 3200 cities in India while assisting government in making our cities better.

Position:

Lead Engineer / Sr. Software Engineer

Requirements

Tech Skills

  1. Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  2. Frameworks like Angular and React
  3. AJAX
  4. API design and development
  5. Proficiency in PHP (Laravel/Codeignitor) and NodeJs
  6. Data base management, (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and MongoDB)
  7. Web server technologies like Node.js, Apache, Nginx, ISS, etc

Others:

  1. Understanding of microservices architecture.
  2. Understanding of GIT for code management.
  3. Comfortable with work management tools like JIRA.
  4. Understanding of CI/CD tools and process flow.
  5. Write Unit Test cases and including test frameworks while development.
  6. Experience with cloud message APIs and usage of push notifications.

Work Experience:

  1. Minimum of 3 years of Work Experience in reputed companies.
  2. Hands-on experience in developing full stack applications

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Work on overall architecture of the web application.
  2. Maintain quality and ensure responsiveness of applications.
  3. Collaborate with the rest of the engineering team to design and launch new features.
  4. Maintain code integrity and organization.
  5. Experience working with graphic designers and converting designs to visual elements.
  6. Understanding and implementation of security and data protection.
  7. Should working in tandem with Product managers to fulfil the requirements of clients as documented.
  8. Should be able to discuss timelines and stick to them
  9. Should raise issues on the flow and timelines negotiate with Product Managers and timelines on technical and other aspects.
  10. Should be able to evaluate and recommend technologies/frameworks to be used for the work.

Educational Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Engineering/Technology or equivalent in Computer Science/Information Technology.

We are a small but efficient team working on these platforms using best technologies and frameworks for a greater cause of improving how citizens interact with the government. If you think you have the will to change the systems in India through technology, please email your resume/CV at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

We are looking for a Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to lead our work on reforms in green and climate financing in the urban sector with special focus on urban transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, (Delhi) which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive systemic reforms in urban governance.

The Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance would work closely with the Program Head as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team to deliver on the organisation’s objectives around clean and general urban infrastructure financing. This includes establishing and managing relationships with senior government bureaucracy, experts at multilaterals and bilaterals, crafting thought-leadership material and writing op-eds frequently. This position will ideally be based out of Delhi-NCR/Bangalore, though not a mandate.

If you’re interested in this role, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance do?

You will work closely with the Program Head as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team to shape and drive reforms that help drive investments to green urban infra. To give you more clarity, some more activities are listed below:

Deliver strongly on government & donor engagements:

  • Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements;
  • Engage closely with senior leaders in government and the market ecosystem to both advocate for systemic reforms in climate financing in urban sector with special focus on urban transportation and to inform Janaagraha’ s strategy for the same;
  • Continuously strive to transform climate financing in India at scale and with speed and agility, through a whole of systems approach;
  • sdsCreate an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly and creatively, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility;adasd
  • Manage and ensure high quality delivery of all projects undertaken;
  • Manage the development and implementation of communication strategy and plan for climate financing in urban sector;

Mentor and build the team:

  • Prepare program work plans, manage budgets, monitor resource allocation and manage donor compliance processes;
  • Manage performance of team members, provide managerial direction, guidance and performance feedback and coaching;
  • Promote learning and development and put in place a systematic talent development program/plan;
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;

Engage with the climate financing ecosystem and build a clean urban infra financing practice at Janaagraha:

  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s climate financing in urban sector and identify contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Conceive and drive action-research projects that both help shape general discourse on urban infra financing and help project Janaagraha as a go-to organisation for clean urban infra financing policy
  • Represent Janaagraha in external forums, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, and/or present policy papers/ideas whenever required.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on project development and implementation;
  • Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on Climate finance and urban infrastructure finance.
  • Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs and participate in critical meetings and events;

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • 7 to 9 years of professional work experience in Climate Financing, Public Policy, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting, or Economics;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, finance, public finance, public administration, public policy, Economics, Planning or other directly relevant fields OR a Membership of a Professional Institute such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ;
  • A strong interest and keenness to grow in urban climate financing, urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the industry trends and best practices;
  • Excellent inter personal and communication skills- verbal, written and presentation;
  • Adequate experience in managing senior stakeholder relationships is preferred
  • Adequate experience in leading high-performance, client service teams;
  • Strong project management skills and having lead the team on few key projects with sharp focus on high-quality & timely execution.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative , vibrant, highly positive, happy and high energy work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to interact with the sector’s best as well as top bureaucratic leadership and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Standard Hiring Process

The hiring process at Janaagraha begins with an HR round of interview followed by 2 to 3 rounds of technical rounds of discussions with the respective Program team members. The shortlisted applicant also works on a role specific assignment and an Alignment form. The overall process may take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication, Municipal Finance Reforms

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha is part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state levels in the areas of own revenue optimization, grant automation, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current engagements include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 15th Finance Commission, in addition to State government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing. Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work as Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication in our Municipal Finance Reforms team. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments (at national, state & city levels), donors, civil society organizations, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities). This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role along with your CV.

What will the Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication, Municipal Finance Reforms do?

We are working on solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. To amplify the work of the municipal finance reforms team, the incumbent will undertake the following advocacy and communication-related activities and responsibilities, as required from time to time, which would include, but would not be limited to:

  • Engage closely with the urban development & governance ecosystem in India, including government officials, elected representatives, donors, civil society organizations, media etc, to both advocate for systemic reforms in municipal finance and to inform the organization’s municipal reforms agenda at relevant forums
  • Shape policy advocacy agenda and strategy, including advising municipal finance team on the appropriate outlets and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences
  • Identify advocacy and communication needs, trends, opportunities and approaches to strengthen the organization’s presence and relevance in the municipal and urban infrastructure finance space
  • Create strong brand positioning, visibility & recall for Janaagraha’s municipal finance reforms work, including for the www.cityfinance.in portal, and build institutional credibility across various forums
  • Fully understand the theory of change of the municipal finance program and wherever appropriate engage with Janaagraha’s civic participation team to co-create & co-design innovative communication campaigns, including for de-mystifying municipal finance concepts for citizens, elected representatives etc.
  • Lead and manage the conceptualization, development and implementation of the municipal finance team’s communication strategy and plan including:
    • Regular (weekly / fortnightly / monthly) reachouts to key government stakeholders, using social media and instant messaging platforms, to update them about key happenings, policy reform messaging etc and to equip them with key info as well as create a recall for Janaagraha among them
    • Planning, production and dissemination of Monthly newsletter focused on Municipal Finance Reforms
    • Planning and executing events such as, webinars, convenings, thought-leadership series, podcasts etc. from time to time
    • Regular Social media outreach via Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube channel etc
    • Planning, collating (content for) and coordination with relevant agencies for creation of videos, podcasts, infographics, marketing collaterals such as brochures etc, well designed presentations & documents etc. from time to time which could be disseminated via social media channels, newsletter/emailers, website, etc.
    • Media outreach – develop and nurture network of journalists and media houses (press, online, TV etc)

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 4 years of professional work experience in Advocacy & Communications with a Master Degree qualification in Urban Governance, Public Policy, Communications, Public Relations and/or related fields
  • Good knowledge of urban development issues, preferably including municipal finance reforms, and practical experience in lobby and advocacy;
  • Experience in lobbying within political and government sectors and/or in lobbying within the business sectors;
  • Proven networking skills including wide network of government officials, CSOs, business associations and academia;
  • Excellent communications (oral & written English), presentation, interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills for engaging with a wide variety of contacts. Proven ability to develop and implement an advocacy plan;
  • Good conceptual and analytical skills and ability to think and operate innovatively;
  • Good administration and organizational skills and ability to optimize independent use of time against variable workload;
  • Experience in producing policy materials for varied audiences;
  • Ability to manage resources;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office.

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good communication, good problem solving aptitude, etc.– we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and 15th Finance Commission
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.
  • MoU with Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on reforms pertaining to own revenue enhancement and infrastructure financing
  • MoU with various knowledge partners on creating thought-leadership around municipal finance subjects like tax dispute resolution and building a digital ecosystem for tax collections and treasury management

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program.

What would Manager, Municipal Finance do?

We are working towards solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. We are working with States and cities directly for engendering on-ground change and further working towards translating these on-ground reform successes into usable “products” on Cityfinance that can bring about “change-at-scale”. Cityfinance portal is envisioned to work as a tech tool to drive data driven governance on financial management of cities and reduce the information asymmetry on performance of cities amongst stakeholders like city governments, state governments, investors, CSOs, academicians, journalists etc. This role would entail the dual responsibility of working directly with States/cities and channelling the engagements into “lighthouses” or “copy-paste” solutions for other States by building the largest database on cities and tools for improving financial resources & management in ULBs on Cityfinance.

