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

Current Opportunities

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
II. Job Description
Janaagraha is looking to on-board a Manager for the Advocacy and Reforms team focussed on Municipal Finance. The position will be required to split his/her time between Jaipur and Bangalore and will report to Deputy Head – Advocacy and Reforms. As Manager-Municipal Finance, your role would comprise the following:
  •  Leading a team of 3 members with the objective of achieving large-scale reforms in municipal finances, specifically on accounting, auditing and reporting by municipal corporations;
  •  Planning and executing strategies for the team, based on pre-agreed deliverables and initiatives;
  • Deepening research and advocacy on the Public Disclosure Law, a mandatory reform under the JnNURM drafted by Janaagraha, with State Governments and other stakeholders;
  • Developing a framework for Financial and Performance Reporting by Municipal Corporations;
  • Deepening knowledge and analytical firepower on Municipal Revenues and identifying contemporary trends and advocacy agendas; and
  • Create a framework of understanding, analysis and dissemination of Budgets and Financial Statements of Municipal Corporations and other parastatal agencies/service providers in cities, as powerful tools of advocacy.
  • Engagement with and persuasion of government functionaries to ensure collection of financial information from Municipalities
  • Planning and oversight of training and capacity building of stakeholders to drive implementation of reforms in the area of municipal finances
  • Publishing a white papers and articles in leading newspapers on municipal finance roadmap based on Janaagraha’s work in the area.
III.Qualifications and Experience
  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management or Post Graduate in Finance or Economics;
  • At least 6 years of professional work experience in Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting or Economics;
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered.
What we look for in Manager – Municipal Finance
  • Deep domain knowledge of Finance and Accounting (theory and practice, standards, best practices, systems and processes etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of Municipal Finance and government accounting
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities
  • Leadership qualities required to manage a team of professionals and manage large projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Ability to work across teams
  • 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
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
V. 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. Janaagraha offers 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.
ABOUT JANAAGRAHA
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy is a Bangalore based not for profit organization committed to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It defines “Quality of life” as comprising quality of infrastructure and services and the quality of citizenship. To achieve its mission, Janaagraha works with both citizens and governments in advocating policy, creating platforms for citizen engagement and forging partnerships to attain scale.
Janaagraha was founded by Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan and has a team comprising engineers, management graduates, public policy professionals, urban planners and designers, social science researchers and a military veteran driven by a passion for transformative change.
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. Janaagraha offers 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
Some of Janaagraha’s accomplishments include
  • Partnering with Swachh Bharat Campaign by developing the Swachhata mobile application.
  • Delhi Maha Mohalla Sabha; widely known as Delhi MMS conceptualized by the Delhi Government and the application was built and delivered by Janaagraha.
  • Public Eye; an initiative by Karnataka State Police Department, used our expertise to take us as their technology partners.
  • ASICS; Annual Survey of India City System, a primary report on the infrastructure and urban governance of cities.
  • Initiated the Citizen Participatory Budgeting Chapter in Bangalore, where data from citizens were collected through wide campaigns & the same was passed to the Local Municipal Team on a large forum in November 2016, bridging the gap between citizens needs and government budget plans.
Other significant contributions to:
  • Report of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission- section on Urban Local Bodies
  • Report of the High Powered Expert Committee on Financing Urban Infrastructure
  • Bombay First Report- Urban Governance section
PURPOSE
The main purpose of this job is to forge intellectual and financial partnerships with high net worth individuals, global corporate houses and philanthropies to ensure long term organisational sustainability of Janaagraha.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Research and create a list of select HNIs, global corporate houses and philanthropies for Grant partnerships
  • Reach out and make presentations to key external stakeholders on this list on Janaagraha Vision and Mission.