As a Manager-Municipal Finance, your role would comprise of the following:

Managing State/City Engagements

  • Actively work with the larger Municipal Finance team with an objective of achieving largescale
    reforms in strengthening revenues of local governments, specifically on strengthening
    the property tax policies, laws and operations
  • Engagement with and persuasion of government functionaries to administer robust
    reforms in revenue mobilization
  • Manage Government stakeholders and liaison with other teams for ensuring timely delivery
    on commitments and client satisfaction

Building Cityfinance for augmenting Municipal Revenues at scale

  • Create blueprints of the revenue reforms implemented at the State/city level and build
    templates for national advocacy engagement
  • Actively work with the Cityfinance Product Management team for translating the said
    blueprints into products/modules on Cityfinance
  • Create a framework for the communication of revenue data of local governments to
    government functionaries and citizens to boost data-based governance, build awareness and
    compliance
  • Conceptualise and oversee the designing, creation and dissemination of e-learning modules
    for capacity building and upskilling of officials ranging from revenue officers to
    commissioners and secretaries in the revenue optimization space
  • Collaborate with and assist internal teams in running IEC campaigns for Cityfinance, reform
    agendas

Advocating for Municipal Revenue enhancement at national level

  • Assist the Municipal Finance team to deliver on own-revenue enhancement commitments
    made as part of the MoU with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Manage relationships and maintain constant communication with the central government
    functionaries to advocate for reforms in revenue mobilization
  • Deepen knowledge and analytical firepower on Municipal Revenues and identify
    contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Identify and work with small cohorts of knowledge partners/consultants on joint advocacy
    agendas

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in Finance or Business Management or Public Policy;
  • At least 6 years of professional work experience in Government Advisory, Public Finance or
    Business/Management Consulting
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing,
    municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, ecosystem engagement, network building
    etc.

What we look for in Manager – Municipal Finance

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of Municipal Finance
    and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme
    objectives.
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines,
    simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha is part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar). Since inception, Governance Reforms has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to join our Civic Participation team as a Program Management Associate. This role will entail managing the operations, performance and reporting of all program strands. The position will be based out of Bengaluru and reports to Head of Civic Participation.

Job Description

The job responsibilities specifically include but is not limited to the following:

  • Operations
    • Create internal processes for all projects to provide progress reports, dashboards and narratives in line with the annual plan and related donor commitments. Build a cadence of reporting and communications within the program and to the larger organization.
    • Set up formats for monthly dashboards on program updates with metrics as per the Annual Plan, and ensure updates across program strands are published
    • Coordinate quarterly internal reviews with program/project leads on Annual plans
    • Undertake overall project management for the Civic Participation vertical
    • Track, file and retrieve official records, documents and reports as and when required.
  • Draw up annual budgets for the year in close coordination with CP program leads
  • Track income and expenses on a monthly basis through the MIS reports from the Finance Dept.
  • Coordinate approvals for all expenses and procurements other than salary for the program.
  • Track donor commitments for all program strands. Ensure timely communication and reporting.
  • Convene monthly internal reviews with the Fundraising team

What are we looking for in a Program Management Associate?

  • Proven experience working as a Program/Project Manager preferred.
  • Proficient in computer technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service and social skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Follows instructions clearly and accurately within a timely fashion
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about delivering positive results

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate or a Post Graduate in any stream from an institute of high repute.
  • At least 6-8 years of professional work experience in similar capacity.
  • Excellent MS-Excel skills.
  • Ability to speak in Kannada preferred.

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate
citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization, please visit www.janaagraha.org and
interested applicants may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit with a mission to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in Indian cities. At present, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoU with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on strengthening Municipal Finances.
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program. The individual will work closely with governments at the state & city levels to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities).

This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

What would Associate Manager – Municipal Finance(City Budgets) do?

Among various other things, we are working towards solving one of the most pertinent problems being faced by Indian Cities: making urban local bodies (ULBs) financially accountable, and catalysing citizen engagement and participation for annual budgeting at the city / ward levels.

As Associate Manager – Municipal Finance (City Budgets), your role would comprise of the following:

Analyzing City Budgets and Preparing Budget Briefs, to publish on Cityfinance portal:

  • Analyse and produce Annual City Budget Briefs in simple formats for public consumption
  • Produce comparative annual budget performance analyses of parastatals in specific cities
  • Develop processes and methods towards standardization of city budget analyses, liaise with vendors and consultants as required
  • Develop roadmap for analyzing and publishing Annual City Budget Briefs at a scale

City Budgets work in coordination with Civic Participation team (Demystification, Dissemination):

  • Work with the Community Engagement / Civic Participation (CP) team to source data and information on budget documents, receipts of revenues/grants, civic projects (including job codes, tenders and work details)
  • Work with designers and the civic technology team to create digital and print editions of the budget products
  • Work with CP team to design and develop Standardised Budget products (e.g. Analysis tools, Half-yearly budget performance briefs etc) from the perspective of the end user – Citizens and Councilors
  • Produce Ward Budget Briefs for wards in target cities towards empowering Ward Councilors, Ward Committee members and citizens with specific data on ward/neighborhood level civic projects and budgets available
  • Analyse and produce Half Yearly Budget Performance Reports in simple formats for public consumption
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in community interactions on City Budgets (webinars, online meetings) with the Civic Participation program leads

Communication & Stakeholder Engagement leveraging City Budget Briefs:

  • Communication of and engagement (with media, councillors, others) around City Budget Briefs during Feb-May each year to mainstream conversations on municipal budgets (evaluate feasibility and navigate this against the backdrop of our deep work with MoHUA on CityFinance, others)
  • Publish a comprehensive “Municipal Budget Analysis Report” by May each year, summarizing the data, insights, learnings from the City Budget analysis exercise between Feb-May
  • Coordinate with the internal Communications team to develop and implement a comprehensive media engagement / dissemination strategy for mainstreaming municipal budgets during the annual budget cycle (e.g. press coverage / releases, opinion pieces, webinars with mayors/elected representatives, city-level events with select cities, social media campaign etc.)

Policy Advocacy with government stakeholders on key provisions:

  • Peruse state govt budgets and understand urban allocations and linkages to municipal budgets for target states
  • Policy advocacy with govt bodies & officials, including on NMAM/budget provisions of municipal acts etc.
  • Coordinate, liaise with, and manage deliverables of the public finance knowledge partners / experts (outsourced vendor) for city budgets and policy work on NMAM etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management/ Finance/ economics/ public policy/ urban planning; Graduates in these fields with good work experience are encouraged to apply
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience for Associate Manager and 8 years for Manager in Government Advisory, Public Finance or Business/Management Consulting
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing, municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, transaction advisory, ecosystem engagement, network building etc.

What we look for in Associate Manager – Municipal Finance (City Budgets)

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts/policies/landscape of Urban Governance, Municipal / Public Finance and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasion and persistence to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives and reform agendas.
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders, especially senior government officials
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and ownership of individual projects

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

We are looking for 2 S tate Project Lead Urban Healthcare System Reforms
(1 position in Patna, Bihar & 1 in Lucknow, UP; 1 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are urgently looking for highly passionate mid-career individuals to work closely under the supervision of a Project Director and deliver intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming governance of urban primary healthcare, specifically through decentralisation (or devolution) of powers, functions and funds to urban local bodies (ULBs), and community participation with gender and sanitation appropriately mainstreamed. The position will need to closely interact and engage with senior bureaucrats, of the levels of chief secretary, principal secretaries, joint secretaries and above, and act both as their trusted advisors as well as implementation leads.

These positions are based out of Lucknow, UP and Patna, Bihar but open to consideration depending on the fit we see. If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What does it take to be Senior Project Lead – Urban Healthcare System Reforms

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication
  • Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Creative problem solving
  • Program Management
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  • Excellent networking skills

What will the Senior Project Lead – Urban Healthcare System Reforms really do?

A) Manage planning and development of Janaagraha’s Urban Public Health programme

  • Work closely with the CEO & Project Director to develop and implement strategic direction of the program
  • Identify planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to strengthen Janaagraha’s
    presence and relevance in the urban healthcare reforms space;
  • Provide strategic advice and leadership support to the CEO and key senior partners (government, civil
    society, think-tanks, multilaterals);
  • Engage and collaborate with senior and key stakeholders in Urban public health ;
  • Manage and ensure the quality and timeliness of outputs and outcomes; prepare the medium-term
    programme plan and a programme funding plan;
  • Nurture and build relationships with the donor ecosystem;
  • Manage the development and implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and plan

B) Manage project delivery & the state team

  • Manage the performance of staff under supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and
    leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision;
  • Support the government in undertaking activities related to effective planning, development and implementation of urban primary healthcare delivery
  • Assist health and other relevant departments in operationalisation of the all GOs, tracking and ensuring compliance at the ULB & district levels.
  • Create and customise training modules to ensure relevant guidelines and action plans are best suit the state’s urban context, as well as to improve implementing staff’s uptake
  • Conceptualise, design and oversee ULB and other relevant staff capacity building
  • Work with the Project Director to finalise the methodology for and execute a landscape study of urban primary healthcare systems with specific emphasis on reforming public financial management (PFM) systems and staffing
  • Assist the project director in right-staffing the state team;
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;
  • Finalize donor reports, and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors;
  • Ensure smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

C) Engage with the urban healthcare finance ecosystem

  • Represent Janaagraha in relevant forums, public information/relations events and key meetings,
    participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  • Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on the governance of urban healthcare delivery and urban healthcare infrastructure finance.
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in all critical meetings and events;
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage and implement resource mobilization strategies;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  • 10+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, public health, business consulting or in a non-profit working in public health/ infrastructure finance; should have held strategic and managerial leadership for at least 4 years in their career;
  • Should have held positions engaging directly with senior or c-suite clients and stakeholders in the public health sector or related sectors (including bureaucrats at the positions of Principal Secretaries in State Govt. and Joint Secretaries in the Central Govt)
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams; experience leading teams of at least 5 members and annual budgets of at least USD 1mn
  • Preferred – should have led or worked as a manager on projects with governments on public health systems transformation, capacity building, transaction advisory for at least 5 years; at least 3 directly in public health

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

Project Details

Primary healthcare in India’s cities and towns is nascent. Covid-19 has severely exposed its shortcomings. The XV Finance Commission (XVFC) in a welcome move has allocated Rs 26,000 crores for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs, aka municipalities) specifically towards strengthening decentralised primary healthcare. The XVFC has rightly identified and strengthened the need for neighbourhood and city level delivery of public health services in cities, drawing lessons from Covid-19 pandemic. We believe this needs to be leveraged as an opportunity not just for short-term measures, but for more sustainable medium and long-term systems change. Municipalities (referred to in governments as Urban Local Bodies or ULBs) have hitherto not been systematically involved in delivery of public health services in cities. There is therefore a need to not just invest significantly in urban health services (against the backdrop of the pandemic), but to also simultaneously build out a long-term approach to decentralising health infrastructure and services through greater involvement of ULBs. At the heart of this approach is the need to look at primary healthcare alongside city governance, equity and environment, in an integrated and coordinated manner.

However, the current 1-yr project is to respond to a more immediate requirement. It will involve setting up institutional processes, SOPs and rolling out trainings to ensure both states meet all XVFC grant access and deployment requirements, as laid out in the MoHFW’s operational guidelines (OG). It will also study the urban healthcare governance landscape with the objective of surfacing systemic gaps and identifying pathways for co-creating solutions. This project is envisaged to be phase 1 of a more longer-term engagement to be finalised over the course of the first one-year phase. The next phase will focus on drawing up a comprehensive roadmap for full devolution of primary healthcare governance to ULBs & deploying a newly designed PFM system ensuring financial sustainability (adequacy of funds) as well as financial accountability (accountability for outputs and eventually citizen outcomes) for primary healthcare in ULBs.

We are looking for 4 S tate Project Manager Urban Healthcare System Reforms
(2 positions in Patna, Bihar & 2 in Lucknow, UP; 1 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are urgently looking for highly passionate individuals to work closely under the supervision of a Project Lead and deliver intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming governance of urban primary healthcare, specifically through decentralisation (or devolution) of powers, functions and funds to urban local bodies (ULBs), and community participation with gender and sanitation appropriately mainstreamed. The position will need to closely interact and engage with senior bureaucrats, lead activities and act as a trusted advisor to them.

If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What does it take to be State Project Manager – Urban Healthcare System Reforms

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication
  • Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Creative problem solving
  • Program Management
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  • Excellent team management skills

What will the State Project Manager – Urban Healthcare System Reforms really do?

A) Help strengthen Janaagraha’s Urban Healthcare Reforms programme in the state

  • Work closely with the Project Director and Lead to act on planning and programme needs, identify and act on opportunities to strengthen Janaagraha’s presence and relevance in the urban healthcare reforms space;
  • Implement and ensure the quality of results for the project deliverables and prepare the medium-term programme plan;
  • Manage the implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and plan

B) Manage project delivery

  • Manage delivery of operational goals; finalize work plans; ensure quality and timely implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support to junior project team members as well as partners (government and non-government);
  • Support the state government in undertaking activities related to the urban component of XVFC health grants;
  • Assist relevant government departments in operationalisation of the all GOs, tracking and ensuring compliance at the ULB & district level;
  • Work with state lead on creating SOPs for smooth operations & providing close support to districts and ULBs as and when needed;
  • Create and customise training modules to ensure relevant guidelines and action plans are best suit the state’s urban context, as well as to improve implementing staff’s uptake;
  • Assist the Project Lead in conceptualising, designing and overseeing ULB and other relevant staff capacity building;
  • Work with the Project Lead to execute a landscape study of urban primary healthcare systems with specific emphasis on reforming public financial management (PFM) systems and staffing;
  • Proactively document work outputs, meeting actions, communications collaterals and any knowledge products that emerge over the course of the project;
  • Assist the Project Lead in ensuring smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

C) Engage with the urban healthcare finance ecosystem

  • Maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials, other stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;
  • Maintain strategic partnerships and manage and implement resource mobilization strategies;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  • 8+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, public health, business consulting or in a non-profit working in public health or health infrastructure finance; should have held strategic and managerial leadership for at least 3 years in their career;
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  • Preferred – should have held positions engaging directly with senior or c-suite clients and stakeholders in the public health sector or related sectors (including bureaucrats at the positions of Principal Secretaries in State Govt. and Joint Secretaries in the Central Govt)
  • Preferred – should have worked as a manager on projects with governments on public health systems transformation, capacity building, transaction advisory (at least 2 years)

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

Project Details

Primary healthcare in India’s cities and towns is nascent. Covid-19 has severely exposed its shortcomings. The XV Finance Commission (XVFC) in a welcome move has allocated Rs 26,000 crores for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs, aka municipalities) specifically towards strengthening decentralised primary healthcare. The XVFC has rightly identified and strengthened the need for neighbourhood and city level delivery of public health services in cities, drawing lessons from Covid-19 pandemic. We believe this needs to be leveraged as an opportunity not just for short-term measures, but for more sustainable medium and long-term systems change. Municipalities (referred to in governments as Urban Local Bodies or ULBs) have hitherto not been systematically involved in delivery of public health services in cities. There is therefore a need to not just invest significantly in urban health services (against the backdrop of the pandemic), but to also simultaneously build out a long-term approach to decentralising health infrastructure and services through greater involvement of ULBs. At the heart of this approach is the need to look at primary healthcare alongside city governance, equity and environment, in an integrated and coordinated manner.

However, the current 1-yr project is to respond to a more immediate requirement. It will involve setting up institutional processes, SOPs and rolling out trainings to ensure both states meet all XVFC grant access and deployment requirements, as laid out in the MoHFW’s operational guidelines (OG). It will also study the urban healthcare governance landscape with the objective of surfacing systemic gaps and identifying pathways for co-creating solutions. This project is envisaged to be phase 1 of a more longer-term engagement to be finalised over the course of the first one-year phase. The next phase will focus on drawing up a comprehensive roadmap for full devolution of primary healthcare governance to ULBs & deploying a newly designed PFM system ensuring financial sustainability (adequacy of funds) as well as financial accountability (accountability for outputs and eventually citizen outcomes) for primary healthcare in ULBs.

We are looking for 2 Project Associates Urban Healthcare System Reforms
(1 position in Patna, Bihar & 1 in Lucknow, UP; 1 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar)

We are urgently looking for highly passionate individuals to work closely under the supervision of State Project Manager and Sate Project Lead and intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming governance of urban primary healthcare, specifically through decentralisation (or devolution) of powers, functions and funds to urban local bodies (ULBs), and community participation with gender and sanitation appropriately mainstreamed. The position will need to closely build relationships and engage with ULB officials at grassroot level, and internal team members for on-ground implementation.

If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What does it take to be Project Associate – Urban Healthcare System Reforms

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication – is able to navigate interactions with senior bureaucrats
  • Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Creative problem solving
  • Strong project management abilities – must be able to prioritise activities and is good at managing time
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project implementation skills – is able to prepare project action plans and follow through on implementation.
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong command in designing and conducting surveys and interviews
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office – Is able to draft sharp slide decks, and succinct policy memos for project collaterals
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Ability to work with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals

What will the Project Associate – Urban Healthcare System Reforms really do?

A) Work on the development of Janaagraha’s Urban Healthcare Reforms programme

  • Work closely with the State Project Manager to identify planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to strengthen Janaagraha’s presence and relevance in the urban healthcare reforms space;
  • Implement and ensure the quality of results for the project deliverables and prepare the medium-term programme plan;
  • Manage the implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and plan.