  • Ensure proper usage of Sales Force dot com to move relationships from “prospect” to “donor” status
  • Be main point of contact with other revenue streams in Development within Janaagraha
  • Manage a team of Associates who would help in day to day operations of Development
Ensure organisational cash flow requirements by planning, managing and realizing annual fundraising targets
Within Janaagraha operating guidelines the job-holder has decision-making authority to:
  • Recruit, supervise and train associates referring to Head of Development on disciplinary matters
  • Sign off on list of potential partners for Grant Partnerships
  • Review and approve deliverables on MoU/Grant agreements with Donors
  • Approve travel plans for self and team
CONTACTS & COMMUNICATION
Internal:
  • Weekly: Development Team Associates, Program Fund Raising Associates, Program Managers and Executive Committee
  • Monthly: Board of Trustees
  • Quarterly: Governing Board Subcommittee Members
External:
  • Weekly: Manage key stakeholders in potential and existing grant partnerships to help move organisations from “prospect” to “donor” status
  • Monthly: Ensure activation of donor engagement calendar by reaching out to grant partners
  • Quarterly: Reach out to CXO level staff at prospects and donors to monitor and evaluate partnership deliverables
RESOURCES
  • People: line management responsibility for team of associates and occasional supervision of interns/volunteers on development tasks.
  • Communications: Janaagraha communication material like Annual and Quarterly Reports as well as specific program related collateral
  • Financial: delegated budget for running of Development and provides input to Development budget planning.
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
  • Formal qualifications in management coupled with a proven track record in sales and marketing is desirable.
  • The ideal candidate will have 10 years of relevant work experience managing profit centres in large multinationals in the FMCG, Banking sectors
  • Proficiency in all of the standard IT packages used in the office as well as Sales Force Dot Com – must be able to advise less experienced users and do some basic trouble-shooting on simple user problems.
  • Skill required in Excel to generate basic management information reports on behalf of Deputy Head-Development
  • Must have proven ability to communicate verbally and electronically with very senior professionals
  • Must also have prior experience of managing teams
OTHER SKILLS
Planning and organizing:
  • Must be able to plan annual revenue targets and subsequently create annual strategies and tactics which can support the annual revenue plans.
  • Work in tandem with the Development and Program Teams to ensure partners specific engagement, communication and grant utilization plan and their realization
  • Coordinate the day-to-day work of Managers and Associates, who provide support to the Development Team. This can involve reconciling conflicting work-load priorities between team members.
Analysis:
  • Monitors and report on fund raising budgets.
  • The job holder supports the Head of Development in putting together basic management information reports from Sales Force Dot Com, which can involve analyzing information on grant deliverables, attrition of donors.
  • Monitor and evaluate donor engagement plan for Development
Initiative and innovation:
Is expected to find ways of improving processes for the development unit to ensure greater productivity and also lower cost of fundraising.
Working with others:
Tact, diplomacy and the ability to be passionate about impact are required as Janaagraha is a very driven organization and this requires a constant optimization of existing resources which the job holder is expected to resolve. The job-holder is also required to manage relationships with very senior stakeholders in very large organizations to ensure that strategic partnerships are forged with regularity to help create urban transformation.
Environmental demands
While the environment in Janaagraha is a very positive and inspiring one, the job entails managing a revenue model which draws from grants and donations. This would require considerable demands on time as most stakeholders are very senior professionals or industrialists and normal work days are scheduled as per their convenience.
ABOUT JANAAGRAHA
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy is a Bangalore based not for profit organization committed to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It defines “Quality of life” as comprising quality of infrastructure and services and the quality of citizenship. To achieve its mission, Janaagraha works with both citizens and governments in advocating policy, creating platforms for citizen engagement and forging partnerships to attain scale.
Janaagraha was founded by Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan and has a team comprising engineers, management graduates, public policy professionals, urban planners and designers, social science researchers and a military veteran driven by a passion for transformative change.
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. Janaagraha offers 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
Some of Janaagraha’s accomplishments include
  • Partnering with Swachh Bharat Campaign by developing the Swachhata mobile application.
  • Delhi Maha Mohalla Sabha; widely known as Delhi MMS conceptualized by the Delhi Government and the application was built and delivered by Janaagraha.
  • Public Eye; an initiative by Karnataka State Police Department, used our expertise to take us as their technology partners.