B) Manage the Project delivery

  • Work with the team in the delivery of operational goals; finalize the annual work plan; timely implementation, including providing technical support to the project team members
  • Support the state health leadership in undertaking activities related to urban component of XV FC health grants
  • Assist health department in operationalisation of the all GOs, tracking and ensuring compliance at the ULB & district level.
  • Work with state project manager and lead on formation of all district committees, creating SOPs for their functioning & providing close support as and when needed
  • Customize training modules and ensure guidelines for both grant administration & district health action plans are tweaked to suit urban UP’s context, as well as to improve implementing staff’s uptake
  • Support project manager to establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

C) Engage with the urban healthcare finance ecosystem

  • Build relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials, other stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  • 5+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, public health, business consulting or in a non-profit working in public and infrastructure finance; should have worked in project management role for at least 2 years in their career; preferable in Public Health Sector.
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  • Preferred – should have worked actively on projects with governments on public health systems transformation, capacity building, transaction advisory

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration:

Commensurate to the experience.

Project Details

Primary healthcare in India’s cities and towns is nascent. Covid-19 has severely exposed its shortcomings. The XV Finance Commission (XVFC) in a welcome move has allocated Rs 26,000 crores for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs, aka municipalities) specifically towards strengthening decentralised primary healthcare. The XVFC has rightly identified and strengthened the need for neighbourhood and city level delivery of public health services in cities, drawing lessons from Covid-19 pandemic. We believe this needs to be leveraged as an opportunity not just for short-term measures, but for more sustainable medium and long-term systems change. Municipalities (referred to in governments as Urban Local Bodies or ULBs) have hitherto not been systematically involved in delivery of public health services in cities. There is therefore a need to not just invest significantly in urban health services (against the backdrop of the pandemic), but to also simultaneously build out a long-term approach to decentralising health infrastructure and services through greater involvement of ULBs. At the heart of this approach is the need to look at primary healthcare alongside city governance, equity and environment, in an integrated and coordinated manner.

However, the current 1-yr project is to respond to a more immediate requirement. It will involve setting up institutional processes, SOPs and rolling out trainings to ensure both states meet all XVFC grant access and deployment requirements, as laid out in the MoHFW’s operational guidelines (OG). It will also study the urban healthcare governance landscape with the objective of surfacing systemic gaps and identifying pathways for co-creating solutions. This project is envisaged to be phase 1 of a more longer-term engagement to be finalised over the course of the first one-year phase. The next phase will focus on drawing up a comprehensive roadmap for full devolution of primary healthcare governance to ULBs & deploying a newly designed PFM system ensuring financial sustainability (adequacy of funds) as well as financial accountability (accountability for outputs and eventually citizen outcomes) for primary healthcare in ULBs.

We are looking for a Senior Associate Advocacy & Reforms (Bhubaneswar, Odisha)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar)

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work with our team in Odisha undertaking state-wide urban reforms with special focus on Shared Municipal Services. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 1 year with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate performance.

If you’re interested, read the details provided below and write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What does it take to be Senior Associate – Advocacy & Reforms

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication – is able to navigate interactions with senior bureaucrats
  • Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Strong project management abilities – must be able to prioritise activities and is good at managing time
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project implementation skills – is able to prepare project action plans and follow through on implementation.
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong command in designing and conducting surveys and interviews
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office – Is able to draft sharp slide decks, and succinct policy memos for project collaterals
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Proficient in use of MS Project / Planner with a strong command on data visualization
  • Ability to work with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals

What will the Senior Associate – Advocacy & Reforms really do?

A) Work on the development of Shared Municipal Services models

  • Work closely with the Project Manager to ideate, experiment and scale Shared Municipal
    Services models across Odisha
  • Design and undertake landscape studies to map the service lifecycle of municipal
    services and develop matrixes for viability of Shared Municipal Services
  • End to end ownership of key deliverables pertaining to on-ground implementation of
    Shared Municipal Services in Odisha
  • Record project learnings and develop knowledge products for replicating successful
    models across India

B) Support in wider Project Management

  • Work with the team in the delivery of operational goals; finalize work plans; timely
    implementation, including providing technical support to the project team members
  • Support in development and maintaining of project trackers, coordinate with team
    members to track progress and circulate weekly/monthly progress reports
  • Identify issues and propose possible solutions to engage with a wide range of
    stakeholders to remove bottlenecks and ensure timely completion of deliverables
  • Organising review calls, recording and circulation of action points for consumption of the
    team

C) Engage with the urban reforms ecosystem

  • Build relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active
    collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and
    implementation;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials, other
    stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, public administration, business
    administration, development studies or other directly relevant fields;
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or
    in a non-profit working in public and infrastructure finance; should have worked in project
    management role for at least 2 years in their career.
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread
    teams;
  • Preferred – should have exposure of working on projects involving urban development,
    capacity building, transaction advisory etc.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate
citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in
India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for
professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to
transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique
combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to
learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration:

Commensurate to the experience.

Project Details

Janaagraha has partnered with the Housing & Urban Development Department of Govt. of
Odisha to undertake municipal reforms across the State. The proposed program aims to
strengthen cities (municipalities/ULBs) by focusing on improving municipal finance,
staffing/capacities and citizen engagement. Janaagraha believes that a select range of
reforms across these areas has the potential to bring about irreversible municipal
strengthening in Odisha, which can be replicated and scaled across India.

The four broad areas of our work in Odisha involves – (a) enhancing municipal revenues, (b)
solving for the lack of capacity in municipal staffing by implementing shared municipal
services, (c) civic participation to foster transparency and accountability at neighborhood
level, and (d) developing performance management tools and frameworks to drive system
efficiency.

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to be based out of Bhubaneswar to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program. The individual will work closely with the Odisha state Housing & Urban Development Department and the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for Odisha. Alongside, the individual will also be responsible to ensure the sustainability of the initiatives within Odisha & scalability on a national level.

What would Senior Associate – Municipal Finance do?

As a Senior Associate, Municipal Finance working on the Odisha project, you will be required to:

  • Lead implementation of various initiatives for revenue augmentation in 114 ULBs of Odisha
  • Manage daily operations around strengthening of municipal finance reforms in the state
  • Work in collaboration with various stakeholders, including but not limited to senior government bureaucrats, ULB officials, other govt. partners and technical implementation partners
  • Draft advocacy collaterals like toolkits, case studies, ready reckoner documents, etc. as per requirement
  • Scale up initiatives running in Odisha, nationally, in co-ordination with Janaagraha’s national team
  • Curate presentations for government, donors, Janaagraha’s senior leadership and other stakeholders
  • Analyse financial data trends and bring up innovative solutions for making Odisha’s ULBs financially sustainable
  • Prepare project plans and share the progress on regular basis

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post Graduate in Economics/Finance/Business Administration/ Development Leadership/Public Policy/Public Administration or Bachelors in Engineering from India’s Premier Institutes (IITs, IIITs, BITS, NITs)
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Exposure to working with senior government stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of analysis of data & visualization
  • At least 3-5 years of professional work experience
  • Proficiency in English, knowing Odia is a bonus
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint

What we look for in Senior Associate – Municipal Finance

  • Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts/policies/landscape of Urban Governance,
    Municipal / Public Finance and tax laws
  • Persuasion and persistence to engage with government functionaries and deliver on
    programme objectives and reform agendas
  • Ability to manage high-stake projects in partnership with external stakeholders, especially
    senior government officials
  • Strong programme management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines,
    simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Willingness to take initiatives and ownership of individual projects

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens
who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer
a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about
investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will
be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant
opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization, please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested
applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy and Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission.

  • Civic Learning under the name Bala Janaagraha was launched as a pilot effort in Bengaluru in June 2002. The pilot effort covered 170 children spread over 5 schools.
  • It has now reached over 4,00,000 children across 800+ schools in 29 cities. Over 18,900 civic projects covering 6,900 roads have been completed with 17,000 students having met with local governments in the last 4 years itself.
  • The program design and construct has been planned to enable 21st century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning capacities, collaboration, multidisciplinary thinking, deliberation, and bridge‐building among others. While the content promotes activity based and experiential learning, the civic project activity aims to make children think beyond symptoms and about root causes, engage with their local communities and feel empowered to be a change maker while also building in students’ critical skills for their future.

Should be a passionate youth leader with domain expertise in public policy, urban planning and design or school education, with working knowledge of technology platforms and development. Should have strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and experience in stakeholder management. Should be driven by the mission of delivering civic leadership at scale among India’s youth in cities. The role is based out of Bangalore, India.

What would Manager, Civic Learning (iCivics) do?

  • Support Head-Civic Learning in conceiving and documenting the proposition of an Indian version of iCivics.org, as a national platform of civic learning for India’s youth
  • Landscape global and Indian interventions in civic learning to inform strategy for iCivics
  • Engage with youth leaders and civic learning organisations to understand different models currently in practice and their relative pros and cons
  • Obtain a deep understanding of technology platforms, lifecycle of development, landscape of vendors, costs and timelines including ongoing maintenance efforts to facilitate choice of appropriate course of action to build iCivics (i.e. outsource vs build in house, and also choice of technology)
  • Draw up a plan to synergise existing/legacy program efforts and outputs with proposed iCivics platform in terms of content
  • Execute the content plan for iCivics by working with Head-Civic Learning and the program team, collating, curating and creating content as necessary
  • Obtain a deep understanding of the target groups for iCivics, mainly teachers and students, and their user behaviour, preferences etc., synthesise learnings and inform product development on an ongoing basis
  • Write donor proposals to raise funds for iCivics
  • Identify technology partners and assume full responsibility for end-to-end development of the platform

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate/Post Graduate in Public Policy/Urban Planning/Education;
  • At least 5-6 years of professional work experience in managing education projects/working at the intersection of technology/policy/education

What we look for in Manager – Civic Learning (iCivics)

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of the programme, the skeletal framework for the technology platform we intend to build.
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with various stakeholders and deliver on programme objectives.
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy and Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission.

  • Civic Learning under the name Bala Janaagraha was launched as a pilot effort in Bengaluru in June 2002. The pilot effort covered 170 children spread over 5 schools.
  • It has now reached over 4,00,000 children across 800+ schools in 29 cities. Over 18,900 civic projects covering 6,900 roads have been completed with 17,000 students having met with local governments in the last 4 years itself.
  • The program design and construct has been planned to enable 21st century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning capacities, collaboration, multidisciplinary thinking, deliberation, and bridge‐building among others. While the content promotes activity based and experiential learning, the civic project activity aims to make children think beyond symptoms and about root causes, engage with their local communities and feel empowered to be a change maker while also building in students’ critical skills for their future.

Should be a passionate youth leader with domain expertise in public policy, urban planning and design or school education, with working knowledge of technology platforms and development. Should have strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and experience in stakeholder management. Should be driven by the mission of delivering civic leadership at scale among India’s youth in cities. The role is based out of Bangalore, India.

What would Associate Manager, Civic Learning (Our City, Our Challenge) do?

Operations:

  • Execute a large-scale programme on environment, climate change and sustainability with a geography focus on Karnataka.
  • Manage operations of Our City, Our Challenge with respect to outreach, partnerships and the platform.
  • Plan and execute the Civic Fest event.
  • Manage a diverse and passionate field team and support them with the implementation of the programme
  • Manage schools enrolled with the programme and evolve new school relationships for scaling the programme.
  • Lead campaigns conceptualised with the support of Head (Civic Learning) themed on Child Friendly Cities, Participatory Budgeting, Model Local Governance among others.
  • Work with the team in putting together data formats, analyse data and produce reports relevant for various stakeholders of the programme.

Online product:

  • Manage the existing ‘Our City, Our Challenge’ platform; deploy new features based on need, assess feedback from key stakeholders from time to time and make modifications as required.
  • Manage the WhatsApp Chatbot and effectively apply nudges to further the cause of Our City, Our Challenge.
  • Trouble shoot problems with the portal for ‘Our City Our Challenge’.
  • Support integration of the portal into larger iCivics platform.

Communications:

  • Development of collaterals related to ‘Our City, Our Challenge’.
  • Coordination with the Communications team for regular updates on internal and external channels.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate/Post Graduate in Public Policy/Education or similar fields.
  • At least 5-6 years of professional work experience in managing operations of a large-scale programme and working with diverse and varied teams.

What we look for in Associate Manager – Civic Learning (Our City, Our Challenge)

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly programme legacy and plans for the future
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Ability to work with a diverse team
  • Persuasive skills to engage with various stakeholders and deliver on programme objectives.
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy and Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission.

  • Civic Learning under the name Bala Janaagraha was launched as a pilot effort in Bengaluru in June 2002. The pilot effort covered 170 children spread over 5 schools.
  • It has now reached over 4,00,000 children across 800+ schools in 29 cities. Over 18,900 civic projects covering 6,900 roads have been completed with 17,000 students having met with local governments in the last 4 years itself.
  • The program design and construct has been planned to enable 21st century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning capacities, collaboration, multidisciplinary thinking, deliberation, and bridge‐building among others. While the content promotes activity based and experiential learning, the civic project activity aims to make children think beyond symptoms and about root causes, engage with their local communities and feel empowered to be a change maker while also building in students’ critical skills for their future.

Should be a passionate youth leader with domain expertise in public policy, urban planning and design or school education, with working knowledge of technology platforms and development. Should have strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and experience in stakeholder management. Should be driven by the mission of delivering civic leadership at scale among India’s youth in cities. The role is based out of Bangalore, India.

What would Senior Associate, Civic Learning (Outreach) do?

  • Onboard schools for the delivery of various strands of Civic Learning in Bangalore and other cities in Karnataka with a focus on Govt and Private schools.
  • Deliver various strands of Civic Learning effectively to youth.
  • Run campaigns and events in schools to further the cause of Civic Learning.
  • Support team members in delivery of sessions and managing various other responsibilities.
  • Support Associate Manager (Partnerships) in procuring required permissions for the delivery of the Civic Learning programme in Karnataka.
  • Continually expand databases to expand reach of Our City Our Challenge.
  • Conduct large scale training/orientation programmes in Kannada/English.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate/Post Graduate in Public Policy/Education or similar fields.
  • At least 2-4 years of professional work experience in working with children/youth and facilitating projects.

What we look for in Senior Associate – Civic Learning (Outreach)

  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Ability to work with a diverse team
  • Persuasive skills to engage with various stakeholders and deliver on programme objectives.
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on strengthening Municipal Finance.
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.
  • MoU with Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on reforms pertaining to own revenue enhancement and infrastructure financing
  • MoU with various knowledge partners on creating thought-leadership around municipal finance subjects like tax dispute resolution and building a digital ecosystem for tax collections and treasury management

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program.The individual will work closely with governments at the state & city levels to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities).

This is a limited tenure position based out of Delhi, for a duration of 2 years, with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

What would Senior Associate, Municipal Finance do?

We are working towards solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. We are working with States and cities directly for engendering on-ground change and further working towards translating these on-ground reform successes into usable “products” on Cityfinance that can bring about “change-at-scale”. Cityfinance portal is envisioned to work as a tech tool to drive data driven governance on financial management of cities and reduce the information asymmetry on performance of cities amongst stakeholders like city governments, state governments, investors, CSOs, academicians, journalists etc. This role would entail the dual responsibility of working directly with States/cities and channelling the engagements into “lighthouses” or “copy-paste” solutions for other States by building the largest database on cities and tools for improving financial resources & management in ULBs on Cityfinance.

As Senior Associate, Municipal Finance, your role would comprise of the following:

  • Actively work with the Cityfinance team to deliver on commitments made as part of the MoU with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Work in collaboration with various stakeholders, internal and external, to translate advocacy and municipal finance content into products/modules on Cityfinance
  • Manage government and other stakeholders’ expectations and liaison with technical implementation partners for ensuring timely delivery of commitments and client satisfaction
  • Work with local government administrative team across India to gather financial statements and conduct workshops/engagement sessions to drive adoption of the cityfinance.in portal
  • Create and develop a scheduled reporting framework to keep track financial data availability status, website analytics and other metrics, with regular internal reporting to higher management and other stakeholders
  • Draft advocacy documents and related content such as toolkits, reports, case studies, etc. on an ad-hoc basis
  • Actively work with the larger Municipal Finance team with an objective of achieving large-scale reforms in local governments, specifically on strengthening financial accounting policies, laws and operations

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post Graduate in Economics/Finance/Public Policy/Public Administration or Bachelors in Engineering
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked exposure to working with government stakeholders and understanding basic elements of the product development lifecycle
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint, with extensive knowledge of analysis of data & visualization
  • At least 3-5 years of professional work experience
  • Proficiency in English

What we look for in Senior Associate, Municipal Finance

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of Municipal Finance and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Strong programme management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and ownership of individual projects

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to shobana.subbu@janaagraha.org.

We are looking for an Associate – Affordable Housing Policy

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to be based out of Odisha to be part of a team undertaking a policy and research project on affordable housing. This project aims to lay the foundations for creation of an affordable housing policy in the state of Odisha. The project will entail policy and social research including extensive stakeholder engagement, government advisory.

This is a limited tenure position of 1 year with a possibility for further extension into other projects, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Associate – Affordable Housing Policy do?

Work as part of a team to deliver strongly on government and donor engagements by
doing the following:

  • Landscape and review the status quo of relevant housing policies and initiatives in
    Odisha and nationally.
  • Review and analyse market shaping indicators that impact the affordable housing
    market in Bhubaneswar/Odisha and elsewhere where relevant (data collection is a
    separate exercise already being undertaken).
  • Undertake consultations with government, developers, experts, citizens and other
    stakeholders.
  • Landscape and review best practise examples in affordable housing policynationally
    and internationally.
  • Using 1-4, create affordable housing policy recommendations for Odisha.
  • Blue-print aspects of affordable housing policy relevant beyond Odisha.
  • Dissemination of the approach and detail of the affordable housing policy
    recommendations.
  • Undertake such other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in economics/public policy/urban planning; Graduates in these
    fields with good work experience are encouraged to apply.
  • 1-2 years of professional work experience in Government Advisory, Public policy or
    Business/Management Consulting, Social Research.
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic
    and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be
    considered.
  • Essential: Excellent written and spoken command of the
    Oria language.
  • adAdvantageous: Affordable housing subject knowledge/Work experience on projects
    with governments on affordable housing.sad

What we look for in an Associate – Affordable Housing Policy

  • Ability to coordinate with and manage a high-stakes project in partnership with
    external stakeholders especially government.
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on
    programme objectives.
  • A sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution and delivering high-quality outputs
    to government stakeholders.
  • Ability and willingness to grasp concepts quickly.
  • Ability to work with ambiguity.
  • Ability to work across teams and collect/gather data from various (internal) team
    members as well as external stakeholders including state/local government officers.
  • Strong problem-solving, research, quantitative and analytical capabilities with a
    good working knowledge of MS excel and Powerpoint tools.
  • Good communication skills- both written and verbal.
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines,
    simultaneously pursuing excellence.
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate
citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in
India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for
professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform
quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy,
practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional
skills to complex social challenges.