  • ASICS; Annual Survey of India City System, a primary report on the infrastructure and urban governance of cities.
  • Initiated the Citizen Participatory Budgeting Chapter in Bangalore, where data from citizens were collected through wide campaigns & the same was passed to the Local Municipal Team on a large forum in November 2016, bridging the gap between citizens needs and government budget plans.
Other significant contributions to:
  • Report of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission- section on Urban Local Bodies
  • Report of the High Powered Expert Committee on Financing Urban Infrastructure
  • Bombay First Report- Urban Governance section
Purpose of role
The main purpose of this job is to provide support to the Deputy Head – Civic Learning towards forging intellectual and financial partnerships with high net worth individuals, global corporate houses and philanthropies to ensure long term organisational sustainability of Civic Learning Programs of Janaagraha.
Main duties
  • Research and create a list of select HNIs, global corporate houses and philanthropies for strategic partnerships
  • Collate and coordinate data required from Program and Finance Teams and prepare presentations and proposals for grant requests to prospects and also grant utilization reports for donors
  • Support the Deputy Head – Civic Learning in reaching out and making presentations to key external stakeholders on Janaagraha Vision and Mission.
  • Ensure proper usage of Sales Force dot com to record data pertaining to “prospects” and “donors”
  • Provide support to the Deputy Head – Civic Learning in day to day management of Civic Learning Grants
  • Ensure organisational cash flow expectations by planning and managing Civic Learning fundraising targets
Contacts
Internal:
  • Daily: Development Team, Civic Learning Team, Communications Team and Donor Engagement Team
  • Weekly: Deputy Head – Development
  • Monthly: Executive Committee
External:
  • Daily: Manage key stakeholders in potential and existing donor partnerships on a daily basis to help move organisations from “prospect” to “donor” status
  • Weekly: Ensure activation of donor engagement calendar by reaching out to and managing strategic partners
  • Monthly: Reach out to senior level staff at strategic partners to monitor and evaluate partnership deliverables
Resources
  • People: Line Management responsibility of interns/volunteers on Civic Learning Fund Raising Tasks.
  • Communications: Janaagraha communication material like Annual and Quarterly Reports as well as specific program related collateral
  • Financial: Delegated Budget for running of Civic Learning Fund Raising partnerships and provides input to Civic Learning Budget Planning.
Knowledge and experience
  • Formal qualifications in management coupled with a proven track record in sales and marketing is desirable.
  • The ideal candidate will have 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience in FMCG, Banking in large multinationals
  • Proficiency in all of the standard IT packages used in the office as well as Sales Force Dot Com.
  • Skill required in Excel to generate management information reports for Civic Learning Fund Raising Partnerships
  • Must have proven ability to communicate verbally and electronically with very senior professionals
Organization Skills
Planning and organizing:
  • Must be able to plan annual revenue targets and subsequently create annual strategies and tactics which can support the Civic Learning Revenue Plans.
  • Work in tandem with the Development, Civic Learning, Communications, Operations and Engagement Team to ensure donor specific engagement, communications and utilization plan and their realization
  • Organize necessary information from program and finance teams to write grant proposals and utilization reports
  • Coordinate the day-to-day work of interns/volunteers, who provide support to the Civic Learning Fund raising Team.
Analysis:
  • Prepare and monitor progress reports on Civic Learning Donor Partnerships
  • The job holder supports the Deputy Head – Civic Learning in putting together basic management information reports from Sales Force Dot Com, which can involve analyzing information on grant deliverables, attrition of donors.
  • Prepare, monitor and evaluate donor engagement plan for Civic Learning Donor Partnerships
Initiative and innovation:
Is expected to find ways of improving processes for Civic Learning Fund Raising Unit to ensure greater productivity and also lower cost of fundraising.
Working with others:
Tact, diplomacy and the ability to be passionate about impact are required as Janaagraha is a very driven organization and this requires a constant optimization of existing resources which the job holder is expected to resolve. The job-holder is also required to manage relationships with very senior stakeholders in very large organizations to ensure that strategic partnerships are forged with regularity to help create urban transformation.