We are looking for a Project Manager Affordable Housing Policy

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to be based out of Odisha to lead a policy and research project on affordable housing. This project aims to lay the foundations for creation of an affordable housing policy in the state of Odisha. The project will entail policy and social research including extensive stakeholder engagement, government advisory and supervision of a team.

This is a limited tenure position of 1 year with a possibility for further extension into other projects, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Project Manager – Affordable Housing Policy do?

The project manager will deliver strongly on government and donor expectations by doing the following:

  • Landscape and review the status quo of relevant housing policies and initiatives in Odisha, nationally and in peer economies across the world.
  • Review and analyse market shaping indicators that impact the affordable housing market in Bhubaneswar/Odisha and elsewhere where relevant (data collection is a separate exercise already being undertaken).
  • Undertake key stakeholder consultations with government, developers, experts, citizens and other stakeholders.
  • Landscape and review best practise examples in affordable housing policy- nationally and internationally.
  • Using 1-4, create affordable housing policy recommendations for Odisha.
  • Blue-print aspects of affordable housing policy relevant beyond Odisha.
  • Disseminate the approach and detail of the affordable housing policy recommendations.
  • Create a comprehensive project governance and management framework and own and execute the same. This includes project incubation and set up, budget management, management of other team members, streamlining work with other deliverables related to the larger project framework being undertaken by other colleagues.
  • Undertake such other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in economics/public policy/urban planning; Graduates in these fields with good work experience are encouraged to apply.
  • At least 8 years of professional work experience in Government Advisory, Public policy or Business/Management Consulting, Social Research:
    • Within this at least 2 years’ experience in affordable housing or allied sectors and 2 years’ experience working with senior functionaries, including at the level of principal secretaries.
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered.
  • Advantageous:
    • Excellent written and spoken command of the Oria language.
    • Work experience on projects with governments on affordable housing.

What we look for in a Project Manager – Affordable Housing Policy

  • Ability to coordinate with and manage a high-stakes project in partnership with external stakeholders especially government.
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives.
  • Strong project management skills with a sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution and delivering high-quality outputs to government stakeholders.
  • Ability and willingness to grasp concepts quickly.
  • Ability to work with ambiguity.
  • Ability to work across teams and collect/gather data from various (internal) team members as well as external stakeholders including state/local government officers.
  • Strong problem-solving, research, quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS excel and Powerpoint tools.
  • Good communication skills- both written and verbal.
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence.
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

We are looking for Associate Manager Public Finance Management
(Location: Delhi/ Bangalore, 2 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are urgently looking for highly passionate individuals to work closely under the supervision of a Project Lead and deliver intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming Public Finance Management, specifically in areas of fiscal decentralization, resource mobilization, planning & budgeting, Expenditure management, transparency and accountability. The position will need to closely interact and engage with senior bureaucrats, multilateral organizations & other civil society organizations, lead activities and act as a trusted advisor to them.

If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What will the Associate Manager– Public Finance Management really do?

A) Develop thought leadership on PFM

  • Develop thought leadership on reforms in PFM cycle for implementation at national, state and urban local bodies (ULBs)
  • Explore use of digital technology in planning, budgeting, works management, output/outcome monitoring and develop use cases for implementation
  • Explore alternate source of financing for augmenting the resource envelope for government programs
  • Build knowledge products on key PFM issues for public consumption
  • Demystify city budgets for citizens
  • Work on building products for standardization of financial statements, budgets and other such reports
  • Document and publish report on PFM best practices being followed in states and ULBs

B) Development of use cases for implementation at State/ ULB level and pilot implementation

  • Develop model for shared digital infrastructure in collaboration with state/union governments and other organizations for:
    • Automated grant transfers, just-in-time funding & fiscal transfers
    • Budgetary control & treasury management in urban development/health departments so as to achieve integrated view of outlays, outputs and outcomes at transaction, scheme/mission, function/dept, and ULB levels
    • Procurement, works management and tracking KPIs for effective program/ project monitoring and tracking of outcomes/outputs
  • Develop framework for budgeting to improve the credibility of budgets and citizen participation in budgeting in urban local bodies
  • Explore opportunities on data standardization in financial reporting of governments
  • Provide technical support to state & urban local governments in implementing PFM reforms
  • Capacity building of PFM professionals in government and students for developing talent pool for the sector
  • Proactively document work outputs, meeting actions, communications collaterals and any knowledge products that emerge over the course of the project; and
  • Assist the Project Lead in ensuring smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

C) Engage with Public Finance Management ecosystem

  • Maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  • Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials, other stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;
  • Maintain strategic partnerships and manage and implement resource mobilization strategies;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Accountant or Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  • 5+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or in a non-profit;
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  • Prior knowledge of IFMIS, PFMS, Treasury system, Infrastructure Financing or exposure to the public finance sector is desired

What does it take to be Associate Manager – Public Finance Management (PFM)

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication
  • Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Creative problem solving
  • Program Management
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  • Excellent team management skills

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoU with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on strengthening Municipal Finances.
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program. The individual will work closely with governments at the state & city levels to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities).

This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

What would Associate Manager/ Manager, Municipal Finance do?

Among various other things, we are working towards solving one of the most pertinent problems being faced by Indian Cities: making urban local bodies (ULBs) financially accountable, and catalysing citizen engagement and participation for annual budgeting at the city / ward levels.

As Associate Manager/ Manager- Municipal Finance, your role would comprise of the following:

Analyzing City Budgets and Preparing Budget Briefs, to publish on Cityfinance portal:

  • Analyse and produce Annual City Budget Briefs in simple formats for public consumption
  • Produce comparative annual budget performance analyses of parastatals in specific cities
  • Develop processes and methods towards standardization of city budget analyses, liaise with vendors and consultants as required
  • Develop roadmap for analyzing and publishing Annual City Budget Briefs at a scale

City Budgets work in coordination with Civic Participation team (Demystification, Dissemination):

  • Work with the Community Engagement / Civic Participation (CP) team to source data and information on budget documents, receipts of revenues/grants, civic projects (including job codes, tenders and work details)
  • Work with designers and the civic technology team to create digital and print editions of the budget products
  • Work with CP team to design and develop Standardised Budget products (e.g. Analysis tools, Half-yearly budget performance briefs etc) from the perspective of the end user – Citizens and Councilors
  • Produce Ward Budget Briefs for wards in target cities towards empowering Ward Councilors, Ward Committee members and citizens with specific data on ward/neighborhood level civic projects and budgets available
  • Analyse and produce Half Yearly Budget Performance Reports in simple formats for public consumption
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in community interactions on City Budgets (webinars, online meetings) with the Civic Participation program leads

Communication & Stakeholder Engagement leveraging City Budget Briefs:

  • Communication of and engagement (with media, councillors, others) around City Budget Briefs during Feb-May each year to mainstream conversations on municipal budgets (evaluate feasibility and navigate this against the backdrop of our deep work with MoHUA on CityFinance, others)
  • Publish a comprehensive “Municipal Budget Analysis Report” by May each year, summarizing the data, insights, learnings from the City Budget analysis exercise between Feb-May
  • Coordinate with the internal Communications team to develop and implement a comprehensive media engagement / dissemination strategy for mainstreaming municipal budgets during the annual budget cycle (e.g. press coverage / releases, opinion pieces, webinars with mayors/elected representatives, city-level events with select cities, social media campaign etc.)

Policy Advocacy with government stakeholders on key provisions:

  • Peruse state govt budgets and understand urban allocations and linkages to municipal budgets for target states
  • Policy advocacy with govt bodies & officials, including on NMAM/budget provisions of municipal acts etc.
  • Coordinate, liaise with, and manage deliverables of the public finance knowledge partners / experts (outsourced vendor) for city budgets and policy work on NMAM etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management/ Finance/ economics/ public policy/ urban planning; Graduates in these fields with good work experience are encouraged to apply
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience for Associate Manager and 8 years for Manager in Government Advisory, Public Finance or Business/Management Consulting
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing, municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, transaction advisory, ecosystem engagement, network building etc.