Environmental demands
While the environment in Janaagraha is a very positive and inspiring one, the job entails managing a revenue model which draws from grants and donations. This would require considerable demands on time as most stakeholders are very senior professionals or industrialists and normal work days are scheduled as per their convenience.
Other essential requirements
The job involves significant travel to major metros of India ranging from 5 to 7 working days in a month and also contributing towards organisation building activities by participating in cross functional team led projects
Associate Manager: Outreach and Citizen Engagement (Mumbai)
Janaagraha is looking for an Associate Manager – Outreach and citizen Engagement, for its program: “IChangeMyCity- Mumbai” (http://www.ichangemycity.com/mumbai)
The role, based out of Mumbai is responsible for ensuring continued engagement with our key donors, and corporate partners; maintaining a long term relationship with them and driving active citizenship in the employees of the corporate. In parallel the role will also involve engaging with college students, government representatives and residential communities, to achieve the requirements of IChangeMyCity.
About You:
  • You are passionate about Mumbai and are keen to bring a positive change in your city.
  • You are a highly energetic and self – motivated individual who is passionate about driving change through people.
  • You are a good communicator, are outgoing and enjoy planning and conducting events and/or activities to convey a message.
  • You have a work experience of a minimum of 5 years, in corporate functions or volunteering. It will be an added benefit if you have done employee engagement roles or volunteer Management or outreach roles in any NGO or otherwise.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Play an integral role to drive engagement initiatives in corporates, colleges and government to meet the requirements of the program.
  • Work closely with the heads of CSR/ employee engagement in corporates, with student cells in colleges and drive engagement activities with volunteers.
  • Establish networks of nonprofit and educational partners with expertise and experience and are working on Making Mumbai a better city and connect them with IChangeMyCity.
  • Coordinate with the internal content, Marketing and product team in ensuring engagement activities requiring their support meet the deadlines and adequate coverage is given to the engagement activity on the IChangeMyCity platform.
  • Conceive and Manage events/ activities and ensure compliance to an annual engagement calendar.
  • Write, maintain and share periodic reports for the activities conducted for circulation internally and externally
Qualifications and Skills:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Any)
  • Excellent Communication skills (written and oral), In English, Hindi and Marathi( preferred)
  • Knowledge on workings of digital applications and ICT will be an added bonus.
Work Experience:
A minimum of 5 years work experience, in corporate functions or volunteering. It will be an added benefit if you have an experience in employee engagement roles or volunteer Management roles.
What’s in it for you?
  • An opportunity to be a part of the strategic planning process of a unique organization working towards urban transformation.
  • Grow intellectually by working with a wide range of domain experts within the organization.
  • An opportunity to interact and gain knowledge and experience from some of the leading business captains of India.
About Janaagraha
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy is a Bangalore based not for profit organization committed to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns. We define “Quality of life” as comprising quality of infrastructure and services and the quality of citizenship. To achieve its mission, Janaagraha works with both citizens and governments in advocating policy, creating platforms for citizen engagement and forging partnerships to attain scale.
Janaagraha was founded by Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan and has a team comprising engineers, management graduates, public policy professionals, urban planners and designers, social science researchers and military veterans driven by a passion for transformative change.
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. Janaagraha offers 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
About ICHANGEMYCITY:
Janaagraha’s path-breaking initiative to cultivate and nurture the spirit of active citizenship.
http://www.ichangemycity.com/about-us
Some of Janaagraha’s accomplishments include:
  • Partners in the Swachh Bharat mission: Developed the Swachata mobile application.
  • Delhi Mohalla Sabha; widely known as Delhi MMS conceptualized by the Delhi Government and the application was built and delivered by Janaagraha.
  • Public Eye; an initiative by Karnataka State Police Department, used our expertise to take us as their technology partners.
  • ASICS; Annual Survey of India City System, an annual Report on the infrastructure and urban governance of cities.
  • Winner of The Google Impact awards, for the IChangeMyCity platform.