What we look for in Associate Manager/ Manager – Municipal Finance

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts/policies/landscape of Urban Governance, Municipal / Public Finance and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasion and persistence to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives and reform agendas.
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders, especially senior government officials
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and ownership of individual projects

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work with our team in Odisha undertaking state-wide urban reforms with special focus on Municipal Finance. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate performance.

If you’re interested, read the details provided below and write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well and a writing sample along with your latest CV. You are also requested to mark a copy to Anindya Panda (anindya.panda@janaagraha.org) and Vivek Anandan Nair (vivek.nair@janaagraha.org).

What does it take to be Manager – Municipal Finance

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication – is able to navigate interactions with senior bureaucrats
  • Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Strong project management abilities – must be able to prioritise activities and is good at managing time
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project implementation skills – is able to prepare project action plans and follow through on implementation.
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Comfortable engaging with and analysing large data sets
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Proficient in use of MS Project / Planner with a strong command on data visualization
  • Ability to work with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals

What will the Manager – Municipal Finance really do?

A) Property Tax Reforms

  • Undertake a thorough study of the planned UAV system in Bhubaneswar and a comparative study of cities where UAV system is functional
  • Create a system of database integration for regular enumeration of properties
  • Study the current system of assessment and suggest reforms
  • Create a citizen facilitation centre and other institutional processes for efficient billing and collection
  • Implement and execute a process of continuous monitoring of the system

B) Fiscal Sustainability Study

  • Collection of financial data from accounting system, undertaking field visits
  • Analyze financial statements and budgets of ULBs
  • Make recommendations across fiscal decentralization, revenue optimization including tax and fee collections, fiscal responsibility and budget management including financial reporting, cost management, institutional capacities and transparency and accountability.
  • Draw up implementation roadmap of above recommendation and support implementation

C) Revenue Optimization Program

  • Undertake a thorough study of property tax policy, and other revenue driving systems and processes
  • Compare with comparable best practices in India
  • Conceive pilot for technology-based database integration, collection and coverage outsourcing support implementation (incl. preparation of RFP and related support in lines with establishment of Municipal Shared Service Centres)
  • Draw up roadmap for implementing and scaling reforms

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in Finance or Business Management or Public Policy;
  • At least 6 years of professional experience in Government Advisory, Public Finance or Business/Management Consulting
  • Should have held responsibilities as a Manager for at least 3 years and managed a team of at least 4/5, including on recruitment, retention and career progression
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing, municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, ecosystem engagement, network building etc.

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration:

Commensurate to the experience.

Project Details

Janaagraha has partnered with the Housing & Urban Development Department of Govt. of Odisha to undertake municipal reforms across the State. The proposed program aims to strengthen cities (municipalities/ULBs) by focusing on improving municipal finance, staffing/capacities and citizen engagement. Janaagraha believes that a select range of reforms across these areas has the potential to bring about irreversible municipal strengthening in Odisha, which can be replicated and scaled across India.

The four broad areas of our work in Odisha involves – (a) enhancing municipal revenues, (b) solving for the lack of capacity in municipal staffing by implementing shared municipal services, (c) civic participation to foster transparency and accountability at neighborhood level, and (d) developing performance management tools and frameworks to drive system efficiency.

Chief Technology Officer, Janaagraha

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of notfor- profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Since inception, citizen engagement in local neighbourhood governance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha. Janaagraha’s current engagements in citizen participation in include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), State government of Odisha and city governments of Gurugram, Faridabad, Panaji, Bengaluru, Vishakapatnam on initiatives that include participatory budgeting, Ward Sabhas and civic technology for grievance management, civic data and information. The organisation also focuses on building civil society and community group partnerships and coalitions to scale and sustain its citizenship initiatives.

Janaagraha currently powers the technology platform for the Swachh Bharath Mission (Urban) through a suite of mobile apps and web portal built on its I Change My City platform. The platform also powers the adarshcolony portal built for the Government of Odisha to enable local governance with a focus on the urban poor, and the I Change My City platform is active in localised versions in different cities.

We are looking for a highly passionate, driven and competent individual to be based out of Bengaluru to lead Janaagraha’s work in advancing the use of technology in urban governance and civic engagement. Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Chief Technology Officer do?

Build and deliver strongly on the strategy for integrating technology in governance

  • Study, evaluate and integrate current and potential tech developments in the strategy for
    civic technology at Janaagraha
  • Build roadmaps to massively scale the usage of current technology platforms and products
    between citizens, civic officials and elected representatives
  • Lead the catalysing of partnerships and relationships to deliver on the goals and mission of
    enhancing citizen engagement with city governments
  • Engineer a learning and innovation environment for civic technology, including civic data and
    insights
  • Oversee system design and architecture
  • Represent the civic technology agenda internally and externally
  • Develop, manage and optimise budgets for civic technology platforms and products
  • Keep abreast of new trends and innovations in the technology space

Lead the management of the civic technology team

  • Build and nurture a high performing technology development team
  • Develop and publish periodic performance metrics and dashboards; maintain high performance standards
  • Enable strong project planning and monitoring systems with regular data and status dissemination and timely escalations
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team
  • Manage vendors. Consultants as required to fulfil strategy and goals
  • You will report to the Head, Civic Participation (based on role in CP/Jana)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have 10+ years of experience in building web based applications and large scale systems.
  • Must have 5+ years of management experience building and managing teams and delivering quality products.
  • Must have in depth knowledge of systems architecture, design, coding and deployment.
  • Familiarity with technology solutions used in urban governance is a plus.
  • Experience working in Civic Technology is a big plus
  • Degrees in Computer Science preferred.

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Full Stack Developer

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Janaagraha currently powers the technology platform for the Swachh Bharath Mission (Urban) through a suite of mobile apps and web portal built on its I Change My City platform. The platform also powers the adarshcolony portal built for the Government of Odisha to enable local governance with a focus on the urban poor, and the I Change My City platform is active in localised versions in different cities.

We are looking for a highly passionate, driven and competent individual to be based out of Bengaluru to to work on the Civic Tech Platforms. You’ll be working with the team which runs India’s largest civic engagement platform, work on applications which are used by more than 15 million users across 3200 cities in India while assisting government in making our cities better. To know more about Janaagraha as an organization, please visit www.janaagraha.org and if
you think you have the will to change the systems in India through technology, please email your resume to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

What will the Full Stack Developer do?

  1. Work on overall architecture of civic tech focused web applications.
  2. Write high quality scalable code deployed in various cities/states.
  3. Maintain quality and ensure responsiveness of applications.
  4. Collaborate with the rest of the engineering team to design and launch new features.
  5. Maintain code integrity and organization.
  6. Work with graphic designers and converting designs to visual elements.
  7. Implementation of security and data protection.
  8. Should be able to evaluate and recommend technologies/frameworks as needed.

Desired Tech Skills

  1. Must have experience with Angular, Node.js
  2. Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  3. Frameworks like Angular and React
  4. API design and development
  5. Proficiency in PHP (Laravel/Codeignitor) and NodeJs
  6. Data base management, (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and MongoDB)
  7. Web server technologies like Apache, Nginx, ISS, etc

Others skills

  1. Understanding of microservices architecture.
  2. Understanding of GIT for code management.
  3. Comfortable with work management tools like JIRA.
  4. Understanding of DevOps/CI/CD tools and process flow.
  5. Write Unit Test cases and including test frameworks while development.
  6. Experience with cloud message APIs and usage of push notifications.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Minimum of 4 years of Work Experience in reputed companies.
  2. Hands-on experience in developing full stack applications.
  3. Bachelor of Engineering/Technology or equivalent in Computer Science/Information Technology.

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities.
We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate
about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At
work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

Lead, Swachhata Project Support Unit – Civic Participation

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Since inception, citizen engagement in local neighbourhood governance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha. Janaagraha’s current engagements in citizen participation in include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), State government of Odisha and city governments of Gurugram, Faridabad, Panaji, Bengaluru, Vishakapatnam on initiatives that include participatory budgeting, Ward Sabhas and civic technology for grievance management, civic data and information. The organisation also focuses on building civil society and community group partnerships and coalitions to scale and sustain its citizenship initiatives.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to be based out of Delhi to head Janaagraha’s Swachhata2.0 Project Support Unit. Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Lead– Swachhata Project Support Unit(PSU) do?

Deliver strongly on the Swachhata2.0 partnership with the MoHUA

  1. Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements on Swachhata2.0
  2. Engage closely with senior leaders in government and the ecosystem to ensure successful implementation and monitoring of deliverables related to civic technology, citizen platforms, training and capacity building of ULB officials and elected representatives.
  3. Continuously strive to leverage opportunities to transform citizen engagement in city governance through Swachhata2.0 in India at scale
  4. Create an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility
  5. Build and maintain a strong relationship with the MoHUA senior leadership and allied project teams.

Lead the implementation of the Swachhata program with strong planning and monitoring of project plans

  1. Fully own the delivery of all commitments under the Swachhata 2.0 MoU of Janaagraha with the MoHUA
  2. Work closely with the Head, Civic Participation to develop and implement the strategy and plan to enhance citizen participation and establish the councillor leadership program
  3. Manage and ensure the quality of results for the work strands across civic tech, civil society and city government partnerships, capacity building and citizen engagement
  4. Enable strong project planning and monitoring systems with regular data and status dissemination and timely escalations
  5. Build in strong internal communication channels with the MoHUA teams to enable timely actions and communication with states and ULBs
  6. Participate in all key workshops, meetings, discussions and brainstorming at MoHUA on Swachhata, SBM(U) and related agendas
  7. Build and nurture relationships with the civil society ecosystem linked to SBM(U)2.0 focused on public health and sanitation, environment and climate change and government capacity building;

Lead the Swachhata2.0 project support team

  1. Recruit and effectively supervise a project governance and management team, undertake regular progress reviews and communicate the same effectively with the MoHUA, and internally with the civic participation team, program heads as needed
  2. Oversee and approve programme work plans and the optimum and appropriate allocation and use of resources; monitor compliance of grant conditions; map outputs to SBM(U)2.0timelines
  3. Anchor regular reporting and MIS generation for MoHUA for tracking and monitoring purposes
  4. Coordinate with state mission offices and city Swachhata units as needed to fulfil the objectives of the partnership
  5. Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;
  6. You will report to the Head, Civic Participation.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, social work, public administration, public policy or other relevant fields;
  2. 15+ years of experience in government advisory, consulting, development sector consulting, project management roles in their career, engaging with senior stakeholders in government/industry;
  3. Adequate experience in leading high-performance teams
  4. Strong project management skills and sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution
  5. Preferred – should have held positions engaging directly with senior or c-suite clients and stakeholders in government, relevant sectors/industries

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

We are looking for Senior Associate P roject Management
(Location: Bhubaneshwar, 2 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are urgently looking for a highly passionate individual to work closely with the program head in a key role that involves 70% active project management and 30% research , opportunities and thought leadership collateral creation.

If interested, read the details provided below and send in your CV with a cover note and a writing sample to Nimisha Bency (Nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org), marking a copy to Anindya Panda (anindya.panda@janaagraha.org)

What does it take to be Senior Associate – Project Management

Core Competencies

  1. Effective communication – is able to convey thoughts in a sharp and succinct fashion
  2. Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  3. Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  4. Willing to follow up with all level of stakeholders actively, in a methodical manner
  5. Excellent team management skills
  6. Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  1. Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  2. Good working knowledge of MS Office Suite – Is able to draft sharp slide decks, and succinct policy memos for project collaterals
  3. Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel – is able to design complex excel models with minimum supervision
  4. Proficient in use of MS Project / Planner with a strong command on data visualization
  5. Ability to work with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals
  6. Working knowledge of In-Design & Photoshop will be an added advantage

What will the Senior Associate – Project Management really do?

  1. Co-create and manage detailed project plans for a wide range of multi-stakeholder projects
  2. Develop and maintain detailed reporting templates for internal progress reviews, C-suite level reviews, senior government functionary reviews and donors
  3. Actively assist the project head in managing periodic review schedule and logistics, team building events and internal trainings; ensure action items are recorded and communicated effectively
  4. Build and manage a relationship and contact database relevant to achieving the project’s objectives
  5. Build and manage the project’s knowledge database – cataloguing and keeping updated all data, research products and other collaterals developed over the course of implementing the project
  6. Assist the project lead in developing thought leadership presentations and papers as and when needed (for conferences, seminars and advocacy platforms/opportunities)
  7. Help the project lead identify and realise opportunities for partnerships and fund-raising

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  2. Minimum 3 years of experience in social venture consulting or business consulting, or not-for-profit organizations; Government consulting is preferred but not necessary.
  3. Expert user of MS-Excel and Powerpoint (non-negotiable)
  4. Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  5. Willingness to travel as required

What Janaagraha Offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration:

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

Project Details

Janaagraha has partnered with the Housing & Urban Development Department of Govt. of Odisha to undertake municipal reforms across the State. The proposed program aims to strengthen cities (municipalities/ULBs) by focusing on improving municipal finance, staffing/capacities and citizen engagement. Janaagraha believes that a select range of reforms across these areas has the potential to bring about irreversible municipal strengthening in Odisha, which can be replicated and scaled across India.

The four broad areas of our work in Odisha involves – (a) enhancing municipal revenues, (b) solving for the lack of capacity in municipal staffing by implementing shared municipal services, (c) civic participation to foster transparency and accountability at neighborhood level, and (d) developing performance management tools and frameworks to drive system efficiency.

Senior Manager – Fundraising

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

We are looking to hire a highly passionate and competent individual to play the role of a dedicated grant writer who can collaborate with team members in the organization to understand our diverse programmes and interventions; has a deep understanding of the philanthropy ecosystem and can stitch coherent and compelling proposals to aid the medium to long-term financial sustainability of Janaagraha.

The role will be based out of Bangalore and will involve working closely with the CEO, the Head, Development and the senior program leads in conceptualizing multi-year program partnerships with Foundations, Philanthropies, Multilaterals like the World Bank, ADB, USAID, EUAID and so on.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with your resume as well as a cover note on why you are a good fit for this role.

What will the Senior Manager – Fundraising do?

The key responsibilities of this individual would include but not be limited to:

  1. Map and plan outreach to Foundations, UHNIs, Multilaterals and their offices to explore long term funding partnerships
  2. Identifying grant funding opportunities.
  3. Prepare proposals by determining concepts, gathering information, coordinating with relevant program leads, writing drafts and obtaining approvals.
  4. Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings.
  5. Meets proposal deadline by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal.
  6. Gathers proposal information by identifying sources of information, coordinating submissions and collections, and identifying and communicating risks associated with proposals.
  7. Accomplishes Janaagraha’s goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests, and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments
  8. Work with the CEO/COO/Head of Development on mapping and identifying synergies with large Foundations and Philanthropies to create potential long-term partnerships opportunities
  9. Apply your knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach the income goals of Janaagraha.

What are we looking for?

  • 12-15 years of work experience in Fund Raising/Grant Writing/Allied roles in the “Not for Profit” sector
  • Excellent Researching skills and a deep knowledge of the funding ecosystem.
  • Ability to learn quickly on the job; willingness to adapt; excels in working across multidisciplinary
    teams and exhibits superior project management skills
  • Able to deal with ambiguity.
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage working relationships with Large Donors
  • Highly Self-Motivated, can take complete ownership and work independently in an
    unstructured work environment with minimal supervision
  • Prior experience in constructing funding proposals, RFP’s; a deep knowledge
    of Climate change/ Gender/ Public health sectors would be considered as a big positive.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate
citizens who are driven towards strengthening India’s cities. We have a work culture where
timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership, and ideation are emphasized over work schedules, plans
and hierarchy. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and
platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply
professional skills to complex social challenges.

Remuneration:

Commensurate to experience

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

About Environment Sustainability Team

Environment Sustainability is a recently developed vertical at Janaagraha that approaches to solve environmental issues from “whole of systems” approach to environment sustainability in cities in India. Environment Sustainability will be the dominant human development agenda globally at least in this century. India’s level of socio-economic development and its aspirations going forward and its geography expose it to acute climate effects, some of which we are already beginning to experience. While there appears to be emerging political leadership and initiatives at the union level, the same cannot be said at the state level, where action on environment sustainability is even more important. Deep-rooted systemic causes including prevalent governance design are inhibiting both direction and pace of change. We seek to alter the current status quo by accomplishing the mission through i) participatory governance and ii) reforms to “city-systems” or city governance (i.e., laws, policies, institutions).

What would an Associate, Environment Sustainability do?

  • Landscape the intersection of Environment and cities as development themes
  • Review urban laws and policies to diagnose gaps in governance of environment sustainability in Indian cities
  • Analyse Primary and Secondary data, cull out quantitative and qualitative insights
  • Facilitate establishment of an effective alliance of organisations for policy reforms and neighbourhood level action for Environment Sustainability
  • Draft advocacy documents, concept notes and related content such as reports, case studies, etc. on an ad-hoc basis
  • Design roadmap of reforms including detailed action plans to mainstream environment sustainability in urban policy
  • Work with government across levels to implement the roadmap
  • Manage stakeholders’ expectations and liaison with implementation partners for ensuring timely delivery of commitments
  • Undertake such other activities as may be assigned from time to time

What we look for?

  • Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, conceptual knowledge of Environment, Urban laws and policies
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Extensive knowledge of analysis of data & visualization
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and ownership of projects
  • Stakeholder and Partnership Management

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on
candidate’s performance.

Careers

Janaagraha is a not for profit organization working in the space of urban reforms and citizen participation. Over the years, Janaagraha’s work has spanned numerous disciplines of urban development. People from diverse backgrounds – urban planners, communication experts, content developers, GIS specialists, digital marketing specialist- have enabled Janaagraha’ s transition from a movement to a robust institution. While collaborating with citizens and governments, Janaagraha has proactively sought people who embody the spirit ‘ Be the change you want to see’. If this is you, please write to us at work@janaagraha.org